Country Life

Supreme Court upholds landowners rights challenging WOTUS jurisdiction

In United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., the Supreme Court yesterday set a precedent with a unanimous decision that landowners may challenge the Corps’ jurisdictional determination specifying that a piece of property contains a “water of the United States” or WOTUS. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps rulings known [...]

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Buckeye Lake dam project ahead of schedule

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) determined, based on professional engineering assessments, that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months — nearly one year ahead of schedule — allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at the more than 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake. The first phase of the Buckeye Lake [...]

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Energy and Water Appropriations bill funding fails in House

The National Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment that the House of Representatives failed to pass the FY17 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and urged members to work collaboratively to find a way to pass this important legislation as quickly as possible. “NCGA, along with 19 other ag groups, sent a letter to the House Appropriations [...]

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Clinton County Spring Nationals ticket winners selected

Thanks for participating in the OCJ/OAN ticket giveaway for the Clinton County Spring Nationals on June 11. The winners are: Brian Cooley, Pickerington; Amy Schwanger, North Fairfield; Charley Williams, Alger; Greg Bailey, St. Marys; and Eric Baugher, Tiffin. Each of the five winners will receive a four-pack of tickets for the Clinton County Spring Nationals [...]

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Salad, anyone?

Let’s talk weeds — for food

Let’s talk weeds. Not the type of weed that’s been on the ballot, but the weeds all farmers and gardeners fight on a daily basis. Webster defines weeds as a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. Therefore the number of weeds can be never-ending. At our farm [...]

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Lake Erie

Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement released

Building upon a 2015 agreement to improve Lake Erie water quality with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, Ohio has taken another step toward achieving a 40% reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025. Yesterday, a draft of Ohio’s plan for implementing the Western Basin of Lake Erie [...]

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OFBF seeking 2016 Ohio State Fair ambassadors

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking candidates to serve as ambassadors for the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Ambassadors will assist Ohio Farm Bureau in staffing interactive exhibits and educating fair goers at the Land and Living Exhibit in the Donahey Ag & Hort Building. The program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture [...]

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Pollinator workshops offered

Have you ever thought what it would be like to live in a world without apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate, almonds, melons, peaches, or pumpkins? Researchers have indicated that without animal pollinators, these foods would no longer exist. Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Most fruit, vegetable and seed crops — [...]

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Penhorwood joins staff

This month, Joel Penhorwood joined the staff at Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal as a field reporter and farm broadcaster. He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communication. While at OSU, Joel was heavily involved in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as president for two [...]

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The Andersons rejects unsolicited proposal from HC2

The Andersons, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has rejected two non-binding, highly conditional, unsolicited proposals from HC2 Holdings, Inc. to acquire all outstanding shares of The Andersons. The Andersons’ announcement is in response to HC2′s public disclosure of its offer earlier this week. On January 29, 2016, The Andersons received a private, unsolicited proposal [...]

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