Country Life

Gary Wilson helped start the first Historic Hancock County Barn Tour.

Old barns give new life to agricultural outreach

As agriculture scrambles to reconnect consumers with their food through social media and other modern technology, the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay has found great success doing quite the opposite. As it turns out, old barns have proven to be exceptional tools for educating today’s consumers about the importance of agriculture. The Hancock Historical Museum’s [...]

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Corn from road

Understanding eminent domain

Construction is all around us. Expansion projects, improvement efforts, new buildings taking shape — these types of things have become the norm. While we all want better infrastructure, the inconvenience of orange barrels can be dreadful. Bring on some additional dread when projects have a more personal impact and they come at the expense of [...]

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Using ag grants to achieve on-farm objectives

Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so – if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Mike Hogan [...]

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Photo by Erin Cole at Trupointe Cooperative.

Understanding the flood of water quality regulations in Ohio

When it rains, it pours. That pretty much describes this growing season, or lack thereof. Metaphorically, it also applies to the new regulations regarding manure and fertilizer application that became law on July 3, 2015 that now apply to Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin that includes 24 Ohio counties. Although these fertilizer [...]

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2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners named

A plan to educate young students about agriculture and fund 4-H agriscience programs in major cities earned Leah Brown of Warren County, Natalie Pavlick of Hamilton County and Tyler White and Mercedes Woodson, both of Montgomery County, the first place award in the 2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finals. Sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA [...]

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New program to verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in agriculture

A new industry-recognized credentialing system will verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in specific areas of agriculture as they work toward their diplomas. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has announced it will provide qualifying secondary students an approved, industry-recognized credential. Once approved by the Ohio Department of Education, this credential may be paired with a workforce [...]

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Understanding of safe food preservation practices important

It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24 others. It was from potato salad, made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Foodborne botulism is rare, but the April 2015 incident was a somber reminder of the importance of strictly following home food preservation guidelines, said [...]

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USDA expanding water quality efforts in Lake Erie

In August Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region’s farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources [...]

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Composting tour this month

This year’s Composting in Ohio industry tour, set for Aug. 20 in southwest Ohio, will focus on managing water. The stops on the tour include a large-scale composting facility that recently took steps to better control its surface water runoff and a dairy-restaurant complex that treats millions of gallons of graywater in a system of [...]

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Investigation on impact of trade agreements since 1984

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has initiated an investigation of the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements with respect to which Congress has enacted an implementing bill under trade authorities’ procedures since Jan. 1, 1984. The investigation, Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report, is [...]

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