Stories tagged with: Farmers

February 10, 2014 - 5:47pm
27 weeks 1 day ago

With the cold weather we've been experiencing, Ohio farmer's are having a rough start to the new year. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling, says because of the sub-zero temperatures across the state, there are some farmer's who could see damaged crops come springtime.

"Those fruit crops that we would be most concerned about would be peaches, our wine grapes, perhaps blueberries and certainly blackberries," Mechling explained.

Mechling said he doesn't expect...

March 23, 2013 - 3:40pm
1 year 21 weeks ago

Over 500 people attended the Farmer's Share Breakfast at Zanesville High School, Saturday morning. The fourth annual breakfast was cooked by about 80 local Future Farmer's of America students and farmer's from around Muskingum County.

"It's just an educational opportunity to bring the pubic out and meet some of the local farmers who are growing their food. We also have a lot of agricultural displays around the room and there's a scavenger hunt where people can answer the questions...

August 13, 2012 - 4:13pm
2 years 6 days ago

It's been a rough summer for farmers, but help is finally here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Muskingum Morgan Farm Service Agency for two programs.  County Executive Director Bill Huston said funds are available for drought and wind damage.

"You need to have suffered at least $1,000 of loss," said Huston.  "In the drought situation that would be if the water supply that we're going to develop will cost you more than $1,000 then...

May 24, 2011 - 10:44am
3 years 12 weeks ago

When it comes to statistics, the state of Ohio is losing its battle with planting summer crops.

Due to the extremely wet conditions, Ohio is seeing fewer crops in the ground. Muskingum County OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says typically at this point, we should see 80 percent of the corn crop planted, but now we only see 11 percent. And as far as the soy bean crop, normally over half would be in the ground. As of now, we are only seeing around 5 percent.

"This is...

April 27, 2011 - 5:40pm
3 years 16 weeks ago

The recent rainfall is preventing local farmers from planting their summer crops.

Mark Mechling with the Muskingum County OSU Extension Office said usually 15% of the corn crops are planted around this time, but right now they're only at about 1%. Vegetables, hay, and meadow seedings have also been delayed.

"We're confident once the weather does break that farmers will be able to get a lot of planting done in a relatively short amount of time, it's still going to take...

March 19, 2011 - 10:06pm
3 years 22 weeks ago

Farmers only receive $.20 of every dollar spent at the grocery store.

At Mid-East on Saturday farmers invited the community to breakfast. The breakfast cost only $.50 to represent what farmers make and gave them a chance to explain what they provide the community.

"It provides the food, the fiber and the pharmaceuticals we all need to provide food, clothing and health care to our people on an everyday basis," said Farmer Andy Spiker.

Only 1% of the country are...

September 13, 2010 - 11:14am
3 years 48 weeks ago

Not only has it been dry lately but it's been extremely hot this summer which is forcing farmers to harvest early.

It's been a tough growing season because of the little rain we've gotten the last month or so. OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says it's very unusual for farmers to start harvesting this early.

"We planted our crops very early. We had some people even plant in the early part of April this year which is very unusual. Then we had this extremely warm...

July 27, 2010 - 1:33pm
4 years 3 weeks ago

The continuous rounds of 90-degree temperatures are taking a toll on local farmers.

It's slowing done the production on some crops.

"Some of the crops will come together that we have spaced . It will make all the crops come together at one time. It'll kill off some of the crops. Some of the zucchini and squash can't take that heat and the cucumbers sometimes die off, " says Karen Schroeder of Schroeder's Vegetable Farm.

One crops that has been thriving in the heat...

July 7, 2010 - 6:23pm
4 years 6 weeks ago

Farmers say they are noticing a trend of more people wanting to buy local produce.

The Dowtown Farmer's Market in Zanesville was packed this afternoon with people choosing to spend their money here and buying from local farmers.

"It's 2,000 miles fresher than what's in most of the grocery stores that won't buy from the local farmers, " says local farmer Mark Barnhart.

Barnhart says most local farmers try to stay as close to organic as possible.

"People...

June 8, 2010 - 6:42pm
4 years 10 weeks ago

You'll see plenty of farmers all nestled in the parking lot of the Welcome Center tomorrow.

It's the official kick-off of the Downtown Farmer's Market, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There will be between 10 and 15 vendors to choose from.

"We will add a spice vendor this week. Still trying to coordinate with a salsa and a mustard vendor, but the produce vendors are back. Plenty of vendors. The baked goods vendor. They're already lined up, " says...

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