Archive for November, 2013

EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions

Friday, December 31, 2010

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA’s Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide (SO2) […]

This year I really want to …

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The beginning of a new year is normally associated with resolutions. This year instead of asking for resolutions, we requested our readers share their New Year’s wishes. Below are the many inspiring responses we received. This year I really want to restore America to the country I grew up in. Karen Cunningham New Cumberland, W. […]

OLCSB swine committee recommends stall-free by 2025

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Swine subcommittee trying to even the playing field, no new stall-based facilities after 2025

Dear Mr. Apples and Oranges

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another final column of the year and, as is the custom, another year where readers will have the final word. Some of their words are bitter, some are sweet and all arrive with either red hot passion or cold blue conviction. Take the mid-August email that started, “You didn’t do a very good job of […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Earl Butz

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Earl Butz Earl Lauer Butz, the outspoken U.S. secretary of agriculture who served under presidents Nixon and Ford, died Feb. 2, 2008. he was 98. A native of Indiana, Butz was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue, in 1937. In 1943, he was a research economist for the Brookings […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Fred Johnson

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fred Johnson Fred H. Johnson Jr., who did more to advance the Angus cattle breed than probably any other individual in the breed’s history worldwide, died Sept. 6, 2007, at age 91, at his home in Summitville, Ohio, Johnson built an innovative tile manufacturing company with his brother, Pete, and threw that same business passion […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Ed Johnson

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ed Johnson The voice of Ohio agriculture, G. Edwin Johnson, founder and president of Agri Communicators Inc., parent company of his TV show Agri Country, Agri Broadcast Network radio program and monthly farm magazine. Ohio Country Journal, died Feb. 12, 2001. He was raised on 230-acre livestock farm in Fairfield County, Ohio, and graduated from […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Orville Freeman

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Orville Freeman Orville Freeman, a Democratic Farmer Labor party member who served as governor of Minnesota from 1955 to 1961, died Feb. 20, 2003. As secretary of agriculture under presidents Kennedy and Johnson (1961 to 1969), Freeman helped to create the food stamp program, school breakfast programs, and promoted the export of U.S. farm products.

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Bob Evans

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bob Evans Bob Evans, who founded a retail sausage and family restaurant business and became one of the best-known Ohioans of the 20th century, died June 21, 2007. He was 89. But Evans considered his success with year-round grazing his pinnacle achievement. “I was content having my farm. It’s all I ever really wanted.” Best […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: O.C. Duke

Thursday, December 30, 2010

O.C. Duke Orland C. Duke, known as the “grand old man of agriculture” in the Medina County, Ohio, area, died May 11, 2002. Born in 1902 in West Virginia, Duke majored in vocational agriculture at Berea College in Kentucky. At graduation, a school administrator told him there was an opening for an ag teacher in […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Don Rupert

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don Rupert Donald C. Rupert, whose innovative farm management and dairy breeding thinking inspired many, died April 21, 2009, He was 95. Rupert earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University in 1937. Returning to the Columbiana County family farm, he instituted new methods of seed production and also brought innovations related to […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Wayne T. Darling

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wayne T. Darling Wayne T. Darling, owner and publisher of Farm and Dairy, died Jan. 8, 2005. He became president of our parent company, Lyle Printing & Publishing, in 1957 at the young age of 25. After his father’s death the following year, W.T. Darling assumed full responsibility for the printing and publishing business and […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Edwin Copeland

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Edwin Copeland Edwin Copeland, who served nearly 50 years as a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service, died Dec. 27, 2005. He was the third generation of Copelands to record the weather at their southern Columbiana County location — a legacy that stretched for more than 100 years. In addition to reporting to […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: James F. Cavanaugh

Thursday, December 30, 2010

James F. Cavanaugh James F. Cavanaugh, executive secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Club from 1956 to July 1, 1985, and the founding executive secretary of National All-Jersey Inc., died April 6, 2010. A hallmark of Cavanaugh’s career was his efforts to expand and improve markets for Jersey milk. In the early ’50s, he recognized […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Howard Brembeck

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Howard Brembeck Howard S. Brembeck, founder of Chore-Time, and later the Brock company, and whose inventions revolutionized livestock and poultry feeding, died Dec. 5, 2010, at age 100. Brembeck founded Chore-Time in 1952 in Alliance, Ohio, to design and build innovative equipment for the care of poultry and livestock. He held numerous patents, including one […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Harold L. Smith

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Harold L. Smith A champion of woodland management and forestry education, Harold L. Smith, died Oct. 30, 2007, at age 97. The Mahoning County, Ohio, resident retired in 1972 from the Department of Defense U.S. Army as a civilian executive officer. He served in the Navy during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and also spent 22 […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Roy Wallace

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Roy Wallace Roy Wallace, a founder of the national Beef Improvement Federation, died Jan. 20, 2008, while — fittingly — attending the National Western Livestock Show in Denver. Wallace, an Ohio native, spent more than 40 years in service to U.S. cattlemen through his career with COBA/Select Sires, where he started in 1967 as a […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eleven years ago, the dawn of the new year also heralded a new century. The country freaked out a little about the whole Y2K thing (none of the computers will know what to do with the new date and whole systems will shut down), but it didn’t happen. And technically, the 21st century didn’t begin until Jan. 1, 2001.

Now, we’re wrapping up the first decade in this new century, we thought it was only fitting to look back at great contributors to the agricultural community we mourned this first decade.

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: George Eli Sharec

Thursday, December 30, 2010

George Eli Sharec One of Ohio’s biggest champions of conservation efforts and no-till production, George Eli Sharec, died May 2, 2008, His life’s passion revolved around the family farm in Trumbull County. Awareness of conservation practices began when George, his wife, Ruth, and George’s father, Eli, acquired their first Conservation Farming Guide from the Trumbull […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Merlin Woodruff

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merlin Woodruff Merlin D. Woodruff, nationally known auctioneer and voice of the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions for 46 years, died Dec. 30, 2007. A graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1948, Woodruff also cried the All-American Jersey Cattle Sale for more than 40 years. He sold all types of auctions, but […]


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