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Good agricultural practices class at Local Roots

Anyone interested in the best practices for growing produce locally is invited to sign up for an upcoming Ohio State University class to be held in downtown Wooster at Local Roots Market and Cafe.

Doughty Valley Steam Days celebrates its humble beginnings

The Doughty Valley Show, which will take place this year July 26-28, is a real throwback to the days when steam was the king of power.

Revised label and new training required before use in 2018

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers of revised labels and new training requirements for applicators who intend to use dicamba herbicide products this year.

Cover crop the topic of choice at upcoming SWCD meeting

Holmes, Coshocton, Wayne and Tuscarawas Soil and Water Conservation districts will host a soil health meeting about cover crops planning systems on farms at the Holmes County Library.

ODA urges farmers to respond to USDA Census

The Ohio Department of Agriculture urges Ohio farmers and producers who have not yet done so to respond to the United States Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture.

Mid-Ohio Growers meeting is a chance to meet, educate and share ideas

Now in its sixth year, the Mid-Ohio Growers meeting will be an all-inclusive event for those involved in vegetable, fruit and flower production.

Farm Bureau Foundation works to attract young people to ag careers

Introducing students to potential careers in agriculture is the goal of two major projects made possible by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation's Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning.

Local cooperative helping plain communities to preserve agricultural heritage

Founded in 2003, Green Field Farms, located between Fredericksburg and Wooster, is a local farming cooperative that is doing much to help preserve the farming lifestyle for plain communities in Wayne and Holmes counties as well as elsewhere in Ohio.

Valley Acres Farm's commitment to conservation provides the Yoder family an SWCD honor

Valley Acres Farm, the home of the Jacob Yoder family, was recently tabbed as the recipient of the Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District's Conservation Farm Award for 2017.

One area farmer proves just how important networking is for small farmers

Leah Miller, a semi-retired sheep farmer in Holmes County, teaches connecting, networking and facilitating with Leadership Holmes County.

Hall named as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio

The Trump administration recently appointed David L. Hall, a native of Millersburg, as state director for USDA Rural Development in Ohio.

Glazer excels in agronomy

Cassie Glazer has passed two comprehensive exams covering nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop management.

Beef Exhibitor Show winners named

The Ohio Cattlemen's Association BEST program has teamed up with sponsoring partner, Weaver Livestock, to get new youth involved with the OCA BEST program. A novice sponsorship has been awarded to 50 Ohio youth for this year's Beef Exhibitor Show Total show season.

Buckeye Shepherd's Symposium to be held in Wooster

Whether you've been in the lamb business for a long time or you're thinking about getting started in this ever-growing industry, the upcoming 2017 Buckeye Shepherd's Symposium in Wooster will be a good opportunity to learn more about breeding, raising and marketing lamb.

Deadline for Farm Service Agency Committee member approaching

The deadline to vote for your local Farm Service Agency County Committee member is right around the corner.

Retreat designed for women in agriculture

OSU Extension will offer an Annie's Project Retreat at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Lore City to provide education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.

Women in Agriculture to offer program

The Ohio State University Extension East Ohio Women in Agriculture program will offer other area women an evening of networking, idea sharing and a meal at Raven's Glenn Winery.

Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience coming in February

Ohio Farm Bureau's 2018 Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience is open to young agriculturalists.

Hastings honored at Farm Bureau meeting

Lucille L. Hastings was honored as the Member of Distinction by the Holmes County Farm Bureau at its annual meeting at Harvest Ridge Holmes County Fairgrounds.

Horses infected with West Nile virus

The Wayne County Health Department received confirmation that four unvaccinated horses in Wayne County have tested positive for West Nile virus in the last month.

For Winesburg retiree, selective breeding is the key to a successful flock

The lamb market in Holmes and Wayne counties is rapidly outpacing other forms of livestock, and for James White, who runs a small farm near Winesburg, efficiency is the key to turning a profit.

OFBF members can receive discounts

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are now eligible for discounts on select John Deere equipment, parts, tools and workshop equipment.

2017 Tom Graham 5th-Grade Farm Tour is udderly fabulous

The Tom Graham 5th-Grade Farm Tour was held at the Wachtel family's Spring Walk Farm to help youth gain some understanding of the important role agriculture plays in Holmes County.

There are benefits to cover cropping

One of the big goals right now at the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate farmers about the benefits of cover cropping and maybe help them get started with a cost-sharing program through the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Ohio grape and wine industry contributes $1.3 billion to state's economy

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, which finds Ohio's grape and wine industry has a significant impact of $1.3 billion on the state's economy and provides 8,067 full-time jobs.

Sheep Improvement Association to meet

The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association will hold its next meeting at the farm of Ivan and Duane Raber.

Food and habitat are the most important factors in helping bees

Honeybees and rusty patched bumblebees are on a decline, a problem that affects not only the environment, but also the agricultural economy as well.

SWCD collecting milkweed to promote growth of monarch butterflies

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is calling on Ohioans for a second year of milkweed pod collections.

SWCD cover crop plane ready to fly low over Holmes County

Watch the signature yellow airplanes of Fisher Ag Service zoom across fields at a farm near you as the annual Holmes Soil & Water Conservation District aerial crop cover program kicks into high gear.

Local workshop connects seed savers and plant breeders

To address the need for learning and to foster community among seed savers and plant breeders, a series of "Seed to Sustainability" workshops will be offered throughout the state with the first workshop in Wooster.

Message in a bottle: Lou McFadden's rare dairy collection to hit auction block in September

More than 400 of Lou McFadden's milk bottles and other assorted memorabilia will go up for auction. The McFadden milk bottle collection has grown to grand popularity and will have items for auction in the Kaufman Auction Center in Sugarcreek.

No-till farming works for family operation

Grain farming is a major part of the Holmes County agricultural economy, and Goodwill Farm produces corn and soybean primarily with a no-till farming practice.

Feikert and Freeman stand supreme at Holmes County Fair Carcass Show

The annual Holmes County Fair Carcass Show produced some new faces in the winner's circle.

Organic Farming Conference coming in November

The third Organic Farming Conference will be a two-day event due to the increase in interest in organic farming, gardening and homemaking.

EHD confirmed in white-tailed deer and cattle in Ohio

The first confirmed case of epizootic hemorrhagic disease was recently confirmed in both white-tailed deer and cattle in Ohio.

Local farmers offer lots of insights for would-be breeders

When it comes to raising lamb, Misty Oaks Farm, only a few miles north of Holmesville, is one of a kind.

OCA Young Cattlemen's Conference provides industry learning experience

The 2017 Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation Young Cattlemen's Conference hosted 25 cattlemen and women for a leadership-development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas.

Doughty Valley Farm is designed to be self-sustaining

In this day and age of high upkeep costs and low profit margins, farmers that are struggling right now may be able to follow the example Doughty Valley Farm sets.

TVPPA's 54th show will feature the Ford family

Participants will be able to talk with owners and operators of equipment to learn more about the history of these vintage machines. There will be traction engines steamed up and working the farming equipment. All steam engines have been state inspected, and all operators have an Ohio boilers...

Last chance to get certified without a test

OSU Extensions of Wayne and Holmes counties have scheduled a last-chance fertilizer applicator certification program at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.

A fine dining experience to benefit Harvest for Hunger

Holmes County Farm Bureau will hold its first-ever Harvest for Hunger benefit at Hi Hills Farms in Glenmont. All proceeds raised, both through ticket sales and sponsorship, will go to the Love Center in Millersburg to help fund multiple food pantries.

CSAs provide seasonal food each week

The CSA model of farming is based on the concept of creating, supporting and enhancing community through local residents supporting local agriculture.

Palmer amaranth is one invasive species that should be on every farmer's radar

One invasive species that should be on every farmer's radar is Palmer amaranth. As of late 2016 Palmer amaranth was present in 19 counties in Ohio.

Poison hemlock is easy to identify

Poison hemlock is an invasive species native to Europe and North Africa that first came to the United States as an ornamental plant.

Deadlines to file with the FSA office in Millersburg are July 15

For farmers in the area the deadline to report spring grains to the Farm Service Agency in Millersburg is fast approaching, and there are benefits for reporting even if one does not carry crop insurance.

The world welcomes this foursome of fuzzy friends

On Monday morning, June 19 a nanny pygmy goat at the farm of David Wengerd in Bunker Hill gave birth to a quartet of pygmy goats.

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.


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