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Minnie can't wait for Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the critters!

Some folks like to make sure their critters don’t miss out on participating in sharing the Christmas spirit with others. One of the ways that people try to make their pets and livestock feel included in spreading Christmas joy is by dressing them up in Christmas attire and snapping a few photos to share with [...]

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The Christmas Guest

It happened one day near December’s end, Two neighbors called on an old friend. And they found his shop so meager and lean Made gay with thousand bows of green And Conrad was sitting with face a-shine When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine And he said “Old friends, at dawn today, When [...]

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Christmas tree carry

A perfect fit

Dylan was sitting in the tractor seat scrolling through photos of beautiful Courtney on his phone and reviewing her text messages. He had gotten this job at the Christmas tree farm as a favor from the farm owner to his father. At 17-years-old, Dylan didn’t listen to his parents. He didn’t care about his schoolwork. [...]

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Large wild canines are becoming more common in Ohio.

Update on Coy Wolf sightings in Ohio

Apparently my friends weren’t the only Ohioans to have large wild canines running around on their property. Not only was my blog about a Coy Wolf sighting widely read, but we also received some interesting new information and photographs from readers. Unfortunately, Tyler McMillen also has large wild canines causing problems on his family’s farm [...]

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Only 60 years of farming left, UN reports

I have never heard of a farmer being forced into retirement. In fact, I don’t ofter hear of farmers retiring at all! But according to a UN official, younger farmers may have to get out of their lifelong careers, for good, at some point. According to a Reuters article, Generating three centimeters of top soil [...]

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Trapping Santa seems ill advised

The holiday sprit has settled in at the Reese house. Cookies are in the oven, the Christmas tree is decorated and Christmas music fills the air. Everyone celebrates Christmas in their own special way, though, and our son has taken a somewhat unusual tactic to commemorate the season of giving. Upon walking into our son’s [...]

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Ohio Cats

Which cat are you ACTUALLY seeing in the woods in Ohio?

Reports of unusual sightings of big cats are not uncommon throughout the United States and Ohio. From celebrities like Uncle Si of Ducky Dynasty professing to have seen a large panther-like black cat to friends and neighbors quietly professing to have seen such a cat or its tracks in Ohio, it is certain that the [...]

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Louise Reynnells FFA Chapter Sweetheart Jacket (Credit: Smithsonian)

A “sweetheart” of an FFA jacket

Anyone who has been a part of the FFA over the years knows the feeling of putting on that classic blue corduroy jacket. From the pride felt from being a part of agriculture, to the skills learned for use not just on the farm, but in all facets of life, the FFA organization has helped [...]

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Should we legislate the rain?

First, the larger view and philosophies of HB 490 make quite a bit of sense. There is no argument there and that is why the legislation has general support from agriculture. Politically, many feel more needs to be done by agriculture to improve water quality in Lake Erie. HB 490 seems like a reasonable response [...]

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Photo courtesy of the ODNR.

Black and white barn surprise

When I spotted several black and white critters dashing through my barn, my first reaction was to hold my nose and run away as fast as I could. I’m no stranger to herds of skunks overtaking my barn (Read: What’s that smell? A white striped tale of critters in the barn). Since the incident several [...]

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