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Fair season is almost here

Next month, summer will finally arrive along with the Ohio agricultural fair season. With the 2015 crop of Ohio fairs, there will of course be new chances for hard work to pay off, the talents of Ohio’s youth will be showcased and show ring dreams will come true. This year’s fair season gets an earlier [...]

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Arthur the miracle Pygmy goat

A healthy and normal birth is just the first in step raising livestock. Anyone who has ever had livestock born on their property knows that the fun has just started but the work is not over. The eight Pygmy goat kids born in my barn in late February were a tremendous blessing. Eight was the [...]

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The massive backfire of the non-GM burritO

Though folks in the ag media have been expressing outrage concerning the questionable marketing practices from fast food giant Chipotle for years, the restaurant chain’s misleading tactics have seemingly gone unnoticed (and have even been celebrated) by most everyone else. That changed in April, though, when Chipotle announced that it was removing all foods containing [...]

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What does “LOL” mean to you?

It is not uncommon for my husband, Mark, and I to keep in contact with family and friends through text messages, e-mails and Facebook private messages. We do still talk to people on the phone, but sometimes a quick text can take the place of a lengthy conversation. Recently, we became a little alarmed and [...]

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Ag is sexy

Extreme, over simplified, unscientific, and exaggerated problems for the sake of marketing, activism and bolstering the bankrolls of non-government organizations have proven to be far too successful to go away anytime soon. The reason these tactics work: they are sexy. PETA, Greenpeace, and the Humane Society of the United States have been successful because they [...]

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This feral hog was photographed in Delaware County in February 2015.

Feral hogs photographed in Central Ohio

Though ODNR has yet to confirm feral swine reside in Central Ohio, a Delaware County resident has photographic evidence that hogs reside on his livestock farm. According to ODNR, “feral swine are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or neglected domestic swine. Introduced to the United States in 1539, they are now present [...]

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Photo courtesy of The Percheron Horse Association of America.

Percheron Association’s annual Spring Plow Match

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Percheron Horse Association of American held their annual Spring Plow Match in Fredericktown, Ohio. Despite the rainy and cold weather, teamsters showed up to compete in the plowing match. “We had three youth drivers as well, which is very exciting,” said Kristi Wood, executive secretary/treasurer of the Percheron Horse [...]

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Pork and big carrots ready to be sealed into the casserole (Photo by Edward Schneider.)

Hay isn’t just for horses anymore

For how much grief agriculture gets these days from those who don’t understand much about farming, it always cracks me up to see urbanites and hipsters drawing from rural culture for their building, decorating and dining styles. It seems that on every show that my wife watches about home remodeling there has to be a [...]

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Planting by the phase of the moon?

In these days with more science than the world has ever known, there is still plenty that is unknown in the world of agriculture. Because of that, there are still those out there who consider the sage advice in the pages of almanacs. At the office, we consulted multiple farmer’s almanacs this spring to identify [...]

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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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