This is an open letter to farmers, farmer’s wives, and farmers children.
Editor: Your June 5 issue contained a column by Scott Shalaway titled, Grapevines are aggressive, but not deadly. Both the title of the article and portions of content within the article are very wrong. Left uncontrolled, grapevines will slow the growth of trees, and when vines are abundant, grapevines can physically pull trees down and […]
Editor: The Dairy Excel article in the June 5 edition of the Farm and Dairy by Dr. Normand St-Pierre called “Battling the phobia of GMO’s” was an absolute misuse of a psychological term to belittle critics of Monsanto. Monsanto belongs to ALEC an organization which buys influence for corporations. As David R. Resnick, Bioethicist, National […]
Editor: The people of Richfield have an incredible opportunity to maintain the rural character of their community while creating a beautiful recreation destination within one of Richfield’s best kept secrets. Richfield Township and Richfield Village are in series of discussions about the formation of a joint park district specifically for the purpose of creating a […]
Editor: The old saw “To a thirsty man, water is more valuable than gold” has never been more true than it is today. As a tradable commodity over the past 10 years the S&P 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. In fact, water outperformed the stock market in the […]
Editor: (Response to Five Innovations that Will Change Our Lives, Jan. 9 edition.) I respond specifically to the section: “The classroom will learn you.” “In the next five years the classroom will learn about each student using longitudinal data such as test scores, attendance and student’s behavior on learning platforms.” What is longitudinal data? What […]
Editor: In my role as president and an active volunteer of The Humane Society of Columbiana County, I recently participated in the Leetonia Sportsman Club Deer Expo. This is a combined exhibitor event and competition where scorers are available to anyone bringing a rack to score. The entrance fee, vendor fee, Chinese auction and homemade […]
The near total control by government of the fruit and vegetable production, with its compliance, fines and implied liability, is the reason why small farm operations are being bankrupted.
Editor: I was troubled by the guest commentary of professor Arnold Oliver. (When I was in Vietnam, I was no hero; Nov. 14, 2013). What bothered me was not so much his words: he says he was no hero and I believe him. He says he did not witness any heroism in his year in […]
One out of every seven loads of milk is exported — that is one day every week that the total U.S. milk production is exported.
Editor: When I consider Obamacare’s initial blundering activity I picture a plane with flat tires trying to pick up speed for takeoff. And why am I not surprised? It’s being run by amateurs, most of whom never held a job in the private sector, who never had to meet a payroll and who don’t have […]
Editor: Thank you Farm and Dairy for printing the “When I was in Vietnam I was no hero” guest commentary (Nov. 14, 2013). On Saturday morning I read the column to my husband with tears streaming down my face. It isn’t that I didn’t know the U.S. has a history of war mongering … it’s […]
As an appointee to the 106-member Cattlemen’s Beef Board, I often wonder if we are spending your beef checkoff dollars in the best interest of beef promotion.
Editor: Dairy farmers across the nation are once again left without effective farm bill legislation. Another year of hard work by dairy farm groups to develop and promote their policy ideas has been ignored by Congress. There can be no excuse for the way Congress is treating our nation’s dairy farmers. I wonder how much […]
Editor: At a recent dedication of our mammogram room (now the Suzy Room ), I met with Executive Director Sean Shacklett, of Susan G. Komen (foundation) Northeast Ohio Affiliate, where he also awarded our Cancer Detection Clinic $33,800 to complement the levy-funded cancer clinic services. During this meeting, Shacklett and his staff really opened our […]
Editor: There was an article in the local paper saying all 88 counties have to have a DWART — dangerous wild animal response team. I went to the Coshocton County EMA director’s office to speak with him. He is busy, he is in training and not there, and the best office closed when I was […]
Reader: I look my customers in the eye and they ask me what I feed my animals and how do I treat them. Customers — eaters — are asking these questions of us. They are trying to break down the wall of anonymity. We need to meet them halfway and tell them how their food is raised.”
Editor: Gov. Kasich just signed house bill (HB) 51, the transportation budget, into state law. Many Ohioans are unaware of a provision the Ohio House of Representatives had inserted as an amendment to the bill, which would have raised truck weight limits up to 90,000 pounds. County Engineers Association of Ohio led the fight to […]
Reader finds fault with science and logic of recent climate change article.
Reader: I challenge all of us involved in agriculture to utilize our resources to the best that we can so we can work better ourselves.