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Greenhousing, like farming, is a family business for many

Friday, April 9, 2010

To keep a farm in the family, many families increase their acres, buy more cows, hogs or poultry so they can increase production for the newest generation. The same strategy of expansion and development is important for sisters Robin Voltz and Rinda Sloan — the third generation to manage their family’s operation just north of Loudonville, Ohio. But they’re not investing in livestock or acreage. Instead, they’re improving their perennials, poinsettias, herbs, fruits, vegetables and landscaping.

Optimism and hope reign supreme for a Jefferson County dairy farm

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Griffiths work as a team to farm 225 acres and milk 80 head of cattle two times a day.

Morrow County farm installs one of Ohio’s first automated calf feeders

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Harpercrest Dairy owner Stan Harper and his dairy partner, Dave Ertl, installed one of Ohio’s first automated calf feeders.

Museum is a showcase of Knox County agriculture

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The history of corn planters, tractors and harvest equipment and even household life is preserved in this special museum.

Which cover crop should you plant? It depends

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — More farmers are using cover crops to limit erosion from fields, control weed growth, fix nitrogen in the soil, feed livestock and produce biomass for energy. But, depending on an agricultural producer’s needs, not all cover crops are created equally, according to a crop and soil scientist in Penn State’s College […]

10 tips for higher corn yields, profits

Monday, April 5, 2010

COLUMBUS — With record corn yields in Ohio last year and some fields averaging upward of 240 bushels per acre, growers will be looking to squeeze every bushel out of their fields this growing season. “Growers have tasted the high-yield potential their fields are capable of,” said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. […]

Wheat crop may be in better shape than originally feared

Friday, April 2, 2010

Wheat crop looking better every day even with late planting and heavy snowfall this winter.

Knox County farmers reflect on nearly five decades of no-till

Thursday, April 1, 2010

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — There are few tools as important and symbolic to farming as the plow. In one form or another, the plow has persisted across most generations of agriculture — from the horse-drawn hoes and “scratch” tillers used by ancient peoples, to the modern moldboard of the past 200-300 years. After all, if […]

The Ohio Barn Conference and Tour makes its way back to Wooster

Thursday, April 1, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Although Charles Whitney, known as the Barn Consultant, has passed, his enthusiasm and spirit continues to live through the current Friends of Ohio Barns members who are preparing for the Ohio Barn Conference April 23 and 24. An idea was born The conference was the brainchild of Whitney who arranged a meeting […]

Pennsylvania official defines harvest season year-round to help farmers

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pa. farmers may get break in transportation laws.

Ohio Governor tours Wooster digester site, talks wind power in Cleveland

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Wearing plastic boot covers over his shoes — a white hard hat with his name printed on the side, and the name Quasar Energy Group printed on the front — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland walked the grounds of a construction site that promises clean energy, a better environment and more jobs for […]

Seed vault stores global crop diversity insurance policy

Monday, March 29, 2010

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Days after celebrating its second anniversary, the Svalbard “Doomsday” Global Seed Vault received thousands of new seeds that will push its collection to more than half a million unique samples, making it the most diverse assemblage of crop diversity ever amassed anywhere in the world.

One event creates a Middlefield woman’s life path and career

Friday, March 26, 2010

A childhood passion of working with horses becomes reality.

Fenders: King of Ohio pond fishing for 54 years

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pond farming is the way for Fender’s Fish and Llama Farm near Baltic, Ohio. The family has been in the fish business since 1956.

Geauga County farmer looks no further than his woods to make syrup

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Chardon maple producer taps into the sap of 200 trees on his farm to produce maple syrup.

Fire destroys Ohio Fresh Eggs facility in Wyandot County

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Major fire remains under investigation after destroying a chicken and egg facility in Ohio’s Wyandot County.

Ohio lawmakers pass Issue 2

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Issue 2 takes another step toward becoming law in Ohio.

Ohio fish farmer finds success with recirculating systems

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

For Dave Lemke and his wife, raising fish and selling them through their retail store in Wooster, Ohio, has been a good combination. The entrepreneur is hoping to expand production with new tanks.

Funding woes continue to hinder Pa. fair board members

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Officials fear politics are behind the lack of funding for county fairs in Pennsylvania.

Know the value of your timber

Monday, March 22, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. — How much are your trees worth? A lot of Missouri woodland owners don’t know, according to Larry Godsey, an economist with the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry. Without a good idea of what their assets are worth, landowners risk selling timber for too little-and paying too much in taxes. As April […]

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