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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.

My Favorite Season – McRib Season

The word fanatical has never truly been in my vocabulary. I find myself thinking that people that are fanatical about anything have way too much time of their hands. Sure I love Ohio State football, but I can go a Saturday without painting my face, wearing a wig and putting …

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Comparing Apples to Twinkies

This week I got a call from my Brother asking me if I saw the afternoon newscast and the story about farm subsidies and Twinkies? I had not but I was obviously curious so I went online to the TV station’s website and searched for this particular story. Here is the …

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A Farmer’s Balance Sheet – A Formula for Washington

Last week The Ohio State University hosted the highest ranking Ag official from Washington, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. While Vilsack was in town to talk about biobased products being developed and what they mean for America’s economy, the first objective of his press conference inside OSU’s Ag Engineering Building was …

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A Farmer's Balance Sheet – A Formula for Washington

Last week The Ohio State University hosted the highest ranking Ag official from Washington, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. While Vilsack was in town to talk about biobased products being developed and what they mean for America’s economy, the first objective of his press conference inside OSU’s Ag Engineering Building was …

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Willie, Did You Have To Do It?

The thing that will be most difficult for me in this blog is drawing attention to a video that I think misrepresents agriculture in the worst of ways. The second most diffcult thing for me is to admit that Willie Nelson is involved. I want you to watch the video …

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I’m embarrassed for my neighbor…and me too!

As you know from my previous posts, I live in a very small neighborhood, both in the sense of population and my postage stamp-sized piece of this earth. I’ll be honest; it doesn’t take a whole lot to upkeep this lot. By the time I mow and weed-wack the “estate”, …

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The Food Safety Net

As the debt ceiling talks heat up enough to go no where in Washington, discussions about cuts to ag spending continue. Earlier this week the House Ag Subcommittee conducted it’s eighth audit of farm programs. This audit focused on Title 1 and the SURE program. Many members on this subcommittee …

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Farming: On A Smaller Scale – July, 2011

We are just about ready to harvest some of the first sweet corn here at The Higgins’ Homestead, but I have not been all that impressed with what we have to work with. Luckily, the kids aren’t quite as disappointed. They simply see corn and they’re happy. About one month …

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