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What does “LOL” mean to you?

It is not uncommon for my husband, Mark, and I to keep in contact with family and friends through text messages, e-mails and Facebook private messages. We do still talk to people on the phone, but sometimes a quick text can take the place of a lengthy conversation. Recently, we …

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Ag is sexy

Extreme, over simplified, unscientific, and exaggerated problems for the sake of marketing, activism and bolstering the bankrolls of non-government organizations have proven to be far too successful to go away anytime soon. The reason these tactics work: they are sexy. PETA, Greenpeace, and the Humane Society of the United States …

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Feral hogs photographed in Central Ohio

Though ODNR has yet to confirm feral swine reside in Central Ohio, a Delaware County resident has photographic evidence that hogs reside on his livestock farm. According to ODNR, “feral swine are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or neglected domestic swine. Introduced to the United States in …

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Percheron Association’s annual Spring Plow Match

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Percheron Horse Association of American held their annual Spring Plow Match in Fredericktown, Ohio. Despite the rainy and cold weather, teamsters showed up to compete in the plowing match. “We had three youth drivers as well, which is very exciting,” said Kristi Wood, executive …

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Hay isn’t just for horses anymore

For how much grief agriculture gets these days from those who don’t understand much about farming, it always cracks me up to see urbanites and hipsters drawing from rural culture for their building, decorating and dining styles. It seems that on every show that my wife watches about home remodeling …

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Planting by the phase of the moon?

In these days with more science than the world has ever known, there is still plenty that is unknown in the world of agriculture. Because of that, there are still those out there who consider the sage advice in the pages of almanacs. At the office, we consulted multiple farmer’s …

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It’s like living with eight toddlers

Most livestock producers are used to large numbers of young and newborn critters roaming their barns and pastures during spring birthing season, but eight baby goats is a record for me. Due to my smaller sized facilities and pastures, as well as time constraints, I have always kept my goat …

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Generations of growing seasons

The year my family started planting Christmas trees was 1983 — 32 years ago. Back then, my father was my age now and I was the age of our son who is five. The family tradition continued this year, albeit a bit later than normal. We typically plant trees as …

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OSU to hold Inaugural Online Horse Auction

The students enrolled in the Equine Program at The Ohio State University are gearing up to hold the program’s first online horse auction.  An annual horse sale has been part of the University’s curriculum for years, but damage to the horse facility on main campus several years ago left the …

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