Mon. 3:34pm: Amish adapt to volatile Ohio weather events

MANSFIELD (AP) – Some scientists call it global warming, others prefer the more comprehensive phrase “climate change.” Some people harbor little doubt that it’s happening, others are just as certain that it isn’t.

There’s no doubt, however, that extreme precipitation events, from drought to excessive rainfall, have become commonplace in Ohio over recent years, challenging agricultural producers from large corporate operations to small-scale Amish farms.

“Not everybody, in agriculture, industry or government, agrees on what is happening. But they’re finding that they have to address adverse weather conditions,” said Dale Arnold, director of energy policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

While Amish communities in Ohio have a well-established reputation for resisting change on a variety of levels, they are adapting some of the same new agricultural practices as their English neighbors as they strive to remain productive and viable.

At the same time, because of their conservative beliefs, as well as other logistical considerations, they may have issues with certain technologies that others may not.

Read the complete story in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.