There was a fair amount of online interest this week in a story about a box turtle in Holmes County that was found with the date 1911 carved on the underside of its shell. The turtle was found by John A. Yoder in early September while he was helping a neighbor shock corn. Here is [...]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.”
Whether the weather is cold or mild this winter, it is a grim fact that there will be hungry Ohioans in the months ahead. This continues to be a terrible reality for far too many so close to home. Each year 186 million pounds of food are distributed by Ohio foodbanks to those in need [...]Read More
As Farm Science Review approaches each year and the sultry days of summer give way to the crisp mornings of autumn, the desire to start amassing the firewood I have spent the last several months cutting starts to stir within me like the dry fallen leaves in a brisk October breeze. And, it seems my [...]Read More
Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitchforking and hay fort building. When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a [...]Read More
Ty Higgins barely gets a chance to catch his breath this time of year as we go from the busy Ohio State Fair straight into the Ohio Crop Tour and then he jumps right back in the passenger seat to ride along on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. It is always interesting every year [...]Read More
This summer you may see some unusual field signs when traveling rural roadways in northwest Ohio. Here’s why. In June, 20-year-old Brian Myers from Paulding County was tragically killed in a car accident. He was serving as an intern for AgriGold in northwest Ohio and was attending The Ohio State University. Brian was known for [...]Read More
Nearly every USDA NASS rainfall checkpoint in the state of Ohio is in the plus category for rainfall totals since April 1, and the rains keep coming. Van Wert is leading the state in rainfall totals with a staggering 28.24 inches of rain since April 1 which puts the location more than 15 inches of [...]Read More
There has been quite a stir in the world of college football lately about a painfully awkward interview between ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and recently hired M*ch*gan head football coach Jim Harbaugh. On the day of the now notorious interview I was driving around western Ohio with Ty Higgins doing several story visits and we listened [...]Read More
I look forward to them every year — the stories from visits to Ohio Century Farms. In my estimation, taking a couple of hours to step back in time to the earliest days of Ohio agriculture is time vastly better spent compared to watching any reality television, soap opera or televised sporting event that can [...]Read More
Imagine how much things have changed in agriculture since the soils of Ohio were first planted to crops. Then, the farmers could not rely upon huge databases, satellite guidance or decades of replicated yield plots to make their farming decisions. They had to rely upon their personal experience and trial and error. It is no [...]Read More