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Heather Hetterick

Heather Hetterick has been promoting agriculture from an early age. Growing up on her family’s farm she was actively involved and showed hogs, steers and sheep through 4-H and FFA. She is from Shelby county and her family there raise hogs and dairy cattle, grain farm and run a feed business.

Her responsibilities include reporting for the Ohio Ag Net, Ohio’s Country Journal and ocj.com. She also oversees the companies online entities and each day can be found tweaking the online news site, writing Digital Dale and posting to Facebook and Twitter.

She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she was named one of the Top 10 Seniors in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. After college Heather was the Director of Marketing & Education for the Ohio Pork Producers Council. She then went on to work for Clear Channel Radio and Time Warner Cable before joining the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal.

Heather also blogs about food, frugality and freebies at http://www.heathershelpings.com. She loves to cook, coupon and decorate. She is married to her husband, Zach.

Luke Bryan farm tour

Luke Bryan raises money for farm kids

I’ve long been a fan of Luke Bryan. While I love his music, especially the songs and lyrics associated with farming and living in the country, I’m a bigger fan of the fact he hasn’t forgotten his farm boy roots. I’ve heard about his annual Farm Tour, but until today, didn’t realize that the money [...]

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The 25th anniversary of the drought of 1988

Much to my surprise my parents showed up in our local paper, The Sidney Daily News,  ‘this date in history’ section yesterday. 25 years
 June 20, 1988
 Under normal conditions, making hay isn’t near the top of the list of Debora Vaubel’s favorite things to do as the wife of a dairy farmer. But this [...]

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Erica Hill dairy cow comparison

The cow neck chain apparently the new statement necklace

Saturday morning the Today Show was on the TV and my mom blurts out, “Do you see her necklace? That’s nothing more than a cow neck chain!” Upon a closer look she was right. The weekend anchor of the Today Show, Erica Hill, was indeed pretty much wearing a yellow cow neck chain around her [...]

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Educational lessons focused around tractors for elementary kids

I believe life’s greatest lessons are learned working on a farm. That being said, it can be quite difficult to get energetic young farmers to actually go inside, sit down and do educational lessons or homework. That’s why I was excited to come across these educational lessons for children in grades kindergarten through second grade [...]

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Request James Wesley’s “Thank a Farmer”

By: Heather Hetterick There is no shortage of country songs about farmers and farming. I frankly find the majority of them to be somewhat hokey in nature. Then I came across the new song from James Wesley called ‘Thank A Farmer’ and it’s actually pretty good. While most of the lyrics don’t pull at your [...]

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Why build a snowman when you can make a snowpig?

A snowman seems so boring after seeing the snowpig Adam Ruppert of Wapakoneta created after the last major snow. Ruppert, who grew up on his family’s hog farm Oinker Acres, used a skidloader to pile the snow up high enough. It took him just over an hour to sculpt the almost four foot high swine, [...]

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American Girl gets a calf

I should own stock in American Girl. While I never had one myself, it’s my gift of choice for our nieces and godchildren. I feel it teaches good morals and values, plus they are high quality baby dolls! I’ve made many trips into the American Girl store.  On one occasion as his patience grew thin [...]

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The Saturday calf run with the calf baron

By Heather Hetterick When time allows, one of my favorite things to do on the weekend is go along with my brother on his Saturday calf run. Ryan is a calf baron of sorts. Now, most are more familiar with term cattle baron, which is defined as a “businessman who possessed great power or influence [...]

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Movie “At Any Price” takes on moral struggles of farming

By Heather Hetterick I don’t mean to keep talking about movies here, but I think it’s important to know and see how the agricultural industry is being displayed to the public. Whether what Hollywood is showing is real or not, what people see of farming in a movie may be the only impression they get [...]

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Touchback features Hollywood version of farming

By Heather Hetterick Over the past several weeks I’ve noticed the article I wrote about the movie Touchback being filmed on an Ohio farm re-surging in our web stats. It tends to gets substantial views over the weekends. I didn’t think much of it until last Friday night. My husband and I were looking for [...]

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