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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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Agriculture and Budweiser, labeled with pride

As I write this, I am getting ready to wrap up my stay in Phoenix after covering Commodity Classic. Every time I come to Classic, I am inspired. I’m not sure if that’s because I see some great farmer-friends who make our industry the best in America, the shiny iron of all colors displayed throughout [...]

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Winter can be exciting! See thundersnow electrify a weatherman

I am very lucky to be doing what I love. With being a farm broadcaster and covering the best industry and greatest people in America, I feel like I never actually work. (Don’t tell my boss that). I have a feeling by the looks of this video that The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore feels the [...]

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The REAL reason that farm barns are red

Well, you learn something new every day. I am not an expert on anything, but my head is filled with useless facts about a lot of things. I always say that I know a little about a lot and a lot about very little. So, here is today’s tidbit that you can file away somewhere [...]

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The real cost of $2 gas

When prices at the pump start to go down, there are always conspiracies as to why we are getting such a great deal to “fill ‘er up.” “It must be an election year” or “the oil companies are trying to win us over” are commonly heard when the price of fuel gets to a relatively [...]

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The Christmas Guest

It happened one day near December’s end, Two neighbors called on an old friend. And they found his shop so meager and lean Made gay with thousand bows of green And Conrad was sitting with face a-shine When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine And he said “Old friends, at dawn today, When [...]

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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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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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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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