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Viruses and septic systems

Viruses are in the news. Children around the country are sickened with enterovirus D68, one of a group of very contagious viruses that live in the intestinal track. Therefore, they are in the waste of infected people. People are really alarmed to learn about the spread of ebola virus, that moves through contact with bodily [...]

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Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Global oil prices have been in a bit of a free fall lately thanks to a supply glut fueled by American shale gas production and a difference of opinion between oil producing countries about cutting production to put an end to the downward trend. There is both good and bad news for agriculture with plunging [...]

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CAUV formula getting another look

As more farmland owners are getting their property taxes re-evaluated, there are more unpleasant surprises being generated by the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. “This is definitely an issue that is right up front and center for us. What has happened with some very profitable years on the farm, it is starting to change [...]

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American Agri-Women to kick off 40th Anniversary Celebration at National Convention in Ohio

American Agri-Women (AAW) will kick off a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration at its annual convention held this year at Hueston Woods Lodge & Convention Center, College Corner, Ohio, Nov. 6 to 8. The Ohio Agri-Women affiliate is hosting this year’s convention, with the theme “Bridging the Path from Farm to Fork.” The organization had its first coalition meeting in 1974 and [...]

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OSU partners to create new agricultural and food law consortium

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program has partnered with a group of universities in the creation of a new Agricultural and Food Law Consortium that will work to research regional and national agricultural law issues. The consortium is part of and led by the National Agricultural Law Center, which is a unit [...]

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Renewable Energy Workshop

U.S. energy needs continue to grow, as do concerns about rising prices and environmental impacts of traditional, petroleum-based energy. Also growing is an interest in alternative energy sources. Since 2008, the Renewable Energy Workshop has provided information on the growing field of renewable energy, including commercially available technologies and those being developed. Presentations have addressed [...]

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2014 Ohio election update

With the November election just around the corner, Ohio voters are brushing up on their candidates and political issue awareness to make the best decisions at the ballot box. The most talked about race in Ohio is likely the election for Governor. Current Republican Governor John Kasich is a heavy favorite over the Democratic challenger [...]

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Kelly Brown enjoys serving both buyers and sellers at the Owl Creek Produce Auction.

Amish Owl Creek Produce Auction serves buyers and sellers

Some aspects of the Amish lifestyle lend themselves to the production of high quality farm produce. At the same time, the logistical realities of transporting a perishable product via horse and buggy present significant barriers for the Amish to market their goods. To address this challenge, a number of produce auctions have sprung up in [...]

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Did recent court ruling elevate the status of animals?

There’s a difference between what a written ruling by a court states and what someone wants it to say. A recent headline proclaimed that the Oregon Supreme Court had elevated the legal status of animals. I reviewed all 14 pages of the actual decision. The Oregon Supreme Court wisely decided a case, but the headline [...]

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Wasting food: A multi-million dollar opportunity

I have a legitimate concern of national significance — and a solution — to present to you in this column. But in this age of transparency (a concept formerly known as “honesty”), I must confess to you that I’m also writing this column as a rebuttal to Kris, my fiancée. Like many Americans, Kris doesn’t [...]

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