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Riley Berger has built his ag knowledge from the ground up

Riley Berger of the Ridgewood FFA in Ohio is a finalist for the coveted American Star in Agricultural Placement award at the 2023 National FFA Convention. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins him to discuss how he has built his agricultural experience from the ground up over the past few years to have his own cattle herd today.

National FFA Convention coverage is sponsored by Wilmington College. More information at www.wilmington.edu.… Continue reading

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Secretary Vilsack: “If it was up to us, we’d put the young people of FFA in charge of the country”

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed attendees of the 2023 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Thursday. Following his speech, he was awarded the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Listen below to his touching remarks about FFA members after the honor was bestowed.

During time with media, Vilsack gave his thoughts on Farm Bill funding priorities, as well as the difficult nature of starting a farm in today’s day and age for young people without an operation to come back to.

Farm Bill comments

Opportunities for young people wanting to farm

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Ohio’s National FFA officer candidate advances to final phase

Morgan Anderson is Ohio’s candidate to be a national officer at the 2023 National FFA Convention. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visits with her on the first day of convention after she was named one of the 21 candidates advancing to the final phase of the selection process.

National FFA Convention coverage is sponsored by Wilmington College. More information at www.wilmington.edu.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 322 | Ag Credit Aims to Develop Rural Communities

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Libby Wixtead and Phil Young, both of Ag Credit. They talk about all things Ag Credit such as their podcast ‘Ag Credit Said It,’ mission statement, community involvement and agriculture finances. As an agricultural cooperative, Ag Credit works to give back to their customers while developing the communities they serve.     

 More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Steve Reinhart, United Soybean Board: The United Soybean Board recently conducted a survey on soybeans and animal agriculture and Steve talks with Dusty about the results of it.
  • Wendy Osborn, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association: Wendy talks with Dusty about the recent Ethanol Trade Group that visited Ohio learning about corn production within ethanol.   
Intro0:00
Steve Reinhart4:12
Wendy Osborn8:42
Main Conversation, Libby Wixtead and Phil Young14:14
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Soil testing: Get the blood work done for your fields

Pioneer Agronomist in Western Ohio Gabe McWhinney joins Ohio Ag Net’s Dave Russell for this fall agronomy update. Though harvest is top of mind, he says don’t forget that fall is a prime time of the year to be soil testing.

“I view soil tests just like a blood test at the doctor,” said McWhinney. “It provides a good inside look at what’s going on in your soil. Doctors don’t guess without running blood work.”… Continue reading

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Food Grade Soybean Harvest Cab Cam with Bill Helmuth of Schwartz Farms

Trumbull County is the site of this soybean harvest cab cam as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins Bill Helmuth of Schwartz Farms in the combine. Discussion centers around the growing food grade soybean operation that has dealt with harvest weather challenges in an area impacted by lake effect. Even so, good yields and a notable premium on the crop are top of mind.

The Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri-Services Inc. More information at www.precisionagriservices.com.Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 321 | Soybeans and Livestock Go Toegether Like Two Beans in a Pod

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Laurie Isley, United Soybean Board, Communication & Education Committee Chair. She talks about soybeans’ role in livestock diets and what research the United Soybean Board does to maximize feed efficiency. Laurie is also a farmer from Michigan, so she gives a brief harvest update.     

 More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Doug Miller, Between the Rows Farmer: Doug gives a harvest update as he is one of this years Between the Rows Famers located in Fayette county. 
  • Madi Layman, Ohio Soybean Council: Madi talks with Dale about biodiesel and the history behind its start till today. 
  • John Linder, OCWGA Board Member: Dusty talks with John about the recent Ethanol Trade Team that he hosted on his farm. 
  • Jack Bardakjia, Gapuma Ltd: Jack is from the United Kingdom and he talks with Dusty about his time in the United States learning about ethanol and his experience with the Ethanol Trade Team
  • William Aidoo, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa: William is from Ghana and he talks to Dusty about his experience learning about ethanol and corn production as part of this Ethanol Trade Team.  
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Feeding Farmers in the Field finds impressive growth at Creek Bottom Farms

For the fourth and final week of the fall 2023 edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field, Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg visits with Matt Treglia of Creek Bottom Farms outside of Ada. The multi-county farm has seen impressive growth since two friends, Matt Treglia and Chad Grant, established the operation in 1999. It now includes 6,000 acres in Allen, Hardin, and Hancock Counties where it employs six people.

Along with a broadcast from their operation, they won a free lunch at the farm and an assortment of other prizes thanks to 92.1 The Frog, as well as A.G. Boogher and Son, RRR Tire, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, North Star Hardware & Implement Co., Farm Credit Mid-America, VTF-Sunrise, Homan Inc., and Golden Harvest.… Continue reading

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Tomato Harvest Cab Cam with Kurtz Farms

A unique episode for the next installment of 2023 Cab Cam series as Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg visits with Jason Kurtz of Kurtz Farms in Henry County. Kurtz gives an update on the exceptional year it has been for tomatoes, the growing and harvest process unique to the vegetable, and the changing market dynamics in Ohio.

The 2023 Cab Cam series is brought to you by Precision Agri Services Inc. More information at www.precisionagriservices.com.Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 320 | A Royal Story

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosts Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talk with Rebekah Hardacre, the 2023 Ohio Fairs Queen. Rebekah is also a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. They talked about her reign as queen including the many fairs she attended throughout the summer. Her reign concludes at the upcoming Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention held each year in early January.  

 More in this week’s podcast:  

  • Micah Mensing, GrowNextGen Ambassador: Micah talks with Dale about his path leading up to the GrowNextGen Ambassador program and where his career path has led him since then.
  • Evan Hahn, Farm Credit Mid-America: Dale talks with Evan about National Co-Op Month and the history behind Farm Credit. Evan also mentions all the different services and benefits Farm Credit offers its customers. 
Intro0:00
Micah Mensing1.50
Evan Hahn11.08
Main Conversation, Rebekah Hardacre17:55
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Heitz Family talks harvest, rebuilding after storms during Feeding Farmers

The third week of the fall 2023 edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field finds Ohio Ag Net in Auglaize County at Heitz Family Farm for a discussion with Nick and Lisa Heitz, joined on camera by two family members Aubrey and Jeremy. Together, they discuss the operation, as well as their unique position of rebuilding their farm shop and grain leg after a storm took them out earlier this year.

Along with a broadcast from their operation, they won a free lunch at the farm and an assortment of other prizes thanks to 92.1 The Frog, as well as A.G. Boogher and Son, RRR Tire, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, North Star Hardware & Implement Co., Farm Credit Mid-America, VTF-Sunrise, Homan Inc., and Golden Harvest.… Continue reading

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