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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.”

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Fair season is almost here

Next month, summer will finally arrive along with the Ohio agricultural fair season. With the 2015 crop of Ohio fairs, there will of course be new chances for hard work to pay off, the talents of Ohio’s youth will be showcased and show ring dreams will come true. This year’s fair season gets an earlier [...]

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The massive backfire of the non-GM burritO

Though folks in the ag media have been expressing outrage concerning the questionable marketing practices from fast food giant Chipotle for years, the restaurant chain’s misleading tactics have seemingly gone unnoticed (and have even been celebrated) by most everyone else. That changed in April, though, when Chipotle announced that it was removing all foods containing [...]

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Ag is sexy

Extreme, over simplified, unscientific, and exaggerated problems for the sake of marketing, activism and bolstering the bankrolls of non-government organizations have proven to be far too successful to go away anytime soon. The reason these tactics work: they are sexy. PETA, Greenpeace, and the Humane Society of the United States have been successful because they [...]

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Planting by the phase of the moon?

In these days with more science than the world has ever known, there is still plenty that is unknown in the world of agriculture. Because of that, there are still those out there who consider the sage advice in the pages of almanacs. At the office, we consulted multiple farmer’s almanacs this spring to identify [...]

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Generations of growing seasons

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 [...]

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Consumer food choice eroding away in the name of consumer food choice

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 [...]

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Ron Carleton, EPA’s council to the Administrator for agricultural policy

A water rule by a different name

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, [...]

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Welcome to spring weather

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 [...]

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OFBF members meet with Congressman Steve Stivers

Ohio farm groups talk policy in DC

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.

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No manure application on frozen ground!

No spreading manure on frozen ground!

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 [...]

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