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Criticism of Milk Marketing Improvement Act is undeserved

Monday, December 6, 2010

Editor: There has been a lot of criticism, if not outright slander, leveled against the notion that dairy farmers need a farm milk price that reflects the average cost of producing milk, specifically the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009 (S1645). Some call it welfare. Other call it anti-competitive or un-American or complain that […]

Wild and dangerous in Ohio

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Editor: What lies ahead for Ohio’s animal owners? What future do we have in this great state? What do the next four years hold for Ohio’s beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers? These questions we cannot answer yet. Ohio’s animal industry lies in the hands of our newly elected governor, John Kasich. We know that […]

What a year for animal owners in Ohio

Monday, November 29, 2010

Editor: This year started out with Humane Society of the United States hiring signature gathers who lied to the people about what they were signing. Then Gov. Strickland and Ohio Farm Bureau handed Ohio’s animal owners over to HSUS in a backroom deal. Now we have a new governor, and we need new leadership at […]

Gas drilling poisoning people, pets and the planet

Monday, November 22, 2010

Editor: It makes me scared, sad and sick that local land owners are signing away their mineral rights to gas drilling companies that were “granted explicit exemption — despite dissent within the EPA — from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act,” called the Halliburton Loophole, according to Vanity […]

How will supply management affect the dairy industry?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Editor: Will more government intervention solve the volatility and low profit margins dairy farmers recently experienced? As I review the Foundation for the Future and Costa-Sanders proposals on government mandated supply control, that is the question I continue to ask myself. How will these supply management plans affect the future of the dairy industry in […]

Four types of Ohioans

Friday, October 15, 2010

Editor: With all the current issues in Ohio today, I think back to when things were much simpler. We raised our own vegetables and knew where our food came from. After church the whole family would gather around the table for a huge dinner. Dad used to tell us to always stand for what we […]

The future of Ohio is in our hands

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Editor: As we get ready to elect our Ohio leaders and possibly a new governor we need to consider which of them has done the best for Ohio and which have not. Let’s look at some facts. Agriculture has a long history and remains a huge part of this state. Gov. Strickland, the commodity leaders […]

Thanks for the help with Stark County farm tour

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Editor: We would like to thank all who gave their time, attendance and patience at Never Done Dairy during the Stark County Farm Bureau’s farm tour day: Stark County Dairy Princess Kellie Keiser; Superior Dairy; DFA; Smith Dairy; Farm Bureau; Pioneer Seed salesman Chuck Parker; Dave Hill of Hill’s Supply; SGSR Consulting; Steve Moff, COBA/Select […]

‘Ohio animal owners, unite’

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Editor: “Ohio animal owners, unite” As November grows closer, all animal owners need to work as one since the deal between Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the HSUS. We have not received the support of the Ohio Farm Bureau. They say they have our backs, I say watch what they do to […]

‘Say it ain’t so’

Monday, September 13, 2010

Editor: “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” It is a classic line from baseball lore. A young fan first posed the indirect, leading question to Shoeless Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox. In 1920, the boy waited outside a courtroom. A grand jury was investigating charges against Shoeless Joe and seven teammates, who became known […]

Letter writer cites false HSUS information

Friday, September 10, 2010

HSUS: Previous letter writer recklessly ignored facts that don’t agree with his perspective, and cited a false document that has been retracted.

Reader: HSUS shouldn’t hold ag community hostage

Friday, September 3, 2010

Editor: This letter is in response to the Humane Society of the United States. People are killed each day on a bicycle. We do not ban them. People are killed each day on a motorcycle, and we do not ban them. Ohio remains one of the many states that does not share the views of […]

Letter writer twisted OFBF statement

Thursday, September 2, 2010

OFBF has committed to protecting dog breeders’ rights to utilize responsible animal husbandry and business practices in areas such as genetics, nutrition, housing and marketing, including the auction system.

Animal industry considered “acceptable collateral damage”

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Editor: As an animal owner I was completely stunned on June 30 with the announcement of the “agreement” between Gov. Strickland, OFBF/Commodity Leaders and HSUS. In the weeks since, I have researched all three groups and the “agreement.” However, representatives of both the OFBF and the governor’s office give very different answers to the very […]

Little distinction between animal and human to abusers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Editor: I read comments recently by local resident and preservationist Stevie Halverstadt. She spoke of the importance of upholding the laws and described a society without them as “lawless.” I use this same example when speaking of laws surrounding the cruelty and neglect of animals. People often say to me “you must really love animals.” […]

Beef conference was positive

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: There seems to be a great deal of commentary about what took place during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference and about what National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) may or may not be doing to, or for, the beef industry. I do not know from where this information is coming, […]

Reader: Politicians are parasites

Monday, August 23, 2010

Editor: Election time is just over the horizon, and the political candidates are busy promising us everything under the sun. Promises they could keep, but probably won’t, promises impossible to keep. They tell us they just want to serve, but if that be true, why don’t we have a four-lane highway in Morgan County? Morgan […]

Reader: Dividend tax is unjust

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Editor: A friend asked me recently, “Did you know that there are more pages in the U.S. Tax Code than there are pages in all the publications in the Library of Congress?” I was not surprised, just outraged, like we all should be. I won’t preach to the guardians of our unholy federal tax system […]

Strickland ignored voters wishes

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Editor: One man, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District in California, thwarted the will of 7 million California voters by striking down the homosexual marriage ban they approved. As your readers know, one man, Gov. Ted Strickland, thwarted the will of Ohio voters by undercutting the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Reader: Have a little sympathy for farmers

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: Having concern for the welfare of animals is an admirable virtue, and I don’t doubt that many, if not most, people harboring such concerns are motivated by the highest ideals and have the best of intentions. There are abusive farmers just as there are abusive policemen, abusive school teachers and abusive parents. But let […]


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