Archive for October, 2013


Madison County, Ohio, woman dies after H3N2v swine flu virus exposure

Friday, August 31, 2012

The death of a 61-year-old female Madison County, Ohio, resident is being linked to the H3N2v ‘swine flu’ virus.

New funding available to help urban farm efforts

Friday, August 31, 2012

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio – Cuyahoga County urban farmers are now eligible to receive more than $132,000 in federal financial assistance. The Cleveland Seasonal High Tunnel Pilot Project was announced Aug. 27 by U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge with Dave White, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The […]

Youngstown’s growing urban farming culture

Friday, August 31, 2012

YOUNGSTOWN — The houses in Youngstown’s Idora neighborhood, on the city’s south side, run the gamut from historical Tudors with well-manicured lawns and multi-car garages to smaller single family homes in desperate need of repair. Then throw in a few foreclosed homes and overgrown lots and you get a picture of a fairly ordinary neighborhood […]

Practicing good stewardship with Goodness Grows

Friday, August 31, 2012

GREENFORD, Ohio — What began as an initiative to create a “community of faith,” has grown into a mission that creatively involves non-profits, chruches, individuals and families in order to help the community grow its way out of hunger and poverty. Goodness Grows is the brainchild of Pastor Steve Fortenberry and the congregation of Common […]

At son’s high school orientation, they forgot to give me key information

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I have had the date for high school orientation on my calendar for six weeks. I kept avoiding and ignoring it — as if by refusing to acknowledge its existence, I would never have to attend.

Adjust the combine for drought-stricken crops

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Drought-stricken soybeans and corn present a number of challenges at harvest. Grain with very low moisture content is difficult to keep clean and intact. However, a few simple combine adjustments can help to prevent grain damage and loss.

Mules have many good attributes, but don’t leave them behind

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Western packers (wranglers and cowboys who move gear on the backs of sturdy animals) love a good mule and it’s easy to see why. A creation of planned outcross breeding, a mule is the result of crossing a mare and a donkey; and a mule, typically anyways, is a fine beast of burden indeed. Mules […]

Gray tree frogs can be noisy masters of disguise

Thursday, August 30, 2012

July was too hot and dry for man or beast. One of the consequences is that evenings were quiet. I don’t think I heard a frog or toad the entire month. The gray tree frog Then the rains came, and the temperature dipped. Toads began to trill each evening, and the nightly chorus of crickets […]

The needs are the same across the state- FSA Andy

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello again! The past few months I have had the opportunity to “go back” and assist the producers in Carroll County with their FSA paperwork, a couple of days a week. I have been out of the Carroll County office for more than 16 years but it was great to catch up with producers and […]

Sorting lies, distortions and lawsuits

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Somewhere along the line, it became acceptable to bend and break the record of public figures and firms without any consequence whatsoever. Shortly thereafter, distortion and deception replaced discussion and debate and yelling and lying replaced compromise and progress. And that’s just in agriculture; in politics, it’s even worse. The latest farm and food fight […]


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