Country Life

More storms on the way with wild spring weather

AccuWeather reports  an outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for a few tornadoes, is anticipated from portions of the central and southern Plains to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys spanning Friday and Saturday.   The eruption of thunderstorms will be inspired by a strong temperature contrast, fueled by daytime heating and a surge of [...]

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First House farm bill language released

On April 12, the House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. “I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have [...]

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The last “honey-do” project before spring

Okay, ladies. I’m back with my farm wife’s seasonal thoughts. I want you to know that I crossed a birthday threshold in January that officially qualifies me as being able to provide “authentic” words of wisdom (or storytelling). So the weather forecast has not been conducive to getting in the fields anytime soon. Is the [...]

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Alan Evers, a Hog Grow-Out Manager for Cooper Farms, cme up with an idea to reduce stress for the pigs and the people loading them.

Novel loader offers improved safety loading hogs at Cooper Farms

Cooper Farms began their hog business in 1994 and now moves 600,000 and 700,000 pigs a year from barns to trailers to packing plants. Like most hog operations, the pigs were loaded with chutes from the barn into the back of a trailer. That changed in 2009, however, due to an innovative idea of Alan [...]

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AgCredit announces profit sharing

AgCredit — one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness — recently declared a patronage refund of 30.03 percent for 2017 resulting in $24.1 million refunded to its member borrowers. This patronage payment provides a refund to the lending cooperative’s shareholders of 30 cents for every dollar they accrued in interest [...]

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Farm business analysis and benchmarking

As we turn the page from winter to spring we welcome the longer days and the warmth the sunshine brings us. In farm country this is the time of year that hope is supposed to spring eternal. As farmers head to the fields, they may not be as optimistic as previous years. Although we’ve seen [...]

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Challenging weather to linger throughout April

The expected cold and wet weather pattern for spring that has been forecast since December continues. There will be some relief this week after a cold start to the week with temperatures 10 degrees below normal we will switch and see temperatures by the end of the week a good 10+ degrees above normal but [...]

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The Western Lake Erie impaired waters saga continues

The Ohio EPA has released its draft water quality report for 2018 and the report proposes to list the open waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie as “impaired.” The road to this listing has been long and complicated. The controversy began in the fall of 2016, when Michigan and Ohio submitted their respective impaired waters [...]

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Jim Reber is a nature enthusiast and avid fisherman who has nurtured his pond into the perfect swimming and fishing hole near Lima.

The wealth and charm of a farm pond

Thousands of farm ponds dot the Ohio landscape, serving several important uses for farmers and property owners alike. Farm ponds certainly fulfill utilitarian purposes such as for flood and erosion control measures and serving as a water supply for livestock; they can also have great recreational and aesthetic value and contribute to the proliferation of [...]

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