Country Life

NRCS accepting applications for EQIP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from Ohio farmers and non-industrial private forest land owners who want to improve the natural resources on their land.  Applications received by Friday, January 16, 2015, will be considered for funding this fiscal year. [...]

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Tax extenders legislation, including section 179, passed by Congress

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate voted 76 to 16 to pass a tax extenders package that holds key provisions for small businesses including section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation that farmers and other business owners use when purchasing new equipment and infrastructure, among other items. The tax extenders package was previously approved in the [...]

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Are lower gas prices here to stay?

Plummeting gasoline prices over the past couple of months are expected to remain low through at least the spring, signaling generally good fortunes for the nation’s economy, said Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.61 per gallon as of Dec. 12. That is 59 cents lower [...]

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More OFBF highlights

The delegates established policy that states the organization expects all farmers applying fertilizer or manure to complete the state’s applicator certification program and to develop and follow nutrient management plans. They also set policy that farmers applying nutrients should follow approved state conservation guidelines. The delegate body voiced support for preserving The Ohio State University’s [...]

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A really hot potato

One potato, two potato, three potato, four; five potato, six potato, seven potato, more…unless, of course, we’re talking about GMO potatoes. In that case, the anti-GMO activists say, “No thanks.” So does America’s largest purveyor of French fries — McDonald’s. When they were asked to comment, they clammed up. According to an article in the [...]

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Ohio Farm Bureau delegates approve new membership model

During the 2013 Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting, a request was made by delegates to take a look at the current membership model of the organization. A recent span of declining membership numbers was the reason for that call to action and the creation of a membership model group, led by OFBF President Steve Hirsch. [...]

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President Steve Hirsch addresses the attendees at the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

OFBF Annual Meeting highlights

Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) today in Columbus. There is a significant agenda in the year ahead with key issues including water, CAUV and immigration at the state and federal level. “How are we going to get [...]

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ODA suspends operations at Schwan Grain, Inc.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has suspended the grain license of Schwan Grain, Inc. located at 671 State Route 99 North in Monroeville, Ohio.  Farmers who are owed money for grain deposits with Schwan Grain should call ODA’s Grain Warehouse Section at 614-728-6410. Following up on a complaint received Dec. 5, agency examiners have determined [...]

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More than 65,000 deer checked during weeklong gun season

Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles. Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so [...]

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Behind the scenes with the Budweiser Clydesdales

The public regularly sees the members of the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch on display in commercials, at events and in parades, but did you ever wonder what happens when they are between gigs? Despite the fact that they are highly trained and well-behaved horses, they are just horses. Recently, Michelle Randolph, a professional photographer and friend [...]

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