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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 294 | From Flower Farms to Farm Credit

On this week’s podcast Matt sits down with Kristin Flowers who is a marketing specialist at the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio Country Journal. Kristin talks about her role with the team and how she manages it on top of being a mom and a grain and flower farmer. Also, she discusses how her farm has evolved into a you pick flower and pumpkin farm. 

Joel also talks with Melanie Strait-Bok, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending at Farm Credit Mid-America, to discuss patronage week. Also, the CCA of the Year Alex Lindsey, talks with Dusty about this honor and the work he performs. Matt talks with Dave Rowe, general manager of Mid-States’ Wool Growers, about closing its doors after more than 100 years. Lastly, Dale Minyo returns and talks with Dusty about his health over the past couple of months. All this and more on this week’s podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

07:13 Melanie Strait-Bok – Farm Credit Mid-America

18:15 Alex Lindsey – CCA of the Year

21:26 Dave Row – Mid-States Wool Growers

36:21 Dale Minyo – Update

42:28 Back with Kristin… Continue reading

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Precision Planting pushing boundaries in spraying technology

Bryce Baker of Precision Planting discusses new, cutting edge technologies that were on display at the 2023 Commodity Classic. Products on display included spraying improvements, including a boom recirculation system to prime booms without spraying a drop on the ground, consistent pressure advancements, and guidance and targeting spraying. Those technologies and more in this conversation with Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese.… Continue reading

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Farm Credit Mid-America celebrates $1 billion of returned patronage

Farm Credit Mid-America has been busy celebrating $230 million of returned patronage to customers this spring. It’s a notable year for the Patronage Program with the total now over $1 billion returned to customers in the last seven years. $60 million of that has gone to Ohio farmers.

In this featured audio, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood talks about how Farm Credit is celebrating the occasion and how that money is being used on the farm with Senior Vice President Agricultural Lending Melanie Strait-Bok.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 293 | Corn, Beef, and Discussion Meets

Matt and Dusty sit down with Mike Hannewald to talk about his experience at the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet where he was named the 2023 winner this past January. They also talked about his recent trip to Washington D.C. with the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Presidents Trip where they talked all things about the upcoming farm bill. Lastly, they talked with Mike about the upcoming planting season as he works at Beck’s Hybrids as an agronomist. 

Dusty also talked with David Hula at the Conservation Technology Conference (CTC) about his top corn yield success and how he achieves it. Next, John Settlemyre chats with Dusty at the Commodity Classic discussing ethanol production and legislation. The Ohio Beef Expo celebrated its 35th year this past week and Matt catches up with John Rentz to talk about the history of it. All this and more on this week’s podcast!    

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

05:58 David Hula – CTC

09:01 John Settlemyre – Commodity Classic

17:30 Jim Rentz – Ohio Beef Expo

21:33 Back with Mike… Continue reading

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Benson Hill offers unique premium opportunities for farmer-partners

Jeff Johnson of Benson Hill talks with Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese about the unique set up of their vertically integrated soybean business. They are looking for farmers to grow specific crops for specific needs. He says there are still contracts available for Ohio growers, with limited opportunities in 2023 for a $5 premium in northwest Ohio because of the expanding aqua-market

Johnson says the opportunities for more ROI per acre are considerable versus that of a commodity-based soybean. Learn more at www.bensonhillfarmers.com.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 292 | From Orlando to Washington and everywhere in between

In the 291st episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg sit down with Putnam County farmer Jeff Duling, president of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. They preview the upcoming Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, talk the Haney test for soil health, and much more.

From there, the action doesn’t stop with several interviews following a roundtable with farmers and Ohio ag leaders in East Palestine, looking ahead with a positive perspective after the train derailment and subsequent fire in early February that grabbed world headlines. Brianna Gwirtz talks with Brian Baldridge, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, John Patterson of the Ohio Farm Service Agency, State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Summers, and local farmer Austin Chamberlain.

Following those chats, Matt talks with Jerry Seiler about the Seiler family winning the American Soybean Association National Conservation Legacy Award.

To wrap it up, Joel hears from a roundtable of Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents recapping their trip to Washington D.C.… Continue reading

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AUDIO: Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents recap trip to Washington D.C.

The annual Ohio Farm Bureau County Presidents’ Trip to Washington D.C. took place this week. Farmer leaders from around the Buckeye state had time to learn about the latest issues potentially impacting their farms, along with getting time to discuss face-to-face with lawmakers the concerns facing their operations and communities. While the wide range of topics covered is nearly impossible to fully summarize, in this audio, we gathered a together an eclectic group of the farmers to help recap the three days in our nation’s capitol through conversation.

Guests include Mike Plotner of Union County, John Hummel of Franklin and Fairfield Counties, Mike Hannewald of Lucas County, Amanda Barndt of Wood County, Ryan Mohr of Van Wert County, Jacob Wuebker of Darke County, Kreig Smail of Miami County, Ryan Hiser of Fayette County, Abram Klopfenstein of Paulding County, Richard Maxwell of Perry County, Kyle Stockton of Allen County, and Joe Everett of Shelby County.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 291 | The Auction Guru: Machinery Pete

On this week’s podcast Matt, Dusty, and Joe sit down to talk with Greg Peterson “Machinery Pete.” They discuss how Machinery Pete got started and share stories from his years in the business. Next, Joel talks with Dr. Chad McKay, Associate Professor of Agriculture at Wilmington College, to talk about the college and the 65th Annual Aggies Livestock Judging Competition. Ms. Erin Wollett, Cardington FFA Advisor, talks with Joel about the Aggies Livestock Judging Competition and the importance behind it. Lastly, Matt talks with Dave Brandt about the meme that went famous with his face on it saying “It ain’t much, but it’s honest work.” All this and more on this week’s podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

07:36 Dr. Chad McKay – Aggies Livestock Competition

13:25 Ms. Erin Wollett – Aggies Livestock Competition

19:01 Dave Brandt – Meme

23:26 Back with Machinery Pete… Continue reading

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Learning and leading through Wilmington College Aggies Judging Contest

Scores of young people crowded the Clark County fairgrounds this week for the 65th annual Wilmington College Aggies Judging Contest. Students had the opportunity to compete in multiple disciplines, including agronomy, general livestock, equine, and dairy.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with Aubrey Schwartz, president of the Wilmington Aggies, the student organization in charge of the event. Schwartz is also Ohio FFA President, and talks about how the experience in the past has helped inform her decisions that took here where she is today.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 290 | Train Disasters and Trade Disasters

On this week’s podcast Matt and Dusty sit down to chat with Elizabeth Long of Ag Resource Management. She discusses the important deadlines related to crop insurance especially the March 15th deadline. Joel talks with Doug Mollenkopf about the East Palestine train derailment disaster. Lastly, Dusty interviews with Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, and John Linder, past president of the National Corn Growers Association. They discuss the potential Mexican ban on U.S. non-GMO corn imports. All this and more on this week’s Podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

06:54 Doug Mollenkopf – East Palestine Train Disaster

22:29 Tadd Nicholson & John Linder – potential ban

32:05 Back with Elizabeth… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 289 | Poppin’ in with Ohio FFA & Ohio Farm Bureau

On this week’s podcast Matt and Dusty sit down to chat all things Ohio FFA with Jessica Parrish, Executive Director at The Ohio FFA Foundation, and Hannah Saum, FFA State Vice President. They talk about what to expect this week in Ohio FFA as they celebrate National FFA Week. Matt attended Ag Day at the Capital with Ohio Farm Bureau where Farm Bureau members talked with legislators about important farm topics. At Ag Day at the Capital Matt talked with Brandon Kern, Senior Director of State and National Policy, Amanda Barndt from Wood County, and Jonathan Francis from Madison County. Leah Curtis and Ty Higgins of Ohio Bureau also talk about Current Ag Use Valuation deadline approaching. All this and more on this week’s podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

05:20 Brandon Kern – OFBF

11:40 Amanda Barndt – Wood County Farm Bureau

14:53 Jonathan Francis – Madison County Farm Bureau

19:07 CAUV – OFBF

20:56 Back with Ohio FFA… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 288 | Interworking’s of OAN, OCJ and Ohio Pork

This week on the podcast Matt and Dusty sit down to talk with Joe Everett, Ohio Ag Net Marketing Specialist, to talk about his role in the company and his farming operation. Next, Matt chats with Bryan Humphreys, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, at the recent Ohio Pork Congress to discuss the pork industry from a national standpoint. Dr. Dennis Summers, Ohio State Veterinarian, visits with Joel to talk about foreign animal diseases related to HPAI and the swine industry. Lastly, Matt talks with John Hummel, farmer in Fairfield and Franklin Counties, about development pressures with farming near Columbus, Ohio. All this and more on this week’s podcast!   

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update  

04:55 Bryan Humphreys – NPPC CEO

08:31 Dr. Dennis Summers – Ohio State Veterinarian

20:09 John Hummel – Fairfield/Franklin Co. farmer

22:37 Back with Joe… Continue reading

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