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Happy Thanksgiving!

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.04. “Turkey production has been somewhat lower this year and wholesale prices are a little [...]

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Farm bill from the FSA perspective

A conversation with…Matt Kleski, with the Ohio Farm Service Agency   OCJ: First, could you share a little about your background with the FSA? How many farm bills have you worked on? Matt: I started with the Farm Service Agency in the fall of 2004. I was involved with the 2008 Farm Bill implementation, but [...]

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31st class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders starting leadership journey

The 31st class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders began their leadership journey at DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. The Johnston training session was the first phase of a program designed to identify new and aspiring leaders and provide them with opportunities to enhance their skills and network with other growers. Representatives from 23 states [...]

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OSU policy meetings to kick off Dec. 1

With crop-program decision windows open, now is the time for producers to think strategically about their farm’s cash flow, exposure to risk, and the means available to manage these risks, said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economics professor in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Zulauf, a farm policy expert in the [...]

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OFU offers CAUV suggestions

Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) has proposed substantial recommendations to the governor, the Ohio Department of Taxation and the General Assembly concerning corrections and improvements to the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. Under CAUV, farmland is taxed on its agricultural use rather than its Fair Market-Recent Sales Value (FMV). According to Ted Finnarn, attorney and [...]

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ODA announces 2015 agricultural easement funding

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that 12 land trusts, two counties, one township and six Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). Local sponsors have been [...]

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Trees to Textbooks Program gives back to local communities

Eighteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $1,765,245 from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests. Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer and Smokey Bear today presented checks to the Vinton Local School District in Vinton County and the Washington-Nile Local School District in Scioto [...]

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Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control

Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control. Adjunct assistant professor of forestry Keith Woeste and fellow researchers analyzed the genes of 209 [...]

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HB 490 taking another regulatory step to address water quality

Ohio lawmakers have  taken another step forward in efforts to protect Lake Erie under a new law moving through the Ohio General Assembly. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is supporting the nutrient management amendment to House Bill 490 (HB 490) because its provisions benefit Lake Erie, include practices that are workable for farmers, apply to [...]

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AFBF pushing to restore tax provisions

America’s farmers and ranchers are ready for Congress to act swiftly to restore tax provisions essential to boosting small businesses and rural economies, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Farm Bureau urged members of both chambers to work across the aisle to renew and preserve important [...]

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