Country Life

Cabbage winner recognized for ag week

During an assembly for Bath Elementary School Students, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced Brandon Read as the 2014 winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Read received a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 42-pound cabbage as part of the company’s annual nation-wide contest. Daniels’ stop in Summit County was part of [...]

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New tool offers insights into global climate patterns

The Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has added an online tool enabling farmers and agricultural advisers to better assess how climate patterns in other parts of the world can influence local conditions and corn yields across the Corn Belt. The Climate Patterns Viewer can help growers make more informed farm management decisions during [...]

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Ohio’s spring turkey hunting season opens April 18 for youth and April 20 for adults statewide. Pictured are Chris Yoder and Bill Epards.

Barn-burner of a turkey blind

I spent a recent Sunday establishing my oddest hunting blind yet, in anticipation of the upcoming spring turkey season. As I’ve shared in this column before, I enjoy making natural blinds for deer, waterfowl and turkey hunting while out scouting in advance of those seasons, even when I realize I’ll probably never return to actually [...]

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Ohio hunting regulation proposals amended

After receiving public input about regulations proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Feb. 11, modifications were made to some of the proposed season dates for the 2015-2016 hunting regulations. These changes were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council at Wednesday’s meeting. The council will vote on these amended proposals as well as all other [...]

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Ohio Woodland Stewards Program

Farmers, landowners and anyone new to owning woodlands can learn more about managing their property during an upcoming workshop by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. “What Can You Do With Your Woods?” runs 6-9 p.m. April 9 in the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District meeting room, 1120 W. High St. in Bryan in northwest [...]

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OSU Extension efforts on water quality and nutrient management

Water quality and nutrient management issues are getting more and more attention these days. With additional regulatory measures being debated in the state legislature, it seems that everyone has an idea about how to ‘fix’ the algal blooms in Lake Erie and across Ohio. And not surprisingly, the ‘fix’ depends on who you ask. The [...]

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OCWGA members meet with Congressman Bob Gibbs.

Ohio agriculture descends on D.C.

Ohio agriculture hit Washington, D.C. this week to lobby for some crucial issues with the nation’s lawmakers. A group of board members from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) was in town talking to legislators about the importance of maintaining the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). “It is a huge issue. It keeps the [...]

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NFU annual meeting attendees hear from Secretary Vilsack

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $97 million in programs to support the continued development of farmers markets, farm to school efforts and rural economies and will also expand risk management tools for specialty crops and limited-resource farmers. “Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America’s rural economies, while [...]

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Circleville 7th graders Alex Turnbull and Austin Hulse hold up their windmill.

Students celebrate National Ag Day with 4-H Water Windmill Challenge

At the Ohio kick-off event for National Ag Day, nearly 50 local students from Circleville City Schools got the chance to solve a real-world agriculture challenge on the Ohio State University campus. This year’s 4-H Ag Innovators Experience was the interactive “Water Windmill Challenge.” The students were tasked with designing an efficient solution to the [...]

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Steps to consider when starting a school garden

With a little help from Mother Nature and support from the school community, school gardens can be quite rewarding and successful if simple guidelines are followed, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Nancy Kreith. “School gardens can enhance academics, serve as living laboratories, provide students with fresh food and exercise, and create a sense of ownership and [...]

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