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New legislative session begins with changes to Ohio’s agriculture committees

The 131st session of the Ohio General Assembly is underway with a few changes to the structure and leadership of the committees that address agriculture. In the House of Representatives, the previous Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has been renamed as the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Natural resource issues, previously handled with agriculture under [...]

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Farmland leasing workshop

As farmers and landowners consider options to include in new or renewed land leases, understanding how to use data in negotiations and how to apply legal information to leasing practices could help make the process easier for both sides, experts say. To help provide guidance and understanding of the financial and legal issues surrounding farmland [...]

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OFU annual convention

Ohio’s educational and advocacy organization dedicated to family farming will tackle several hot button issues in Ohio during its 81st annual convention in Columbus this Friday. “We expect 2015 to be an exceptionally important year for Ohio’s farmers in terms of state legislation and Kasich administration tax policies,” said Linda Borton, executive director of the [...]

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Power Show Ohio coming to Columbus on Thursday

A conversation with…Dennis Alford, Power Show Ohio manager OCJ: There will be some significant changes for Power Show Ohio this year, including the days. What are the dates and why have they been changed? Dennis: This year’s show begins on Thursday, Jan. 29, and continues Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Ohio [...]

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USDA accepting applications for CIG grant program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers to use to address natural resource conservation challenges. These grants are part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, authorized through [...]

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Agriculture responds to State of the Union

In this week’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama, a number of agriculturally related topics were included. “We strongly support President Obama’s efforts to normalize trade and other relations with Cuba. Cuba remains off-limits to almost all American trade — a self-imposed tactic that has repeatedly failed to secure reforms. American agriculture [...]

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Przewalski’s Horse and other ancestors of today’s modern horse

No, this isn’t about my first horse, Mickey, which I borrowed for the summer before starting vet school. The first time I got on that horse, my brothers were convinced they had witnessed my death. Mickey reared up and fell over backwards, with me riding bare back. Old Mickey fell on me — all 1,000 [...]

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NFU comments on conservation

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on an interim rule regarding the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), commending NRCS for their promotion of conservation in agriculture and offering suggestions to focus the program more heavily on conservation outcomes. “Family farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists,” [...]

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Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference to feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4. As president of the fertilizer industry’s national trade [...]

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USDA grant will help protect central Ohio water quality

A central Ohio organization’s proposal is among 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states that will be granted more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP competitively awards funds to conservation projects designed by local partners specifically for their region. Eligible partners include private [...]

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