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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.

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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.

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A conversation with Ohio FFA State Officers at 2017 National Convention

Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood borrowed several Ohio FFA State Officers from their busy time at the 2017 National FFA Convention. The team has been staying hard at work with delegate sessions, meeting officers from other states, and gaining ideas to take back home. Ryan Matthews, Lane Heil, Evan Callicoat, and Milan Pozderac are among the group that sat down for the conversation in the video below.

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Chrysta Beck of Archbold named 2017 American Star in Agriscience

Since third grade, Chrysta Beck of Archbold has raised broilers and layers to sell meat and egg products to local customers. As she got older and joined FFA, she developed a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) that would look into the health of poultry. But what started as research to assist her with personal production goals soon developed into a project with a vastly larger scope. It focused on U.S. and global poultry production and welfare.

Beck’s work began when she was in ninth grade and started looking closely into broiler production factors and exactly how the birds grew. She also learned how to determine meat quality. By her senior year, Beck was investigating alternative methods for replacing antibiotics.

“I was looking into the gut health of the chick,” Beck said. “I was looking into the microbiology of chickens and doing probiotic research.”

In her lab trials, Beck has been testing different types of bacteria to determine their viability.

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Hard work paying off for FFA proficiency finalists from Ohio

An astounding 25 FFA members from Ohio are finalists in the national proficiency competition. Proficiency is one of the key competitions in FFA, where members are judged off work completed through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), depending on category. The video below highlights nearly all the hard working young people representing Ohio and their respective chapters this year.

Congratulations to the Ohio FFA’ers that are vying for a national placing in the contest.

Winners will be announced at the sixth general session Friday afternoon at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

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2017 Soybean Harvest Cab Cam – A 1967 John Deere 55EB

Ty Higgins had to stop when he saw some soybeans being harvested between Galena and Sunbury in Delaware County with two very different combines running in the same field. The one Perry Buxton was driving looked like many green and yellow combines you see this time of year. The other machine was of the same brand but, after 50 sun-faded harvests under its belt, had a slightly different shade of the iconic colors. Take a look at this Cab Cam, driven by Fennig Equipment.

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Feeding Farmers Week 2 — Ballinger Farms, Allen County

The second week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, fall edition took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Allen County to the operation of Mike Ballinger and family. The corn, soybean, and beef operation has a wide range of tractors around the property, with Mike involved in repairing and restoring certain equipment. Dale Minyo talks with him about the farm and the year behind us.

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2017 Harvest Cab Cam – Eric Brooks, Athens County

While the majority of Ohio saw more rain than needed during the 2017 growing season, the southeast part of the state had one of the most idea growing conditions Eric Brooks has seen in a while. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins traveled to Athens County to ride along with Brooks and talked about farming river bottoms, this year’s bumper crop and marketing strategies in the latest Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment.

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2017 Soybean Harvest Cab Cam – Kyle Brown, Wyandot County

Ty Higgins spent Tuesday chasing dust (and a lot of it) as harvest begins to ramp up across Ohio. He made a stop in Wyandot County to visit with Kyle Brown for a Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment. Kyle and his Dad have a hog operation in addition to row crops and the work load seems just about right for the two of them. Ty finds out how the growing season fared in their part of the state and how soybean harvest is going early on.

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Salford Group brings tillage, cover crop seeding options to FSR

A trip down Equipment Ave. at the 2017 Farm Science Review will find a variety of equipment from Salford Group. Adam Fennig of Fennig Equipment gives a walkthrough of the specialized equipment offered by the company, from both the tillage and cover crop seeding aspects.

Dave Gunkelman takes us on a walkaround of the BBI spreaders found at the Salford Group booth during the 2017 FSR. The review runs through the 21st. Be sure to stop by booth 200 for more information.

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VIDEO: Homan Inc. has it all at Farm Science Review

In this video, Dale Everman of Homan Inc. talks with Ohio Ag Net about the company’s equipment on display at the 2017 Farm Science Review. Special focus this year is being paid to the Titan Toolbar, a piece of manure spreading machinery ideal for the needs of modern livestock operations.

A thorough walkaround and explanation of the ins and outs of the piece is available in this piece.

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