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Good night for a moon view, sort of

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We took a short ride in the car at 1 a.m., just around the circle drive to prove that even if the moon was overhead of the house, we would never see it in the overcast.

Pasture walks scheduled

Friday, April 11, 2014

By PETE CONKLE The Eastern Ohio Grazing Council has planned workshops and pasture walks to answer grazing-related questions, share grazing ideas and encourage producers to become more sustainable grazers. Currently, the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council is working in cooperation with Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Tuscarawas SWCDs and the USDA-NRCS to host a […]

Mountain lions are now a favorite topic in statehouses

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Uninformed opponents to fact-based wildlife management are becoming better funded and more vocal in their determination to thwart proven conservation practices and controlled hunting as management tools.

Climate change: Doing nothing does nothing

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The recent U.N. climate change report was big news for everyone everywhere except, it seems, U.S. farm and ranch groups and their members.

2014 farm bill changes for FSA Farm loans

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello Again! The 2014 Farm Bill made several modifications to the Farm Service Agency farm loan programs. These modifications were implemented as of February 7, 2014 when the President signed the Farm Bill. The definition of a qualified beginning farmer has been modified. It was based on the median farm size and has been changed […]

Respecting nature is very important

Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Religion, philosophy and science have become a part of our developing earth-concern. We discuss the waste and conservation of our natural resources, the need of green areas, farms, breathing spaces, parks, and wilderness. Distressed by urban sprawl and the decay of cities and the alarming decrease of space for solitude which man inherently requires, we […]

If you can, take a kid fishing this spring season

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Few experiences are more rewarding than introducing a child to the outdoors. I remember teaching my daughters at the age of three to recognize the voice of a barred owl – “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you-all!” They were amazed they could identify a bird without seeing it. And when my wife and […]

Tap into farm management information online

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OSU Extension offers online resources that help farmers keep their management skills on the cutting edge.

Education should move full STEAM ahead!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The arts are an important part of education and yet in many educational settings, they are first at risk for cuts.

Growing in high tunnels takes planning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

High tunnels make it possible to grow crops in cooler conditions and extend the growing season.

Spring Dairy Expo: It’s the relationships that count

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It is Monday and I am sitting amidst the rubble of my office space with little or no room to spare. Mounded beside me and on the floor and in the hallway are the leftovers from Spring Dairy Expo. Just one week ago today, I was pulling everything out, editing paperwork, and recalling what we […]

Steve Baylor gives fishing with jigs new meaning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Meet pro walleye angler Steve Baylor, a guy, one would think, who would rely on a box full of every kind of lure ever made, tools of the trade they might be called. After all, he like all pro fishermen, wears a shirt with more sponsors on it than cloth. That and few fishing boxes, […]

Bird songs everyone actually knows and sings

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Early migrants began returning several weeks ago. Turkey vultures, killdeer, and phoebes were probably as befuddled by the late winter weather as we were. But by early April, we should be safe from any more extended cold snaps. And that means the parade of returning migratory birds will accelerate every week. Bird songs To prepare […]

Animal or human: The care is what is important

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Part II Check out the first column on this series here. In the world of animal health, a positive ending to testing or treatment is always a hopeful priority. One enormous difference between the animal care world and that of human care, is this: sometimes, those seeking the care for those they love are much […]

Understanding the new farm bill will take patience

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello again, I sure have seen a lot of information about the new farm bill in the newspaper. There is some good information out there with most of it being put out by our agency. Like everyone else, I read the information and store it away until a sign-up period becomes a reality.  I compare […]

The worst sports mom ever

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The end of most seasons tends to catch me off guard. I’m minding my own business enjoying another weekend afternoon waving to friends and eating nachos, when someone mentions idly that today is the last game.

Spring cleaning interupts winter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter stayed, and most days thereafter brought more clear, cold evidence that the lion that came in with March planned to stay the entire month.

Steve Baylor gives fishing with jigs new meaning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

But when it comes to lures, Baylor could carry all that he needs in his shirt pocket.

An animal does tell you things

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“Let’s be honest, many human doctors regard veterinary medicine as crude, plodding and nebulous.” — Dr. Nick Trout, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life As an Animal Surgeon Part I of II Over a lifetime, I have held veterinarians in high regard, having been blessed to […]

USDA report helps grain market

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

USDA planting report afterglow: Unless there are amazing discrepancies from the expectations, the market spends one day reacting, then we go back to business.

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