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Ohio’s 4-H camps meet many needs

Have a child who might enjoy snorkeling Lake Erie shipwrecks? Maybe your kid is fascinated by space and aerodynamics? Does your youngster want to spend time honing leadership skills? The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES) has got a camp for all of …

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Progress and hurdles for the 2018 Farm Bill

By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
University of Illinois, and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
Ohio State University The odds for a farm bill in 2018 have improved considerably. On June 13 the Senate Ag Committee moved its version of …

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House passes version of the 2018 Farm Bill

After postponing a vote on immigration compromise legislation, the U.S. House of Representative’s voted 213-211 to approve H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill on June 21. “By approving the 2018 Farm Bill today, members of the House recognized the serious economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers across the country,” said Zippy Duvall, American …

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National Pollinator Week

More than a decade ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by …

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Lessons learned in Costa Rica

By Abby Motter, OCJ field reporter Hola! I am Abby Motter, a senior at The Ohio State University studying Agriscience Education, and minoring in both Production Agriculture and Spanish. This past March I had the chance to spend my spring break in a very different capacity. Instead of road trips, …

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USDA’s Farmers.gov Receives $10 Million in Funding for Development

The Technology Modernization Fund Board (Board) recently awarded funding to support the development of USDA’s Farmers.gov customer experience portal, which helps better connect America’s farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and private foresters with vital USDA resources and programs. The Board is chaired by the Federal Chief Information Officer for the Office of …

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