Country Life

Holding on to a quality agricultural work force

As the saying goes, “good help is hard to find.” That is especially true when it comes to hiring and retaining quality employees that embrace the anything-but-a-desk-job, far from glamorous, tiring and dirty jobs in agriculture. “The farming workforce has such unique skill sets and a knowledge base that you just can’t find anywhere and [...]

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Fairs play a crucial role in education and future food production

The Ohio State Fair means fun-filled days and the making of many great memories for families all across Ohio. In addition to a place to enjoy lemon shake-ups, brave the midway rides, and find the most recent deep-fried treat to be tried, fairs also play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs [...]

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Organic certification cost recovery for Ohio farms

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it will receive $478,600 to help growers and handlers of organic agricultural products recover part of the cost of their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification. Producers and handlers who incur expenses for obtaining or renewing their organic certification between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014 are eligible [...]

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Family mealtimes offer valuable time together

The family dinner table — it heads the top of my list of favorite kitchen tools. Soon Paul and I will be empty nesters and our table will have fewer mouths to feed and less lively conversation. Last year, we had a trial run when both boys were in college. Now, the oldest son left [...]

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White House Rural Council announces $10 billion private investment for rural America

The White House Rural Council announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational [...]

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Is my farm exempt? OSHA confusion continues

The oft discussed acronym OSHA continues to be an issue for farms and there is still confusion as to what is exempt from inspection and what is not. Historically, Congress through the Appropriations Act, has exempted small farming operations from the enforcement of all rules, regulations, standards or orders under the Occupational Safety and Health [...]

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Ag is Cool winners announced

Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2014 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest. Ohio school children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2013-2014 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win tickets [...]

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Spinach could lead to alternative energy

Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert [...]

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“Farm Factor” feeding more than food to local consumers

A hunger for food is something that will always be a part of our ever-growing society, but what is recently being added to the appetite of many consumers is a hunger of knowledge concerning where their food is coming from. The Ross County Farm Bureau is satisfying both cravings with their yearly Farm Factor event, [...]

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Madison County Fair improvements will benefit the community

Earlier this month, the Madison County Fair showcased some new improvements that will hopefully pay off for the entire community all year long. Two new structures on the grounds — the new Eby Youth Arena and Coughlin Community Building — were home to many experiences for fairgoers this year for the first time, but that [...]

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