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A new view on cattle production

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When Max and Mary VanBuren moved to a reclaimed strip mine farm near Lisbon, Ohio, in 1999, they were aiming to do something a little unconventional.

Pigeon King owes $23 million

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More details have emerged regarding the financial status of the defunct Pigeon King International and its bankruptcy proceedings. In a statement signed June 26, PKI owner Arlan Galbraith revealed debts of more than $23.5 million to breeders and vendors across the U.S. and Canada. Galbraith sent a letter to breeders telling them […]

Pigeon King International: Breeders struggle to get rid of pigeons

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Randy Snyder took his time researching the Pigeon King International breeding opportunity before he jumped in with both feet and his entire life’s savings. That was in December 2007, when he signed a $50,000 contract with Arlan Galbraith and his Pigeon King International business. His brother bought a contract, too, and the […]

Your cattle: Don’t hesitate — castrate

Sunday, July 6, 2008

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — One of the basic, recommended practices on beef cow-calf operations is the castration of bull calves before they are 2 months old. Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, said that in spite of the recommendation, an unusually high percentage of male calves still go through the feeder cattle […]

Damaged crop costs top $8 billion

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Crops have incurred more than $8 billion in estimated weather-related damage so far in 2008.

Bankruptcy filing says Pigeon King owed $23 million

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More details have emerged regarding the financial status of the defunct Pigeon King International and its bankruptcy proceedings. In a statement of affairs for the company, signed June 26, PKI owner Arlan Galbraith revealed debts of more than $23.5 million owed to breeders and vendors across the U.S. and Canada. Galbraith revealed […]

One farm, one family, one fresh start

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Like a person, sometimes a farm just needs the chance to start over. At New Beginning Stable in Kent, Ohio, Jason and Charlene Curtis are wiping the slate clean and breathing life into a farm that was once a black cloud over its community.

Ohio passes revamped line fence law

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio’s fence law — the bane of many unneighborly fights that resulted in bad blood, gunfire or calls to the sheriff — was updated last week in an effort to make the law more clear-cut and easy to swallow. Gov. Ted Strickland signed H.B. 323 into law June 27. The legislation, proposed […]

Ohio gets new ag, equine license plates

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Starting next month, Ohio farmers and horse lovers can outfit their automobiles with license plates that will let everyone know their interests. Ohio House Bill 293, which goes into effect Aug. 14, allows Ohio motorists to purchase license plates depicting Ohio agriculture, Ohio sustainable agriculture, and Ohio’s horse. Ag plates The Ohio […]

Eastern Ohio Hereford junior show results posted

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — The Eastern Ohio Hereford Association held its annual junior show June 8 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Kevin Hinds, Newcomerstown, Ohio, judged the show. Winners included: Grand champion steer: Mike Klingel; reserve champion steer: Denelle Billman. Grand champion female: LCC 16N Tracy 7126, shown by Caitlin Decker; reserve champion female: SSF320 317M […]

OSU President E. Gordon Gee visits Carroll County’s McKarns family

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Carroll County cattleman and grazier Earl McKarns, left, hosted Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee on Shamrock Vale Farm June 19. Gee visited the farm as part of his whirlwind statewide tour and to recognize McKarns as an Ohio Professional Beef Producer. A plaque for the award was presented on behalf of the Ohio […]

Pawpaw tree making a comeback

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A native Ohio tree, once farmed by American Indians on large plantations for its fruit and medicinal benefits, is being reintroduced to horticulture for preservation and as a potential niche market crop.

Ready to ride

Thursday, June 26, 2008

There are few moments in life that compare to the feeling of sitting atop a bucking, spinning, kicking bull. There are even fewer moments that compare to the feeling of hearing that eight-second buzzer and knowing you finished the ride.

UPDATED: Pigeon King goes bankrupt

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Originally posted 6/20/2008 at 11:20 a.m. EST: SALEM, Ohio — What once looked like a high-flying and profitable opportunity — a business sold under the promise to save family farms — has crashed to the ground. Arlan Galbraith filed for bankruptcy on his Pigeon King International pigeon breeding business June 17. The voice mail box […]

Columbiana County man is using wind to power his home

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One night in May, Greg Courtney woke up to the sound of wind gusting around his house and rattling his windows. It billowed across his yard going at least 20 miles per hour, but Courtney wasn’t worried. In fact, it made him smile. When the wind blows, he makes money.

History of polled Holsteins is online

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Polled Holsteins represent just a fraction of dairy cows in the U.S., but Larry Specht has always been intrigued by these naturally hornless cattle.

Grazing new trails: Ohio farmer takes holistic approach

Sunday, June 22, 2008

PLEASANTVILLE, Ohio — Four years ago, Mark Scarpitti of Pleasantville, Ohio, added a few meat goats to his sheep grazing operation. The next year, he sold off the sheep.

Scammers now targeting hay sellers

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Phony lottery winnings and “discounted” name-brand luxuries have been long-time favorites of scam artists. Their too-good-to-be-true offers have emptied bank accounts and left victims helpless to do anything about it. But now, scammers are targeting a new group. Farmers — and anyone else who buys or sells agricultural goods — should be on the look out for suspicious offers.

Bioproducts grabbing attention, dollars

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gov. Ted Strickland signed an economic stimulus package that includes $50 million to develop the state’s bioproducts industry.

Morning Star Fiber mill turns wool, alpaca fleeces into profitable wares

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Skip to Slideshow APPLE CREEK, Ohio — About once a week, a stranger peers through the door at Morning Star Fiber. Just curious, they say to owner Karen Christensen when she spies them. I drive by here all the time, but I don’t know what you do. If it happens to be a down day, […]


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