Country Life

Prepare for another cold winter

If you’re wondering how the weather might be shaping up for this winter, just think back to the last one and plan for that. The Midwest could be in for another rough one, depending on how weather patterns develop. La Nina conditions have returned for the second consecutive year, said Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi. [...]

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The unthrifty horse

By: Phil Dilts, DVM It’s now officially fall, which is my favorite time of year. The only bad thing about fall is it means winter is getting close. Winter is when horses that have difficulty holding their weight typically lose their body condition. This happens for a variety of reasons. Pasture is gone or nearly [...]

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Research on trees for biofuel production

Someday trees could provide more than just shade, scenery and building materials. Purdue University researchers are studying how poplars might be turned into liquid fuel. In May a team of researchers led by Rick Meilan, associate professor of forestry and natural resources, began a five-year study to determine the viability of poplar species as an [...]

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Renewable Energy Workshop

Companies, farmers, and university and private researchers will converge in Wooster on Thursday, Nov. 10, to show the growth of Ohio’s renewable energy and products sector and explore new opportunities within this promising green industry. And they want you to be a part of it. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Renewable Energy Workshop at Ohio State University’s OARDC. The [...]

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Weed seeds hitching a ride

When you take your four-wheel drive out for a spin this fall, you might be bringing home more than memories. Researchers at Montana State University have found that vehicles are routinely transporting invasive weed seeds. Seeds can stow away on tires, bumpers, wheel wells or the underside of a vehicle and sometimes travel great distances [...]

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Ohio firm recalls beef and pork products

Fremont, Ohio-based E-Z Shop Kitchens, Inc., is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat, seasoned beef and shredded pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, USDA announced. The following products are subject to recall: • 16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SEASONED BEEF ” that bear the establishment [...]

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Parker Reese, 2, is not so sure about this third place ribbon his family won with their Horned Dorsets in the Open Show at the Fairfield County Fair.

2011 county fair photos

The 2011 fair season wrapped up last week with the Fairfield County Fair. As always we got some  great photos through the season highlighting the excitement from fairs around the state.  As the last of the fair photos from this year roll in during the next few weeks, we will be compiling them and selecting [...]

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Waterfowl season is underway

Ohio hunters should have good opportunities to take some of the most popular species of waterfowl when the hunting season opens across much of the state Oct. 15, based on the findings of biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The spring pond index for the prairie pothole region of North America (Kansas to [...]

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DOT clarification of farm CDL requirements

When it comes to the need for farmers to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to haul farm products or inputs, no news is good news, according to the Agricultural & Resource Law Program at Ohio State University. “There haven’t been any changes,” said Peggy Kirk Hall, director of the Ag Law Program. “There were [...]

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Loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increasing

Steven Maurer, State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program will increase to $1,214,000. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index,” compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to [...]

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