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Crazy Baby Goats

It’s like living with eight toddlers

Most livestock producers are used to large numbers of young and newborn critters roaming their barns and pastures during spring birthing season, but eight baby goats is a record for me. Due to my smaller sized facilities and pastures, as well as time constraints, I have always kept my goat numbers low. This year I [...]

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Generations of growing seasons

The year my family started planting Christmas trees was 1983 — 32 years ago. Back then, my father was my age now and I was the age of our son who is five. The family tradition continued this year, albeit a bit later than normal. We typically plant trees as soon as things dry out [...]

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Photo courtesy of the Buckeye Bonanza Horse Sale Facebook page.

OSU to hold Inaugural Online Horse Auction

The students enrolled in the Equine Program at The Ohio State University are gearing up to hold the program’s first online horse auction.  An annual horse sale has been part of the University’s curriculum for years, but damage to the horse facility on main campus several years ago left the program without an indoor riding [...]

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cage free eggs

Consumer food choice eroding away in the name of consumer food choice

In this country we continue to see consumer food choice being eroded away in the name of consumer food choice. Here is an example that recently came through my inbox that shows how this is happening. I got an email asking for my support of the Real Food Challenge. The program is directed at college [...]

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Photo courtesy of Helen Peppe.

Equine Affaire: Horses for all interests and occasions

Equine Affaire will once again take place at the Ohio Expo Center on April 9-12, 2015. Breed demonstrations, clinicians, shopping and competitions are just part of what Equine Affaire can offer to horse enthusiasts. In addition, to all the shopping and educational opportunities, Equine Affaire will once again host Fantasia, an always entertaining musical horse [...]

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Ron Carleton, EPA’s council to the Administrator for agricultural policy

A water rule by a different name

A rule that was once called WOTUS, Crafted by an Agency of POTUS, Does it sound much more cool as the Clean Water Rule? Has the EPA gone and snowed us? Now everything’s all in a muddle Ag and the EPA in a scuffle, ‘Cause the water rule’s a dud, ‘bout as clear as mud, [...]

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Purina_Baby Chick Photo

Six steps for starting a poultry flock

I’m not much into birds except when they appear covered in honey mustard sauce on my plate, but I have many friends who raise meat chickens or keep a few laying hens around so I do know that live birds do have their merits. Despite my aversion to birds in forms other than that presented [...]

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Welcome to spring weather

I coach my son’s U6 soccer team and the practices and games are all outdoors so we are at the mercy of the wildly changing Ohio spring weather. If the weather for the day starts out bad I start getting texts and calls from parents before noon asking if the 6:00 p.m. practice will be [...]

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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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