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Lots of Uses for the Skid Steer, by Kathy Smith

Published Sep. 3, 2015

One of the most important tools for today’s farmer is the skid steer.  Some farmers here in Ashtabula County have owned one for many years, but we purchased one just last fall.  On our small farm there wasn’t a way to justify the cost. Then my husband decided he had to have one.  Is it me or do “needs for the farm” seem to jump way ahead of fixing the bathroom or painting on the priority list? Wel...

Being A City Farmer Is Not Always Easy, by Kathy Smith

Published Aug. 17, 2015

Do you know anyone who lives in the city and longs to be a farmer?  We have some relatives and friends who have farm backgrounds but are now urban dwellers.  Being a city farmer is not always easy.  They have an entirely different set of problems than we do.  We are so lucky to live here in Ashtabula County where nearly all of us can wake up one morning and decide to expand the garden, raise a pig...

Summer Lunch & Learn On the Farm!!

Published Jul. 8, 2015

Join us for a continuation of the Lunch & Learn series with OSU Extension and the Mahoning County Farm Bureau.  Get important updates on the fertilizer certification process and legislation regarding nutrient management.  We'll discuss crop updates, sources for information and assistance during this challenging growing season.  This event will be Friday, July 17, 2015, at Martig Farm, 10210 St...

Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor? by Kathy Smith

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Have you ever wondered if animals have a sense of humor? Well, I have because living on a farm in Ashtabula County for quite a few years has given me a chance to observe lots of animal behavior. And I’ve decided that something close to humor must be going on in their heads.  Brandy was our daughter’s first riding horse many years ago. Brandy would stand perfectly still to be saddled but after the ...

Making First Cutting Hay, by Kathy Smith

Published Jun. 16, 2015

Many farmers in Ashtabula County have started making first cutting hay.  Recent rains slowed the progress somewhat, but several farmers around us have mowed and baled.  The hay being made at this time of year is especially important because it is very high in nutrients. That means it is excellent feed for cows, horses or any other livestock that consume it. High quality hay is also very important ...

Do You Enjoy Cooking? by Kathy Smith

Published May. 19, 2015

Do you enjoy cooking? Some of us would immediately say, “Yes!” However, if you’ve served the leftover roast three different nights, can’t stand the thought of another egg dish, and have no idea fortonight’s supper, you might say, “No way!”  Cooking is so personal. It depends on many different factors---you and your family’s likes and dislikes in food, what you have available(like a garden or meat ...

Mahoning County Farm Bureau Scholarships

Published Apr. 23, 2015

Each applicant must be preparing for a career in agriculture or agricultural related fields.  The applicant or his/her parent or guardian must be a Mahoning County Farm Bureau member. Applicant or parent/guardian must also be a resident of Mahoning County or a student at a Mahoning County school.  This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors or students studying agricultural rel...

I Wonder If You Get Common Sense From Playing In A Creek, by Kathy Smith

Published Apr. 16, 2015

Kids today have a totally different view of “playing” than we adults have. Most of them are so smart it’s almost scary and yet they seem to lack common sense and responsibility. Their idea of playing is watching a movie on the i-Pod or smart phone and playing mine-craft onthe X-box. Only their fingers get any exercise.  When my Mom was growing up in the 1930s, she lived on a small farm here in Ash...

Workers' Compensation Safety Meeting March 31, 2015

Published Mar. 18, 2015

OSHA update, CPR Training & More! Date:  March 31, 2015 Location:  St. Mary's Hall, 103 1/2 N. Maple St. (St. Rt. 45) Orwell, OH  Time:  6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Reservations required:  440-437-8700 or [email protected] One very important aspect of reducing Workers' Compensation premiums is to reduce the number of claim/accidents within this group-rating program.  This can be accomplished by e...

Do You Think It's Possible That Spring Will Actually Arrive? by Kathy Smith

Published Mar. 16, 2015

Do you think it’s possible that spring will actually arrive this year?  Did it get frozen along with all of us during our record setting cold February?   Spring 2015 is probably the most anticipated spring ever--- not only here in northeastern Ohio but all across our country. From the poor people around Boston with their 100 plus inches of snow and collapsing roofs to the citizens of our southern ...

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