Stories tagged with: farming

June 19, 2013 - 5:20pm
1 year 8 weeks ago

Local farmer's set up their stands outside the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center to sell some of their produce that's winding down for the season and are getting ready for what's next in line. Sour cherries are nearing the end of their season along with snow peas, sugar snap peas and almost everyone's summertime favorite...

"Strawberries are pretty much done. I might have strawberries Saturday, they're really winding down and there won't be much in the way of strawberries...

May 14, 2013 - 2:56pm
1 year 14 weeks ago

The speaker at Tuesday's weekly Rotary meeting was Bill Huston, the County Executive Director for the Muskingum-Morgan Farm Service Agency. Huston gave Rotary members an update about the economic impact of the agriculture business and the new types of farming that are being developed in Muskingum County.

"Just the status of agriculture in Muskingum County as most people know, it's one of the largest industries and the largest employer in the county. But what a lot of people don't...

February 23, 2011 - 6:47pm
3 years 25 weeks ago

The next time you're checking out at the grocery store, don't be surprised if your bill is a little higher.

OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says farmers in Muskingum County that produce corn, soy beans, beef and dairy cattle along with other commodities are seeing higher prices for their goods.

"So as farmers receive a greater price for their commodities, that eventually will translate to some higher prices for the consumer in the grocery stores and restaurants,"...

October 5, 2010 - 7:44pm
3 years 45 weeks ago

The US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is declaring several counties in Southeastern Ohio as natural disaster areas for 2010.

It means that disaster weather events, such as the late frost in May, the flooding in late May-early June-and summer's heat and drought have greatly affected farmers. It also means at least one crop yielded a 30% loss.

This declaration will allow farmers to get a necessary emergency loan.

"They can pay off their line of credit....

August 15, 2010 - 10:47pm
4 years 5 days ago

While many of us have been complaining about summer's unbearable heat, it's one of many issues farmers have faced during this year's growing season, and these issues have prompted farmers to alter their farming techniques.

"Basically, we live with the weather, and we'll deal with what we get,"
says local farmer Richard Schroeder.

It all started in late spring. Farmers faced a late frost on May 9th.

"That kind of altered things because I already had...

February 16, 2010 - 6:55pm
4 years 26 weeks ago

Farmers are finding it difficult to manage their property with all this snow, but they still have to find a way to dig out and to get food and water to livestock.

Tractors are able to handle the fresh snow. Yet, snow piles are growing and becoming hard.

"If we get on some frozen ground, it can be a safety issue. Tractors can skid on icy conditions. Right now, with all that snow, it's not as grave of an issue, " says Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Program.

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October 18, 2009 - 8:03pm
4 years 43 weeks ago

Ohio agriculture contributes around $93 billion dollars to the state's economy and provides nearly one million jobs. Now Ohio's Issue 2 on the November ballot has many in the farming community grasping for more information.

Tempers flared during a question and answer session as Ohio farmers voiced their opinions on Ohio Issue 2 and hoped to gain answers. Around 30 people gathered Sunday at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Barn for an informational meeting on the issue.

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