Country Life

Win up to $1,000 in the “My Ohio Ag” contest

Ohioans can demonstrate their connection to Ohio agriculture and win up to $1,000 cash in the “My Ohio Agriculture” video contest. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues invites farmers, county Farm Bureaus, 4-H and FFA youth and all Ohioans to submit a video, which communicates a positive and informative message [...]

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Three USDA conservation grants will improve Ohio’s natural resources

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Terry Cosby announced three 2011 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) involving Ohio today. An investment of over $2.5 million to three organizations will advance innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues. “I’m very excited about the opportunities these [...]

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American Chopper Dekalb bike to be auctioned for Red Cross

DEKALB® brand will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration with the design, build and auction of a custom-built, commemorative DEKALB 100th Anniversary Bike by Paul Jr. Designs of Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper- Senior v. Junior.” All proceeds from an auction of the bike will go to the American Red Cross. The DEKALB 100th Anniversary Bike, [...]

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Julie and the crop duster

Enjoy this not-so-good video of my Percheron mare, Julie, and the visiting crop duster. I really needed to be a calmer and record better video but it was kind of a traumatic experience. Maybe I’ll do better next year. Last year, my co-worker Heather Hetterick had a similar experience with a crop duster. She recorded [...]

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Rocking the Defiance County Fair

By Matt Reese In the past, when there was a major event really rocking the grandstand at the Defiance County Fair, the grandstand was really rocking, and not is a positive way. “The stands creaked and groaned. People were actually scared to go in them, and if you saw what it looked like underneath them, [...]

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County Fair fun from around Ohio

There are so many great sounds, sights and smiles at Ohio’s fantastic county fairs. Send us some of your favorite photos to feature in the OCJ and on the Web. Send your favorites to ksharp@ocj.com and we’ll pick a winner at the end of the year who will get a pass to every county fair [...]

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Financial crises has indirect effects on ag

While the uncertainty on Wall Street directly affects the financial sector, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it’s the indirect consequences coupled with weather concerns that has the agriculture industry on edge. Agriculture, with the exception of livestock, has been more resistant to recession, said Mike Boehlje. Much of the demand for U.S. grain comes [...]

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Ohio Department of Agriculture preserves 41 farms using Clean Ohio Funds

After reviewing and scoring landowners’ applications for the tenth funding round of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), the Farmland Preservation Advisory Board has recommended 41 farms for funding to Ohio Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer. A total of $6.4 million from the Clean Ohio Fund will be used to purchase agricultural easements on [...]

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Lamb Jam at Ohio State Fair

While many Ohio State Fairgoers prepare their taste buds for corn dogs, elephant ears and other traditional fair fare, visitors have something new to try this year. Delicious, American raised lamb prepared by some of the top chefs in Ohio will be the feature of the first Ohio Lamb Jam competition on Aug. 5. Fairgoers [...]

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USDA makes funds available to meet urgent credit needs of producers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a high demand for guaranteed farm ownership and direct farm operating funds has prompted USDA to transfer appropriated funds between programs as authorized by law, to meet the urgent credit needs of producers, including beginning and minority farmers and ranchers. “Demand is strong for direct operating loans and guaranteed [...]

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