Country Life

Ohio River clean-up event

Ohio Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCD) will be joining the efforts of the Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) crew for the 2016 Ohio River Tour of river cleanups on Tuesday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. SWCD staff and volunteers from the public are meeting at the Covington Landing at 1 Madison [...]

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What’s new at the Ohio State Fair

This year, the Ohio State Fair will offer new food, attractions and entertainment that will please the whole family. Here are some new, fun things to see and do at the 163rd edition of the Fair (July 27 – August 7), along with other favorite Fair traditions. New food With over 190 food vendors, new food [...]

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Aquaculture tour and field day

Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers. On the other hand, poor water quality can lead to stressed fish, increasing the chance for the animals’ illness and death, and resulting in income losses for farmers, says Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist. Water quality management [...]

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Loudenslager toy tractor collection hopes to continue legacy through sale

“A pretty incredible 40-year exercise on his part,” said Doug Loudenslager of his father’s unique collection. “There’s over 6,000 pieces.” Don Loudenslager, who passed away at the age of 80 in 2014, spent the last several decades visiting sales and auctions amassing thousands of toy tractors, trucks, and other items. About 95% of the collection [...]

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Ohio counties receive 2016 all White-Reinhardt mini-grants

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 13 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. Grants were provided to the Logan County Farm Bureau and the Butler County Farm Bureau in Ohio. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm [...]

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Antique construction equipment show

The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) is holding its 31st Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition. The show will be held at the HCEA’s National Construction Equipment Museum, 16623 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, and is open to the public. The show features live [...]

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Water quality workshop

Ohio has been fortunate that weather patterns this summer have been moderate and the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) levels have not reached the levels of the past two years. Extremely high temperatures combined with heavy storm events can quickly cause HABs to return. Shallow lakes, such as Grand Lake St. Mary’s and the western basin [...]

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Forty Senators call for higher biodiesel targets in RFS

Forty U.S. senators from across the country called on the EPA to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal. The senators emphasized that biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading the way in delivering Advanced Biofuels under the RFS and said the EPA should do more to encourage their growth. “The biodiesel [...]

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Protecting water on our farm

Water quality. Two simple words that, when paired together, can stir the emotions of anyone regardless of whether or not they live near a significant body of water such as Lake Erie. My family and I have always farmed in the Western Lake Erie Water Basin (WLEB). I have raised my family here and my [...]

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Farm Credit Mid-America awards scholarships to college students from Ohio

Sixteen Ohio college students who are majoring in agriculture and business-related disciplines received scholarships from Farm Credit Mid-America. Scholarships of $1,000 or $1,500 were awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities, and community and school involvement. These awards are part of the organziation’s commitment to develop future leaders in agriculture. “Ushering in the next generation [...]

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