2016 Top Stories of the Year

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Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016

Top OCJ/OAN videos of 2016  1. Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through sale Don Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent his last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection was up for sale this [...]

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1. Noteworthy rule changes for showing livestock in 2016

This story early in the year laid out some of the specifics of new livestock rules for Ohio and the reasoning behind the rule changes. Unfortunately there were five Ohio Department of Agriculture investigations regarding livestock exhibition in 2015, up from three in 2014. In response to these types of problems, it seems that rulebooks [...]

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Les Imboden sits on a mountainside on a recent trip to Brazil, taking his own advice to travel and gain different perspectives. Photo by Stacie McCracken, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.

2. Tough lessons from the 80s for a new generation of hardships

A must-read for every farmer — Les Imboden is brutally honest about the tough lessons and realities on the farm through the 1980s. Farming offers a wonderful way of life, but many have learned the hard way that it must also run as a business. The 80s changed Les Imboden’s life and his advice can [...]

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3. You’re teaching my daughter what in health class??

A misguided health teacher tangled with the wrong farm broadcaster when showing the film “Food, Inc.” to a sixth grade health class that included the daughter of Ty Higgins. Ty politely, but very firmly, informed the teacher and school administration exactly what he thought and he found a fairly receptive new audience. 

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Preble County farmer Fred Voge

4. The livestock barn of the future

“Monoslopes are the barn of the future,” said Francis L. Fluharty, research professor in The Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences. “The design has the high side of the barn facing south or southeast, which allows the sun to reach almost all the way through the barn in the winter, having a warming effect on [...]

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5. Piketon farmer’s ingenuity scores him a U.S. patent

One hot summer of dealing with the task of connecting his old 330 John Deere hay baler’s driveshaft to the PTO of his John Deere 6230 was quite enough for 80-year-old Roy Noel. As Noel was working on his rolling-hill farm in Pike County, he came up with a solution for this painstaking chore and [...]

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6. An open letter to Wood County Fair youth exhibitors

In response to activists that petitioned to end a 50-year tradition of the “Catch a Pig” event in Wood County, Ty Higgins wrote an open letter encouraging the youth exhibitors to represent agriculture well despite the off-color picket signs and questionable tactics employed by protesters. This is definitely worth a read for all youth exhibitors [...]

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8. If a farmer became President…

Though we tried to mostly stay out of the historically ridiculous 2016 presidential campaigns, it would be impossible to cover the last year of news without some references. Ty Higgins’ take on how things could be different if a farmer resided in the White House was a very popular post leading up to Election Day.

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9. Honey I shrunk the combine

It seems like every farm show across the U.S. was unveiling the biggest and best technology and machinery agriculture has to offer, but at some of these shows farmers and farm enthusiasts alike were getting a glimpse at something a little bit tinier. Kansas farmer Alan VanNahmen has built one-quarter and one-third scale replicas of [...]

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