This week I will meet the full spectrum of Ohio farmers — from large-scale grain farmers to some well-known produce farmers.

It starts Tuesday at the Ohio Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada, on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The conference provides expert insight into the latest yield improvements and the issues facing grain farming.

I look forward to hearing additional insight into where our 2012 markets might go, and what kind of year we can anticipate.

Getting around

On Thursday, I’ll be in Plain City for the Pioneer Hi-Bred media day, where I’ll be learning about the newest developments in soybeans and uses for soybeans.

It will be a good two-hour drive from where I live — but the day starts out right — with a lunch prepared with the new, low-fat soybean oil called Plenish High Oleic. The afternoon will be filled with speakers and researchers — all talking about soybeans.

On Friday, I’ll be at the Ohio and Nationwide 4-H Center for the annual Ohio Farmers’ Market Conference. I’ve never been to this event before, but with all the attention farmers markets are getting, I think it will be time well spent.

Before I go on all of those trips — I’m spending Monday at the Farm and Dairy office in Salem. Altogether, I will drive nearly 600 miles this week and will no doubt see a lot of Ohio agriculture along the way.

While I’m busy driving around the state, my CO-reporter — Kristy Foster — is in Washington, D.C. covering the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s annual trip to the Capitol. She will be providing updates on federal farm policy and listening in as farmers communicate their concerns to members of the Legislature.

Many places

As a media company, we will be covering a lot of ground this week — in different places and across different types of agriculture. I wouldn’t be surprised if we add a few more stories and story ideas just on our way to our destinations. It’s exciting as well as challenging — but certainly worth it.

My camera battery is on the charger and I’m thinking I ought to invest in a good night’s sleep. I don’t have any early-morning farm chores — like many of you probably do.

But, I do have a lot of farmers to visit this week and I want to be prepared. Follow along on our website and our Facebook page.

There’s a good chance we’re coming to a city near you, you might say. If not today, then tomorrow.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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