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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 live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. I 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 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.”

“Ag gag” debate heats up

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 …

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2013 Christmas tree planting

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 …

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Dig a little, learn a lot

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 …

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New ways to build old-fashioned relationships

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 …

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Feeding generations

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 …

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A farmer’s lament

By Matt Reese It seems all too often that agriculture is being pulled in opposite directions. Consumers expect food that is easy, high quality and convenient from farmers who adhere to ever-changing rules of political correctness. At the same time, farmers face a dirty business as the food supply’s front …

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Fun at Commodity Classic

The Commodity Classic is always a wild few days for us media types. This year, Bart Johnson, Dale Minyo and I went to the event in Kissimmee, Florida.  It is all fun, but there is constant running from policy meeting, to fancy dinners, to meetings with advertisers, to networking opportunities, …

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