5 stories farmers read this week: Jan. 30, 2016

5 stories collage: Jan. 30, 2016

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

1. Ohio State’s acting ag dean, Ron Hendrick, takes top spot at Michigan State

Ron Hendrick, Ohio State University’s acting vice president for agricultural administration and acting ag dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science, will be recommended as dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Hendricks is an MSU alumnus.

2. Power Show Ohio is rolling into Columbus

The 46th annual Power Show Ohio is being held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus through Jan. 30. The show is known for bringing together agriculture, construction and outdoor power equipment.

More than 500 brands of equipment is shown at the show and there are also daily educational seminars.

3. #FFAProud: Let’s encourage conversation

Earlier this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published a blog post that undermined the values found in the National FFA Organization’s code of ethics.

In response, Farm and Dairy reporter Catie Noyes shares her personal experience as an FFA alumna, which explains why she stands up for FFA. She reminds advocates of programs like 4-H and FFA to encourage open conversations and to live by FFA’s values.

4. Houseplants add color and life to indoor spaces during winter

Don’t give up on growing plants just because temperatures are below freezing and snow is falling. Make use of your home during winter to grow houseplants.

Farm and Dairy online columnist Ivory Harlow explains how to regulate temperature, humidity and light for plants. She gives pointers for choosing appropriate containers and potting medium, and explains watering and fertilizer schedules to keep houseplants healthy during the winter months. Harlow also lists 10 easy-to-grow houseplants.

5. Henry Bergfeld receives Ohio Cattlemen’s Association top award

Henry Bergfeld of Pine Hill Farm, Summitville, Ohio, received the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Industry Excellence award at the group’s annual meeting and awards banquet. Aside from his leadership roles in the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, the Certified Angus Beef Board, American Angus Association Board and the Ohio Angus Association, Bergfeld was part of the forming of the Buckeye Beef Improvement Federation.

Pete Conkle, another Columbiana County cattleman, won the OCA’s Environmental Stewardship award. Conkle runs a grass-fed Red Angus operation near Hanoverton. Conkle works for the Columbiana County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Commercial Cattleman of the Year award was presented to the Rauch Family of Rauclif Farms, Washington County.

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