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Blue Raspberry Flavored Marshmallow Chicks, just in time for Easter!

PEEPS – The annual Easter argument

I know PEEPS are available more that just in the Spring, but I still manage to keep my consumption of them limited until Spring and the Easter season arrive. It is well known amongst the staff at Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net that I LOVE PEEPS. I often describe the stress level of [...]

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Barn owl

Is a barn owl box worthwhile?

When I was growing up, we had a few ducks that stopped by the old farm pond outside of our old farmhouse as they were passing through. They never stayed too long, but one morning I noticed that there was a duck or two missing from the group. I asked my dad about this and [...]

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Viral Nova

A secret island of swimming pigs

Imagine…the bright sun beaming like it was meant for only you as you relax on soft sands on a warm, tropical day as the turquoise water sneaks up to your feet every few seconds. You have a fruity drink in one hand as the other lets go of every care in the world…and then a [...]

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square dancing

Square dance gender confusion

In my youth, I loved line dancing so when some friends of mine started attending the local country dances that included line and square dancing I invited myself along. I have been lucky enough to attend most of the dances this past winter, and I have had tons of fun. I line dance until I’m [...]

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This Wagyu beef commands a steep price (look at the price per pound) in the Japanese food market on the East Coast.

Tofu, Wagyu and interested Ohioans at Mitsuwa Marketplace

Tofu or not tofu? That was the question for several Ohio food grade soybean growers on a recent trip to House Foods in New Jersey where they were invited to taste the fruits of their labor. Several of the farmers in attendance circled a couple of times and warily eyed the tofu offerings — a [...]

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The trade connections between the Bucks and Canucks

It is no secret that agricultural trade has continually been a bright spot in America’s economy, even through the downturn our country has faced in recent years. Much of the trade pie is attributed with a solid relationship that the U.S. has with our neighbors to the north. In 2012, for example, America and Canada [...]

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April Fool's Day

Don’t get fooled this April!

Warning! Warning! Warning! April 1 is April Fool’s Day. I enjoy jokes and all of us on the staff at Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net can take or play a joke very well; we don’t need a special date to joke or torment each other. However, the rest of the world may not [...]

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Is castration the answer in Washington?

Over the past 5 years, I have noticed a disconnect when it comes to agriculture and members of Congress. Just like every generation of our society becoming more and more removed for the farm life and ideals, so too are members of our government with every election that goes by. I think that an Iowan [...]

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The first full day of spring this year got off to a chilly start.

Is a spring wedding bridesmaid-cicle a predictor of a late planting season?

The last of the four Reese brothers is married. We were getting ready for my brother Jeff’s wedding last week in northwest Ohio, hoping for a bit of pleasant early spring weather. Friday March 21 was the first full day of spring and we were scrambling to get everything ready for the big event the [...]

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