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Gov. John Kasich is working on executive orders to further regulate farm nutrient application.

Red states, blue states and green water

I have been doing this writing/reporting/interviewing job for a while now. One of the first things I learned was, even at the risk of making myself sound dumb, I always try to admit my lack of knowledge about something and ask the questions needed to amend it. This is a good general policy and, in [...]

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Grandpa Frank Deeds with some of his great grandchildren

When grandpa’s not around

I have written about my grandfathers several times. I lost my last one in March. He was 98. My brother, Jeff (an OCJ marketing specialist) is taking on the writing duties this time. Jeff is helping to fill in on the farm now that Grandpa isn’t around and he had this to say about the [...]

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Ty met Owen Niese in Crawford County as he was "chasing dust" during the 2018 planting season

Young farmers gaining ground

One of the most popular statistics thrown around about agriculture is that the average age of the American farmer is 58. Although this figure is causing some anxiety in the industry, my journeys throughout the 2018 planting season have me focusing on another stat. After hopping into tractor cabs all over the state, I realized [...]

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Equine opine

Uuuugh…horses. I have a daughter who enjoys occasional horse rides, but she has an aunt with horses (which is just fine with me). Yes, I can see and understand the appeal. Horses are beautiful, graceful, powerful and really nice to observe grazing in pastures from afar — as long as those are not my pastures [...]

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David Montgomery is a geologist at the University of Washington in Seattle with an interest in improving soil health.

Soil is more valuable than gold

In terms of civilization, it is more valuable than gold. The soil is the foundation for food and stability required for organized, structured society. Without good, productive soils, everything else starts to erode away. The loss of productive soil is a sad tale that shows up over and over throughout the history of mankind. This [...]

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Dancin’ dairy style (makes me smile)

It is no secret that dairy prices are in the dumps, and have been for a while. It can seem sad/frustrating/stressful/scary/challenging/daunting/hopeless, among other things. Nope, there’s not much to smile about there. But, like all challenges in life, it is how each dairy farmer or farm employee responds to the situation that can make the [...]

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The mystery of the Ohio FFA jacket in Italy

There are many diverse paths that lead Ohio FFA members to the organization and even more paths that will take them far beyond their FFA years. The one thing they will all have in common, forever, is the pride of donning that signature blue corduroy jacket. As we get ready to highlight thousands of these [...]

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March war

Endless March: When will spring arrive?

Brrrrrr! I consider myself a fairly cold tolerant person. I spend my early winters outside for many hours a day in the Christmas tree fields in all kinds of weather. I grow facial hair. I wear flannel, stocking caps and coveralls. I cut many cords of firewood and I really do truly enjoy winter, snow [...]

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The 1992 Ford Ranger John Deere edition. Also known as the "Danger Ranger," it got me around in style for several of my formative years.

The best first car? A 1992 John Deere Ford Ranger

When I see newly-licensed young people with fancy cars, my blood boils — not because they’re undeserving of such a ride or that they won’t take care of it. In fact, I’ve found the pride of a first car means it is the best maintained vehicle a person may ever have. No, my anger stems [...]

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A farmer’s promise and a farm wife’s revenge

When corn was up above the eight dollar mark, Our relationship still had a red hot spark. Cash was a flowin’ and the bank account full, The markets kept feeding that corn hungry bull.   One day my wife asked if we could knock down a wall, And add to our house which she thought [...]

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