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EU and Japan working on trade deal

Negotiators from the European Union (EU) and Japan are working to seal a trade deal that would lower tariffs on EU pork to levels discussed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to travel to Brussels in July to meet with EU negotiators, including European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. [...]

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Perdue names leadership in acting roles as USDA reorganization takes shape

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the reorganization announced on May 11, 2017. In accordance with a directive in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA created a new Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a [...]

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Kebob this summer!

I love kebobs! They come in all sorts of flavors, colors and textures to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Kebobs have infiltrated American cuisine. They come the traditional way like shish kebobs but also come in appetizers, fruit, veggies, dessert and everything in between. On our recent trip along the California coastline we stopped at a [...]

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Common sense regulatory reform needed for U.S. agriculture

In mid-May, a Senate committee advanced its version of the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill that will benefit U.S. agriculture by making federal agencies more accountable and transparent in rule-making. Under the RAA, federal agencies must provide the public with more information regarding the most costly regulations before initiating rule-making; undertake a cost/benefit analysis; select [...]

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Selling foods at the farm: When do you need a license?

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property. A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or [...]

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Is Dannon guilty of marketing flimflam?

Dannon claims they are merely giving the consumers what they want. Many in agriculture, including American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance disagree and assert that Dannon’s actions are merely “marketing flimflam” and “fear-based marketing.” Dannon recently [...]

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Chardon High School takes top honors in 2017 Envirothon

A five-member team of students from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, outscored 19 other teams at the 2017 Ohio Envirothon competition, held June 12 and 13 at Ohio Christian University. “The Envirothon is a great hands-on learning experience for high schools students, educating youth on the importance of protecting the future of our natural [...]

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Feeding Farmers Week #3 – Niese Farms

The crew of the Ohio Ag Net traveled to north central Ohio to have lunch with the Niese Family for the third installment of the 2017 Feeding Farmers campaign, courtesy of AgriGold. The unique history of the operation goes back to Jerry Niese and his ability to pull through the rough farming times of the [...]

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Offseason walks on the wild side

When I’m asked why I fish and hunt I usually reply that the activities get me out into nature. When the follow-up inquires why I need to carry fishing rod, bow or gun to enjoy myself in the out-of-doors, I reply that doing so puts me in the game, so to speak, which I prefer. [...]

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