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Stark County was hotbed of farm manufacturing

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stark County, Ohio, was a hotbed of farm implement manufacturing during the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th. While most of this activity was centered in Canton and Massillon, Alliance had at least two companies making farm implements. The Nixon & Company made the Alliance shovel plow and the […]

Snowy winter days sure have changed

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A dash of sugar-like snow is almost lost in the brown grass and gray sky out my back door. Winter’s dullness seems to have finally caught February and the weight has slowed it to a cold crawl. Fifty years ago a tablespoon more snow or a teaspoon more ice would have changed a plow horse […]

Food chemist Lloyd Hall changed the industry

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello again! The other day my wife asked me to retrieve some canned goods from the basement cupboard and I was reminded of the many trips I made to the fruit cellar as a child. There were rows and rows of quart jars filled with vegetables and fruits and meats. It was a beautiful sight […]

A good example

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I would like you to think about a special person in your life who has been a very good example to you. Take a moment and think today how they have been a good example to you. Perhaps that person no longer lives on this earth because they have gone to be with the Lord. […]

Trying our best to beat expectations

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We may think about calving season as one of new beginnings, but it’s really just part of a cycle that started at least nine months earlier, and hopefully before that, when breeding plans were set. Done right, calves should be born into great expectations, and not just hope the market will be up next fall. […]

Getting an education in the calf pens

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The year that I turned 6 was a big year. I started first grade. I started piano lessons — against my will. And I started helping with the daily chores of feeding calves. School was kind of nothing new. I had spent hours playing school at a real student desk with three big sisters telling […]

The bats of winter

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I have no idea why bats don’t have a bigger market share PR-wise. They aren’t a common toy, nursery decor or fashion accessory. I don’t believe any major sport teams are named after them. I don’t know why because to peruse the Internet for even five clicks is to discover that bats are pretty popular. […]

SWCD offers something for everyone

Thursday, February 16, 2012

As I near my 10th anniversary with the Columbiana Soil & Water Conservation District, I reflect on one of the questions I hear the most; “What do you guys do here?” And while this may seem like any easy question to answer, it actually can be quite complex. The reason this question is so complex […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 16, 2012:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA chapter qualified earlier this winter for the state parliamentary procedure career development event for the first time in chapter history. The team earned second place in the semi-finals and was gold rated. Team members, with their parliamentary procedure offices are Abigail Miller, secretary; Alex Tuggle, president; Jessica Zurcher, treasurer; […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 16, 2012:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

BROOKFIELD, Ohio — Brookfield 4-H Friends club held its monthly meeting Feb. 2. Dr. Kelley Kilar from Village Green Veterinary Service, Inc. was the guest speaker at the meeting. * * * COLUMBIANA — The Rough Riders 4-H club had its first meeting for the new year Jan. 8. New were elected were: Jennifer Koehler, […]

Ohio State’s anaerobic digestion technology now being commercialized

Thursday, February 16, 2012

WOOSTER, Ohio — Cleveland-based quasar energy group has broken ground on its first integrated anaerobic digestion system, a patent-pending technology developed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center to increase the types of waste that can be converted to biogas for energy and fuel uses. The integrated system, known as iADs, is currently under […]

OSU Extension offers calving clinic, oil and gas leasing meetings

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I cannot believe that February is already half over. I know local farmers are working hard to finish up their farm taxes and are attending many of the great OSU Extension workshops being held across the region. Today, I would like to provide information on a bovine calving management workshop and about the financial and […]

Changes to Ohio’s definition of “agriculture” could benefit bio-energy

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bio-energy from anaerobic digesters could be “agriculture in nature” if at least 50 percent of feedstock used to produce the fuel came from the same property.

Some must reads on white-tailed deer history

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Over time, many hunters develop an expertise about certain species. For some it’s waterfowl; for others turkeys are the obsession. But for many, if not most, it’s the white-tailed deer. Such expertise comes from years of field experience. It’s much more than getting into the woods a few weeks each November. It comes from becoming […]

Proposals for Ohio hunting seasons announced

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ohio’s Wildlife Council, a group representing multiple stake holders regarding hunting and fishing regulations, seasons, and laws, is considering changes for 2012-2013 as proposed by the Division of Wildlife. It appears that for the most part, game management officials have a pretty good handle on game and fish harvest goals and success at achieving them. […]

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