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Festus was his name

Many farmers keep a pet cow or pig, but they aren’t much for sentimentality, not like your typical off-the-farm pet owner. To the farmer, medical care is important until the cost exceeds the value of an animal. When this threshold is crossed, farmers often become very pragmatic and usually opt to send the animal to [...]

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Young Ag Professionals awards 10 grants

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program has awarded $500 grants to eight local YAP groups and two Collegiate Farm Bureau groups. The grants are courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and fund YAP-focused educational programming or events. Winning groups were recently acknowledged at the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. The recipients and their programming: [...]

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Conference offers tools to make better Ohio wines

With a steady increase in the number of Ohio wineries and the gallons of wine produced every year, the focus of this year’s Ohio Grape and Wine conference is making those wines taste even better. “Consumers are demanding high-quality and reasonably-priced wines now more than ever,” said Imed Dami, an Ohio State University College of [...]

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Cold and snowy weather can create a number of unique risks around a farm.

Winter is not over yet: Stay safe in the cold and snow on the farm

This winter has already offered plenty of challenging conditions for Ohio’s farms with wild temperature swings, plenty of snow and dangerously cold wind chill temperatures — and it’s not over yet. Long hours working in winter weather can set the stage for problems to develop, said Lisa Pfeifer, Ohio State University ag safety and health [...]

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The botanical name for the cacao tree that produces the beans for chocolate is theobroma, translated as “food of the gods.”

Of romance, love and chocolate…

 Romance and love are in the air. Let’s not forget about chocolate! Nothing says valentines like chocolate, conversation hearts and flowers. More than 58 million pounds of chocolate will be sold in leading up to that special day in February. Chocolate delivers a powerful punch in each bite. Last month we talked about comfort foods [...]

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Workshop offers ideas for new ideas on the farm to boost income

Do low commodity prices have you concerned about your farm’s economic sustainability? Does your “sharp pencil” have you considering alternative agricultural enterprises to complement commodity corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock? Then consider attending the “Taking Your Farm a Different Direction” workshop on Feb. 27 in Fulton County. Some topics include re-visiting contract and niche swine production [...]

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Black Swamp Conservancy launches program 
to support new farmers

Black Swamp Conservancy is launching an initiative to support northwest Ohio’s next generation of farmers. The Northwest Ohio Farm Access Program will serve as an agriculture incubator to reduce the biggest hurdle facing beginning farmers — acquiring farmland. The initiative also aims at connecting them with training opportunities and assistance to increase local and sustainable [...]

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County Farm Bureaus in Ohio putting opioid crisis in focus

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids — including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that [...]

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Wild winter weather likely to continue

The winter has seen wild swings in the weather and climate from cold to warm to cold. The outlook for February calls for this wild swing pattern to continue with periods of cold and mild along with periods of wet, snow and dry. The end result should be temperatures slightly colder than normal for February [...]

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