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Setback changes currently up in the air for Ohio wind turbines

Renewed drive has been given to renewable energy groups looking to further establish themselves in northern Ohio. A new report from the Wind Energy Foundation found the state’s four utility-scale wind projects in Paulding, Van Wert, and Hardin counties will have delivered in excess of $54 million through payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), and [...]

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Morgan McCutcheon was presented with a resolution from Senator Jay Hottinger at the Statehouse.

Ohio 4-H celebrates new Ohio Fairs’ Queen

It’s been about four months since Morgan McCutcheon was crowned by the Ohio Fair Managers as the 2018 Ohio Fairs’ Queen, and she’s been living the dream ever since. “Becoming the Hartford Independent Fair queen was a dream of mine,” Morgan said. “Growing up, I loved watching the older teens crowned at my local fair. [...]

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Time is running out to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the window is closing on the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To date, NASS has received more than 1.5 million completed questionnaires. But the national return rate is currently lower than at this point [...]

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Ohio State students talk ag with classmates at Farmers Share

Towards the end of the spring semester each year, the Ohio State student organization Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow brings together various CFAES student organizations for Farmers Share. The educational event took to a new location this year -  the Waterman Dairy Farm just down the road from Ohio Stadium. Students were bussed from central campus in [...]

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2018 Omnibus Bill removes DUNS and SAM requirements for farmers

Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements. According [...]

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Weather to improve (some) in the next two weeks

Air and soil temperatures remain below normal across Ohio with most soil temperatures below the critical 50 degree level. There is a risk of some frost this Thursday morning and some frost and near freeze conditions this weekend especially north of I-70. This will keep pressure on soil temperatures warming too fast. The end of [...]

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The Detwiler kitchen recently got some sprucing up.

Let’s talk kitchens…

Let’s talk kitchens. Kitchens and tables are the heart of every home. The meals that nourish us are created here. Deals are signed. Problems are solved. Laughter happens. Priceless memories are created around the table. It all starts in the kitchen. Last fall, Paul and I started a grand adventure of remodeling my childhood home. [...]

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Groundhog day gobblers

Spring turkey season gets underway April 23 and I plan to do things different this year. Not because my former methods for taking toms haven’t been successful; on the contrary, I have been fortunate enough to fill a tag each April for the past several. I’m simply seeking a different experience, while hoping for a [...]

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