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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...

2015 Trumbull County Annual Meeting

Published Jul. 28, 2015

The Trumbull County Annual Meeting has been set for Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Vernon's Cafe, 720 Youngstown Warren Road in Niles, Ohio, beginning with a reception at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30.  The cost will be $15.00 per person.  The purpose of this meeting is to highlight the acitvities of the past year and to lay the gound work for our programs in 2016.  Active farmer members will have the re...

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 ...

Trumbull County Farm Bureau Scholarship Application deadline is April 27, 2015

Published Apr. 23, 2015

Applicant’s immediate family must be current Farm Bureau members. Applicant or applicant’s parent/guardian must be a Trumbull County Farm Bureau member. Applicant must prove enrollment in a 2 or 4 year degree program and can apply for undergraduate degree only. Applicant must be considered a full-time student by his/her College, University or Technical school. Applicants may re-apply yearly for th...

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...

Oil and Gas Discussion, April 6, 2015

Published Mar. 18, 2015

You are invited to attend a Non-Fracturing Oil & Gas Issues & Trends, featuring Dale Arnold, Director of Energy, Utility and Local Government Policy with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.   Monday, April 6, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Trumbull Career & Technical Ctr., 528 Educational Highway, Warren, Ohio  44483 Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 1 to the Farm Bureau at:  800-410-4613 or nefarmbu...

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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