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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, […]

Pigeon King International bankrupt

Thursday, June 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — What once looked like a high-flying and profitable opportunity — and sold under the promise to save family farms –seems to be crashing to the ground. At least one Ohio breeder has confirmed rumors Arlan Galbraith has filed bankruptcy on his Ontario-based Pigeon King International pigeon breeding business. Lucy Burkholder, whose husband […]

Buy local, eat local: Food-borne illnesses are driving consumers to find food closer to home

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — In the past few weeks, Joy Weaver’s gotten pretty good at reading minds. Inside Catalpa Grove Farm Market, near Columbiana, Ohio, Weaver and other employees know just what that customer lingering near the tomatoes is wondering. Are these safe? Where are they from? “It’s almost like you’ve got to post a sign […]

Ohio’s youth cattle exhibitors rack up the miles, and the awards

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — More than 400 people celebrated the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program as it wrapped up its 2007-08 show season June 7 at its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. More than 390 head of cattle were entered in the program, with more than […]

Pa. youth win big at Keystone Classic

Monday, June 16, 2008

BUTLER, Pa. — The Northwest Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the annual Keystone Junior Beef Classic May 24-25 at the Butler Fairgrounds. Over 100 youth exhibited their beef cattle. Exhibitors came from Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to compete for prizes. Breeds included Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental, and crossbred. Overall, 76 breeding stock […]

Tomorrow’s cowboys will ‘whisper’ commands to herds via technology

Monday, June 16, 2008

WASHINGTON — The same Global Positioning System (GPS) technology used to track vehicles is now being used to track cows. But Agricultural Research Service animal scientist Dean M. Anderson has taken tracking several steps further with a Walkman-like headset that enables him to “whisper” wireless commands to cows to control their movements across a landscape […]

A little work, a little play makes for the perfect plowing day

Saturday, June 14, 2008

By ARTHUR BOLDUC What do draft horse teamsters do when they get caught up on their work? They find somebody who hasn’t, and you might say they have a draft horse-plowing frolic. They all show up bright and early, usually on a Saturday, and make short work of what otherwise could be a week’s work. […]

Pitt agricultural entrepreneurship program: Linking farmers and resources for success

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More than 10 years ago, on the way home from his county’s first-ever farmland preservation meeting, Pennsylvania farmer Craig Sweger had an epiphany. “We can buy the development rights to every single acre of every farm in Washington County, but there will still be no farms unless we preserve the farmer.” That […]

Pigeon King gets wings clipped in Maryland

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Another state has clipped the wings of Pigeon King International. Maryland’s Securities Commissioner filed an order requesting Pigeon King International and its owner, Arlan Galbraith, show cause for doing business there. The order, filed May 19, said the state had “determined that grounds exist to allege that Pigeon King violated the registration, […]

Taking it to the street

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In mid-May, the anticipation at Kretschmann Farm is unmistakable. Workers scurry from field to field, tractors wait impatiently for drivers and Don Kretschmann walks with an urgent step. It’s growing season and every minute counts.

Raspberries: A small fruit that yields big opportunities

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

By Amy Fovargue Contributing Writer FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio — Ann Trudel has always loved picking red raspberries and making jam with them. So it made sense that after she and her husband, Dan, bought 5 acres near Fredericktown, they decided to raise their own and make a business out of it. They named their business — […]

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