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Matt Reese

I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing, doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding farmland. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics in high school before graduating from Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to my career in agricultural journalism.

I continue to work on the family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. I live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. I have a daughter, Campbell Miriam, who was born in the fall of 2007 and a son, Parker Matthew, born in August of 2009. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations.

I have worked for Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air and do freelance writing and photography work. I have written and self-published six books to date. To find my books, visit lulu.com and search for “Matt Reese.”


Dad on duty

My wife was out of town again. This time she was on a three-day lobbying trip with the American Sheep Industry in Washington, D.C. While she hob-knobbed and met with legislators, I was once again charged with keeping things running smoothly at home. I employed my usual tactics that help …

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Watch out: Ticks aplenty this spring

I was out splitting and gathering firewood the other day in grass that was almost knee high. I had already seen a number of ticks (more than usual) this spring, so I was expecting them, but I was astonished about how many there were crawling up my pant legs and …

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“Ag gag” debate heats up

First country crooner Carrie Underwood jumped on the anti “ag gag” bandwagon and now Ellen DeGeneres has added her celebrity status to the cause against the proposed “Tennessee anti-whistleblower” bill via her daytime talk show. The bill has passed the Tennessee House and Senate and now awaits a signature from …

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2013 Christmas tree planting

We scrambled in between bouts of cold weather and heavy downpours to get the Christmas tree crop planted a couple of weeks ago. They have since been slogged with several inches of rain that are keeping farmers out of fields in the northern half of the state. While there were …

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Dig a little, learn a lot

By Matt Reese In my nearly 14 years as a farm writer, I don’t know that I ever saw anything quite like it. The sun was out (at least some of the time), the fields were fit, and the temperatures were warm in early April and there was a large …

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New ways to build old-fashioned relationships

With today’s technology, there are more ways than ever before to bridge the widening gap between consumers and agriculture, which (somewhat ironically) is more important than ever before. Social media, blogging, and websites offer opportunities to develop relationships based on trust and shared values regardless of the geography and demographics …

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