Ohio Field Leader Roadshow | Steve Reinhard

Join Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field Leader, as he interviews Steve Reinhard, a respected farmer from Crawford County. Gain valuable insights into Reinhard’s experiences and challenges tis spring on his family’s diversified operation.

Ohio Field Leader is a production of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 301 | Getting it in the Ground!

A great listen for those planting, get ready for an information-packed episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, hosted by Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg. This week, they dive into the critical topic of navigating financial challenges in agriculture in 2023, as they engage in a compelling conversation with Larry Davis from Ag Resource Management. Join them as they uncover valuable advice and insights to help farmers navigate the ever-evolving financial landscape and make informed decisions for a prosperous future.

But that’s not all—Dale Minyo visits with Dale Everman from Homan Inc. to discuss the efficient use of nutrients and the vital topic of manure management, equipment advantages, and the latest farm building trends.

Joel Penhorwood then shifts gears and connects with Cindy Layman to explore the exciting world of GrowNextGen Virtual Field Trips. Delve into the immersive experiences offered by these virtual trips, designed to ignite curiosity and promote agricultural understanding among students and educators alike.… Continue reading

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Keeping Preserved Farmland in Ag | 2023 Corn Planting Cab Cam | Patrick Bailey, Union Co.

Patrick Bailey of Bailey Heritage Farms in Union County welcomed Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood into the tractor cab for this corn planting Cab Cam. Patrick and his family have found relatively good progress this year, able to get seed in the ground mid-April and dodging rains farms in nearby counties have been delayed by.

This Cab Cam takes place on farmland that’s been the subject of a recent court battle. Area development has attempted to encroach on the land, which is enrolled in the Farmland Preservation Program. The Bailey family has so far successfully fought the development push. More in this story:

The 2023 Cab Cam series is sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. More at… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 300 | 95th Ohio FFA Convention Recap

On this week’s podcast Dusty and Joel sit down to talk about the 95th Ohio FFA Convention with student reporters, Aubree Topp and Allison Kinney. Aubree is from the Botkins FFA Chapter and Allison is from the Indian Lake OHP FFA Chapter. During this year’s convention, they conducted interviews and captured photos and videos. 

Wyatt Morrow, a student reporter and from the Fairfield FFA Chapter, interviewed Katie Oestreich, Ben Bitner, Kennedy Short, Luke Jennings, and Landon Shelpman about their year of service together as State FFA Officers. Allison also interviewed Luke Jennings, who was named the New State FFA President. Lastly, Dusty talks with Dr. Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension State Specialist for small grains and soybeans, about soybean planting progress and stand evaluation. All this and more on this week’s podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

05:41 Wyatt Morrow – State Officer Recap

18:42 Allision Kinney – Luke Jennings, New State President

22:05 Dr.… Continue reading

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Aubrey Schwartz reflects on FFA presidency ahead of retiring address

2022-2023 Ohio FFA State President Aubrey Schwartz talks with Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Aubree Topp ahead of the final session at the 95th Ohio FFA Convention, wrapping up her year leading the organization. The two discuss favorite memories, lessons learned, and the topic of her retiring address.

Convention coverage is sponsored by Wilmington College.… Continue reading

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CDE winners reflect on newly acquired skills

The fourth session of the 95th Ohio FFA Convention highlighted winners of various Career Development Events (CDE).

Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Allison Kinney had a conversation with the top team and individual in the Farm and AgriBusiness Management CDE.

Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Aubree Topp caught up with Josie Jennings, a sophomore who won the Advanced Prepared Public Speaking CDE.

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Winner, Crone, Pinger, Michaels named Stars Over Ohio

The coveted Stars Over Ohio award winners were named at the third session of the 95th Ohio FFA State Convention.

Star in Ag Placement – Luke Winner, Versailles FFA

Star in Agribusiness – Alexis Crone, Cardington FFA

Star in Agriscience – Audrey Pinger, Felicity-Franklin FFA

Star Farmer – Allison Michaels, Bellevue FFA

In the audio interview above, Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Cortney Copeland talks with Star Farmer Allison Michaels about her Supervised Agricultural Experience and the work that went into the award.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 299 | How Ohio FFA Prepares Students for Life

On this week’s podcast Dusty and Matt sit down with Morgan Anderson, current Ohio Country Journal FFA Reporter. Morgan is a past Ohio FFA State Vice President and a current broadcast journalism student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She talks about her experiences during FFA, and how this organization set her up to exceed in life after high school. 

Also, Dale talks with Wade Thorson, President of Benchmark Biodiesel in Columbus, Ohio, talking about the current market environment of transportation energy. Virgil Strickler, General Manager at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, talks with Dale about the upcoming Ohio State Fair and some changes for 2023. All this and more on this week’s podcast! 

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

05:29 Wade Thorson – Benchmark Biodiesel

11:42 Virgil Strickler – Ohio State Fair

15:41 Back with Morgan… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 298 | BEEF – It’s What’s for Dinner

Dusty and Matt sit down with Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Beef Council. She talks about celebrating National Beef Month this May and the upcoming grilling season. Elizabeth also mentions how the cattle industry is constantly changing, but Ohio cattlemen are devoted to continuing growing a safe and wholesome food source. 

Also, Matt talks with Don Bailey, a farmer in Union County, about a recent court case regarding eminent domain and the farmland preservation easement on his farm. Rachel Sanders from the Global Impact STEM Academy talks with Dale on the GrowNextGen tour about making biodiesel and then using it to power toy boats. Lastly, Dale speaks with Cory Cockerill, Interim President of Wilmington College. All this and more on this week’s Podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

06:38 Don Bailey – Eminent Domain

12:21 Rachel Sanders – GrowNextGen

21:01 Cory Cockerill – Wilmington College

27:27 Back with Elizabeth… Continue reading

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A conversation with Ohio Director of Agriculture Brian Baldridge

The director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Brian Baldridge, recently sat down for a conversation hosted by the Ohio Agricultural Council and moderated by Ohio’s Country Journal Editor Matt Reese. This full-length chat touches not only on the Director’s background and agricultural upbringing, but also his perspective on several topics near and dear to Ohio’s farmers including administration priorities, land preservation, and disaster response among much more after his first three months in the job.… Continue reading

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2023 Pre-Plant Anhydrous Cab Cam | Jed Bower, Fayette County

Join Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg as we take a ride in the cab of Fairfield County farmer Jed Bower’s tractor and get an insider’s look at his pre-planting process in this Pre-Plant Anhydrous Cab Cam. We talk the benefits and challenges of using anhydrous ammonia as a fertilizer, and gain valuable insights into the practices for applying it safely and efficiently as a pre-plant addition.

The 2023 Cab Cam series is brought to you by Precision Agri Services Inc. More about them at… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 297 | Get the Dirt on Ethanol, Planting, and Hunger

On this week’s podcast Matt and Dusty sit down to talk with the folks at Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation. They visit with Janelle Mead and Kris Swartz to discuss the conservation practices farmers are implanting within Ohio. H2Ohio is also a project OFSWC works closely with, and Janelle and Kris talk about the future of this program and possible expansion.  

Also, Dale visits with Farm Credit Mid America in Cambridge discussing the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer campaign. Tom Verry with Clean Fuels Alliance America talks with Dusty about renewables and the growing demand. Lastly, Joel stops in to do a Cab Cam with Mike Elsner as he plants early soybeans. All this and more on this week’s podcast!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update

05:48 Farm Credit Mid-America – Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer campaign

13:13 Tom Verry – Clean Fuels Alliance America

16:54 Mike Elsner – Cab Cam

24:37 Back with OFSWC… Continue reading

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Students learn about making Soy Biodiesel through GrowNextGen

Rachel Sanders, Science Instructor, Senior Capstone Advisor and FFA Advisor at Global Impact STEM Academy, taught her 11th grade students about making Soy Biodiesel through the GrowNextGen program. Pictured are two of her 11th grade students – Riley Champ and Bridget Capper. This is part of the GrowNextGen program is funded by Ohio Soybean Farmers and their checkoff. Learn more at… Continue reading

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