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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.

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.


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