The year my family started planting Christmas trees was 1983 — 32 years ago. Back then, my father was my age now and I was the age of our son who is five. The family tradition continued this year, albeit a bit later than normal. We typically plant trees as soon as things dry out [...]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.”
In this country we continue to see consumer food choice being eroded away in the name of consumer food choice. Here is an example that recently came through my inbox that shows how this is happening. I got an email asking for my support of the Real Food Challenge. The program is directed at college [...]Read More
A rule that was once called WOTUS, Crafted by an Agency of POTUS, Does it sound much more cool as the Clean Water Rule? Has the EPA gone and snowed us? Now everything’s all in a muddle Ag and the EPA in a scuffle, ‘Cause the water rule’s a dud, ‘bout as clear as mud, [...]Read More
I coach my son’s U6 soccer team and the practices and games are all outdoors so we are at the mercy of the wildly changing Ohio spring weather. If the weather for the day starts out bad I start getting texts and calls from parents before noon asking if the 6:00 p.m. practice will be [...]Read More
In mid-March, farmers representing the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association traveled to Washington D.C. to talk to policy makers about a number of issues pertaining to agriculture. Topics included trade, immigration, the RFS and GMO labeling.Read More
They say I should not apply manure in the snow, And they’re writin’ up legislation to make sure that I know. And I’ll do my part, take it to heart, to get cleaner water, that’s for sure, But of geese and politicians, who spreads the most manure? So when there’s too much P in the [...]Read More
In just one short presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, Newell Kitchen provided a great example that illustrates the complexities of the vexing water quality issues in Ohio agriculture. Kitchen is with the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit. Over the last two decades he has worked to address [...]Read More
What if customers don’t want to be educated about their food? Generations ago, pretty much everyone understood (at least generally) the origins of the food they ate. If they didn’t produce it themselves, they probably knew someone who did and how the process worked. Since then, things have obviously changed. As our society has progressed, [...]Read More