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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.

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Flashback: The race to 100 bushel corn

One of the things that makes my job great (a 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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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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Donating $4 million farm to 4-H is a legacy of love

Farmers aren’t usually known as true romantics. In fact, if you ask a farm wife she will tell you that she takes second fiddle two times of every year as her farmer gives all of his attention to the other love in his life; the land. Sometimes that relationship between a man and the dirt [...]

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The measure of a farmer

I often write about my Grandpa Thompson in my blogs. There are two reasons for that. The first reason is that I admire and respect him and the other is because he gets kind of a kick out of it. You’ve read about his calf in the basement, his woes of being a cattle farmer [...]

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A secret island of swimming pigs

Imagine…the bright sun beaming like it was meant for only you as you relax on soft sands on a warm, tropical day as the turquoise water sneaks up to your feet every few seconds. You have a fruity drink in one hand as the other lets go of every care in the world…and then a [...]

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