Monday, May 16, 2022

Aaron and Tara Helmick's dairy made sense financially, but it was burning them out. Sheep have given them a new lease on life.
A sheep stands broadside to the camera in a pasture with other sheep in the background

The sheep industry is going through a revival of sorts. Prices for lambs and ewes hit record highs in 2021, following a year of solid growth in 2020. People consumed more lamb last year than they have in two decades. 
water drop

An Ohio bill that would deregulate some ephemeral features has moved to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk, with mixed reactions from conservation groups. House Bill 175 will remove ephemeral streams, but not wetlands, from regulation under the state’s water pollution control programs.
echinacea flowers

Improve the ecosystem in your backyard and learn how to plant native coneflowers in your garden or landscape this spring.
Dean McIlvaine

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has named the 2022 recipients of its Stewardship and Service awards.
Ron Snyder

When Ron Snyder makes management decisions for his Wood County farm, he's trying to promote the biological activity within the soil.

The Ohio legislature passed a bill that could help make the road to farming easier for beginning farmers. House Bill 95 authorizes tax credits both for beginning farmers who attend a financial management program, and for people and businesses who sell or rent farmland, equipment, livestock or buildings to beginning farmers.
planting soybeans

Farmers are expecting to plant a record 91 million acres of soybeans this year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s March 31 Prospective Plantings report.
Elderberry bushes

If you have a wet yard, consider planting trees, shrubs and groundcovers that are more tolerant to wet conditions.
white and orange syringe on white surface

Beginning in June 2023, farmers won’t be able to buy any over-the-counter antibiotics for their animals. This will be a big change for farmers, many of whom are accustomed to doing much of their own veterinary care.