Is hemp going to be worth all the hype? As lawmakers write the rules of hemp production, Our Ohio travels to the Bluegrass State to talk to a farmer who has been in the hemp business for a while. He details the challenges and opportunities of growing the hottest crop to hit the market in years.
Also inside this issue is a feature about how Mennel Milling grew a popcorn company, with the help of farmers who have done it for decades, as well as a story about figuring out a sustainable future for figs in Ohio.
One heartwarming piece brings a Farm Bureau member family full circle through gifts of generosity. It started in 1920, when a young man named Emerson Mizer was looking to better himself. He won a scholarship from Coshocton County Farm Bureau to attend Ohio State University. Fast forward almost 100 years, and read how Emerson’s son, David, paid it forward with a donation back to Farm Bureau.
Find out how rural nurses try to meet the needs of patients who live a significant distance from healthcare, and catch up with a group of high school Global Scholars in Pickerington as they explore ag careers with the help of Fairfield County Farm Bureau.
In his column Across The Table, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Adam Sharp takes a close look at the latest agricultural census and how farms, and the number of farmers, have grown in Ohio since 2012.
News sections of the magazine are dedicated to the terrific work done by 15 county Farm Bureaus that were lauded by American Farm Bureau with County Activities of Excellence awards in 2019. New Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker talks about his rural roots in a first-hand column also included in this issue of the magazine.
Rounding out November/December Our Ohio are recipes from the chefs at Lorain Community College Culinary Institute, as well as pages of local events happening for members as harvest winds down and winter settles in.