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Twitter effort reinforces the importance of NAFTA

Farmers and ranchers across the country took to Twitter last week to let the  President and other administration officials know that staying in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a win for farmers.  Corn growers from around the United States tweeted about the economic benefits of NAFTA, which supports 25,000 corn industry jobs [...]

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Tax cut bills move toward reconciliation

The House recently voted to go to conference with the Senate to reconcile differences between each chamber’s proposed tax bill, and both houses selected their conference committee members. The Senate is expected to vote on going to conference in the coming days. The National Pork Producers Council will evaluate the effect on pork producers of [...]

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Free nutrient management plans for Western Lake Erie Basin

Nutrient Management Plan Writers are still working for the 2018 year in the Western Lake Erie Basin to write free plans for non-CAFO farmers. Our goal is to complete 65,000 acres for NMP’s in 2018. These plans are written free of charge to farmers and require a small amount of your time and effort. As [...]

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Tom Klein, an organic farmer in Carey, Ohio, shows off some of his specialty crop to Edible Columbus Editor Colleen Leonardi and her Photojournalist Rachel Joy Barehl

A unique avenue to drive agriculture’s message into the city

Continuing the mission of advocacy and outreach into Central Ohio, Franklin County Farm Bureau was seeking out a way to expand their message and communicate with those that aren’t all that close to the farm, both in distance and understanding. So, they recently acquired Edible Columbus magazine. “Edible Columbus is a print, community-based publication published [...]

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Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and Executive Vice President Adam Sharp addressed the delegates at the event.

Farm Bureau members gathered in Columbus for 99th annual meeting

“Together With Farmers” was the theme of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th annual meeting at the Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Downtown Hotel. More than 600 attendees were on hand as OFBF established its policy on important state and federal issues, elected leaders and recognized the accomplishments of individuals and the organization. Some of [...]

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Wooster Ag Outlook meeting

International trade agreements and renegotiation of trade agreements, discussions on the 2018 farm bill, a new tax bill.  Each of these topics has implications for the farm economy and quite possibly for on-farm management decisions in 2018.  Get the latest information about these and other timely topics at the 2018 Ag Outlook and Policy Meeting [...]

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Do woolly worms really predict the winter ahead?

Imagine yourself as a student on the campus of The Ohio State University. It’s a nice, sunny day outside. Students are walking to class, others are having conversation beside Mirror Lake, and in the distance, you see your entomology professor running around with a crazed look in his eyes while waving a comically-sized insect net. [...]

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Mitchell and Michelle Stammen of Mercer County dropped health insurance and switched their family to a shared health program. Photo provided by Michelle Stammen.

As health insurance costs rise, more consider shared health programs

It is the time of year when thoughts turn to the joys of giving, family, and unfortunately in recent years, rising health insurance costs. Around Ohio, those who are self-employed or working at a small business are getting the news that their health insurance premiums will be getting another healthy increase for 2018. Ohioans purchasing [...]

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EPA announces RFS levels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), said his organization was generally pleased with the ethanol levels in the announcement. “NCGA is pleased to see the EPA meet the Administration’s commitment to keep the RFS on [...]

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 36 | Woolly Worms, Sheep, and CAUV

Ohio Ag Net’s 36th episode of the podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, has a wide range of topics from host Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Dale Minyo, and Joel Penhorwood. The recent Buckeye Shepherd Symposium brought in sheep producers from around the region to discuss farming practices, market trends, and recognize outstanding individuals in the [...]

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