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Apple Creek couple starts aquaponic business

Apple Creek couple Lori Klintworth and her partner Mark Zody started growing produce in their greenhouse using aquaponics. They started a business to help others in this method called Local Sprouts Aquaponics.

Senators discussing ways to stabilize taxes on farm land

Over the last few years farmers have seen drastic increases to agricultural land taxes. That's why representatives from around Ohio are sponsoring a new bill: SB 36.

Let the morel mushroom hunt begin

Morel mushrooms are generally in season during the final week of March and two to three weeks in April in this part of Ohio.

ODA seeks to recognize farm families leading in conservation

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2017 Conservation Farm Family Awards.

4-H enrollment now under way in Holmes County

Enrollment for youth in the Holmes County 4-H program for 2017 has begun.

Agricultural trend: Local farmers meet demand for lamb and wool

Over the past few years livestock trends within Holmes County have shifted. Today you'll see a lot more sheep in pastures all over Holmes County than ever before, particularly on Amish homesteads where dairy cattle were once the animal of choice.

Harold Neuenschwander named president of Ohio Federation of SWCD

Harold Neuenschwander assumed the role of president for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation District.

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference registration open

Ohio State University Extension will host the fourth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center.

Shoup hired as Farm Bureau organization director

Lindsay Shoup of Orrville is the new Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Ashland, Holmes, Medina and Wayne counties.

CAUV: How it works and why taxes went up for farmers

CAUV, the Current Agricultural Use Value program, is a state program that was added to the Ohio Constitution in 1972, and it offers tax breaks on agricultural land.

Ohio Proud launches Ohio Days: My Plate, My State lunch initiative

Ohio Proud, the Ohio Department of Agriculture marketing program, is assisting Columbus City Schools as the district implements its Ohio Days: My Plate, My State lunch initiative.

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will hold soil health meeting

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District and several surrounding conservation districts are hosting a soil health meeting about erosion and cover crop systems on farms.

USDA seeks comments on proposal to establish a new, organic research and promotion program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a proposal for a new, industry-funded research and promotion program.

Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting to be held in Mt. Hope

The Fifth Annual Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting will be in Mt. Hope and will be the first event held at the new Mt. Hope Event Center on the campus of the Mt. Hope Auction.

Ohio Proud launches new website to better serve consumers

Ohio Proud, a marketing program that helps consumers identify food and agricultural products produced in the state, announced the launch of its newly revamped website.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th annual convention brings in 338 delegates

During Ohio Farm Bureau Federation 98th annual convention, topics such as the role of agriculture in protecting water quality, wildlife damage to crops and livestock, and the drug epidemic were discussed.

Basic tips for purchasing firewood

As winter quickly approaches and more people look to firewood to help heat their homes, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.

Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting to be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 98th annual meeting in Columbus.

Young Ag Professionals’ Leadership Experience to be held Feb. 3-4

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Young Agricultural Professionals will hold its annual Winter Leadership Experience at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

Managing farm financial stress

Recognizing the level of stress that exists in the farm community, a program titled Managing Farm Financial Stress has been scheduled at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association to host beef industry update meeting

A beef industry update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association will take place in Ashland County.

Holmes SWCD will collect soil test at Farmerstown Auction

Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District will accept soil samples at the Farmerstown Livestock Auction.

Ohio wins one-third of AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence awards

Ohio county Farm Bureaus won one-third of the nation's top county programs.

Hiland FFA participates in soil contests

The Hiland FFA Urban Soils Team participated in the District Soils Contest as well as the State Soils Contest.

Farmer embraces social media and technology

Wayne County Farm Bureau member Charles Klinefelter of Lin Dar Farms in West Salem is featured in the November/December issue of Our Ohio magazine.

OCDC seed grants for new and emerging cooperatives are now available

The Ohio Cooperative Development Center at The Ohio State University South Centers is offering reimbursement seed grants to groups interested in exploring or growing a cooperative.

Holmes SWCD will hold workshop on cover crops at Leon Yoder Farm

Those interested in learning more about cover crops and soil health are welcome to join the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District for a workshop/field day at the Leon Yoder Farm.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities provides opportunity for farmers to make a difference

Eligible farmers in Holmes County have the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to a local, eligible nonprofit organization.

Holmes County Barn Inventory will showcase a part of Amish Country’s allure

The Holmes County Barn Inventory project is ambitious, seeking to create a database of the many fascinating and beautiful barns located across the rolling hills of Amish Country.

Holmes SWCD collecting milkweed seedpods to increase monarch habitat

The Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District is in the process of collecting milkweed in order to build more habitats for the monarch butterfly population, which is currently trending down.

Year-round markets benefit farmers and their customers

Local farmers' markets are on the rise and transitioning to a year-round model.

Hanna and Scheufler emerge victorious in 2016 4-H steer carcass contest

The annual beef carcass show was held in Sugarcreek, where the top 10 finishers in the beef category and top five placers in the dairy steer efforts were judged on the inside.

OEFFA to help Ohio invest in future of agriculture

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association announced its new Begin Farming Program.

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will offer testing for moisture content

The Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will again offer farmers the opportunity to have corn silage tested for moisture content.

Harmony Farms will hold open house to showcase new cow-cooling system

Harmony Farms, 5294 Kidron Road, Apple Creek, recently built a new four-row barn, freestall and sand bedded. One of the unique features of this barn is an evaporative cooling system by a company named CowKuhlerZ, which was installed to provide relief from heat stress for the cows.

Holmes County Junior Fair royalty is a step toward growth, leadership and responsibility

Ten hopefuls will vie for Holmes County Junior Fair royalty during the upcoming fair, and outgoing queen and king Lyndsey Davis and Bryce Burgett talk about their growth and experience through the past year.

Poultry makes a triumphant return to Holmes County Fair

After having been absent from the Holmes County Fair last year after a major attack of avian flu, the poultry division makes a triumphant return in 2016. Chickens, turkeys, ducks and all things fowl will be showcased by 4-H members, and poultry committee chair Steve Waltman said it is a real...

Clover Buds invited to scour the fairgrounds during scavenger hunt

Youngsters between the age of 5-9 will have plenty to do should they choose to join in on the fun of the Clover Buds Day Wednesday, Aug. 10 during the Holmes County Fair. A scavenger hunt that will take them throughout the fairgrounds will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., right before the Kid's...

Landowners asked to participate in survey for OARDC research

Researchers from The Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources will mail a second round of landowner surveys to selected households in Wayne County.

Despite their reputation you can grow roses

There are a variety of roses that do not grow well in Ohio, but there are also a number of roses that flourish here.

Harvest Ridge horse barn and arena continue to take shape

The annual horse show at the Holmes County Fair has been part of the fun for years, but many people still aren't aware of the 4-H event. With a new horse barn under way at the new Harvest Ridge fairground, there should be a renewed interest in the events, but there is still a need for some in-kind...

Despite their reputation you can grow roses

There are a variety of roses that do not grow well in Ohio, but there are also a number of roses that flourish here.

Organic farm featured in dairy twilight tour

The annual Wayne/Ashland County Dairy Twilight Tour is scheduled for Tuesday evening on July 12 at 6 p.m. This year's host farm is Stoller's Organic Dairy located at 10451 Eby Road, Sterling.

SWCD to present cover crop tour in Sugarcreek June 20

Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District will host the Cover Crop Twilight Tour focused on no-till corn planted into rolled cereal rye at the Vernon Hershberger farm on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. The Hershberger farm is located at 2387 CR 70 near Sugarcreek.


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