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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 40 | Cold weather, awards, and the fight against opioids

The crew of Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and Joel Penhorwood braved the snowy roads.

Joel talks with Kent McGuire of Ohio State CFAES on cold weather safety. Matt speaks with John and Connie Surber, recipients of the Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award. Ty hears from Michelle Specht on what her area Farm Bureau his doing to fight the opioid crisis. To wrap it all up, the group listens to Rose Hartschuh on she and her husband Greg recently winning the AFBF Excellence in Agriculture Award.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 39 | Hot Topics on a Cold Day

After driving in the snow and freezing rain on a cold January morning, Matt Reese and Ty Higgins hoped to thaw things a bit by covering some hot topics in agriculture for the 1st Ohio Ag Net Podcast if 2018, brought to you by AgriGold. Matt highlights his conversations with Dr. Tony Forshey and Director David Daniels with the Ohio Department of Agriculture about the upcoming County Fair season. Matt also talks water quality with Dr. Kevin King with USDA. Ty recently caught up with Dr. Carl Zulauf about the prospects of a 2018 Farm Bill actually happening in 2018.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 38 | Bright Christmas lights and dim hosts

Ty, Matt, and Joel join you for the 38th Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold. The crew, in their holiday attire, bring a well-rounded podcast for the final time in 2017.

Joel and Dale this past week headed up to Oak Harbor to the facilities of Riders Unlimited. There they spoke the good work being done to help the mentally and physically handicapped through the power of horses. Rebekah Recker, Sunrise Cooperative CEO George Secor, and more tell us about the unique connection that’s sure to warm the heart.

Matt Reese catches up with Ryan Wilson from the recent Ohio No-Till Conference, talking cover crops and the value they offer.

Ty Higgins was also busy this past week, joined on the podcast by Matt Bambauer. Together they talk the year in review for farmers and the challenges they faced.

All that and some hearty conversation in this week’s podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.… Continue reading

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A heartwarming partnership in agriculture

With the 2017 holiday season, Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo traveled to Oak Harbor, Ohio to see the good work of Riders Unlimited, a non-profit group focused on giving mentally and physically challenged individuals opportunities through interactions with horses. Sunrise Cooperative, alongside other agricultural companies, have become essential sponsors of the organization over the years. We hear from Sunrise Cooperative CEO George Secor, Riders Unlimited’s Rebekah Recker, and more in this video on the heartwarming actions underway in agriculture.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 36 | Woolly Worms, Sheep, and CAUV

Ohio Ag Net’s 36th episode of the podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, has a wide range of topics from host Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Dale Minyo, and Joel Penhorwood.

The recent Buckeye Shepherd Symposium brought in sheep producers from around the region to discuss farming practices, market trends, and recognize outstanding individuals in the industry. Joel Penhorwood catches up with OSIA’s Roger High on the event and the state of the Ohio sheep industry.

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Leah Curtis updates the crew with the latest on CAUV and what farmers need to do now that reform is in place.

And with the winter weather settling in, we look at old wives’ tales that claim to predict the months ahead. The BugDoc, David Shetlar, entomologist and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University, spoke with Joel Penhorwood about the predictive ability of woolly worms (woolly bear caterpillars) and other insects supposedly able to tell the future by the color of their bodies and other activities.… Continue reading

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Kin Corriedales bloodline goes well beyond the state line

What started as a livestock project back in 1944 has become a multi-generational legacy for an Ohio family that has built a reputation across the country in the Corriedale sheep breed.

“This farm started as a general livestock farm with Shorthorn cattle, Poland China hogs and a few sheep,” said Al Kin, the eldest member of the Wyandot County family. “After a few years with Hampshire and Shropshire lambs, my dad was looking for a breed that had more wool and was easier to lamb with, so when my brother got into FFA he took on a Corriedale sheep project. Dad liked the results so much he bought a ram and started a purebred flock.”

After over seven decades of hard work, dedication and success, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program saw it fit to name Al Kin, along with his sons Jim and Phil, as the 2017 Charles Boyles Master Shepherds of the Year announced at the Shepherd Symposium last weekend.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 35 | Livestock robotics, Christmas trees, and veal

Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Joel Penhorwood, and Matt Reese come together to talk agriculture and the Ohio State win in episode 35 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.

A number of topics in this weeks meeting, including Ty Higgins with Jeff Sizelove of Zoetis talking developments in agriculture, partly the further involvement of robotics down the road.

Matt Reese hears from Al Divencenzo, president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.

Joel Penhorwood talks upcoming veal housing requirements ready to go into effect January 1, 2018. He hears from Dr. Marissa Hake of the American Veal Association.

All that and much more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.

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An Agri Country Thanksgiving

In a recent story on our website, we explained the interesting process underway in our studio to convert old episodes of Agri Country, starring Ed Johnson, to digital. The weekly show often focused on holidays as the years progressed and the role agriculture and life in the country has in celebrating them.

It is in that spirit we reach back exactly 34 years ago this week to this episode of Agri Country that appeared before Thanksgiving in 1983.

From all of us at Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal, Happy Thanksgiving.… Continue reading

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