Country Life

Results of 2016 Lake Erie Walleye and Yellow Perch hatches released

Early data gathered by wildlife agencies in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate that the yellow perch hatch was near its annual average while the walleye hatch was below average, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Each year in August, wildlife agencies from around the western basin of Lake Erie sample [...]

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Eastern Ohio ag station celebrating 50 years

The Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Noble County will celebrate its past, present and future this Sunday. The station, which is part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is holding a rededication ceremony and field day in honor of its 50th anniversary. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. [...]

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Is autumn weather here to stay?

Wetter and cooler weather is in store for the end of September as we discussed several weeks back. This could linger into the first and second of October. Rainfall for the next week will average 0.50 to 1 inch with isolated higher totals in the northern half of the state. Temperatures will average a few [...]

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Lower retail prices prevalent this fall

Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck resulted in a decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals [...]

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Presidential candidates weigh in on ag issues

FBNews, the online/digital newsletter of the American Farm Bureau Federation, began posting responses from the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. AFBF asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions. Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration [...]

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 — Schmitmeyer Farms, Mercer County

Week number one of Feeding Farmers, fall edition, took the crew of the Ohio Ag Net south of Celina to the Mercer County farm of Dave and Gina Schmitmeyer and family. Dale Minyo broadcast middays from the farm following a tour of the dairy, swine, and crop operation. The operation utilizes the latest in milking [...]

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Election politics to be discussed Oct. 3

There has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact. Several economists from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences hope to offer voters deeper insight into some of these issues during an Oct. 3 evening conversation, providing a critical, unbiased, [...]

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Report suggests EPA, Corps exceeding authority on WOTUS

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report detailing examples of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters beyond Congressional intent. The report is the result of the majority staff’s investigation into how EPA and [...]

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More work needed on water quality

While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows. A study of the western Lake Erie watershed found that increased conservation efforts will be needed on most of the farms in the watershed [...]

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Panelists during the discussion were Ken Foster, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University; Andy Vollmar, food and feed ingredient manager of The Andersons Grain Group; and Ian Sheldon, Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing at Ohio State.

FSR panel discussion covers important GMO labeling debate

In late July, President Barack Obama signed into law an important agreement that protects America’s food supply from confusing patchwork of state-level food labeling laws. The first was a GMO-labeling law passed by Vermont that went into effect in July. The federal law will standardize the labeling requirements for food to ease the costly state-by-state [...]

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