• Tim White

    Street Project Shakes Up Ohio Farmer Office

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     by Tim White
     on April 15, 2014

      While there's not much equipment running in farm fields this week, there is some major activity just outside the window of my office. The state is resurfacing State Route 22, which is also Main Street in Lancaster. I say resurfacing, but in fact the project is more of rebuilding operation than a remodeling job. Several times during my 18-year residency in this building, the highway has been resurfaced with asphalt. However, it carries a lot of heavy truck traffic and once the…

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    Call It The 7 Rs

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     by Tim White
     on March 12, 2014

    It was my pleasure to present the 2014 Ohio Master Farmers Awards at the Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada last week. I appreciate the organizers of the conference giving me a segment of the program to honor these important leaders. It was certainly appropriate that the awards were made at a meeting where much mention was made of the 4 Rs. That of course refers to the key principles of nutrient management that have been pounded into farmers and suppliers heads in recent months, the right…

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    In Search Of An Original Ohio Master Farmer

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     by Tim White
     on February 5, 2014

      I get a lot of calls and emails asking about past issues of Ohio Farmer. Someone wants to know if they can get a copy of the 1957 issue that had their grandfather on the cover taken during Auglaize County Farm and City Tour. I no longer have the bound volume issues in the office, so I steer them to the Ohio Historical Society or the Ohio Department of Agriculture or the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at Ohio State. Once I got a request from a lady in Arizona…

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    USDA Helps Ohio Livestock Farmers Control Birds

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     by Tim White
     on January 7, 2014

    How cold is it? For starters the keyboard of my office computer feels icy, the window next to me that overlooks Main St. in Lancaster blows chilled air through the crack of the sill, and my betta fish is swimming so slowly at the bottom of his bowl that it looks like he’s in dormancy. At home, the dog won’t stay outside for more than 3 minutes, the woodpile is shrinking as the hot-stove monster growls for more logs, my wife is cuddled next to the stove watching football and hockey…

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    A Christmas Tree In The Making

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     by Tim White
     on December 12, 2013

      Thanksgiving week I was taking a long walk with some visitors to our farm -- nothing like a stroll through the woods and pastures to relieve the sins of the dinner table. Along the way I was pointing out some of the tree species I have planted over the last 35 years or so. A half an hour into it, my brother-in-law commented, “I didn’t know you such an arborist.” I never thought of myself as such, but in fact I have planted at least 700 trees during that time. Perhaps…

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    Randall Reeder Presents Will Rogers

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     by Tim White
     on November 19, 2013

    As Congress continues to debate a Farm Bill, it's fun the dig up the words of one of America's best loved commentators Will Rogers, who wrote in 1933: "I was there on the historic day when Congress actually passed the inflation bill tacked on to the farm bill. Never in the history of the world has such a gigantic piece of legislation ever passed. It was more than gigantic, it was even big. It gives relief to the farmer in so many different ways that even if he received no relief…

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    The Science Behind The Socks

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     by Tim White
     on October 29, 2013

    I don’t know where the expression “cold feet” comes from. I know it has to do with chickening out of something. As if your feet got too cold to face up to the situation. I once sent a friend a pair of thick socks before his wedding. Very funny, I know. He thought so. His bride not so much. Bravery aside, I hate cold feet. If there is one part of my body, other than my head, that I need to keep warm in order to be comfortable, it’s my feet. The coldest I have ever been…

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    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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    Another Great Moment In Ohio Farmer Golf History

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     by Tim White
     on August 23, 2013

      Bear with me. Once a year or so I write about my favorite sport – golf. And my favorite golfer – daughter Allie. She is in her first year as a professional playing on the Symetra Tour, which is a futures tour for the LPGA. She is always proud to wear her Ohio Farmer hat and every now and then she lets me caddy for her. It a real privilege and joy for me. For her it’s tolerating Dad for a couple of rounds in exchange for a day or two of free food and…

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    Crops To The Clinic Team Rides For A Cure

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     by Tim White
     on August 15, 2013

    While all of the 6,700 bicycle riders in the Pelotonia fund raising event in Columbus last week were pedaling to defeat cancer, there was one team that is looking for ways consuming food can help prevent the disease. About 20 members of the Ohio State University research group calling themselves “Crops to the Clinic” rode in the event. Their work is housed in the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship. See their website online. It is a multidisciplinary…

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    Town & Country Co-op Honors Farm Ladies

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     by Tim White
     on July 19, 2013

      How important are the lady customers of town & Country Co-op? Important enough for a delicious catered luncheon at Shisler Center in Wooster. Important enough that the president of the board of directors welcomed them and thanked them for keeping the farm family glued together. Important enough that a former supreme court Justice Evelyn Stratton delivered the motivational message. And, yes, important enough that Al Holdren, CEO of the Ashland based company, recited no fewer than…

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    Winter Wheat Crop On The Edge

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     by Tim White
     on July 10, 2013

      A month ago everything was going well for Ohio’s soft red winter wheat crop. Winter provided few problems and the cool wet spring helped fill out the heads. Reports of early harvest in southern Ohio in late June indicated a big crop with a decent test weight and good yields. Then it was like the pumps on a fountain were turned on and the rain systems began pulling water out of the gulf and piping it straight north to the Eastern Corn Belt where it has been spraying from the…

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    Sign Me Up For The Union Of Concerned Agriculturists

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     by Tim White
     on June 20, 2013

    For the past few months I have found myself on the email list of the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The press releases from Tara Mosby, the group's public relations officer, mostly describe the latest blog postings of Douglas Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist in the UCS Food & Environment program. I appreciate the PR business -- especially knowing that getting the attention of editors like me is not always that easy. With hundreds of emails rolling through the inbox every…

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    USDA Deputy Promotes Farm Bill

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     by Tim White
     on June 5, 2013

      Michael Scuse, USDA’s acting deputy secretary, came to Ohio last week to stimulate discussion on the Farm Bill and take Ohio viewpoints back to Washington.  Scuse served as secretary of agriculture in Delaware before coming to USDA in 2009. His family still operates 1700-acre farm in Delaware. Scuse met first with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for a Town Hall radio interview. Then he toured the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park with Bruce…

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    A Legacy Of Soil Conservation and Farmland Preservation

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     by Tim White
     on May 23, 2013

      Roger Wayne Wolfe, from Baltimore, passed away last week at the age 77. He loved farming, his family and sharing his passion for the soil. He was a neighbor, a friend and mentor to me. If Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1913) is the Father of Soil Conservation and Louis Bromfield (1896-1956) is Conservation’s Prophet on Mt. Jeez, then Roger Wolfe (1936 -2013) is Fairfield County’s Farmland Evangelist on the Mounds. And what a conversation those three are likely having…

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    Spring Roundup Brings Angus Cattle

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     by Tim White
     on May 6, 2013

    For the past couple of years we have been in the process of changing our home cropland to livestock production and management. It’s something I have wanted to do ever since I bought the farm more than 30 years ago. A few years ago we were able to sign a contract with the Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS to implement an Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP plan to fence our fields and install a watering system. The process has taken a long time. In addition…

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