Country Life

Mosquitoes and ticks — little pests carry big risks

While researchers say it is difficult to determine whether unusual weather patterns this winter and spring will lead to larger mosquito and tick populations in the Upper Midwest this summer, one thing is certain — anyone planning to spend time outdoors should take steps to avoid the potentially dangerous pests. “Every year we face the [...]

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Blanchard River Demonstration Farms will be a useful tool for water quality

The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project is a $1 million venture between the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The goal of the effort is to demonstrate on-farm conservation practices to help improve water and nutrient conservation. The Demonstration Farms aim to help producers find the [...]

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NAFTA modernization effort kicked off

In May, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration’s plans to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which have jurisdiction over trade, that the administration will update the 23-year-old North [...]

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Katie Levesque started making beef jerky in her kitchen during college and now has a growing Ohio Proud business.

Premium beef jerky is a hot seller for growing business

Katie Levesque has always really enjoyed beef jerky, but as a college student at the Ohio State University Lima Branch she did not always have the funds to purchase her favorite snack. To address this situation, she started making her own. “I found this article about how I could make jerky at home in the [...]

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Video: New ATI greenhouse offers technology, opportunity

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute last week dedicated their new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility that looks to bring a wide range of learning opportunities to Buckeyes. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood takes a closer look at the setup and the lessons it hopes to teach.

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Ohio project funded by one of the first USDA loans in the Rural Energy Savings Program

Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing zero-interest loans to two rural energy providers to help business and residential customers lower energy use and costs. “Funding commercial, farm and residential energy efficiency investments supports rural economies,” Glendenning said. “These investments save money for consumers, create jobs in [...]

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Lighthizer confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, the U.S. Senate, on a vote of 82-14, confirmed Robert Lighthizer to head the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Lighthizer will begin work on a variety of pressing trade policy issues, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), expanding market access channels in Asia, and preventing the [...]

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52nd Ohio Ag Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) recently announced the 2017 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees, including Dwight B. Beougher of Westerville, James J. Buchy of Greenville, Opal Holfinger of Troy, and Virgil L.  Strickler of Lakeview. These individuals  who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be [...]

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USDA makes $8.85 million available in risk management education funding applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced up to $8.85 million available for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs. The funding provides the needed resources for organizations such as universities, county cooperative extension offices and nonprofit organizations to develop training and education tools to help farmers and ranchers [...]

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