Monthly archive April, 2011

Farms of a different color

I recently visited a farm in Hancock County, West Virginia, for a story I’m working on and it got me thinking. Each farm is different and each has its own purpose.

Animal rights groups should blame selves for video bans, closed doors

It's wrong to lie to get on a farm in order to produce anti-livestock videos intended to defame the farmer and his industry.

4-H’ers truly DO pledge their ‘health to better living’

Researchers have found 4-H'ers are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol and use drugs. We shouldn't be surprised. After all, it's one of the four H's: Head, Heart, Hands, Health.

Marcellus Shale: Get it in writing!

No matter where I go, it seems like someone asks me about Marcellus Shale leases. Here are my top five tips for getting it right.

Dose of spring keeps me wanting more

After such a lousy winter -- snow, ice and rain -- we were in for a true break and did we ever get one Sunday!

It’s time for a farm intervention!

We get the calls all the time. "Help me! My daughter's seeing a boy who thinks chocolate milk comes from brown cows!" If you don't step in now, then next time you see your loved one will probably be in the ward at the Cedars Hospital.

Grain bin entrapment: Not for the weak of heart

I have experienced a lot of things because of my chosen occupation. I do not regret any of them. (But I have given my mom some gray hair over some of my choices!) However, one that will stand out forever came April 2 — I was the victim in a mock grain bin entrapment.

Care board meetings are ‘democracy in action’

The best thing about the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is democracy: Thirteen Ohioans appointed by Ohioans for Ohioans, and with diverse Ohio backgrounds, are entrusted to listen to the public and decide what is best for Ohio.

Grocery prices go beyond the farmer

Look beyond the farmer to find out what is driving grocery prices higher.

That fifth grade farm tour made an impression

The Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District has offered a farm tour to fifth-graders since 1965. Since 1965!!! That's a lot of time and energy and volunteers and bratty kids. It's also a lot of exposure to natural resources protection, conservation and agriculture. Exposure that some students might not have received elsewhere.

Around the Kitchen: Grilled Pizza

Pizza is one of the most popular meals out there, and with so many variations to the dish there are endless ways to enjoy a good Italian meal. One of the more unique takes on pizza is the grilled pizza with steak and blue cheese. Try it out!

Delivery changes ahead for Farm and Dairy subscribers

We didn't realize that when we went live with our blog, we'd be putting it to use so quickly with some major news regarding our publication, Farm and Dairy.