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A good accountant: A more important resource than you think

As everyone involved in agribusiness knows, this industry is ever-changing. Whether you are a farmer or a supplier, the cyclical ups and downs of this business are unavoidable. It’s important to know how to adapt to changes in the economy, markets, customers, competition, technology, regulations, taxes…the list goes on and on. Adapting is easier to [...]

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Where’s the Earth Day fanfare for farmers?

Each year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. According to earthday.org: “The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled [...]

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House votes to repeal estate tax

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the estate tax, a long awaited measure for many farm organizations. “Farmers and ranchers need tax laws that protect their family businesses. They don’t want to be punished for their success. With House passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, we are one step closer [...]

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TPA bill introduced

  Bipartisan legislation to renew and modernize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) has been introduced is Congress. TPA was last enacted in 2002 and expired in 2007. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015) was introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways [...]

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Ohio agencies and universities researching water quality

The Ohio Board of Regents and a consortium of Ohio universities and state agencies are investing $4 million in 18 research and development efforts aimed at solving water quality and algal toxicity issues in the western Lake Erie basin. Critical activities include developing a warning network for harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and research [...]

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Organic operations on the rise

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number [...]

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Ohio’s hunger rate remains high

The Map the Meal Gap 2015 report, released by Feeding America, reveals that food insecurity remains high throughout Ohio. The state’s 16.9% food insecurity rate is higher than the national rate (15.8%) and higher than all other Midwestern states except Missouri (17%). The report also found that about one in four children in Ohio (24.2%) [...]

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Howard and Carol Garber, with their pedal tractor collection, have overcome their marital differences when it comes to old tractors.

Garber’s Red Tractor Models

Howard and Carol Garber of Auglaize County personify the complete marriage, despite having to overcome the significant obstacle of differing preferences in collectable farm equipment. Howard was raised with Massey-Harris tractors and implements whereas Carol descended from a family with Farmall, McCormick-Deering and International equipment. Fortunately some experts claim couples do not have to agree [...]

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NRCS and SWCDs celebrating National Volunteer Week

The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation (OFSWCD) and its’ partner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 12-18. The goal of this observance is to recognize people, who through volunteering, have furthered imaginative and productive ways to better their communities. Additionally, the hope is that by calling attention [...]

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