Archive for April, 2013

Dodge donates $1 million to FFA, compiles book with farming photos

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Donation stems from views of Paul Harvey “Farmer” advertisement after Super Bowl airing.

Farm bill conservation programs and the continuing resolution

Thursday, October 31, 2013

First EQIP application selection Nov. 15.

Fertilizer prices: Many factors to consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many factors will influence fertilizer prices this fall, into 2014

‘Find joy in learning new things, always’

Thursday, October 31, 2013

“It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.” — Anna Quindlen This past week I had the good fortune of visiting with one of my very favorite people, a 90-plus-year-old woman named Susan, […]

Duck hunting: React and see what happens

Thursday, October 31, 2013

There’s just the slightest hint of light to the east, a promise of coming action. The law says that shooting time is one half hour before published daylight and duck hunters on the whole follow that decree to the minute. Digging in a pocket produced a new watch for a time check. Ducks It would […]

ODA gives tips for people stocking up on firewood

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As winter quickly approaches and more Ohioans look to firewood to help heat their homes, David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is asking Ohioans to be aware of some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.

Who wants to be a milk millionaire?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who wants to be a millionaire? If we are talking about owning dollars, lots of people would volunteer. If we are talking about milk sold per worker, we would usually say yes, at least a million pounds per worker. But a funny thing happened this year, or rather last year according to the recently released […]

Stripping is not for sissies

Thursday, October 31, 2013

“It has so much CHARM” I said. “It has so much CHARACTER” I said. “Just shoot me now” I said. The latter as I entered hour nine of the stripping of the endless layers of wallpaper in the dressing room of our home. It’s a small room and, as such, was slated to be a […]

MILC deadline is Nov. 1

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency, reminds producers final production evidence and any supporting documentation for the Milk Income Loss Contract program must be submitted by Nov. 1. This is for eligible months (including fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013) that MILC payments were available.Statutory authority for the MILC program expired Sept. 30. […]

God’s promises

Thursday, October 31, 2013

How do you define the word, “promise”? I thought a long time about it and finally decided I would use a dictionary. I looked up the word promise and found this definition: promise — a declaration made, as to another person, with respect to the future, giving assurance that one will do, not do, give, […]

Grazing corn residue has nutrition and benefits for pastures in the fall

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Corn harvest continues across the state and for every bushel harvested there is between 14 to 16 pounds of corn residue dry matter left in the field. Graziers need to view that residue as a resource opportunity. In recent years, between 3.3 to 3.6 million acres of corn have been harvested for grain in Ohio. […]

Could Congress learn a lesson from its history?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some things never change: In 1981, the White House and Congress were locked in a farm bill fight the likes of which no one had seen before. On one side was an overwhelmingly Democratic House and Senate that wanted more active federal policies on export embargoes, target prices and dairy support prices. They easily had […]

Five Halloween symbols deconstructed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

People familiar with Halloween know that certain animals, symbols and imagery are commonly used as decorations, with a goal of setting a mysterious and frightful scene. But some of these same items are far more innocuous when examined after Halloween has come and gone.

Dark-eyed juncos — a sure sign of winter

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Call them juncos or snowbirds, their return means temperatures are dropping and snow will soon fly.

New Frontier Academy: New school, new opportunity

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Next Frontier Academy will help students gather the same skills as leadership and entrepreneurship by using the agriculture industry to grow those skills.

Set the stage for Halloween with classic horror films

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Horror is in the air come Halloween. For those who enjoy a good fright, watching a scary flick with a bucket of popcorn in hand can be just the trick.

Are farm tours on your calendar? They should be

Thursday, October 31, 2013

By Deb Bigelow What do tourism, agriculture, fall foliage, history and conservation have in common? In Coshocton County it would be our Fall Foliage and Farm Tour, held annually the third weekend of October. This tour highlights farms, agribusinesses, historical sites and the beautiful landscape of our area with vibrant fall colors. Our tour is […]

Timely reminders from Farm Service Agency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hello friends, It is good to be back! First off, I would like to apologize for our recent absence from this spot in the Farm and Dairy and also for not being in the office providing assistance. I have talked with many of my colleagues since the government shutdown has ended, and the overwhelming opinion […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of October 31, 2013:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

BELLEVUE, Ohio — The Bellevue FFA General Livestock Judging Team recently returned to Ohio after representing the state at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, Pa. The team took part in a Junior Livestock Judging Contest, competing against other FFA teams and 4-H teams from across the country. Team members are Nick Erf, Lauren […]

Soil food web class will be offered in Youngstown

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

YOUNGSTOWN — Dr. Elaine Ingham, Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute, will lead a three-day class on the soil food web, Nov. 1-3, at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown Ohio. This class will illustrate nutrient cycling through examining the biological agents of plant nutrient dynamics in the context of soil chemistry, biology and soil ecological […]


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