farming

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Ohio’s first industry, farming, is still its biggest industry.  But with technology-driven lifestyles, urbanization and a global economy, will that continue for the next generation that is now looking to make its way in the world?

There's reason to believe so.

The 700 cows on Brett Reinford's dairy farm are making more than just milk.

Each day, the girls are producing 7,000 gallons of manure. And that smells exactly like you'd imagine. "We had gotten complaints from neighbors in the past that had said, 'Hey, it stinks too much. Can you do something about it?' " Reinford says.

So he looked around for a solution and landed on a device called a digester. A digester tamps down the smell a bit, but, more importantly, it takes all that cow poop and converts it to electricity.

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Mar 28, 2017

On Saturday mornings, the most popular item Minto Island Growers sells at its farmers market booth is not the certified organic carrots, kale or blueberries. It's tea.

The farm grows Camellia sinensis, tea plants, on a half-acre plot in Salem, Ore. The tender leaves are hand picked and hand processed to make 100 pounds of organic, small batch tea.

Ohio Trains Farmers To Help Lake Erie, But Is It Working?

Mar 27, 2017

The buildup of nutrients in western Lake Erie can trigger algae growth – and contaminate drinking water in nearby cities. That happened as recently as 2014, when Toledo residents could not drink their water for two days.

Though he didn't come from a farming family, from a young age Tim Joseph was fascinated by the idea of living off the land. Reading magazines like The Stockman Grass Farmer and Graze, he "got hooked on the idea of grass-fed agriculture — that all energy and wealth comes from the sun," he explains, "and the shorter the distance between the sun and the end product," the higher the profit to the farmer.

Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo.: Stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

"Well, I had a couple of issues," he says.

He's putting it mildly.

Farmers in the U.S. like to point out that their products feed people all over the world. And while this is a diverse country, the people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don't reflect the nation's demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes that new people will bring fresh ideas to meet some of our food system's greatest challenges.

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The Ohio Farmers Union meets in Columbus today for its 83rd annual convention.  The list of top issues includes high real estate property taxes, increased fertilizer runoff that cause algae blooms and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

At first glance, food policy seems to be an afterthought in the Trump administration. The campaign saw few debates about food or farming. And the president-elect hasn't yet nominated someone to head the Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration.

You may think of ants as picnic pilferers. After all, who hasn't had to ward off ants stealing crumbs from picnic tables or hoarding tiny pieces of food from kitchens? But a new study shows that they're in fact hard working farmers. Or at least one species of ants is. It lives in Fiji and has been farming plants for some 3 million years.

Esther Honig

After more than a hundred years of producing milk, meat and produce, this fall marks the last season for Ohio’s prison farms. State prison officials surprised many people earlier this year when they said they planned to shut down all 10 prison farms by the end of 2016. It might have been unexpected, but the decision follows similar moves in other states.

The Day The Last Cows Left Prison

Oct 25, 2016
Esther Honig / WOSU

As the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections prepares to shut down its farming operations, the final auction of black Angus cattle got underway at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. Some 300 buyers came from around the country. But not everyone is pleased to see the cows off. 


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The president of a statewide produce growers' association says farmers are still assessing damage from the latest frost he’s ever seen.

Egg Recall - Safety Standards in Ohio

Aug 24, 2010

Mike Thompson (filling in for Ann Fisher) discusses the recall of 550 million eggs produced in Iowa and food safety on Ohio egg farms, with Ohio Department of Health lab director Beverly Byrum, Ohio Poultry Association executive director James Chakeres and New York University nutrition and public health professor Marion Nestle.

Life on a Small Family Farm in Ohio

Aug 18, 2010

Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family's Farm, the portrait of life on a small family farm in Ohio told through the voices of the children, with author Michael J. Rosen and members of the family, Becky, Chase, Grey and Ali Bennett .

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