Archive for August, 2013

Prospective plantings: USDA expects 75-year-high corn acreage

Friday, March 30, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture releases plantings report, predicting larger-than-expected corn crop.

Local Food Policy Council meeting April 26

Friday, March 30, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Local Food Policy Council statewide meeting will be April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Administration Auditorium, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Keynote speaker is Mark Winne, Food Policy Council program director at the Community Food Security Coalition. He will talk about Food Policy Councils: Paving the Way […]

All on the floor: Ohio company center stage at Big Dance

Friday, March 30, 2012

HOLMESVILLE, Ohio — It’s not every day a floor gets its own documentary or goes traveling around the country on a week-long tour. But, then again, there aren’t many floors in the world that get the kind of exposure this one is about to receive.

Chesapeake files federal lawsuit against three Beaver Co. landowners

Thursday, March 29, 2012

***UPDATE: Negotiations stalled in this case. The matter for a temporary restraining order went in front of Judge David S. Cercone March 30. He issued the temporary restraining order which stops the landowners from preventing Chesapeake Appalachia access. The matter was not decided on the validity of the leases and “was only based on the […]

Desiderata: Words of wisdom for all ages

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sometimes just the right words, placed on paper, can help make sense of what seems totally senseless.

Grand Lake St. Marys receives additional conservation funds

Thursday, March 29, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed has received national attention by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to address the critical water quality issues facing residents in the watershed. NRCS Chief Dave White recently provided the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed with an additional $1 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for […]

Carroll County: 75 more landowners file suit against Chesapeake for unfair lease practice

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A lawsuit representing 75 landowners and 3,000 acres of land in Carroll County has been filed against Chesapeake Exploration for unfair lease practices. The lawsuit was filed by Attys. Lee Plakas, Gary Corroto and Josh O’Farrell of the Canton law firm of Tzangas Plakas Mannos and Raies Ltd. It was filed March […]

Ask FSA Andy: Youth farm loans available

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to assist rural youth to establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to participation in 4-H or FFA. The project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their advisor and parents. The project must produce sufficient income […]

DFA’S 14th annual meeting highlights commitment to ‘more cooperative’

Thursday, March 29, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At Dairy Farmers of America’s 14th annual meeting, the cooperative unveiled a new tagline, “More Cooperative,” that officials say underscores a commitment to delivering more resources for members, more quality for customers and more leadership in the industry. More than 1,300 members and industry guests convened in Kansas City for the […]

Agriculture needs better leaders

Thursday, March 29, 2012

How will we — farmers everywhere — sustain our ability to feed any of us when there are more of us and less of everything else? Sheep, excellent or otherwise, ain’t gonna get that job done. Leaders will.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

“I was a stranger and ye took me in” Matt. 25:35. My wife and I were raised in homes where our parents taught us the importance of hospitality. We were taught the importance of sharing. Many years ago my wife’s mother had a man knock on her door and she answered the door to a […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 29, 2012:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Zane Trace FFA chapter officers Stephanie Glass, Audrey Hoey and Amber Ginter turned in their officer books Feb. 2 for evaluation at the district level. Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter, created this year’s chapter scrapbook with photos, news articles and newsletters from throughout the year. Audrey Hoey, secretary, kept records of correspondence and […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 29, 2012:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BURTON, Ohio — Granny’s Kids 4-H club held its meeting March 12 at Kiko’s home. Thirteen members were present. Registration papers were collected for 2012. The club voted to adopt the state 4-H Constitution and the club’s old by-laws with some grammar changes. The club will clean the yards of one or two seniors the […]

Surely I’m not the only one who’s been tripped up by that time change thing

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last month when we were all still enjoying it getting cozy and dark shortly after lunch, I hopped in Mr. Wonderful’s truck, a vehicle I don’t normally drive, to take our daughter and her friend swimming at the local inn. It was the kind of “Mom’s Taxi” weekend I’ve come to know and love. The […]

Anyone remember cyclone seeders? The early years of drills and related planting equipment

Thursday, March 29, 2012

When I was a kid, my father’s crop rotation was corn, oats, wheat and hay. The wheat was planted in the fall after the oats stubble was plowed and, in order to have a crop of hay in the year following the wheat, grass seed had to be sown either with the wheat, or the […]

Attention all anglers, it’s crappie season

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Joe Kaczmarczk turned slightly, hiding his hands, size six fish hook, an unfortunate fat head minnow, a carefully-selected specimen netted from a nearby minnow bucket. It was one of those secret moments that top fishermen enjoy best, a chance to do something very effective and known only to the secretive one. Secret Kaczmarczk, better recognized […]

Heritage conservation project in Harrison County

Thursday, March 29, 2012

By Tillie Heavilin, Contributing writer The primary objective of soil and water conservation districts is education for the protection of natural resources. Closely related is the obligation to also conserve our historical heritage. This article concerns a restoration project in Harrison County. Ourant School is a one-room school built in 1873 in Nottingham Township. It […]

Early birds to watch in 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last year on April 24, I wrote that ruby-throated hummingbirds were back early. This year they are setting new records for returning early. One of my favorite websites, (maintained by Lanny Chambers), follows hummers’ northward journey on the map that’s updated daily. Anyone can report their first hummers, and then all can monitor the […]

Considerations prior to signing pipeline easements

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shale signs: What to know when you’re contacted to sign an easement agreement with a company granting the right to have a pipeline constructed on part of your land.

‘Ag is cool’ returns to Ohio State Fair

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Expositions Commission and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have announced that the Agriculture is Cool education program, hosted in collaboration with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups, will return to the 2012 Ohio State Fair. The Agriculture is Cool program includes several interactive education stations throughout the […]


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