Dan Corcoran, representative of the Ohio Soybean Council and local farmer stopped by Noon Rotary to speak about a popular crop.
Many don't think about this little legume, but it is in fact the second largest crop grown in Ohio. Corcoran said that it offers a lot of different nutritional value due to its high protein. Corcoran told us soybeans aren't necessarily consumed directly, but rather indirectly.
"Actually 98% of soybeans that are processed in the state of Ohio go to...
Zanesville City Council held their first meeting of the month of December Monday evening.
An ordinance allowing the city to advertise bids for the leasing of land for farming at the Zanesville Municipal Airport was up for its third reading Monday. We spoke to Jay Bennett, the city's Public Service Director, about the ordinance.
"So what this does is rather than having the city pay its staff to kind of maintain it, keeping it cut down, keeping it safe, we up and up that...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.