Archive for September 21st, 2012

Is rural America dying?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The 2008 survey and report, “Place Matters,” found a substantial majority of respondents in all rural regions would advise a teenager to leave for opportunities elsewhere. That’s a sad statement. We must find the vision and political will to reverse that reality. We must find a way to bring rural America back to life.

LETTER: Learning experience for family at livestock auction

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Editor: If you have done any calf rearing you know how difficult the task at hand can be. My husband and I took our son to a livestock auction as part of his 4-H learning experiences. This was not the first livestock auction we have attended. What a learning experience it was. I love animals. […]

Ask FSA Andy: Get ready for spring

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello Again! It seems as though spring has come early, as I watch the snow drops bloom and see the daffodils shooting skyward. This has been an unusual winter and I’m pretty sure that we can count on more snow and cold before it’s all said and done. March has a way of catching us […]

Management information can be gleaned from milk production records

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A good start on having a profitable dairy farm is a high milk price; however, the fundamental need is astute management of the cows, facilities, personnel, and the flow of funds. Management practices Good managers need information on which to make decisions, rather than it “just feeling right from the gut”. Information can be gathered […]

Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo coming to Columbus

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The upcoming Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, one of Ohio’s top outdoor shows, has a new owner and name. Yes, sport shows are owned and produced by private, for-profit companies that specialize in large scale events or who contract with companies to put the shows together. Turkey Expos The Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Deer […]

Signs of spring … and the Envirothon

Thursday, March 1, 2012

As I sit and look at the weather outside, the sun is shining and it is almost 40 degrees in February in Ohio. Wow, what’s next? Spring, and along with spring comes Envirothon. What is the Envirothon? It is a competitive outdoor environmental education event for area high school students. Area III Envirothon will be […]

Tire chains, sleds and snow in the good old days

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I once worked with a guy who fancied himself a comedian. One sunny morning he said to me: “It’s gonna be tough sleddin’ today!” “Why?” I asked, taking the bait. “There’s no snow!” he answered triumphantly. This winter it’s been tough sledding for kids in most of the northern parts of the country that usually […]

Let the teen years roll along

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The comment that my children are “amazingly well behaved” accompanied an email forward of a video-gone-viral that has blanketed the media. The video features a father so fed up with his snotty teenage daughter that he read her the riot act before videotaping himself shooting her laptop in retaliation. Some called it child abuse. Me, […]

Early mourning dove nest in central Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 1, 2012

While perusing the notes on the PaBirds listserv last week, a subject line from Feb. 17 caught my eye. It was posted by a friend of more than 20 years, and it read, “My annual dove!” Kermit Henning of Mechanicsburg, a town located just west of Harrisburg, reported that for the fourth consecutive year he […]

What is the grain market telling us?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

As corn and soybeans cash prices flutter around their post-harvest highs, a farmer telephones with a question: How do February’s stronger prices compare to 2010 season average prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton? Well, let’s see. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, the national average cash price for 2010 corn was $6.38 per […]

Dirt don’t hurt … and it might help

Thursday, March 1, 2012

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I read with interest the academic study report just released that says growing up on a farm impacts immune system health in a positive way. The University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences research has shown that spending early life in a complex farm environment increased the number […]

Growing up

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Do you remember when you were a little child and people would ask you the question, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” I recall being asked that question many times. Some of the professions of interest to me at that time were farmer, carpenter, mechanic, plumber, business man and many more. […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 1, 2012:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA sent members Feb. 9 to compete at district job interview contest at Buckeye Career Center. Four members participated in four divisions. In division I Shyann Kick placed first, in division II Mandy Taylor placed first, in division III Audrey Ivers placed third, and in division IV Casey Schlauch […]

Kasich staff reviewing Ohio’s ag nutrient management plan

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Water quality recommendations being reviewed by Kasich policy staff.

Penn State Extension to hold beginning farmer workshop

Thursday, March 1, 2012

MERCER, Pa. — A beginning farmer workshop will be held on March 23 at the Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office, 463 N. Perry Highway, Mercer. This full-day forum will allow you to tap into the knowledge of experts and experienced farmers to answer the necessary questions to start your own farming operation. This innovative workshop […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of MArch 1, 2012:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio — The Garrettsville Town Trotters 4-H club is seeking new members in grades kindergarten through 12. For more information contact the club at towntrotters@yahoo.com, call Renee Doraski at 330-647-8738 or attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. March 12 at Freedom Town Hall. * * * WINONA, Ohio — The Lone Ranger 4-H […]

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