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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.”

Gov. John Kasich is working on executive orders to further regulate farm nutrient application.

Red states, blue states and green water

I have been doing this writing/reporting/interviewing job for a while now. One of the first things I learned was, even at the risk of making myself sound dumb, I always try to admit my lack of knowledge about something and ask the questions needed to amend it. This is a good general policy and, in [...]

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Grandpa Frank Deeds with some of his great grandchildren

When grandpa’s not around

I have written about my grandfathers several times. I lost my last one in March. He was 98. My brother, Jeff (an OCJ marketing specialist) is taking on the writing duties this time. Jeff is helping to fill in on the farm now that Grandpa isn’t around and he had this to say about the [...]

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Equine opine

Uuuugh…horses. I have a daughter who enjoys occasional horse rides, but she has an aunt with horses (which is just fine with me). Yes, I can see and understand the appeal. Horses are beautiful, graceful, powerful and really nice to observe grazing in pastures from afar — as long as those are not my pastures [...]

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David Montgomery is a geologist at the University of Washington in Seattle with an interest in improving soil health.

Soil is more valuable than gold

In terms of civilization, it is more valuable than gold. The soil is the foundation for food and stability required for organized, structured society. Without good, productive soils, everything else starts to erode away. The loss of productive soil is a sad tale that shows up over and over throughout the history of mankind. This [...]

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grim dairy

Dancin’ dairy style (makes me smile)

It is no secret that dairy prices are in the dumps, and have been for a while. It can seem sad/frustrating/stressful/scary/challenging/daunting/hopeless, among other things. Nope, there’s not much to smile about there. But, like all challenges in life, it is how each dairy farmer or farm employee responds to the situation that can make the [...]

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March war

Endless March: When will spring arrive?

Brrrrrr! I consider myself a fairly cold tolerant person. I spend my early winters outside for many hours a day in the Christmas tree fields in all kinds of weather. I grow facial hair. I wear flannel, stocking caps and coveralls. I cut many cords of firewood and I really do truly enjoy winter, snow [...]

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This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us.

Salamander hunt!

Every year there are a handful of days in Ohio this time of year where it seems the last of winter has faded. Balmy temperatures warm your bones and the welcomed sunshine pushes the last of the winter doldrums away. There are a just a few of those days in Ohio this time of year [...]

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Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson will be wearing a hat, mittens and a sweater made from U.S. wool in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo provided by Ralph Lauren.

Winter Olympics will showcase agriculture (and curling)

Not too long ago I was with some friends at a local eatery watching the television intently. The featured sport was curling. I do not claim to know much about the sport of curling, but here’s the gist. Players slide 44-pound, polished stones with flat bottoms on ice toward a target area (sort of like [...]

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Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call

Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup efforts

The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. The wave of corn knocked out power and buried State Route 571. Sam Sutherly was kind enough to offer an update on the progress [...]

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Water glass

The raw deal with raw water: Fears of a few can lead to the doubts of many

I was recently in the midst of a battle with a broken water softener. I was made aware of the problem via an aggravating beeping sound coming from the basement — the “error” alarm on the water softener. Within hours I discovered that my thrice-filtered well water had gone from clear to an unsettling iron [...]

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