Country Life

Hotter weather on the way

A pattern change appears underway. We are heading into a summer type pattern that continues to evolve as we speak. This will mean a transition to warmer weather with rainfall becoming much more scattered and sporadic. Some areas will still receive locally heavy rainfall but other places will get missed. Cooler than normal weather can [...]

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Mark Lyons, Global Vice President and head of greater China for Alltech

Opportunities for more exports strong in China and other emerging economies

A conversation with… Mark Lyons, Global Vice President and head of greater China for Alltech who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus. OCJ: What are some things you want farmers to know about what their consumers in China are looking for? Mark: I would say that the first thing [...]

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Trump announces withdrawal from Paris Accord

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord agreement that laid out a framework for countries to adopt clean energy and phase out fossil fuels in a global effort to address climate change. “President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the [...]

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Delicious Butler County donuts!

Is it doughnuts or donuts? That is the question (on National Donut Day)

Doughnuts were first brought to us by the Dutch in the early 1800s as olykoeks, or oily cakes. These early doughnuts were sweet balls of dough fried in pork fat. Big problem, often they didn’t get done in the middle. So, as all good cooks in the kitchen do, they tried to give them a [...]

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Joe Singer operating the sled. Photo provided by Singer Sled Rental.

Competition fuels summer pulling events

The rumble of the engines, the belching black smoke and the undeniable power of pulling competitions make them a staple of many fairs and events through the summer and fall months. Diesel fuel powers the machines but it is the spirit of competition that fuels the events, said Joe Singer, president of the Darke County [...]

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Organic dairy production highlighted at June 29 field day

For the first time, the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program will include organic dairy production in its annual field day. “This year will include a major focus on dairy, a first for the OFFER program, in support of the rapidly expanding organic dairy industry,” said Douglas Doohan, director of the OFFER [...]

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E15 summer sale restrictions being looked at by Congress

Consumer choice at the pump takes a step backward this month as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restriction on summertime E15 ethanol sales goes into effect. A regulatory barrier currently limits the ability of fuel retailers to offer 15% ethanol blends in most of the country from June 1 to Sept. 15. Congress has introduced [...]

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Spring turkey hunting season  was productive.

Planting seeds…

When Jim Stewart mentioned that he used to plant a few patches of dwarf sorghum for the local pheasants, I filed that information away. The subject came up last September when I made my annual autumn stop to ask permission to hunt the acreage he farms. Although primarily seeking a spot to hunt whitetails these [...]

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NPPC speaks out on NAFTA

Following notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico. The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning [...]

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Zach Veach. Photo courtesy of the American Dairy Association Indiana.

Pike County racecar driver in the Indy 500

A 22-year-old from Pike County is in the field of 33 drivers for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Zach Veach of Stockdale qualified to start 32nd for his first Indy 500, not where he was hoping, but he is still excited to be there driving the No. 40 Indy Women in Tech Championship A.J. [...]

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