Country Life

Ohio hunters harvest more than 188,000 deer during 2015-2016 season

Hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2015-2106 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 175,745 deer were checked during the 2014-2015 season. To help stabilize deer populations, bag limits were reduced this year, and antlerless permit use was eliminated in most counties. This year’s increase can be attributed [...]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine talk about the drug epidemic in rural Ohio.

OFBF meets with legislators to convey 2016 policy priorities

Yesterday’s Ohio Farm Bureau 2016 Ag Day at the Capital started on a somber note concerning the dramatic increase in drug addition and activity in rural Ohio in recent years and the life shattering consequences rippling through agricultural communities. “Our rural communities are getting hit hard from this drug epidemic and it is a priority [...]

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FFA toy show this weekend

The Arlington FFA Alumni is hosting their 6th annual toy show on February 14 in the Arlington High School Gymnasium, located at 336 S. Main, Arlington. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm with admission being $3 for adults, $2 for students and under school age children are free. There will be [...]

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A time for love, taxes and grain bins

To many, February is synonymous with Valentine’s Day and love. To farmers, February means property taxes and more money leaving the checking account. Every farmer in Ohio should send a Valentine to the Metamora Elevator Company in Fulton County. Why? Thanks to their insistence and willingness to pursue the matter all of the way to [...]

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Composting: It’s a microbial thing

We cannot see them, but they are everywhere and that is good. Microbes, not worms, are critical to the composting process. Although microscopic, they are responsible for decomposing vast quantities of organic materials. Without them, our world would be buried in leaves, food waste, manure, and more. While microbial degradation is a natural process, composting [...]

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USDA announces Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up for 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 2016 sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest working lands conservation program. CSP supports farmers and ranchers as they introduce and expand conservation on their land in agricultural production Farmers and ranchers have until March 31 to complete the initial CSP application, which consists [...]

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A fine old fox

As a lefty who couldn’t afford a pump or semi-auto southpaw model that wouldn’t eject spent shells across my face, I chose a side-by-side double barrel as my first shotgun. I found a Stevens Model 311 12-gauge new for $149 from the old JC Penney Warehouse store on Columbus far east side and I’ve shot [...]

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Final TPP signed, but still a long road ahead

Trade ministers signed the final Trans-Pacific Partnership yesterday, but the deal is far from complete. The TPP includes 12 Pacific Rim and trade representatives gathered in Auckland, New Zealand in early February to sign the final text of the TPP. Now the member countries have to each approve the trade agreement, which will likely not [...]

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Good nutrition can combat lead in water

Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of ingesting lead from drinking water or any other source, says a registered dietitian nutritionist with Ohio State University Extension. But parents can help limit the health impact by making sure their children eat a well-balanced diet, especially that they get enough calcium, iron and vitamin C. “The [...]

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Josh McGrath from the University of Kentucky gave an animated presentation on nitrogen management.

OABA Conference features broad lineup of speakers

Today is the second day of the fourth annual Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference highlighting topics related to production, perspectives and performance in agriculture. OABA members, along with other industry professionals, have heard from leading experts, educators and researchers during the two-day event, which last night featured the Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting Feb. 3 with keynote speaker, retired U.S. [...]

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