Missing the Ohio State Fair in 2020? Yep, we are too. Here is a collection of random Ohio State Fair photos that may trigger some fond fair memories of Ohio State Fairs gone by to help reminisce this staple of Ohio summers for generations.… Continue readingRead More »
By Matt Reese
A record number of farmers converged in San Antonio in late February for the 2020 Commodity Classic.
The total number of farmers registered was 4,678 — the highest number in the show’s 24-year history, eclipsing the previous record of 4,595 set in 2016 in New Orleans. Total registration of 9,350 was also second only to the New Orleans event.
The event was held Feb. 27, 28 and 29 and featured dozens of educational sessions, a huge trade show with nearly 400 exhibitors, a keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, a concert performance by Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, policy meetings of the commodity associations, a wide variety of presentations from well-known industry leaders and top farmers, and tours of area attractions.
Ohio’s farmer leaders were on hand to set policy and the stage for what they are hoping will be a great 2020 for U.S.… Continue readingRead More »
American FFA Degrees – 438
American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Luke Scott, Wynford
American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace
American Star Farmer Finalist – Todd Peterson, Miami Trace
Honorary American Degree
Roland Fisher, Covington
National Officer Candidate – Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy
National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)
Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-Franklin
Agriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville
Agricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West Holmes
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty Union
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC
Agricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTC
Beef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCC
Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC
Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen
Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles
Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, Fairview
Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley
Diversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, Marietta
Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCC
Equine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCC
Forage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky
Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville
Grain Production-Placement – Reed Aller, St.… Continue readingRead More »
Wow! What a fun Farm Science Review! The weather was the best we have had in recent years and we really enjoyed the chance to talk with so many of you who dropped in to see us. We got to lament the challenges of a difficult 2019 but celebrate the bright future of agriculture in Ohio too. We also had the chance to talk with many great guests who will be featured in upcoming broadcasts, podcasts, videos, and OCJ stories.
This year’s late harvest boosted attendance at the farm show, which attracted 114,590 people over three days. Typically at this time of the year, many farmers are driving combines. Instead, some were eyeing brand-new combines and tractors displayed at the show, taking pictures of their children and grandchildren behind the wheel at the Farm Science Review.
Under sunny skies and welcoming mild temperatures, visitors learned about the economics of producing malting barley, legal issues associated with growing hemp, the most common mistakes made by family-run farms, and tactics to reduce the risks of producing corn and soybeans, among other topics.… Continue readingRead More »
“Welp, we’re going to try and get around the grounds pretty quickly today so we can get you boys back to school before the end of the day.”
The two third grade boys in the back seat looked at each other with genuine concern.
We were on our way to the 2018 Farm Science Review with my friend Jon Miller, his son, Carter, and my son, Parker. This was the first time visiting the show for the two excited farm boys.
Jon took the boys around the exhibit area in the morning before working an afternoon shift in the Ohio Corn and Wheat building and then I took the boys out to the harvest demonstration area in the afternoon to help me with taking photos. The boys helped me find good ears of corn and the best-looking combines in the field for picture subject matter. They also provided entertaining commentary about their differing paint colors of choice, rooting on the combines accordingly.… Continue readingRead More »
All exhibitors in the 2018 Market Lamb Sale got at least $975 with contributions from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council Banner Booster Program including Apex Clean Energy, Fowler Family Southdowns, Backwoods Farm, Reynolds Club Lambs, Black Thunder Breaking Donkey’s — Garrett Krasula, Emma Matthews Photography, Tom Butler Farms, Amstutz Club Lambs, Kalmbach Feeds, Umbarger Feeds, Elvin Elifritz Double E Dorsets, Johnson Show Lambs.… Continue readingRead More »
State FFA Sentinel: Mallary Caudill, West Liberty Salem
State FFA Reporter: Bailey Eberhart, Harrison Central
State FFA Treasurer: Kalyn Strahley, Paulding
State FFA Secretary: Gretchen Lee, Pettisville
State FFA Vice President: Holly McClay, Fredericktown
State FFA President: Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy
State Vice Presidents – At Large: Austin Becker, Fairbanks; Tyler Zimpfer, Anna; Grace Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Grant Lach, Bloom-Carroll; Emma Dearth, Amanda-Clearcreek
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The Ohio Pork Congress had the largest attendance in several years since it moved to its Columbus location.
“We’ve been blessed to have good participation over the past several years and this is a record for the last 10 or 12 years,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “We had over 500 pre-registered and that is due to the event planning committee. It just goes to show that if we get the right program and right presenters here, people will come and benefit from what they have to share.”
The event followed the Tri-State Sow Housing Conference held the previous day and the topic was a natural topic of conversation as the 2025 deadline for implementation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board sow housing requirements draws closer.
“One of the things that is on our minds here in Ohio is the magic number of 2025 when the sow housing changes have to be implemented.… Continue readingRead More »
Late Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.
“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”
The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million.
“The tank gave way and the impact of the corn caused the nearby transformers to explode,” Sutherly said. “Our renters there at the elevator — there is a house on the grounds — said it sounded like a jet airplane was coming in and she looked out and all the corn was laying on the ground. The tank was built in 1968 when the government wanted to do some government storage. It was full. It was 72-feet tall to the edge and then an additional 20 feet tall to the peak of the cone.”… Continue readingRead More »
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held in January in Lewis Center at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 attended the event that offered educational breakout sessions, several new youth opportunities, the annual meeting, and evening banquet.
“We got an update from Washington, D.C. We heard about where we stand on the electronic logging devices, which is a big issue for a lot of our members and we talked about water quality issues. We also had our first annual youth quiz bowl and we had 42 individuals participate. We are trying to get some more of the youth involved in what we are doing here,” said Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. “One of the biggest things I am looking forward to as president is giving back to an association that I truly believe benefits every single beef producer in the state.… Continue readingRead More »