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State Fair canceled for 2020 🎙

By Matt Reese

On May 21, the Ohio State Fair announced that the event will not be taking place in 2020 — rides, fair food, junior fair, Smokey Bear, open shows, friends in the show barn, everything is canceled.

In recent weeks, the Ohio State Fair’s management team and the Ohio Expositions Commission were evaluating all available information from state and local health officials, as well as the financial feasibility of a reduced capacity fair. With the available information, the Ohio Expositions Commission voted to cancel the Ohio State Fair in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the fair for the future.

 “Our commissioners love our State Fair and you know how much I do and this is hard on all of us. This is my 28th year with the Ohio State Fair and I’ve had a lot of challenges over the years and this is right up there.Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 154 | Winter in May

This week during the quarantine chronicles, we have Matt, Kolt, and Dusty host Adam Sharp from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation while he talks about their response to COVID-19. Interviews by Matt this week include Charlie Kail, Mark Loux, and Sam Custer. We wrapped up the Ohio FFA Celebration last week, and our fantastic Student Reporters talked with National FFA President, Kolsen McCoy after his keynote speech.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 153 | Ohio FFA Celebration Week

The Quarantine Chronicles take the virtual stage for the Ohio FFA Celebration with the help of our 2020 FFA Student Reporters, Halle Miller, Jacob Zajkowski, and Elizabeth Fannin. Interviews this week include a group interview from intern Madi Kregel with the Oak Harbor Penta FFA chapter officers and their advisor. Matt has three interviews this week with Cheryl Day, Chris Henney, and Miles VonStein. And Kolt brings an interview with President of the Marion County fair, after they announced the cancelation of their fair.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 151 | Pork Panel and Ag Education

The Quarantine Chronicles continue this week with Matt, Kolt, Dusty, and Dale hosting. Earlier in the week, Matt talked to Jim Heimerl and Duane Stateler about some issues within the pork industry currently. Dale brought two interviews this week featuring Erin Wollett from the Cardington Lincoln FFA chapter, and Jenny Tower, Wilmington College Senior Admissions Councelor. Our fearless leader Bart brought an interview with Donnie Kelch from Bane Welker to the podcast this week.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 150 | Sesquicentennial Podcast plus four h’s

It is the 150th Ohio Ag Net Podcast, and while we here at OCJ wish we could celebrate together, we are happy to be talking about 4-H youth giving back to essential workers this week! Matt, Kolt, and intern Madi host the podcast from their homes with guest Jenny Morlock from the Wood County 4-H Extension. Jenny talks about Wood County’s recent program that has 4-H’ers and their families around the state sending appreciation to all essential workers with the hashtag, #4Happreciatesyou. This week begins the 2020 between the rows, which brings two interviews to the podcast this week featuring Willy Murphey from Clinton County, and Jake Hellman from Lucas County. And we have a market outlook for the week from Ben Brown.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 149 | Quarantine with a glass of milk

The Quarantine Chronicles bring Matt, Kolt, Dale, and Dusty together for this weeks Podcast discussion. Dusty and Matt talk about the Dairy industries milk dumping amidst COVID-19, and Matt includes an interview with President and CEO of the American Dairy Association Mideast, Scott Higgins. Matt also brings an interview with Dr. Mark Hardesty from the in Maria Stein Animal Clinic. They talk about how business practices have changed during COVID-19, and providing for their clients during a quarantine.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 148 | Farming and Businesses during COVID-19

It’s week two of the OCJ Quarantine Chronicles. Matt and Kolt host remotely again this week and discuss COVID-19 and H2Ohio. While this podcast was recorded, ODA announced that the H2Ohio extended sign up had been removed, the sign up deadline is March 31st once again. Interviews this week include Jack Irvin with Ohio Farm Bureau on the topic COVID-19 and the stimulus package. Dave Russell is back on the podcast with and interview featuring Ben Brown about the stimulus package as well. Matt talks to Larry Goodman from the Marion, Ohio Rural King about running a business during COVID-19 and providing for the essential farmers. Matt also interviews Andrew Gladden with Lucky Farmers in North West Ohio about phosphorus reduction and H2Ohio.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 147 |Quarantine Chronicles

Amidst the COVID-19 quarantine, Kolt has created a way to broadcast our Monday updates from home! Matt, Bart, and Kolt host this week’s podcast from the safety of their own homes. The topics of discussion this week are Ohio’s essential farmers during Governor Dewine’s stay at home order, and climate change and its impact on future planting. Interviews include a panel discussion from Matt with Fred Yoder, Dave Brandt, and Bill Richards. Dave Russell has two interviews this week with Andrew Walmsley, and Senator Bob Gibbs.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 146 |COVID-19, Agriculture, and Other

Matt, Bart, and Kolt keep it hygienic while they talk about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)and it’s impact on agriculture and our world as a whole. Dave Russell is in this week’s podcast with interviews featuring American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Dr. John Newton, and Ted McKinney from the USDA. And we continue our interviews from Commodity Classic with an interview between Bart and some representatives at Agrigold!… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net| Ep. 144| The Great Black Swamp

What was the Great Black Swamp is today’s hub for the H2Ohio discussion. Matt and Dusty host this week’s podcast with Jordan Hoewischer from the Ohio Farm Bureau. Matt sat down with Jeff Duling from the Federation of Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Kris Swartz from Wood County, and Mark Wilson and talked about water quality. Dusty had a round table discussion down at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio with three farmers from Northwest Ohio about H2Ohio. And Matt and Dusty sat down with Matt Liskai from Greenfield Ag.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 143 | Commodity Classic and NRCS

Matt and Dale run the podcast this week with a full list of topics! Matt made a trip down to San Antonio for the Commodity Classic where he had a round table discussion with the president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Patty Mann, and the president of the Ohio Soybean Association, Ryan Rhoades. He also sat down with Emilie Regula Hancock from the Ohio Soybean Association, and Luke Cromly from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Matt also met up with the NRCS Cheif, Matt Lohr, after he finished speaking to other soil and water districts within the state. And last but not least, Dale caught up with Locus AG at Commodity Classic.… Continue reading

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