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OFBF members meet with Congressman Steve Stivers

Ohio farm groups talk policy in DC

In mid-March, farmers representing the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association traveled to Washington D.C. to talk to policy makers about a number of issues pertaining to agriculture. Topics included trade, immigration, the RFS and GMO labeling.

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This may or may not be a photo of a large cat print in Ohio.

Creature weekend is approaching – Send me your photos

My recent blogs about coy wolves and mountain lions have garnered much attention. Some folks think these creatures only live in people’s imaginations while others believe they do indeed live in Ohio. Since writing these blogs, I have received trail camera photos and stories from hunters. Several of the pictures and first hand accounts do [...]

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“Expanding goat” and friends deliver unexpected numbers

We were awakened at 4 a.m. by a goat in labor on a day when the temperatures started out below zero and the high was in the single digits. When I bred the goats last fall, I never imagined that in late February the temperatures would be so brutal. Despite the below zero temperatures, we [...]

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The elephant NOT in the room

I am a consumer. I like to have choices and I am a certified meat-atarian. If you throw it on the grill I will eat it. Although I have never looked at a label when buying food for my family to enjoy, I do not belittle those that do. My farming background has given me [...]

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Horsin’ around in the snow

Fred and Darlena Chettle of Wellsville don’t let snow and cold weather keep them from enjoying driving their Percheron horses in the winter. On the occasion shown in the photos with this blog Fred is driving Ethel, an 11-year-old grey Percheron mare, and Apollo, a coming three-year-old Percheron gelding. Charlie, the farm dog, made sure [...]

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No manure application on frozen ground!

No spreading manure on frozen ground!

They say I should not apply manure in the snow, And they’re writin’ up legislation to make sure that I know. And I’ll do my part, take it to heart, to get cleaner water, that’s for sure, But of geese and politicians, who spreads the most manure? So when there’s too much P in the [...]

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Newell Kitchen is with the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit.

The equation for improving water quality

In just one short presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Newell Kitchen provided a great example that illustrates the complexities of the vexing water quality issues in Ohio agriculture. Kitchen is with the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit. Over the last two decades he has worked to address [...]

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Agriculture and Budweiser, labeled with pride

As I write this, I am getting ready to wrap up my stay in Phoenix after covering Commodity Classic. Every time I come to Classic, I am inspired. I’m not sure if that’s because I see some great farmer-friends who make our industry the best in America, the shiny iron of all colors displayed throughout [...]

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Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Don’t feed wildlife this winter

Looking out a window on a cold winter day to the site of hungry wildlife munching happily on food intentionally provided for them by landowners can create an image that warms the heart and soul. Home and land owners often believe they are helping these creatures during the leaner times of winter by leaving food [...]

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Draft horse enjoying the snow

Percheron stallion celebrates start of breeding season with snow romp

No matter what kind of  livestock are raised on a farm, birthing and breeding seasons are always exciting times as producers plan for the next generation of animals that will come into the world on their farms. As it turns out, the people living on the farms aren’t always the only ones that become excited [...]

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