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Blog: Ty Higgins

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Licking County. Using the “its who you know” and “seize an opportunity” mantras, I started my farm broadcasting career right out of high school at WRFD-AM, thanks to my uncle Scott Higgins introducing me to then Farm Director Joe Cornely.

From there my radio path took me to Columbus country music station WHOK-FM, where I was known as Tyler Jacobs for over 12 years. Eventually I ended up right where I started and where I am most comfortable, back in farm broadcasting – using my real name!

I became a member of The Ohio Ag Net team in 2010 and I am proud to share the great stories about Ohio Agriculture, one broadcast at a time.

I currently live in Delaware County, where I am raising one boy and one girl, with my wife Angela. When I am not coaching my son’s baseball team or rehearsing for my role in my daughter’s dance recital (pictures if you want them), I am grilling, golfing and doing whatever may be on my “honey-do” list at any given moment.

Only 60 years of farming left, UN reports

I have never heard of a farmer being forced into retirement. In fact, I don’t ofter hear of farmers retiring at all! But according to a UN official, younger farmers may have to get out of their lifelong careers, for good, at some point. According to a Reuters article, Generating three centimeters of top soil [...]

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Louise Reynnells FFA Chapter Sweetheart Jacket (Credit: Smithsonian)

A “sweetheart” of an FFA jacket

Anyone who has been a part of the FFA over the years knows the feeling of putting on that classic blue corduroy jacket. From the pride felt from being a part of agriculture, to the skills learned for use not just on the farm, but in all facets of life, the FFA organization has helped [...]

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Ohio, your Thanksgiving will likely be miserable

Ah the Holidays! A time when families are forced….I mean, beckoned home to celebrate all that we have and to give thanks to be together again or ,in some cases, to be thankful that we only gather on these few occasions each year. I, by no means, am speaking for myself here. I will run [...]

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Flashback: The race to 100 bushel corn

One of the things that makes my job great (and quite honestly a bit easier) is when a story comes to me. The ones that end up in my email inbox are ones that I would have never found in a million years, simply because I wasn’t looking for them. Frankly, those stories work out [...]

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Farmer Johann Huber presents his cow, Doris, in a diaper, in Gmund am Tegnersee, Germany Photo: EPA/MARC MUELLE

Diapers on cows: A water quality solution?

Here in Ohio, we are talking about water quality and nutrient management on the farm on a daily basis. Farmers are making a very conscious effort to better their practices on the farm to tackle an issue that affects the quality of the water that their own families and their neighbors downstream drink. Although the [...]

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A trillion meals later, the GMO debate is over

I am a man of few opinions. I could never do a radio show where I actually had to choose an opinion on everything from politics to sports. I would fail miserably. Since I was a kid, I always noticed that the truth to all matters is somewhere in the middle. I have found that [...]

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Five things farmers do in their free time

One of the aspects of my job that I take very seriously is to better connect farmers and the industry that I am neck deep in every day with consumers that may hear my reports on the radio, carry a conversation with me in the grocery store or have a nice chat with me over [...]

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Veterinarians not fooled by HSUS

As many in agriculture know by now, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is full of tricks to raise gobs of money for a many number of reasons. A very few of those reasons have anything to do with cats and dogs and the vast majority of the funds raised are used for [...]

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Is your hometown the most boring place in Ohio?

I would have to imagine that many readers of my blog and visitors of OhioAgNet.com come from pretty ordinary towns, and I would also say that the vast majority of those readers and visitors would say that coming from an ordinary town is not such a bad thing. When it comes to a recently published [...]

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