Farm and Dairy’s week in review: 6/03


Here’s this week’s top stories from Farm and Dairy

1. Backyard poultry takes more than just a little chicken feed:

Raising chickens in a backyard isn’t as simple as buying chicken feed, lots of work goes into keeping chickens healthy and safe. Here’s a few tips to get started with backyard poultry.

2. Shale boom: Pa. leading the way in May:

The number of shale gas and oil permits remained strong in May. Harrison County, Ohio, led the state with the most permits issued with 16. Ten permits were issued in Noble County and 7 additional permits were issued in Carroll County.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 686 horizontal permits have been issued in total, with 335 wells having been drilled.

3. Barn geocaching tour features 54 barns:

Geocaching is a recreational activity that involves participants using GPS to play hide and seek with containers called “geocaches.”

Clinton County, Ohio, will be unveiling a new GeoTrail June 29. The trail includes geocaches at more than 30 barn sites across the county.

Happy hunting!

4. 15 questions to ask before purchasing farmland:

Growing demand has driven up farmland values in many areas across the country, making it even more important to carefully consider the options. Whether farmers are using cash or borrowing money, buying land should include a well-researched financial plan.

We have 15 questions you should ask before making that big decision.

5. Column- Lyme disease may be a big problem in 2013:

Did you know cases of Lyme disease in Ohio are increasing? According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there were 24,364 confirmed cases of the disease in 2011.

Scott Shalaway describes how to prevent Lyme disease and what to do if you find a tick attached to your skin.


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Will Flannigan is Farm and Dairy's online editor. He grew up in Salem, Ohio, and is new to the agricultural scene. Will enjoys hiking, community theater and learning new things.



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