GrowNextGen ambassadors talk boats, drones, water quality at Ohio State Fair

In the latest series covering the ongoing and diverse work of the GrowNextGen program, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood spoke with Shelbie Snoke about her work over the summer and at the Ohio State Fair to teach young people about agriculture. Snoke reflects on her experience as an ambassador, and her thoughts to others wanting to take part in the program.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 310 | Reflecting with Regula

The 310th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast comes to you from the 2023 Ohio State Fair. Joel and Matt sit down with famed auctioneer Johnny Regula as they discuss county fair auctions, the Sale of Champions, memories from years past, and much more as the second week of the State Fair gets underway.

Also in this week’s podcast:

Terry Mescher, ODA, on H2Ohio

Dusty Sonnenberg gets an update on the growing H2Ohio program from Terry Mescher of Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Farm Credit Mid-America Growing Forward

Dale Minyo talks with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Scott LaGuire and Hilary Poulson about the unique opportunities offered by the Growing Forward program.

Congressman Max Miller on Farm Bill

U.S. Representative Max Miller of Ohio’s seventh congressional district talks with Joel Penhorwood about his work on the House Ag Committee and work being done on the 2023 Farm Bill.

Intro with Johnny Regula0:00.000
Terry Mescher of ODA on H2Ohio3:58.639
Farm Credit Growing Forward8:42.901
Congressman Max Miller on Farm Bill update22:34.630
Storytime with Johnny Regula29:00.665
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Audio: U.S. Rep. Max Miller talks Farm Bill issues as work intensifies

The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September, but the expected $1.5 trillion piece of legislation has a lot of issues to tackle before it’s completed. In this audio interview, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood talks with Congressman Max Miller (R), representing Ohio’s 7th congressional district, about his work on the House Ag Committee and specifically the issues he has seen come to the forefront with regard to the Farm Bill important to farmers.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb Show results

Exhibitors lined up with the Natural Colored lambs for the 2023 Ohio State Fair.

July 26, 2023

Judge: Scott Greiner, Virginia

Grand Champion: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champ. cross)
Reserve Grand Champion: Avery Rice, Trumbull Co. (Res. Cross)
Third overall: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champ Hamp)
Fourth overall: Makenna Snyder, Shelby Co. (Res Hamp)
Fifth overall: Rees Toler, Gallia Co. (Champ White-face cross)
Sixth overall: Brylyn Bryant, Ashland Co. (Champ Shrop.)


Champ: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co.

Res. Champ: Makenna Snyder, Shelby Co.


Champ: Brylyn Bryant, Ashland Co.

Res. Champ: Brandon Stone, Miami Co. 


Champion: Mylee Shatto, Shelby Co. 

Res. Champion: Nora Jackson, Harrison Co.


Champion: Delaney Dudte, Wayne Co. 

Res. Champion: Sophie Young, Highland Co.


Champion: Mylee Shatto, Shelby Co.

Res. Champion: Madison Shatto, Shelby Co.

Hair sheep

Champion: Lola McCarroll, Miami Co.

Res. Champion: Sofia Ciersezwski, Erie Co.

Hair sheep were well represented in the show by Champion Lola McCarroll from Miami Co.
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Ohio innovators highlighted in 2023 butter cow display

On behalf of Ohio’s dairy farmers, the 2023 butter cow display at the Ohio State Fair honors several notable Ohioans whose inventions improved lives around the world.

“Ohio has been home to many pioneers in science and technology over the last 200 years, and this year’s butter display celebrates that rich history of innovation by paying tribute to four inventors and their groundbreaking inventions,” said Jenny Crabtree, senior vice president of communications, American Dairy Association Mideast. 

Along with the traditional butter cow and calf, the display features butter sculptures of Thomas Edison with a light bulb and a phonograph, Garrett Morgan with a three-position traffic signal, Josephine Cochrane with a hand-powered dishwasher and James Spangler with a portable vacuum cleaner.  

This year’s buttery masterpieces were crafted from 2,000 pounds of butter, donated in part by Dairy Farmers of America, by a team of Ohio-based technical sculptors led by Paul Brooke of Cincinnati.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 309 | Strickler reflects on 30 years with Ohio State Fair

Long-time Ohio Expo Center and State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler is retiring after 30 years with the Ohio State Fair. In his tenure, major changes to the fair and junior livestock programs have taken place. In this podcast, Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese and Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins him to discuss the success of the Ohio State Fair under his charge, challenges along the way, and his perspective on leadership.

Other interviews in this episode of the podcast include…

Between the Rows highlight with Lawrence Onweller

Matt talks with Fulton County farmer Lawrence Onweller about the major rain variability in his part of the state and how the crop is shaping up in 2023.

Jed Bower re-elected to National Corn Board

Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg hears from Fayette County corn grower Jed Bower about his re-election to the National Corn Board.

Farmhand Mike

Mike Less of Darke County, better known as Farmhand Mike on social media, joins Joel from the recent Fennig Equipment ride and drive event to introduce their new offering of Deutz-Fahr tractors.… Continue reading

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2023 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Goat results

Grand Champion Market Goat: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Ethan Davies, Wood County
Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan County
Fourth overall: Maya McCoy, Fayette County
Fifth overall: Braxton Method, Auglaize County
Sixth overall: Addie Foor, Licking County

Judge: Spencer Scotten, El Reno, OK

Addison Flynn from Lorain County. Photo by Caroline Endsley.

Light Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Anara Shroyer, Logan
  3. Taylen Thompson, Fairfield

Middle Weight Div.

  1. Braxton Method, Auglaize
  2. Maya McCoy, Fayette
  3. Addie Foor, Licking 

Heavy Weight Div.

  1. Ethan Davies, Wood
  2. Jada Shroyer, Logan
  3. Brylyn Bryant, Ashland

Champion Drive
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Howard Wyman Leadership School securing a strong future for sheep

The Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School was recently held in Ohio, bringing together young producers as they work to become leaders in the sheep feeder industry. Ohio Ag Net’s Jake Zajkowski reports with organizers and participants from across the nation about their experience in sheep auction barns and meat processing facilities in the Buckeye state. A strong future for sheep production means hands-on training in lamb harvesting, marketing, and flock management. Tune in to hear how the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is training emerging leaders.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 308 | Beneath the Roots: Nematode

Some of the smallest organisms have one of the largest scientific following. Hosts of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Matt Reese, Dusty Sonnenberg, and Joel Penhorwood discuss nematode impact on crops and forests. The Society of Nematology recently met in Columbus to discuss everything from seed treatment to soybean impact and nematode’s role in our landscapes. Dr. Joe Boggs from The Ohio State University is the podcast guest to discuss poison hemlock, the dangers of wild parsnip, and economic impact of the Box Tree Moth. 

Dr. George Bird from Michigan State joins the conversation to discuss his leadership in the Soybean Cyst Nematode Coalition and his 40-year career in the field. From Auburn University, Dr. Kathy Lawrence talks with Dusty about the many growing trials that are benefiting growers and how nematode apply to all specialty crops, especially in the southern United States. 

From the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, Dr.… Continue reading

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Big wheat numbers for Dawson Farms | Wheat Harvest Cab Cam | Doug Dawson, Delaware County

Big numbers on the yield monitor are the theme for this year’s wheat harvest at Dawson Farms in Delaware County. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood stopped by for a Cab Cam with Doug Dawson as he and his family worked to finish the last of their wheat.

Dawson said the big year has reminded him of some in the past, and along with it, some advice for fellow farmers.

“Keep hitting singles, guys,” he said. “I have learned in 40 years when you’re swinging for home runs and trying to hit the top of the market, you’ll never do it.”

Listen in to the full Cab Cam, sponsored by Precision Agri Services Inc. More online at… Continue reading

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Ohio Field Leader Roadshow | Roy Klopfenstein

Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field Leader, joins Roy Klopfenstein for this in-depth interview on what’s happening at his Paulding County farm, including growing season progression, market access, and more. Klopfenstein, a representative in the Ohio State Legislature for District 82, also discusses the many issues affect farmers statewide.

Ohio Field Leader is a project of Ohio’s soybean growers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 307 | Inside Ohio’s State Budget

Summer is usually a break for those in policy and politics, however, this week’s guests are staying busy with the state budget. Hosts of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, Dusty Sonnenberg and Joel Penhorwood, discuss the recently passed state operating budget and the House Agriculture Committee. They’re joined by podcast guest, Director of State Policy for Ohio Farm Bureau, Evan Callicoat. The conversation will cover how agriculture is benefiting from lines in the state budget, improvements to H2Ohio Water Initiative, and what it takes to implement new Ohio funding. 

Dusty sits down with Representative Rodney Creech, Chair of the House Agriculture & Conversation Committee, to hear his thoughts on the recently passed legislation and the goals of his leadership in agriculture. He brings a unique perspective as a Preble County farmer, landscape business owner, and legislator for Ohio.

Dale hears updates from Homan Inc. with Dale Everman about everything agriculture solutions.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 306 | Small Farm, Strong Genetics

On this week’s episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, a Champaign County operation is making a strong presence in dairy genetics. Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood, and Dusty Sonnenberg welcome Jenny Thomas of Triple T Holsteins to end National Dairy Month. Their discussion highlights the value of small farms, the in-and-outs of livestock photography, and the busy schedule of a small herd. 

Rainfall has been looking different everywhere in the state; Matt visits with Laurence Onweller of Fulton County to get an update on the Northwest Ohio growing season and rainfall in his region. Dale visits with Olivia Pflaumer, environmental science educator, at the Grow Next Gen Ag Biotech Graduate Academy. Students are not leaving problems unsolved in Pflaumer’s science classroom. They discuss biotechnology in the agriculture classroom and its impact on students. 

Soybean-based pretzels, tomato juice, and bread are all workings of Ohio State researcher, Dr. Yael Vodovotz. Dale speaks with her about her interdisciplinary research with the agriculture college and medical school.… Continue reading

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An interview with Bob Suver, Clark County | Ohio Field Leader Roadshow

Join host Dusty Sonnenberg in an engaging interview from the Ohio Field Leader Roadshow as he sits down with Bob Suver of Clark County.

From discussing the challenges and successes of the growing season to shedding light on his involvement with the Ohio Soybean Council and programs like WISHH and USEC, Bob’s expertise provides a practical and informative perspective.

Ohio Field Leader is a program of Ohio’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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