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Pork virus spreads to 20 states

Pork producers are facing a virus that causes young pigs to die in large numbers. It is the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, first detected in the United States last year. It has quickly spread to 20 states, including Ohio. The virus...

Just Ask: What was Hull’s Trace?

Q: What was “Hull’s Trace”? A: It was the first road built through this region, courtesy of the U.S. Army, as it moved north from Urbana to Fort Detroit during the War of 1812. Gen. William Hull’s 1,500 men...

Conservation speaker to focus on wildlife photography

By JIM ABRAMS The 30th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference will once again highlight some of Ohio’s conservation success stories that often occur in the unlikeliest places. Entitled “Superheroes Among Us,” the...

Soil can filter, treat wastewater

By ED LENTZ Farming became a major industry in northwestern Ohio because the area was blessed with naturally fertile soils ideal for crop production. However, farmers were unable to take advantage of this resource until drainage...

Just Ask: What is extra-virgin olive oil?

Q: How do I know if my Italian olive oil is really “extra-virgin”? A: It probably isn’t. Nearly 70 percent of Italian olive oil sold in the United States is doctored, according to a New York Times report. It’s...

How wildlife survives during cold winters

By JIM ABRAMS We’re experiencing one of the colder winters in memory with plenty of snow and ice. It’s uncomfortable, heating bills are climbing, and shoveling snow has become a hobby. As strange as it may sound, I...

Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

By ED LENTZ Agriculture has contributed to Hancock County since the pioneers settled. Many individuals are involved in agriculture, but there are a few who stand out for their efforts and contributions to the community. The Hancock...

Just Ask: What is an Arctic vortex?

Q: TV forecasters talk about “Alberta clippers” and “Arctic vortexes.” What are they? A: Alberta clippers are fast-moving, snow-producing systems that originate in the lee of the Canadian Rockies. They move...
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