Monthly archive March, 2011

Awards are great … but no substitute for day-to-day work

Farmers do many things very well because they need done. They don't intend to receive recognition for each thing they do -- they just do the job at hand the best they can. That's how I like to approach writing. I try to write my best and it's great to win things. But the real...

You go, farm girls!

"Although I can sew, I don't love it. At college, they wanted me to major in home economics, as being a more useful field for a woman. But I am taking all the outside courses that I can. Farming offers, in my opinion, a glorious career, the ideal existence."

Supplying the world with food

Talking to as many farmers as I do on a regular basis, one thing I can say is that I have not come across one who is not proud to be feeding the world.

Spring plowing brings new hope

It’s that time of year again — time to turn over the soil in anticipation of a new growing season and a new crop. Of course, there are many farms where tilling doesn’t happen, or at least not every year.

Around the Kitchen: Sirloin Empanadas

Foreign foods can be an exciting and exhilarating experience. What better way to enjoy some culture than to sample what people from around the world eat? So try out these Sirloin Empanadas with your friends and family.

Life’s Lessons

I believe no matter how old we get, there are always lessons in life to be learned. This weekend I had one of those lessons. If you are like me, you probably plan to get away. Although my get-away was for work, I still made plans — that is for my horses, Montana, Kit, Lilly...

Ohio Farm Bureau goes to Washington

WASHINGTON — I had never been to Washington D.C. until mid-March, when I attended the annual Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s presidents’ trip. I signed up to go to D.C. when I was in high school, but not enough other students signed up, so the trip was canceled and our money refunded.

Wordless Wednesday: March 23, 2011

What's a dairy farm without cats? This one is definitely not crying over the spilled milk, but was quick to lap up the drips from the bulk tank!

Enjoy great cattle? Don’t miss Ohio Beef Expo

I have to say, the Ohio Beef Expo is an experience! I thought when I got the assignment, it would be some cattle and some cowboys in Wrangler jeans. I found out it was much more than that! First of all, I have to tell you I really enjoyed the show.

We’re leaving a mark — literally — and figuratively

Eugene Patterson was right: "Don't just make a living, make a mark." Literal marks, or graffiti, or even initials in concrete will fade. But a legacy of caring, of laughter, of faith, of courage, or teaching endures.

Around the Kitchen: Tiramisu Cheesecake

Cheese cake. The guilty pleasure of many and desert of choice for any family occasion. But with so many varieties and choices it’s hard to find the “perfect” cheesecake. Take a gander at this Tiramisu Cheesecake and see if it fits the bill.

Fighting for 4-H

It's funny, the things kids say. And sometimes it is just those statements that make you think. I've been covering the issue of Carroll County losing/not losing its extension office for over a year now. As my niece enters her second year of 4-H, she said something that touched my heart one evening.