Country Life

The Andersons purchased six grain elevators and four farm agronomy centers in Michigan

The Andersons, Inc. recently announced its purchase of Auburn Bean and Grain of Auburn, Michigan. The purchase includes six grain and four agronomy assets of the company located throughout north central Michigan. “This acquisition provides an increase in our storage capacity and volume for both our grain and nutrient businesses, and it also represents a [...]

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Ohio county Farm Bureaus selected as national winners

Six Ohio county Farm Bureaus have been chosen as winners in the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. They are the Champaign, Franklin, Gallia, Knox, Muskingum and Tuscarawas county Farm Bureaus. The CAE program showcases up to 24 of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the nation. [...]

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COOL’s last stand?

In October, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released the report of the compliance panel reviewing the Canada/Mexico complaint against the U.S. over Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Given that this process has been grinding through the wheels of WTO justice for so long, a brief recapitulation of the issue is probably in order. As a [...]

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AFBF hosting free business training seminars

The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, announces the fourth in a series of free online business training webinars for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members. “Finding the Money to Grow Your Business” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. [...]

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OABA LAUNCH program accepting applicants

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will select no more than 30 promising leaders to participate in a leadership enhancement program in early 2015. Knowing that half our workforce could retire in the next 15 years, Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights, or LAUNCH, was designed to help inspire confidence in emerging leaders to help them achieve [...]

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Viruses and septic systems

Viruses are in the news. Children around the country are sickened with enterovirus D68, one of a group of very contagious viruses that live in the intestinal track. Therefore, they are in the waste of infected people. People are really alarmed to learn about the spread of ebola virus, that moves through contact with bodily [...]

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Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Global oil prices have been in a bit of a free fall lately thanks to a supply glut fueled by American shale gas production and a difference of opinion between oil producing countries about cutting production to put an end to the downward trend. There is both good and bad news for agriculture with plunging [...]

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CAUV formula getting another look

As more farmland owners are getting their property taxes re-evaluated, there are more unpleasant surprises being generated by the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. “This is definitely an issue that is right up front and center for us. What has happened with some very profitable years on the farm, it is starting to change [...]

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American Agri-Women to kick off 40th Anniversary Celebration at National Convention in Ohio

American Agri-Women (AAW) will kick off a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration at its annual convention held this year at Hueston Woods Lodge & Convention Center, College Corner, Ohio, Nov. 6 to 8. The Ohio Agri-Women affiliate is hosting this year’s convention, with the theme “Bridging the Path from Farm to Fork.” The organization had its first coalition meeting in 1974 and [...]

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OSU partners to create new agricultural and food law consortium

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program has partnered with a group of universities in the creation of a new Agricultural and Food Law Consortium that will work to research regional and national agricultural law issues. The consortium is part of and led by the National Agricultural Law Center, which is a unit [...]

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