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Vanilla report day from USDA

No major changes. Boring. No big price spikes up or declines. This comment was heard following the report, “That has to be one of the most subdued post report actions I have seen in a long time.” USDA put US corn ending stocks for 2016-17 at 2.403 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean [...]

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Morrow County Wildlife Officer Tyler Eldred is prepared for any eventuality as he prepares to share his patrol duties during the opening day of deer gun season with the author.

Ride-along on the wild side

I rode shotgun with my local wildlife officer on the opening day of deer gun season earlier this month and have a whole new appreciation for what these officers are capable of as a result. For one thing, being hunters themselves. Which most are, and therefore are sensitive to issues like disrupting a hunt just [...]

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The legal battle of Standing Rock: Why did the Sioux sue?

An easement is a right to cross or otherwise use someone else’s land for a specified purpose. In fancy lawyer language, an easement is a non-possessory right to use and/or enter into the real property of another without possessing it. A common example of an easement is the right of way which one landowner, A, [...]

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Active membership in Ohio Farm Bureau shows growth

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced an increase in its “active” membership for 2016. Now 61,459 Ohioans are active members, continuing the organization’s status as Ohio’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Seventy-five county Farm Bureaus increased their active membership in the past year. “This accomplishment is largely thanks to our members,” [...]

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ODNR dredges break record for sediment removed in a single season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2016 dredging season, having removed more than 1 million cubic yards of dredge material from state park lakes and other state properties. The 1 million cubic yards of sediment is the most that has ever been removed in the history of the state’s dredging program. [...]

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ODA launches a new website to help holiday shopper buy Ohio Proud

Ohio Proud, a marketing program which helps consumers identify food and agricultural products produced in the state, announced today the launch of its newly revamped website: www.ohioproud.org. The new, user-friendly, mobile site offers quick and easy access to more than 500 Ohio Proud partners located across the state. The website also features an interactive mapthat allows consumers [...]

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Chinese travel and displaced abomasa

This was my eighth trip to China. You may have read accounts of my previous exploits in this column. This trip I noticed that the smog In China has gotten worse. It hung over my travels, all the time, limiting visibility to about a half mile. In previous trips to China, as well as South [...]

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NRCS conservation funds available for Western Lake Erie Basin

Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have another opportunity to obtain conservation financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications until Jan. 20 for funding through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between NRCS and public, private, and non-profit [...]

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Managing farm financial stress

Farmers are facing a tough agricultural economy. Grain, livestock, and dairy producers are all coping with prices that result in slim to breakeven profit margins. For a number of farms, operating in the red is their reality. Unfortunately, the price outlook for most agricultural commodities does not offer much hope in the near future. Farming [...]

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“4Rs for a Growing Ohio” event to announce expansion of Certification Program

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is is set to announce the expansion of its voluntary program to agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers statewide in Ohio, effective Jan. 1, in efforts to improve the quality of Ohio’s waterways at the “4Rs for a Growing Ohio” launch event Dec. 9 in Radnor, Ohio. Friday, Dec. 9, [...]

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