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Not the standard for Ohio dairy farms

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Editor: I am writing in regards to the video that was taken at the Ohio dairy farm. The video was disturbing and wrong in so many ways. To be honest, I turned away and teared up. I still get sick at my stomach thinking about it now. As the wife of a hard-working dairy farmer, […]

Ohio’s dog auctions should be banned

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Editor: As an individual whose family members include farmers and breeders, it is my firm belief reporter Chris Kick has chosen to ignore the legitimate concerns of Ohio voters, and the perspectives and expertise of respected animal welfare scientists and veterinary experts, as a means in which to boost circulation for Farm and Dairy (“Holmes […]

It’s not a levy, but sales tax vote impacts Extension, too

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Editor: On May 4, 2010, voters will be asked to approve the 1 percent sales tax for Columbiana County. The outcome of this vote will greatly impact Ohio State University Extension in Columbiana County. County commissioners are required by law to fund mandated programs. Extension is not a mandated program and without the passage of […]

Youth need the foundation 4-H provides

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Editor: I send this note to express to you and others my concerns about the loss of funding for our county 4-H program. All four of my children were involved in 4-H as children, and in adulthood one son (and his wife) and one daughter (and her husband) have also been involved. It provided an […]

Carroll County Extension levy will give back to community

Friday, April 9, 2010

Editor: As April 15 approaches, I, like many of us, am painfully aware of the burden taxes have put on our society. We look at our 1040 forms and think of the possibilities we could use that money for. We know that our tax money will disappear into the black hole of Columbus or Washington, […]

Reader encourages ‘yes’ votes on Extension levy

Friday, April 9, 2010

Editor: As our vote goes, so goes our country, state and county. If you don’t vote don’t complain. In the organizations that I belong to decisions are made by those who show up. I believe this is called a democracy. If we elect good people to fill these positions, we should end up with good […]

Reader: Euthanizing 250,000 chickens IS a big deal

Monday, April 5, 2010

Editor: The same press release was published in my local paper about the Ohio Fresh Eggs fire that you published in your April 1, 2010, edition, Fire destroys Ohio Fresh Eggs facility in Wyandot Co. Don’t you want to know how you euthanize 250,000 laying hens? That’s about 800,000 pounds of Leghorns. That’s a pile […]

Entitlement is not a dirty word

Monday, April 5, 2010

Editor: According to Maureen Martin, “no” is what every American should say to federal government entitlements. In the March 18 Farm and Dairy, Martin appropriated former first lady Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug slogan as her anti-entitlement rallying cry. (“Government handouts? Just say no,” p. A4) Martin centered her criticisms on the health care bill. She described […]

Leave the American farmer alone

Monday, March 8, 2010

Editor: Fellow farmers and future farmers, anyone involved in the agricultural industry and anyone who claims to be an American. I am writing this letter, because I am fed up with regulations, rules and every government entity trying to find reasons to regulate everything but what needs to be regulated. This anger pertains to the […]

Thanks to the community for help with Baker benefit

Monday, February 8, 2010

Editor: We would like to thank the generosity of the community for its support of the Jennifer (Miller) Baker Family. The support and kindness of all those who helped, supported or contributed in any way made the recent benefit a huge success. The family and friends who organized the event extend appreciation to all. Benefit […]

There are more ethanol costs than meets the eye

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Editor: When it comes to ethanol stories and letters, it seems amazing that we never get to see, read, or hear about the hard problems with this issue. Steve Templin (Letters, Dec. 17, 2009) was correct in talking about the increase in ethanol use would benefit farmers and the industry, and help reduce our dependence […]

Why is government involved in prices for farmers?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Editor: I am not a farmer. That may be why I don’t get it. I don’t understand why farmers want or need the government to get involved with milk prices. If a price on any commodity is artificially set or, worst yet, controlled by the government, what is the long-range sustainability of the that market? […]

Guebert is out of touch

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Editor: Alan Guebert proves over and over he is completely out of touch with the real issues facing today’s cattle producers. His Dec. 3 piece (“While I can’t do math, I can read”) about agriculture competition is off-base and misinformed. As a cattle rancher and officer of the nation’s oldest and largest national cattlemen’s association, […]

Guebert was spot on about ethanol

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Editor: Alan Guebert’s Dec. 10 editorial “Take it to the non-bank bank” was spot on with its analysis of the likelihood of higher ethanol blend approval by the Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to the combined effort of a wide-range of agriculture groups and supporters, we will most likely see E15 be approved for consumers as […]

Ohio State Grange supports bill to update Ohio’s telecom grid

Monday, December 14, 2009

Editor: Rural citizens in Ohio are currently faced with a challenge: old and outdated legislation. The Ohio Modernization Act of 2009, S.B. 162 and H.B. 276, would modernize telecom legislation by preserving current consumer protections and removing costly regulations, which will in turn allow telecom providers to invest more in infrastructure. This infrastructure is critical […]

Reader boycotting country music star

Monday, December 14, 2009

Editor: On Dec. 2, I heard something that made me sad and very concerned. Carrie Underwood gave a very large amount of money to the Humane Society of the United States. This very powerful group has been outspoken about Livestock Producers and the products they provide. The goal of the Humane Society of the United […]

Support S-1645

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Editor, Recently, the Progressive Agriculture Organization (Pro Ag) and the Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) held a dairy rally at the Roseville Grange in Brookville, Pa. (Jefferson County). It was rewarding to witness two organizations standing side by side for the benefit of all dairy farmers. My husband and I have been members of PFU for […]

Issue 2 poll was unfair

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Editor: I am very disturbed at your “poll” this week regarding whether or not Issue 2 will improve livestock treatment in Ohio. You could, at the very least, have a choice that indicates people think that livestock treatment is, and has been, overwhelmingly humane in Ohio. Your choices indicate that all animals have been raised […]

Thank you for passing Issue 2

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Editor: A big “thank you” for the support and endorsement of passing State Issue 2. This issue was supported by small farmers, large farmers and non-farmers, organic, non-organic, grain, livestock, fruit and vegetable farmers, plus the nursery and landscaping industry, independents, democrats, republicans, and tea parties — across the board, we had support. With the […]

Let’s get out of this hole

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Editor: When you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop digging. The hole here is caused by a faulty applied pollution test EPA used to implement the CWA and the digging deeper is EPA’s resistance to correct this test, which presently ignores all the pollution caused by nitrogenous (urine and […]

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