Archive for November, 2012

His first locomotive hauled coal. Rest is history

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In 1814, George Stephenson built his first locomotive for hauling coal from the mine where he worked.

Stay on the sunny side of life

Thursday, January 31, 2013

About the time I hear myself complaining about the price of gasoline, it is then that I realize it could be worse, and I change my attitude and make the best of it.

Turning 40 isn’t as bad as they say

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Much press and sitcom angst is given to turning 30. Popular expression would have us believe turning 30 is the social and personal equivalent of having one foot in the grave, your best years behind you, and no hope of ever looking cute again. To this I say, drivel. Stages. While my 20s were a […]

OSU to offer two-hour webinars to discuss 2013 farm tax issues

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello Northeast Ohio! I cannot believe that January has come to a close already. 2013 has already been an interesting year due to the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in early January. This fiscal cliff legislation includes a nine-month partial farm bill extension. Congress will now have until Oct. 1 to […]

Annual tillage conference March 5-6

Thursday, January 31, 2013

COLUMBUS, — When it became apparent that the dry spell many Ohio growers experienced last year would become the worst drought in 50 years, David Brandt wasn’t worried about how well corn and soybeans on his 1,150-acre farm would fare. Natural insurance The Carroll, Ohio, farmer instead relied upon a natural form of insurance that […]

Love is what made the world what it is

Thursday, January 31, 2013

“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”— Linda Hogan, born 1947, Native American writer Years ago, I met a man whose ancestry was often mentioned in general conversation. Each story, interesting […]

Walk through D.C. gives history lesson

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The stroll to the U.S. Capitol is leisurely despite a soft winter sun and hard northwest breeze to encourage a quicker pace. Treasuring the moment I resist the farm urge to hurry; I take my time because this may be my last long walk in Washington, D.C. for a while and I want to savor […]

Focusing in on conservation

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So much of life depends upon your point of view. Everyone has different experiences and learns from a unique perspective. My grade school consisted of two classes per grade level and each had a different teacher. I discovered early on that, although I was in the same grade at the same school as my first […]

FSA offers microloans: cultivating big dreams on a smaller scale

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello again! The Farm Service Agency is now offering a new microloan program designed to assist small family farms, beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers with operating credit. The microloan program was developed to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and the smallest of family farm operations. The microloan offers a […]

Wildmans bring transparency to swine industry

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ohio swine farm moving toward more transparency, greater efficiency as a feeder-only operation.

Ohio Fair Managers induct four into hall of fame

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

COLUMBUS — Four new members were inducted into the Ohio Fair Managers Association Hall of Fame during the 88th Annual Ohio Fairs Annual Convention held Jan. 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. Inducted into the Active Category were Robert J. Dawson, from Lake County, and William J. Locker, of Stark County. John McDavid, […]

Survey: Horses are a $23.4 billion industry in Kentucky

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is home to 242,400 horses and the total value of the state’s equine and equine-related assets is estimated at $23.4 billion, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey. The comprehensive statewide survey of all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules was the first such study since 1977. Results Conducted between […]

Farm Service Agency announces program updates

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 farm bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation commodity, disaster and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs. Programs The extended programs include, among […]

USDA to start MILC payments Feb. 5

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency will issue payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program for the September 2012 marketings, beginning Feb. 5.

Let’s do lunch — and snacks

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

That screaming sound you heard should not alarm anyone but me and my pants. After a really successful 2013 where I ate healthier than ever, felt better than ever, and dropped 35 pounds of chub (mostly from my extra chin and midriff), I stepped onto a scale to discover that 10 of those pounds had […]

Utica and Marcellus shale: Landowners seek court ruling on the legality of holding land

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two Jefferson County landowners are seeking a summary judgment in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, on a joint lawsuit they filed last year against the Hess Energy Corporation.

DFA to pay $158.6 million in antitrust settlement

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The milk marketing co-op reached a deal on the eve the lawsuit alleging price fixing was set to begin at trial.

Grain market steady by jerks

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Current U.S. grain market movement is in a trading range, and no progress is being made.

Stark County couple, Kris and Becky Vincent, receives top award from Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

Monday, January 28, 2013

Kris and Becky Vincent, of East Canton, Ohio, received this year’s Industry Excellence Award from the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.

OSU researchers working to increase blackberry and raspberry production

Monday, January 28, 2013

Researchers with Ohio State University Extension are in the midst of a multi-year project studying alternative planting methods to help Ohio growers increase the production of two small, increasingly popular fruits that many health experts hail as “superfoods.”

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