Country Life

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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Survey gauges Ohioans views on water resources

Safe drinking water is Ohioans’ No. 1 environmental priority, according to a survey sponsored by Healthy Water Ohio (HwO). Water quality outweighs all other environmental concerns including air quality, waste disposal, quantity of water supplies, land use and coping with weather extremes. The survey of 1,000 Ohio voters aimed to identify the issues citizens care [...]

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Heating with wood harkens back to simpler times.

Heat from the hearth: The pleasures of wood burning stoves

As the gray light of a bleak winter day fails and night falls, icy wind wails through the air, whipping freshly fallen snow into deep drifts and piles across the middle American countryside. The mercury drops into the single digits and livestock hunkers down deep in the corners of the barn, toughing out the latest [...]

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MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

There are nearly 8,000 farmers markets in the U.S., an increase of more than 150% since 2000. Direct-to-consumer agriculture sales produce $1.2 billion in annual revenues. To be successful in your agricultural business an important thing is to have a good marketing plan. The Ohio State University South Centers leads Ohio’s Direct Agricultural Marketing program [...]

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Farm building rental prices

Farmers, producers and landowners who have agricultural buildings on their property they are no longer using can turn the vacant space into extra farm income, according to experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Whether it is a farm building or livestock facility, farmers who want to put unused space [...]

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OFBF suggests improvements to farmland tax rules

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. Under CAUV, farmland is taxed on its agricultural productivity rather than its development value. “There are a lot of farmers and [...]

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There are some truly freighting things on the news and in the nation's courtrooms.

Some court filings and the daily news are truly frightening

A sure sign of aging is realizing what is truly frightening, and for me, it is not spiders, ghosts or zombies, but court filings and the daily news. Although Halloween of 2014 is over, agriculture still has some potentially scary times ahead. Recently, in North Carolina, several environment and community health groups conspired and filed [...]

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Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

The second annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum will be held Dec. 10 in Columbus and will focus on how Ohioans can effectively engage and improve their local communities. The event brings together members of farm and food organizations, civic groups, business, government and other sectors for a day-long event that features four themes: [...]

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Planning for 2014 taxes

For the past several years, many of Ohio’s farmers have had the enviable task of planning for higher incomes because of historically high crop prices. Year-end tax planning became increasingly important with the passage of the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation (passed on Jan. 1, 2013, but made retroactive to 2012). This legislation contained several provisions [...]

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