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2017 tax outlook: The truth is in the detail

With all the changes in Washington, we at OSU Extension have gotten a lot of questions on what may be in store for tax reform in 2017? Most of the experts are saying we will see the most comprehensive tax reform since the tax reforms of 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. Some of these proposed [...]

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Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ 74th annual conservation

The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ (OFSWCD) 74th annual conservation partnership conference, “All-In For Conservation” will take place on February 27 through 28, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus. This year’s event was developed by the OFSWCD with partners: Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Employees (OASWCDE), Ohio [...]

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Secretary of State Jon Husted talked with Farm Bureau members yesterday during their annual Ag Day at the Capital.

CAUV, water quality and the state budget topics at OFBF Ag Day at the Capital

Roughly 250 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members gathered in Columbus yesterday to receive updates on important state legislation, hear from state government leaders and visit their lawmakers’ offices as a part of the 2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capital. OFBF members heard from Secretary of State Jon Husted who stressed the [...]

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Ohio Legislature set to reconsider CAUV bill

The Ohio Legislature is once again considering a bill regarding Ohio’s current agricultural use valuation (CAUV) program. CAUV permits land to be valued at its agricultural value rather than the land’s market or “highest and best use” value. Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) introduced SB 36 on February 7, 2017. The bill would alter the capitalization [...]

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The value of healthy rivers being examined at meeting

Ohio’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is holding its next monthly breakfast program March 7 in Columbus, and as the film title goes, a river runs through it. Called “We All Need Healthy Rivers,” the event is a joint meeting with the Water Management Association of Ohio. In all, Ohio has more than 29,000 miles of rivers, and organizers say their [...]

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Conferences for small farmers coming up

Two conferences designed for small-farm owners will be held in Wilmington and Massillon, Ohio in March. Ohio State University Extension’s Small Farm Program is hosting the Opening Doors to Success and Living Your Small Farm Dream conferences to help small-farm owners get the maximum potential out of their businesses. “Across Ohio, there is an increasing [...]

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Trump’s trade strategy could lead to recession

If the Trump Administration follows through on international trade plans, the United States could see increased unemployment and a recession, according to an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University. Ian Sheldon, the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), said if Trump were [...]

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Bruce Kettler got to meet President Reagan during his time as a National Officer.

Ohio’s National FFA Officers

With 33, Ohio has the most National FFA Officers of any state. For National FFA Week, we thought we would highlight Ohio’s talented former National Officers. Here are Ohio’s National FFA officers: Lawrence Augustine, from Ashley, served as the National FFA Second Vice President in 1928-1929. Ralph Bender, from Waldo, served as National Eastern Region [...]

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How do you celebrate National FFA Week?

FFA chapters around the state are celebrating National FFA Week. The occasion provides an opportunity for students, alumni and sponsors to share positive experiences with the FFA along with creating a time to advocate for agricultural education. Individuals come together to share with local, state and national audiences the positive impact the National FFA Organization [...]

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