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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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Predator control: Eyes on the backs of cows?

In Africa, there is an effort underway to minimize the lion attacks on cattle. Now, in that region of the world the initiative isn’t to save the cattle, but to stop the farmers from shooting the lions that are preying on the livestock. Nevertheless, I found this particular study very interesting and something that some [...]

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Helping farmers become better versions of themselves

It is often said that farmers are eternal optimists. But sometimes (okay many times) in a farming career, that optimism is overshadowed by higher input costs, lower crop prices and days when it feels like nothing can go your way. Yes, even farmers need a good, swift kick in the pants every now and again [...]

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The worst joke I’ve ever heard

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the kind of guy to really speak my mind…unless I am truly compelled to. It isn’t that my views are all that different or that I care about what others think. It may be because what seems to be right in my head may be too [...]

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Despite being generations removed, the city has farm envy

Within the city limits, you may find more weathered wood, barn doors and farm décor these days. For some it may be a way to go back in time to simpler days and for others it may be a trend they saw on HGTV. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that those that dwell in the [...]

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Being an ordinary farmer is what made Grandpa extraordinary

As I write this, there is a greasy DeKalb hat and a pair of Liberty overalls hanging on the wall of my office. Yellow work gloves are tucked into the back pocket of those overalls and a big pair of pliers is nestled in the side pocket. The front pocket of those bibs is filled [...]

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Farmers are more valuable than their CAUV

There was recently an article in The Columbus Dispatch about concerns that cutting farmers’ property taxes in Ohio could cost homeowners and schools millions of dollars. The topic at hand is CAUV, or Current Agricultural Use Value, that lawmakers in Columbus are once again debating. From 2008 to 2014, farmers were burdened with a 307% [...]

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You’re teaching my daughter WHAT in health class???

What started out as a nice family meal out at one of our favorite fried chicken stops, turned into a conversation that had me boiling like the oil that cooked our supper that night. My 6th grade daughter began telling us about her day. Part of her studies for this quarter included a health class. I [...]

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What if agriculture communicated like “The Donald”?

I am one to rarely talk about politics. In fact, I won’t let anyone even put a sign in my front yard before election day. I just feel that my opinions are mine and your opinions are yours. We will be much better friends and neighbors if we just talked about anything else. With that [...]

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Even the biggest football game depends on agriculture

For those of us in agriculture, it is easy to see all of the ways that farmers, and what they produce, make our lives a bit easier to live. From the jeans we wear to the food we eat, there are an unlimited amount of products we use everyday that are taken for granted. Heck, even [...]

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New Campbell’s soup labels are GMmm-mmmO good for agriculture

When I first heard about Campbell’s soup voluntarily putting the Genetically Modified ingredients they use on their labels, I wasn’t quite sure what to think, in all honesty. Would this be a positive change to make for one of the nation’s largest food companies, or would it be a slippery slope toward making such labels [...]

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