5 stories farmers read this week: Feb. 6, 2016

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5 stories collage: Feb. 6, 2016

Here are this week’s most read stories on FarmandDairy.com:

1. Nutrient field studies starting to show results

Nutrient run-off is a hot topic in the western Lake Erie basin. Scientists are working to determine how nutrients are leaving farmers’ fields and getting into Lake Erie.

Ohio Farmers Union members heard from Ohio’s state conservationist and a soil drainage researcher from the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently to learn about how scientists are going to conduct research on nutrient management practices.

2. OFBF Young Ag Professionals Conference boasts record attendance

Reporter Catie Noyes gives a recap of last weekend’s conference that brought in more than 700 of Ohio’s young ag professionals.

Besides learning about the importance of agvocacy, attendees participated in various breakout sessions and heard from keynote speakers including Monsanto’s executive vice president and a senior lecturer from the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business

3. Henry Bergfeld found life’s passion with Angus cattle

Henry Bergfeld’s love of Black Angus cattle started when he was growing up on his family’s Westmoreland County sheep farm. After seeing Black Angus cattle at the county fair barn, he bought his first heifer in 1952. After that, he showed cattle and become a well-respected judge.

Last month, Bergfeld received the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Beef Industry Excellence award. He and his wife, Dona, are still active in the Angus beef industry and keep about 45 head of cattle at their Summitville, Ohio, farm.

4. Which seeds should I start indoors?

Gardeners have been poring over seed catalogs for over a month now, choosing varieties for this year’s garden.

Some seeds can be started indoors before the last frost date. Learn which varieties grow well when started indoors, and which varieties are better off being directly sown outdoors.

5. 6 ideas for gardening with kids

From fun crafts and projects to learning opportunities, getting your kids involved in gardening can help them develop an appreciation of where their food comes from, as well as a better understanding of how plants grow and how they must be taken care of.

Check out these six ideas for involving your kids in the garden this year.

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