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Budd Martin of Huron County and his 400-ewe flock of Cheviots, Dorsets and crossbred sheep were featured in the Livestock Section in the 1992 Vol. 1; Issue 1 OCJ.

A bit of OCJ history for you (Part 2)

Things have certainly changed both for Ohio’s Country Journal, and the farms that were featured since our Vol. 1; Issue 1 came out in November of 1992. The Crops Section from November of 1992 included a story with Tom Ramsey, of J. M. Hiser Seeds in Ross County. Things have really changed since then. The [...]

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For the last 18 years (since June of 1999) Kim Lemmon and Matt Reese have worked with owner and publisher Bart Johnson at the OCJ. This picture was taken at the recent Farm Science Review.

A bit of OCJ history for you…

Nov. 1, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Ohio’s Country Journal with Issue 1 Vol. 25. The very first OCJ was a trial issue that came out in September of 1992 featuring Mark Thomas and his ethanol-powered hot rod on the front cover. The first official issue, however, (Vol. 1 Issue 1) was in November [...]

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How farmers and their cyclops sheep led to a cancer treatment breakthrough

Lessons of life are sometimes found in the strangest of places. That was the case for a group of Idaho ranchers in the 1950s that found a mysterious case of cyclops lambs among their sheep. That’s right — one-eyed mutant lambs were being born. An interesting video on the subject from the folks over at [...]

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Oh, to be that farmer

Recently, I was riding along with a young farmer in his old pickup truck. The one he fixed up as a project in college, but didn’t have the heart or the funds to let it go. The only difference between now and when he bought it is what’s in the bed. It was mostly empty, [...]

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The home of the Miller family near the coast in Rockport, Texas — the building was lost but the family and the livestock are safe. Photo by Hannah Morgan Miller.

Harvey’s agricultural impact and an Ohio relief effort

Anyone involved with agriculture cannot help but be moved by the terrible pictures and videos coming out of the devastated region of Texas where crops have been lost, livestock has been lost and cattle are being moved to higher ground after massive flooding in the area from Hurricane Harvey. According to The Weather Channel, heavy [...]

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2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

After an extremely wet growing season for Ohio we were not sure quite what to expect in the 2017 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour. We had heard about dry weather, but were surprised how dry some fields were, especially in the northwestern part of the state. There were certainly some examples that showed up in fields [...]

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State Fair legends

Quietly whistling to himself, the judge strolled by Mike’s steer, giving it a long look. Mike was nervous, but he’d had a good day. He was in the hunt for champion — the last paring down of more than 350 steers. He clutched the halter of his clear favorite, the one he’d had his eye [...]

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The Ohio group tore out quite a bit of barbed wire fence on ranches in Kansas.

Unified efforts are productive for agriculture

There is tremendous power in teams or organizations to accomplish goals. Ohio is blessed with many wonderful agricultural organizations (checkoff-driven, commodity specific, and general) and there are many truly wonderful people working on behalf of farmers in Ohio within them. I consider myself blessed to have the chance to regularly work with the many fine [...]

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Bill Chapin had the 1968 grand champion market lamb in the first Sale of Champions. It sold to the Grandview Inn for $1,225. Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Fair.

The exhibitors are the champions

When the Ohio State Fair recently put out the list of exhibitors from every Sale of Champions since the first one in 1968, I really enjoyed taking a few moments to read through the list. Johnny Regula, auctioneer for the Sale, did too. “I have always felt the SOC is Ohio production agriculture’s chance to [...]

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