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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hello Again! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately, as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Of most importance, they will nominate a committee adviser to speak on behalf of under-represented groups. Currently, the committee consists of […]

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

Revenge of the… Cows?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tyler Moff Berlin Center, Ohio Age:10 I was out doing chores. It was Christmas Eve. I did all my chores but I forgot one. This chore that I forgot led to a nice, hilarious Christmas-haying the cows. I went inside and got ready for bed, wondering what would be under the tree tomorrow. I was […]

Electric Santa

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Honorable mention: Veronica Easterday, 14, of North Bloomfield Beep! Beep! Beep! Santa lazily covered his head with his pillow trying to block out the disturbing beeps of his alarm clock. Subconsciously, pushing the snooze button, he snuggled into his warm electric blanket, “Just five more minutes.” Fifteen minutes passed and the alarm didn’t beep. An […]

A Christmas Surprise

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Abigail Langmeyer Age: 7 Cortland, Ohio There was a little girl named Jane who lived on a farm in Texas. She wanted a cat for Christmas, but her Mom and Dad said “no.” Jane said this cat will be my friend and help me with my chores. Maybe Santa will bring if to your said […]

Christmas Wishes

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Rachel Barkley Age: 11 Uhrichsville, OH Mary sighed. All she had ever wanted for Christmas previous years had been a horse. But now she had pushed wanting a horse to the back of her mind. Mary’s mother was horribly sick. She’d been sick for a very long time. Every night, Mary prayed that her mother […]

A coal camp Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Second place: Alex Keck, 17, of Hanoverton, Ohio It was early December of 1933, the height of the Great Depression in the tiny Pennsylvania coal mining town of Dunbar. The rows of company houses coated with black coal dust cast a bleak silhouette against the cold gray sky. Ida was 9-years-old and she along her […]

A Cat’s Christmas Dream

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Athena Pantelides, 10 yrs. Louisville, Ohio Snowla the cat was watching the snow fall outside of her house. Snowla’s owner spoiled her. You see Snowla’s house was a huge mansion, and Snowla’s owner had a big golden retriever. The dog’s name is Carla. Carla didn’t want to scare away cats but just the sight of […]

2009 Children, Holiday art and writing contest

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas stories of love, wishes, lessons learned and animals filled our mailbox and inboxes in the past few weeks and we couldn’t have been happier here at the Farm and Dairy! The stories gave us the jolt we needed to get into the holiday spirit. The judges had a tough time picking the winners but […]

Marie’s Christmas miracle

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Eileen Gress, 16, of Shreve, Ohio It was Christmas Eve, and Marie sat in her rocking chair. She was thinking about Christmas and how her husband, Mark, wouldn’t be there to celebrate with her and her daughter. I know that they needed more troops in Iraq, but why over the holiday season? How can we […]

Figuring out a good price for beef requires more than just math skills

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DICKINSON, N.D. — Tracking the value of beef is interesting. No matter where one turns, there is considerable variation that results in a value spread. This occurs to feeder calves, backgrounded calves or at harvest. Variation exists On the rail, similar variations occur all the way to the box. One could conclude that given the […]

Pa. adds farmland to preservation list

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program has set aside an additional 3,332 acres on 31 farms for permanent agricultural production. In the program’s 21-year history, 428,708 acres on 3,928 farms have been preserved for agricultural use in perpetuity, safeguarding them from development. Easement purchases The state’s farmland preservation program works through the Pennsylvania […]

Penn State set to shine at Farm Show

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Penn State exhibit at Pa. Farm Show has plenty of information to share.

Dairy farmers make one request: competitive milk pricing system

Monday, December 7, 2009

Farmers urge lawmakers to establish fair and competitive pricing system.

Adena tractor pulling team sets its sights on repeat performance of 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

An eastern Ohio tractor pulling team is already looking forward to next season.

Swine show moved to Jan. 2 to minimize virus risk

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pa. Farm Show makes changes in swine show due to H1N1 virus concerns.

2009 Holiday Art and Writing Contest

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thinking of the holidays? Grab your keyboard and put those thoughts on paper in a story for our contest. Or, if you aren’t a writer, but like to draw, we want to see your work. Make a holiday masterpiece and enter it in our holiday art contest.

Gov. Rendell requests more help from federal sources for Pa. dairies

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pa. governor says more help is needed for dairy producers.

Animal agriculture education is the real issue

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Editor: There is no guaranteed seat for a production livestock producer. The board consists of 13 members: three family farmers, two veterinarians, one food safety expert, one representative of a local humane society, two members from statewide farm organizations, the dean of an Ohio agriculture college and two members representing Ohio consumers. It does not […]

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