We rank low on natural amenities

Q: How do we rank on the “natural amenities index?” A: Not so hot. Our area has “very low natural amenities,” according to a 1999 U.S. Department of Agriculture study dug up by The Washington Post recently. The...

Monarch butterflies topic of wildlife conference

It’s crucial that we know how to keep encounters between humans and wildlife as positive as possible. Looking at the challenges aerial wildlife must overcome is the theme of the 32nd annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference. The...

Average corn, soybean, wheat yields slipped last year in Hancock County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its 2015 Ohio county yield average estimates, and planted and harvested acres for corn and soybeans. Although these are estimates, the government will use them to determine payments to...

How will electric cars affect gas taxes?

Q: With more electric cars being produced, how are the states going to collect gasoline taxes on them? — Bob Feighner, Findlay. A: States are grappling with this. Many say states need every tax dollar to fix and expand...

Birdwatchers sight mute swan in Findlay

Steve and Sally Rice, encouraged by reports of snow geese in the area, went searching for them. Unable to locate the snows near the reservoirs, they explored the clay pits on Findlay’s south side. There, they spotted one of...

A certain type of mosquito, one not found in Ohio, transmits Zika virus

As with any new disease, especially with the Zika virus, anxiety can allow our minds to wander to a point that we forget what is known. One of the roles of Ohio State University Extension is to provide the latest research on issues...

What’s wrong with corn syrup?

Q: We corn-country folks know corn is good food. So, why do people knock high-fructose corn syrup? A: The vegetable and the sweetener have little in common. Corn’s nutrition and healthy fiber have been stripped from the syrup....

Duck, duck, goose, but is it snow or blue? It’s both

Pat Howard, of rural Mount Blanchard, spotted some unusually large birds while heading south on Ohio 37. She and her husband recognized them as snow geese and contacted me to report her sighting. I went to the area and found the birds...
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