Country Life

Eighth-grader makes grain elevator music video

By: Heather Hetterick Eighth-grader Spencer Channell had to choose an invention from the Industrial Revolution and make a presentation out of it for his history class at Olentangy Orange Middle School. Having no agricultural background, he choose the grain elevator, because it sounded neat to him. He didn’t make a presentation though, he spent two [...]

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Asian markets important for agricultural trade

By Matt Reese In terms of agricultural bounty, the United States has been clearly blessed since its earliest days of domestic agricultural production. “The U.S. is a country that has been remarkable in that we had a relatively sparse population, we had an abundance of natural resources, we were surrounded by two terrific oceans, and [...]

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Auctions reveal strong land and equipment values

By Matt Reese A year ago, there was quite a bit of talk about the steadily climbing value of land. “Prices are sky high everywhere and continue to increase,” said Barry Ward, OSU Extension’s leader for production business management, in April of 2011. Ohio’s cropland values rose from an average $2,400 per acre in 2000 [...]

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FSA CRP general signup deadline extended to April 13

Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, announced that general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be extended to April 13, 2012. During this extended signup period, landowners may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
Land currently not enrolled in [...]

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Creative 4-H t-shirt to support Yes We Can in Highland Co.

We were excited to learn that the people from two of our most popular stories from the past six months have partnered together. Sarah Young, the young 4-H member from the Yes We Can Campaign in Highland County has partnered with Erin Ehnle from the wildly popular, Keeping it Real:Through the Lens of  Farm Girl [...]

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Tractor Supply adds location

Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) recently opened a new location in London, Ohio. For those that can remember the days of making a quick and convenient trip to Farm and Fleet for supplies during Farm Science Review, this will be a welcomed addition to London.

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Grant looks into naked oats

Scientists with Ohio State University have received a four-year, $896,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to study the feasibility of incorporating “naked oats” into organic farming rotations as a way to cut the cost of producing organic chicken. The oats, which have a unique protein and amino acid balance, will be tested in the diets [...]

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Secret layover in Ohio for Budweiser Clydesdales

By Ed Chatfield, OCJ field reporter The Budweiser Clydesdales made an unofficial visit to the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio, March 27-29. The team and crew were resting while traveling from St. Petersburg, Florida to Cleveland, Ohio to participate in festivities for the Cleveland Indians Opening Day Ceremonies. According to Burt Westerbrook, one of [...]

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A Korea-China FTA?

By Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea Not long after concluding free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union (EU), Korea has now initiated discussions for an FTA with China. It’s been noted, however, that the Korea-China FTA is likely to impose significant costs on Korea’s agricultural industry, compared to the [...]

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Improvement of waterways remains crucial

  With a wide variety of pressing issues facing the federal government over the coming months, funding for desperately needed lock and dam improvements remains a high priority for the nation’s corn farmers according to the National Corn Growers Association.  With the country’s inland navigation system moving more than a billion bushels of grain per [...]

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