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Dietary Guidelines policy summit

Last week food and nutrition experts, along with national leaders in food and nutrition policy, public health, academia, industry and government, gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans can be implemented to help facilitate greater consumer understanding and adoption. “Dietary guidance is the main entrée on our national menu [...]

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Big risks bearing fruit for Indian Bear Winery

Those who venture off the beaten paths of Knox County may get to some parts of the hills and gravel roads where the scenery offers ample views of pastures, livestock and an Amish buggy every now and again. If the owners of Indian Bear Winery in Walhonding, Ohio have it their way, those same gravel [...]

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Ohio ag groups pushing for TPA

Ohio agricultural and commodity organizations recently urged Congressman Jim Jordan to support the reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for President Obama. Jordan has publicly shared that he won’t support the bill. With the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations taking placing, it is vitally important to agriculture for the President to have TPA. The Ohio Agribusiness [...]

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Case IH Announces Certified Pre-Owned Program

To lease or to buy?

Equipment is the lifeblood of any farming operation. Luckily, there are many different ways for farmers to obtain the machinery they need, with an operating lease and purchasing being two of the most popular options. But which option is right for you? There are pros and cons associated with each route and here we take [...]

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Summer gas prices likely to remain below 2014 levels

Motorists can expect gasoline prices this summer to remain considerably lower than what they were last year even though they have been edging up in recent weeks, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner said. “The best bet for this summer is that gasoline prices will generally remain below $3 a gallon, except in California and [...]

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Master Gardener volunteers hard at work around Ohio

A conversation with…Pam Bennett, Ohio Master Gardener coordinator OCJ: First, could you provide a little bit of background about Ohio’s Master Gardener program? Pam: The program started in 1974 in Ohio in three urban counties. Due to budget cuts, it did not take off quickly. In the early 1990′s however, a state coordinator for the [...]

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OFBF makes additional CAUV recommendations

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has offered a second set of recommended changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program, which should result in more accurate valuations that reflect the current economic conditions faced by landowners are facing. An additional benefit should be to encourage more participation in conservation practices and programs. The [...]

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Turkey blind was a lemon

If you happened to read my previous column on the topic, you know that I built an impromptu turkey hunting blind out of materials that were left behind after arsonists torched the old barn from which I had hidden and hunted gobblers for years. All that remained were the rusted, twisted roof panels atop a [...]

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Americans not as healthy as they perceive

With the theme “What’s Your Health Worth?”, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 10th anniversary Food and Health Survey is offering a wealth of new insights into Americans’ health and nutrition, including perceptions of their own health, an economic divide on food-purchasing decisions, where health and nutrition rank among competing priorities, and ongoing confusion over [...]

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E.A.R.T.H. Workshop teaching teachers

Seneca Conservation District is happy to partner with Crawford and Marion Soil and Water Conservation District’s to host the 19th annual E.A.R.T.H. Workshop at New Riegel School on June 23 and 24. Any teacher, formal or informal, preschool to high school grade level, from anywhere in Ohio is welcome to attend. Featuring sessions, field trips, resources and classroom ready [...]

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