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Pursuing a Bill of Rights for Lake Erie

By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program The Toledoans for Safe Water submitted over 10,500 signatures this month on a petition proposing to amend the city’s charter to establish a bill of rights for Lake Erie. The proposed bill of rights would …

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Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour

The Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour will be held at Sonlight Acres/Morning Sun Farm at 9:30 a.m.  Aug. 30 at 3993 State Rte. 503 S., West Alexandria, OH. Dale Filbrun of Morning Sun Farm is an early organic pioneer, first becoming OEFFA certified in 1995. The farm focuses on organic eggs …

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Does Roundup cause cancer?

By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program Does Roundup cause cancer?  A jury in California has determined that it’s possible. The jury awarded $289 million in early against Monsanto in the first of thousands of cases alleging that Monsanto should have warned …

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Farm groups pushing for a farm bill

The two largest farming groups in the United States called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee. Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are asking Senate and House conferees to …

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Farm groups weighing in on WOTUS

The 2015 version of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be permanently rescinded, and the prior version of the regulation re-codified, to provide certainty for dairy farmers, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said. In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army …

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China, the trade war and a farmer named Fred

By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney near Celina As American agriculture is well aware, on July 6 President Trump imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods He insisted the action was warranted to protect national security and the intellectual property of U.S. businesses and …

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Backpacking Ohio’s Appalachian foothills

By Mike Ryan, OCJ Field Reporter Ohio’s Appalachian autumn, with its balmy temperatures and spectacular scenery, is just around the corner. American author and environmentalist Ed Abbey describes the beauty of Appalachian autumn: “Rustle of wind through the dry corn, rattle of dead leaves beneath our feet, the frosty breath …

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