My wife was out of town again. This time she was on a three-day lobbying trip with the American Sheep Industry in Washington, D.C. While she hob-knobbed and met with legislators, I was once again charged with keeping things running smoothly at home. I employed my usual tactics that help things run more efficiently when [...]Read More
Blog: Matt Reese
I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing, doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding farmland. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics in high school before graduating from Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to my career in agricultural journalism.
I continue to work on the family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. I married my wonderful wife, Kristin, in 2002. We live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. We have a daughter Campbell Miriam who was born in the fall of 2007 and a son Parker Matthew born in August of 2009. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations. I help with the agricultural program at Ohio Christian University in Circleville as well.
I have worked for Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air and do freelance writing and photography work. I have written and self-published six books to date. To find my books, visit lulu.com and search for “Matt Reese.”
I was out splitting and gathering firewood the other day in grass that was almost knee high. I had already seen a number of ticks (more than usual) this spring, so I was expecting them, but I was astonished about how many there were crawling up my pant legs and arms. I would stop my [...]Read More
Crowds are rallying, hazmat suits are being laid out in anticipation and black markers by the dozens are being used to scrawl a skull and crossbones on cardboard signs to prepare. The “March Against Monsanto” is looming on May 25, but I have other plans. This protest being held in state capitals across the country [...]Read More
First country crooner Carrie Underwood jumped on the anti “ag gag” bandwagon and now Ellen DeGeneres has added her celebrity status to the cause against the proposed “Tennessee anti-whistleblower” bill via her daytime talk show. The bill has passed the Tennessee House and Senate and now awaits a signature from Governor Bill Haslam. To amp [...]Read More
We scrambled in between bouts of cold weather and heavy downpours to get the Christmas tree crop planted a couple of weeks ago. They have since been slogged with several inches of rain that are keeping farmers out of fields in the northern half of the state. While there were a few wet spots, the [...]Read More
By Matt Reese In my nearly 14 years as a farm writer, I don’t know that I ever saw anything quite like it. The sun was out (at least some of the time), the fields were fit, and the temperatures were warm in early April and there was a large gathering of crop farmers NOT [...]Read More
With today’s technology, there are more ways than ever before to bridge the widening gap between consumers and agriculture, which (somewhat ironically) is more important than ever before. Social media, blogging, and websites offer opportunities to develop relationships based on trust and shared values regardless of the geography and demographics that have restricted good old [...]Read More
By Matt Reese When soaring through the air at high speeds, jet pilots can experience spatial disorientation where their perception is different from reality. This can occur when they lose the horizon in poor visibility conditions. When this disorientation occurs, pilots need to rely on their instruments, and not their perception, to safely and successfully [...]Read More
By Matt Reese Today is National Ag Day and, to be quite frank, this is not really that big of a deal to me, or my family. This morning, for example, I got up and went outside to feed the livestock hay and grain, let the chickens out and gathered eggs just like I do [...]Read More
By Matt Reese I was fortunate enough to have the chance to speak on behalf of my family this week when my grandpa Lehr J. Reese was posthumously inducted into the Hancock County Hall of Fame. It is always humbling to think about the great people who have gone before us in agriculture and this [...]Read More