Tag: agriculture

Ty Higgins moderated a panel at the 2017 Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium where a wide variety of issues (including water quality) were discussed by the Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Corn and Wheat leadership.

Ohio agriculture accused of “poisoning our lake”

There was quite a stir this week in Toledo with news regarding the Lucas County commissioners’ sponsorship of a website identifying “hotspots” in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed for nutrient loading. The Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Sources Inventory is described as a “mapping tool that identifies causes of impairment and potential pollutant sources [...]

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We’re converting Agri Country to digital

I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear people reminiscing of his name [...]

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We’ll always have Paris…oh wait, never mind

President Donald Trump again sent the left wing aflutter when he fulfilled another campaign promise by announcing a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris 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. The Paris Agreement seeks to hold “the [...]

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UpField's Mark Inkrott during his pro football career

Former football pro using sports as a platform for agriculture

When a sports fan heads to the stadium to cheer on their favorite team, it is safe to say that one of the last things on their minds is agriculture. But, thanks to some help from an Ohio farm boy turned NFL football player,  the ways those in the stands think about farming and how [...]

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Who gets water quality?

First, let me say that I get it. I understand that the farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed were listening to the science and doing what everyone told them. It was once common knowledge that phosphorus did not move in the soil and that reducing tillage was the answer to the algal woes of Lake [...]

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From the left, Keith Truckor, Laura Johnson, Elizabeth Dayton, Ohio Farm Bureau president Frank Burkett III, and Terry McClure stand with the Maumee River to their backs in Toledo after a recent press conference highlighting the findings of extensive water quality research related to agricultural nutrient loss.

Research yielding some clear answers to murky water quality questions

Farmers want answers on water quality. The general public wants answers. The residents on and around Ohio’s lakes and streams want answers. But first, what exactly is the problem? Laura Johnson works with the long-term water quality monitoring efforts at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The research has painted a fairly clear picture of the agricultural [...]

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Brian, Darin, Carolyn, and Gary Skinner of Delaware County carry on the tradition of agricultural excellence and community leadership on their Ohio Century Farm.

Skinner Century Farm built on leadership and community involvement

Francis Marion (F.M.) Hatton walked across the rich, agricultural fields of Delaware County and stopped to talk with an elderly man about his interest in purchasing the land from the neighboring landowner. The man was laying on a daybed at his residence and talked with his mouth full of tobacco — a spittoon at the [...]

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AgTube: The #Plant16 Song

The 2016 planting season has been Deja Vu all over again for many farmers in the Midwest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins wrote this tune to help share their agony with the rest of the country. It this fits what your spring has been like…Crank…It…Up! Lyrics: It’s been 45 day since I started rollin’ [...]

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The First Cab Cam of 2016 – Pence Farms

One of the first to get the 2016 planting season started in Ohio was Pence Farms in Clark County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along for a round or two of corn planting and visited with Brent about how things are going early on in this New Carlisle field.

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So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming?

As I was cogitating on what to cover in this month’s column, I came across a commentary in “Forbes” by Dr. Henry Miller and Drew Kershen, titled The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture. http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2015/07/29/why-organic-agriculture-is-a-colossal-hoax/#31796dd038e4. Their writing brought to mind an online training module I recently completed to prepare for an organic production certifier test. After [...]

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