• Tim White

    Ag Dean Makes Ohio Farm Science Scene

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     by Tim White
     on September 25, 2013

      For me setup day at Farm Science Review is the Sunday before the show starts. The first thing I need is a key to the Ohio Farmer building. And the first person I saw when I went to show headquarters to get that key was Bruce McPheron, vice president of agricultural administration and dean of the college of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science. “It’s going to be a great show,” the Dean predicted. “Just look around this place. What a perfect…

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    Wrapping Up My Visit To Brookside

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     by Tim White
     on April 25, 2013

    In his 30 plus years at Brookside Labs, CEO Mark Flock has turned a lot of test tubes. As reported in the April issue of Ohio Farmer the company's soil and water testing business is booming causing them to build a new laboratory facility. Brookside's business has grown 25% a year for the last 5 years, Flock reports. The company did more than 260,000 tests last year. You only have space for so much in a magazine article. So here are a few of the other things we talked…

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    Panorama Is A Window Into Ohio History

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     by Tim White
     on January 24, 2013

    The Ohio Farmer traces its roots to 1848. I have told the story here before, but that number seems to be an average of the original publishing date of the Ohio Cultivator (1845) and The Ohio Farmer (1851). The two merged in 1861 as The Ohio Farmer. The first mention of an anniversary comes in 1948, when the publication celebrates its Centennial and declares it has been "Serving Ohio Agriculture since 1848." I mention the date because I was recently sent a link to amazing series…

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    Ending a Drought Takes Plenty of Ink

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     by Tim White
     on June 19, 2012

    Game on. It’s official. The Columbus Dispatch wrote a cover story that included the word "drought" this morning. It's my experience that other than actual changes in the weather patterns, the best way to get rid of a drought is to write it to death. As the Dispatch story notes, the worst drought in recent memory occurred in 1988. I was the agribusiness reporter at the Dispatch when that event, which I proclaimed “The Great Drought of 1988,” took place. I can hardly…

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    Ohio Farmer Honors Master Farmers

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     by Tim White
     on March 9, 2012

    The revived Ohio Master Farmer Award got off to a great start this month. As subscribers know, the names William J. Richards, Terry Lee Swaisgood and Brian H. Watkins were engraved on plaques and presented to the well-deserving honorees the past two weeks. We decided to split the ceremonies to match the presentations to the appropriate venues. The Conservation Tillage and Technology conference in Ada this week was the site for the presentation to Richards and Watkins. Bill Richards, former…

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    At Times I Miss Our Back Pages

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     by Tim White
     on February 28, 2012

    I am mostly very happy that the Ohio Department of Agriculture was willing to take the bound volumes of the old Ohio Farmer magazines last fall. The responsibility of storing them and keeping them safe weighed on me and I figured there were very few times I would really need them. Well one of those times was a couple of weeks ago when I was writing up the profiles of the three new Master Farmer award winners for the March issue. I won’t spoil the surprise of opening the magazine by…

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    Gebhardt Named Chief of Soil and Water Resources

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     by Tim White
     on January 17, 2012

    Karl Gebhardt, 59, has been named the new chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He was appointed by Jim Zehringer, director of ODNR a week ago. Gebhardt was raised on a small farm in Mahoning County and brings a wide range of experience to the job including numerous positions at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation where he started as an organizational director and ended as director of local affairs. He left the group in 1996 to go to work on…

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    Cover Crops Grow Ohio Farmers' Ag Man of the Year

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     by Tim White
     on December 21, 2011

    The last couple of years I have named an Ohio Agriculture Person of the Year. In 2009 the passage of Issue 2, the creation of the Livestock Care Standards Board, made Jack Fisher, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation an easy choice. Then in 2010 the work done by ODA and Director Robert Boggs to implement the LCSB statute earned him the title. This year I'm picking Dave Brandt, the conservation-minded farmer from Carroll, Ohio, who has spent countless hours over the last few years…

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    Soybean Council Salutes Innovation

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     by Tim White
     on December 6, 2011

    The Ohio Soybean Council bestowed their outstanding service award on Battelle Memorial Institute at their 2011 Industry Dinner last week. It's an appropriate choice and one that has been along time coming. The first contact between the council and Battelle came nearly 20 years ago, recalls Keith Stimpert, who was the soy group's executive director at the time. "I remember touring Battelle with Bhima Vijayendran and talking about biodegradable plasticizers," says Stimpert. "I wasn't exactly…

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    Full Motion Agriculture

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     by Tim White
     on June 3, 2011

    No sooner had all us media folk geared up for you not planting corn this year, when wham – blue sky and the planters are rolling 24/7. Farmers have such faith. You knew how much field work awaited, and didn’t falter. Now that conditions are right, you are in full motion in farm fields across the state. From tillers to planters to sprayers to mowers to balers, the tractors are chugging. Traveling on highways and country roads and farm lanes, you are bringing productivity to small…

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