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Animal regulations and the future for today's 4-H exhibitors

By Matt Reese Starting in late July, a sea of dedicated Ohio youth clad in plaid shirts, jeans and shiny belt buckles congregated in Columbus for the Ohio State Fair, the pinnacle of livestock shows in the state. They arrived toting meticulously groomed and cared for market livestock of every kind — from goats to [...]

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Animal regulations and the future for today’s 4-H exhibitors

By Matt Reese Starting in late July, a sea of dedicated Ohio youth clad in plaid shirts, jeans and shiny belt buckles congregated in Columbus for the Ohio State Fair, the pinnacle of livestock shows in the state. They arrived toting meticulously groomed and cared for market livestock of every kind — from goats to [...]

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Run in With the Crop Duster

Last week late in the afternoon I was on the phone with our website provider in my home office when I heard the loudest noise. I asked him, “did you hear that”? He said, “yeah, that was really loud, what was it”? I responded that is sounded like an airplane going down my road. I [...]

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I got your goat: Matt’s video debut

There is a reason I am a writer and photographer. I have no experience doing on-camera interviews, but someone had to do the interview we needed at the recent Ohio State Fair Wether Goat Show. That someone was me. I made sure my hair was combed and I did not have any stains on my [...]

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I got your goat: Matt's video debut

There is a reason I am a writer and photographer. I have no experience doing on-camera interviews, but someone had to do the interview we needed at the recent Ohio State Fair Wether Goat Show. That someone was me. I made sure my hair was combed and I did not have any stains on my [...]

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Can you ID the donkey in the HSUS deal?

The donkey in our barn needed its hooves trimmed, but I had no experience in the realm of jackass foot care. I was completely unsure how to proceed until my friend Chad came over and said that he would be trimming the hooves of his (and his in-laws) donkeys the following day. He said if [...]

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Gardening with the Reeses

Gardening with two little ones at the Reese house is always interesting. We have been harvesting green beans, squash, zucchinis, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes (no regular tomatoes yet). Our kids help (sort of) with the endeavor and never fail to make harvesting the garden a memorable experience.

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No Stove & No Dishes

This is for all you ‘meat and potato’ eaters out there. One of my favorite meals is pork chops (of course), fried potatoes and green beans. Not having air conditioning, or a dishwasher for that matter, I have to get creative in the summer, making meals that don’t require the stove. One day while craving [...]

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No Stove & No Dishes

This is for all you ‘meat and potato’ eaters out there. One of my favorite meals is pork chops (of course), fried potatoes and green beans. Not having air conditioning, or a dishwasher for that matter, I have to get creative in the summer, making meals that don’t require the stove. One day while craving [...]

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Barn rehab

Including my children, five generations of my family have worked and played in this Hancock County barn — that is a lot of pichforking and straw tunnels. My parents hired a gifted Amish crew to give it a major makeover for future generations of Reeses. The Indiana-based crew has a driver that brings them two-hours [...]

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