Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

A lot to learn from cowboy poetry

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — As best as Dean Armstrong can figure, he was at least 18 months old before he started writing. OK, maybe he wasn’t that young, but the cowboy poet has been filling up pages with his thoughts ever since he learned to spell. Anyone who writes knows words can be personal, but last […]

Farmers see a dramatic drop in dairy prices

Friday, February 20, 2009

A dismal decline in milk prices during recent months has left America’s dairy farmers facing devastating circumstances. Thanks to the global economic recession and growing dairy supplies, milk prices are down more than 50 percent from last summer. The tumble comes on the heels of all-time highs in 2007 and the second-highest level on record in 2008.

Tractor puller is ready for Last Ride

Thursday, February 19, 2009

James Wood (center) accepted a trophy in 1973 for taking first place in his class at the tractor pulling championship in Louisville, Ky. Now, he’s working on his final pulling tractor — a project he calls Last Ride.

Farmers see 2008 CAUV rates increase

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An increase in 2008 Current Agricultural Use Value rates has many Ohio farmers wondering what happened to a program that typically helps them save a substantial amount of money on property taxes.

Watch love grow

Friday, February 6, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Anyone can give chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but now there’s a vegetable that allows you to declare your undying devotion. The I Love You Bean is rather self-explanatory — it’s a lima bean with the words I Love You etched onto the bean. As it sprouts, the words of affection appear. It’s […]

Ohio Maple Days: There’s so much to say about syrup

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KIDRON, Ohio — As technology improves, our production practices tend to change. Whether you’re milking cows or growing apples, it’s natural to check out the latest trends and newest equipment. But cutting-edge innovations often come with a big price tag, so how can you be sure those new ideas are worth a hefty initial investment?

New program will boost consumer confidence in the dairy industry

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A new program called Farmers Assuring Responsible Management has been created to boost consumer confidence in the U.S. dairy industry. Designed to show the dairy industry’s commitment to the highest levels of animal care and quality assurance, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management is a joint effort between the National Milk Producers Federation and […]

Meetings offer advice for beef farmers

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Turbulent change has rattled the beef industry recently, leaving many producers wondering how to take the next step. A February meeting series called Managing Dynamic Change in the Beef Industry will guide farmers through the process of understanding today’s beef cattle business. Topics to be covered include herd profitability; buying, selling and […]

Cattleman finds perfect combination

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dave Noll thinks about expected progeny differences and corn gluten and how many round bales he needs to get through winter. He builds fence and drives tractors and vaccinates cows. It’s the stuff that farming is made of.

Alaron Corp. receives award for conservation efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alaron Conservancy has received the Conservation Business of the Year award from the Lawrence County Conservation District.

New vaccine for Johne’s disease

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Researchers are making progress in the fight against Johne’s disease. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently developed a vaccine that prevents this contagious and often fatal bacterial infection.

Dexters: Small cattle with big potential

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.

Pennsylvania FFA: From trash to tractor

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It started with an ad on eBay. Someone in Pymatuning, Pa., was getting rid of a rusted, broken-down 1937 Farmall F12 and at $535, Kenny and Brandon Ball thought it was a pretty good deal. The father-son team liked to restore antique tractors and they thought that parts from the F12 could be used on one of their current projects. It was 2001 when they bought the tractor and took it to their New Castle, Pa., home. Brandon was only 9 years old.

Calling for the crown

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There was an anxious buzz in the air at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. Nov. 18. In a small room at the back of the building, 28 auctioneers crowded together, each one waiting for his chance to take the auction block.

How big is your carbon footprint?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

These days, it’s all about being green. From our water bottles to our vehicles, Americans look for products that are kind to the environment, promote conservation and create sustainability.

Jefferson Co. SWCD celebrates a good year

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — Eight years ago, Eugene Battlochi decided to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion on his Ross Township farm in Jefferson County. He turned to local conservation agencies for help and since then, the beef farmer has installed fencing, water systems, an access road and livestock use protection area to safeguard environmentally […]

Dandelions deliver a promising future

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — As talk of alternative sources for natural rubber bounces around Ohio, scientists in the Buckeye State are looking toward a type of dandelion to change the face of the rubber industry. The Russian dandelion, or Taraxacum kok-saghyz, is native to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, but researchers at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development […]

Don’t get burned: Make fire safety a priority

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Every year, hundreds of barns around the country go up in smoke. In many cases, hay, straw, machinery and livestock are also lost in these fiery tragedies. But the good news is that nearly all barn fires are preventable. “The only fire you cannot prevent is arson,” said Laurie Loveman, an officer […]

Ag Encounter

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hundreds of fourth graders swarmed through the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Oct. 7-8 to get a glimpse of how agriculture affects everything from their shoes to their snacks.

Calves attacked on Pa. farm

Thursday, October 9, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Three newborn Holstein calves have been skinned alive at a farm in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. During the past several weeks, farmer Lou Diamond has reported three separate attacks on the animals at his Masontown, Pa., dairy farm. The attacks began during the night of Sept. 21, with three calves being skinned over […]

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