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Digging to find real secrets of soil

Friday, December 21, 2012

I recently went to watch one of my best friends perform in the play The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever at the Little Theater in Tuscarawas County. I remembered one of my grade school teachers reading that story to our class years ago and knew that I had really liked it, but hadn’t seen the […]

The 4R Tomorrow Program may mean a better tomorrow for everyone

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What does 4 R stand for? No, it’s not for readin’, ‘rightin’, ‘rithmatic and recess. But it is for using the right nutrient, at the right time, in the right amount, in the right location and more. So what ! Who cares ? Who dreamed up this one? Does it matter? The answer is, yes. […]

Keeping a thankful attitude is needed when dealing with challenged times

Friday, November 30, 2012

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” These words by Charles Swindoll are a good reminder during this busy holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This growing season has been a challenge for the agricultural community, but farmers’ thankfulness for what they did produce […]

It’s important to know — and care — where your food comes from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing an article about conservation is normally not very hard for most folks that work for a Soil & Water Conservation District. If you’re employed at a place that promotes an ideology that you embrace, then the passion is always present, and writing things about what you do is relatively easy. Lesson If you fail […]

Floodplain management: Yes, it is important for everyone in Ohio

Thursday, November 15, 2012

As I drive by our streams, which are at higher water levels due to the rains from Hurricane Sandy, I can’t help but see how much flood damage could be avoided. Floods are a natural and unavoidable fact of life along streams and rivers. Loss of life and property damage can result when people choose […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 8, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

Remember, we all live downstream

Thursday, October 25, 2012

If you live along a waterway, no matter what the size, consider the importance of the backyard stream you have the privilege to care for.

Time to check for damage and search for trappers to deal with fur bearers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ohio fur trapping season is around the corner. The season begins Nov. 10 and runs until Jan. 31, 2013, except for otters and beavers — that season starts Dec. 26 and ends Feb. 28. Now is the time to get out and scout for damage from those pesky little fur bearers. If you’re a farmer […]

So, exactly what is conservation?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So, I get this e-mail from Tracy Haney, Tuscarawas SWCD, that says would you mind writing me an article for the Farm and Dairy (it can be anything on conservation). My first reaction is that’s a pretty big, open-ended subject, and where should I begin. This shouldn’t be a problem, as I spent my career […]

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