Sunday, January 17, 2021
The midway at the Canfield Fair.

With a pandemic still in full swing, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill that would have reopened county fairs. Senate Bill 375, which would have voided a July public health order to restrict Ohio fairs to junior fairs only, passed the Ohio legislature in December with largely partisan votes and discussions.
harvest hops

Hops for Brewing is a hybrid program with online and in-person components hosted by Shippensburg University to teacher people how to grow and market hops.
Capitol dome, Washington D.C., Farm and Dairy file photo

On Jan. 6, as legislators worked on certifying the Electoral College vote, a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, following a Trump rally. The riot resulted in five deaths, according to The Associated Press.
Ohio farmland

The Ohio Office of Farmland Preservation is not accepting applications for its Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program this year.
Frank Burkett, Adam Sharp

In an effort to diversify its revenue stream, Ohio Farm Bureau recently purchased the ag newspaper Ohio’s Country Journal and radio network Ohio Ag Net.
Jacob sheep

Just as environment and expectations are key for livestock guardian dog training, Tarma Shena says these aspects are crucial for livestock selection, too.
compost

Learn to perfect the recipe for your compost before you get started to maximize nutrients and optimize the rate at which organic material is broken down.
A bowl of food with rice, vegetables and protein.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans Dec. 29. These guidelines will be the basis for national health objectives, food assistance and meal programs and nutrition education efforts until the next edition of the guidelines comes out in 2025.
chickadee

A group of birdwatchers made a little local history, doing the Christmas bird count in a circle based in Canton for the first time in 70 years.
A woman stands in a greenhouse holding a baby.

This year has been a mixed bag for farmers. A global pandemic brought challenges with processing and logistics, in addition to health concerns. That same pandemic shifted focus back to local food, as larger systems struggled. It’s been a year of adapting, adjusting plans and solving problems on the fly. Some have struggled. Others have seen their businesses boom.