Country Life

Celebrate with the South Centers

For the last quarter-century, a small southern Ohio village has hosted a center with university scientists conducting world-class agricultural research, and area entrepreneurs have thrived thanks to guidance from the center’s expert marketing and development specialists. It was Oct. 1, 1991, when The Ohio State University South Centers first opened. Then known as the Piketon Research and [...]

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Seminar to help farmers, small businesses identify health care options

Owners of small businesses and farms will learn how to choose the best employee health care options by attending a seminar presented by Ohio Farm Bureau. Leaders from the health care and business communities will present options and advice for those seeking to provide care programs that are good for small groups of employees and [...]

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Help your farm by helping pollinators

It is easy to dismiss the growing concerns about declining pollinator populations as overreaction, activism-driven or “not-my-problem.” And, these things may all be accurate, though legalities may be changing the situation in the near future. Steam is building behind an effort to expand protection for a beloved North American pollinator — the monarch butterfly. The [...]

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New law increases access to small claims court

The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a law that raises the monetary limit for cases handled through Ohio’s small claims court system. The new maximum amount of $6,000 for a small claims case will replace the current limit of $3,000 when House Bill 387 becomes effective in late September. Under the new law, a defendant [...]

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Water war in Iowa less than heavenly

In the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, there is a magical scene where Shoeless Joe Jackson appears from the cornfield surrounding the ball diamond that farmer Ray Kinsella has built. Shoeless Joe inquires, “Is this heaven?” Ray Kinsella replies, “No, it’s Iowa.” The other morning, while reviewing some online legal updates, I discovered a case [...]

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FAA drone rule update

The FAA’s long awaited rule for drones or “small unmanned aircraft systems” (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will be effective on August 29, 2016. Our previous post explained the rule’s process for obtaining certification as a Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC) that will apply to those who operate a sUAS for commercial uses [...]

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Ohio creates new farm winery liquor permit

Governor Kasich has signed legislation to create a new “Ohio Farm Winery Liquor Permit.” While wine makers in Ohio may currently obtain a general liquor permit to make and sell wine on a farm, the general permit does not distinguish the source of the wine. The new Ohio Farm Winery Permit legally designates the wine [...]

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Singapore urging U.S. participation in TPP

President Obama recently met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss, among other things, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which includes the United States, Singapore and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. The president told Lee at a White House meeting that the administration is pushing Congress to vote on TPP during a “lame [...]

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New Ohio state record bowfin arrowed

A new Ohio record Bowfin taken by bowfishing has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. The new state record Bowfin, weighing 9.20 pounds, was caught by Tim Makowski of Massillon, Ohio in Mogadore Reservoir. Makowski arrowed the Bowfin July 2. The record Bowfin is 29-5/8 inches long and 14-1/2 [...]

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ODNR offers special deer hunts on state scenic river properties

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer special archery deer hunts at seven locations that border three of Ohio’s State Scenic Rivers through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations. The Scenic Rivers [...]

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