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Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team seeing ‘dreams come true’ in Louisville

The Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team, ran by brothers Mark and Jim Metzger of Shelby, Ohio, are among the select few tractor pulling teams that received an invitation to run at the 2019 National Farm Machinery Show.

The group made their rounds on social media after this year’s harvest with their video of the pulling tractor attached to a grain cart — and making a run with it.

The 2019 National Farm Machinery Show runs through Saturday, with the Alcoholic Harvester pulling Thursday night.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood caught up with Mark and Jim to talk about the “dream come true” of pulling in Louisville.

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Ohio Pork Congress recognizes producers, future opportunity

By Kolt Buchenroth

Ohio Pork Council held their annual Pork Congress this week. The annual event provides the opportunity to connect producers to trade show venders and business partners. In addition to educational sessions and seminars, the congress also aims to recognize Ohio Pork Producers for their service to the industry and its future. Several awards were presented to Ohio Hog Farmers doing just that. Our coverage of the event, and a discussion with Ohio Pork Council leadership is in this video.

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A roundtable with young farmers on the issues hitting them

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience noted another year of exciting speakers, engaging networking, and good fun this past weekend.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood and Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese sat down with farmers Rose Hartschuh of Crawford Co., Ron Burns of Union Co., and Luke Dull of Montgomery Co.

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Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates where it all began 100 years later

Monday, Ohio Farm Bureau employees, members, and supporters came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding. On January 27th, 1919, prospective Farm Bureau members came together to form the organization. A century later, today’s Farm Bureau installed a plaque commemorating the organization in front of the very place it was founded.

In this video, Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett talks the exciting time for OFBF, while Dr. Cathann Kress, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, comments on life in agriculture down the years.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more.

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eFields Report a must-see for farmers in Ohio

The 2018 eFields Report has been released by the Ohio State University. The 200 page book contains on-farm research data from the last year collected from 95 research locations spread across 25 counties.

“The eFields report is documentation of all of the on-farm research across the state of Ohio being done by extension educators,”said Sam Custer, Darke County Extension Educator.

Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson sat down with Custer to discuss highlights of the report and how you can see it for yourself.

Click here for the online copy.

There are reginal eFields meetings coming up around the state:

  • Southwest: February 13, 2019 – 9:00 am | Clinton County Extension Office: 111 South Nelson Ave. #2, Wilmington OH 45177
  • Northwest: February 20, 2019; 9:00 am – Noon | Robert Fulton Ag Center: 8770 OH-108, Wauseon, OH 43567
  • East: February 27, 2019; 4:30 pm – 8:30pm | RG Drage Career Conference Center: 2800 Richville Dr.
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A farmer panel with Seed Consultants

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood sat down with farmers Charlie Roberts of Pickaway Co., Ron Bywater of Union Co., and Chuck Hann of Madison Co., alongside Seed Consultants’ Director of Agronomic Services Bill McDonald to talk a range of topics hitting agriculture. The group chats on everything from the trend of low potash applications and the ongoing government shutdown to a change in equipment dealer ownership and ruts in fields. Tune in!

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Gov. DeWine helps celebrate Young’s Jersey Dairy sesquicentennial

For 150 years, Young’s Jersey Dairy has been active in agriculture in southwest Ohio, near Yellow Springs. The family business continues today as a highlight of agri-tourism in the state. Newly elected Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was recently on hand alongside Ohio’s First Lady and their grandson to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the farm. Also commenting are Ohio Director of Agriculture Dorothy Pelanda and Young’s CEO Dan Young.

Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood reports.

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Looking back on Ty’s top parody music videos

Our own Ty Higgins is moving on from Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal to become the new director of media relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Though we will miss him going forward, we are excited to see what he will bring in his new capacity at the Farm Bureau.

Ty is known for a lot of things at Ohio Ag Net, but he has especially put his signature on parody music videos and changing the lyrics to timely, agricultural topics.Here are what we think are his top “fun” videos. We hope you enjoy!

Ohio State Fan Mows Script Ohio Into Michigan Fan’s Yard

Show Kids Got Their White Pants On (A Dairy Parody)

I Still Think My Jacket’s Sexy (Produced by Ty)

Rain Is A Big Pain (Parody Song)

The #Plant16 Song

Some Farmers Just Need A Drink – A #Plant17 Parody Song

Where Corn Don’t Go (A Harvest Parody)

Kernals on the Cob (A Crop Tour Parody)

I Just Want to Plant (A #Plant18 Parody Song)

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Ohio Farm Bureau brings 100-year history forefront with unique display

At the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual meeting in early December, a unique and in-depth display noting the many aspects of OFBF in its rich history was available for visitors to peruse. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood talks with Keith Stimpert, senior vice president, organization for Ohio Farm Bureau about the display, which can be seen in several places in the following year.
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Ohio farmers get big response after putting their pulling tractor to work

By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Net

It’s hard to go to a tractor pull and see those souped-up machines barreling down the track without thinking “what could those actually do on the farm?” The Metzger family of Shelby, Ohio recently had fun trying that out with their pulling tractor ‘Alcoholic Harvester.’ You may have seen it yourself as the video posted by Jim Metzger of the super-class tractor pulling a grain cart through a field currently holds well over two million views since it was posted about three weeks ago.

“It’s actually my brother’s tractor and he’s the one driving it,” said Jim Metzger. “We pull the tractor all over the state of Ohio and for the sixth out of seventh year that happens to be the number one tractor again in the state of Ohio in the alcohol super class. We run at Bowling Green, a few NTPA hooks, but mostly OSTPA hooks.

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Watch LIVE Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Committee Meeting | 10 a.m. Nov. 1

Plan to watch LIVE Ohio Ag Net coverage of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission meeting at 10 a.m. on Thur., Nov. 1.

The group will likely make known if they plan to designate eight watersheds in Ohio as distressed.

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