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The ACA investment tax: How will it affect you?

A new tax as a part of the Affordable Care Act may mean you will owe more in taxes, and with tax season in full swing, now is the time to figure out just how much more you could be made to pay. The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act has presented us the Net [...]

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March: A month of food, nutrition and agriculture

March holds a special place in my heart. It celebrates everything I am passionate about — food, nutrition and agriculture. National Nutrition Month and National Agriculture Day combine to celebrate all that we know in the world of eating. National Agriculture Day is March 18 and recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture. National [...]

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Trans Pacific Partnership offers broad benefits

In conjunction with a series of Made in Rural America Executive Actions announced by President Obama and the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released data showing the opportunities for agriculture of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to help boost agricultural exports across the 50 United States. TPP is a 21st century trade [...]

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ODNR reports oil and gas activity

During the fourth quarter of 2014, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced 3,558,836 barrels of oil and 164,815,008 Mcf (164 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Oil increased by more than 545,000 barrels and gas by more than 33 billion cubic feet compared [...]

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OFBF president Steve Hirsch at today's Ag Day at the Capital

OFBF Ag Day at the Capital looks at state budget, other 2015 priorities

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members once again convened in Columbus for the Ag Day at the Capital where they learned about the key issues facing Ohio agriculture and met with state legislators to discuss them. “2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer — the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and [...]

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New requirements challenge 4-H programs and volunteers

Ohio 4-H impacts hundreds of thousands of youth each year through community clubs, in school and after school programs, camps and programing at metro parks around the state. Most of these activities would not be possible without the help of volunteers. However, recent changes to OSU policy surrounding volunteers and employees who work with minor [...]

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AFBF helps feed the hungry

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau raised more than $1.2 million and donated a record of nearly 42 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program in partnership with Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the [...]

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The great deer hunting debate

Below are the recently proposed deer hunting regulations for 2015/2016. As a whole, I agree with the changes, but will leave it to you to determine how these fit your experience and expectations. Comments on the proposed regulations are welcome at the statewide Open Houses on March 7, and I encourage you to attend and [...]

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Pileup at the West Coast ports continues

U.S.-grown apples and pears rot on the docks never again to see the light of day. Bins normally piled high with U.S. produce at markets across Asia are looking scant. Storage facilities across the country are packed with tons of meat that should be on dinner plates around the world. Why? Loading docks from Seattle [...]

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2015 Organic Farming Conference at Mt. Hope Auction

The 2015 Organic Farming Conference will be held at the Mt. Hope Auction Arena on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The one-day gathering is for individuals interested in organic farming. Presenters for the day include Perry Clutts (organic dairy farmer from Circleville), David Kline from Farming Magazine, Kip and Becky Rondy (Green Edge Gardens in Amesville), [...]

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