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Blogging Farmers: Social media and farming

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Will Flannigan examines the way farmers are using social media to get their message across.

Experts say prostate cancer screening should vary with patients’ history

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Men have a 16 percent lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer, but most of these cancers do not become evident. In fact, autopsy studies show that prostate cancer is present in two-thirds of men over 80 and in one-third of younger men.

At a loss for words: Talking to elderly parents about end-of-life

Friday, June 29, 2012

As far as conversations with parents go, talking with them about moving into a nursing home and other end-of-life issues may be the hardest.

U.S. farmers plant largest corn crop since 1937

Friday, June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — U.S. farmers planted 96.4 million acres of corn, up 5 percent from last year, making it the highest corn acreage in the last 75 years, according to the acreage report released June 29 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This marks the fourth year in a row of increases in corn […]

Ohio, eight other Mississippi River Basin states to receive watershed funds

Friday, June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced $8.4 million in financial assistance to support 23 new partnership projects in several Mississippi River Basin states under USDA’s Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. Ohio is set to receive $700,000. These projects will fund producer activities that will avoid, control and trap sediment and nutrient […]

Spangler Candy Co.: Sweet part of Ohio agriculture

Friday, June 29, 2012

Since 1906, Spangler has been buying U.S. corn and sugar to make candy in Bryan, Ohio.

Spangler CEO tells ag group sugar policy hurts manufacturing, jobs

Friday, June 29, 2012

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The president and chief executive officer for Spangler Candy Co. told a group of farmers and farm-related industries he could double his business in five or 10 years if he could have just one thing. Kirk Vashaw, who is the fourth generation to work for the company and has been president […]

GovDelivery offers farmers FSA info. electronically

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hello Again, Farmers in our area have really embraced the new forms of electronic technology. A lot of farm families now have a computer and Internet service. More and more of you are getting your grain or milk prices electronically, and the majority of you are able to check the weather forecasts on your smartphones. […]

Steubenville Saddle Club celebrates 65 years

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sixty-five years after it began, the Steubenville Saddle Club will celebrate its anniversary with a special horse show at the grounds July 1.

Ag research can help fight cancer? Vilsack visits Ohio State

Thursday, June 28, 2012

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Ohio State University to make connection between food and health.

Start your own family tradition in Canada

Thursday, June 28, 2012

ABOVE: Columnist Mike Tontimonia’s grandson Ian Frame won fishing honors at the family’s annual “guys” trip, with a huge 12-pound walleye that he landed on our last evening on Lake Temagami. TEMAGAMI, Ontario — Although a chubby bird and all the fixings have been our traditional Father’s Day meal, a menu change seemed appropriate this […]

Remembering family’s connection to War of 1812

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two of my ancestors on my mother’s side of the family took part in the forgotten war, the War of 1812, in its campaign in Ohio.

A golden goose for chicken feed

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Every week for 19 years this 170 square-foot, two-dog, one-person office has declared its complete devotion to numbers. For example, just last week we found it completely fascinating that in just three days this month 100 U.S. senators offered 302 amendments to an ag committee-approved 2012 farm bill that already ran more than 1,000 pages. […]

Monroe SWCD and county commissioners form new partnership

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Soil and Water Districts across the state work with other organizations on a daily basis. Our partnerships are one of the most valuable aspects of our agencies. When the Monroe County auditor needed assistance with inspecting properties on the Current Agricultural Use Value program, a partnership was formed with the Soil and Water District. For […]

Bearing up to the call of the wild

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It’s long been a dream of mine to not be eaten by a bear. This hasn’t been a difficult dream to fulfill since I have always resided, quite smugly, in a state that claimed to have no bears beyond the zoo and an occasional misplaced Chicago football fan. This is why people live in the […]

Life cycle is most apparent on farm

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of June 28, 2012:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

CORTLAND, Ohio — Several members of the Brookfield 4-H club visited Starr Manufacturing in Vienna, Ohio, June 21 to present a plaque to Andreas and Dale Foerster for sponsoring 4-H. There will also be a sign honoring the company in the Trumbull County Fair poultry barn. Brookfield 4-H club used the donation to purchase all […]

Don’t blame the weatherman for the black clouds at the dairy wedding

Thursday, June 28, 2012

As I write this column in mid-June, the dairy and feed markets are displaying much uncertainty and even some incoherence. The increase in milk futures over the last two weeks has no fundamentals; it just doesn’t make sense.

Pollinators wildly interesting this time of year

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A few days ago my eyes began to itch. Grass and tree pollen trigger allergies that will continue until the first frost. But pollen is a necessary evil. It is essential for the reproduction of flowering plants. Pollen originates in the stamens of flowers. It is essentially the sperm that must reach another flower’s pistols […]

The Golden Rule

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How easy it is to forget the Golden Rule. Recently, I have been writing often about subjects that I believe could change our world and make it better; today I am writing about the Golden Rule.

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