Country Life

Does a celebrity owning a cat qualify as an agricultural expert?

I’m not a farmer, but I play one on TV

I finally made it back to the house one afternoon after a lengthy morning of feeding calves, treating calves, giving calves milk, moving calves and cleaning up all of the buckets associated with the previously mentioned tasks. I was tired. And hot. And dirty. I just wanted to sit down in the cool kitchen and [...]

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I AM FARMLAND campaign announced

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is launching a new campaign titled I AM FARMLAND geared to help support the expanded distribution of FARMLAND, a new feature length documentary about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Funds raised by the I AM FARMLAND effort will be used to bring the film to high school [...]

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USDA invests new conservation funds in Lake Erie water quality

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional [...]

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Manure and expedited certification process included in new Ohio bill addressing agricultural nutrient management

In response to the recent drinking water ban in Toledo, three senators from Ohio’s Lake Erie counties have introduced SB 356 to expand and accelerate fertilizer certification legislation passed earlier this year.  Senators Brown, Cafaro and Turner’s proposal would add “manure” to the definition of “fertilizer” for purposes of the fertilizer certification program enacted this [...]

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Animals for Life Foundation awards grants

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected three projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2014 fiscal year. This year’s AFL grant application process resulted in a record number of applicants. 

“The record number of applicants this year just goes to show how invaluable our [...]

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AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday. The EPA surprised the farming and ranching community in early 2013 when it publicly released a massive database of personal information about tens of thousands [...]

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Ohio allocates more funding to address water quality issues

In response to the water challenges recently faced in the city of Toledo, Gov. John R. Kasich and members of his Cabinet announced major new multi-agency initiatives that make available significant resources to local communities and the agriculture community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water supplies. The [...]

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20 Ohioans participating in AgriPOWER

Twenty farmers and agribusiness professionals from across the state have been selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute. OFBF launched AgriPOWER in 2008 as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions [...]

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2014 Indiana State Fair scenes: “Year of the Coliseum”

The 75-year-old Fairgrounds Coliseum was  the center of attention in August as the Indiana State Fair declared 2014 the “Year of the Coliseum.” The renovated Coliseum, which was closed since October 2012, underwent a $63 million renovation. The Coliseum boasts a number of new features like: • A double-tiered seating bowl • An overhead LED [...]

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Sale of 4-H or FFA projects have tax implications

Members of 4-H clubs or FFA chapters often raise livestock as part of the educational program of the club or chapter. The member may then sell the livestock that was raised as part of the project at the end of the fair. This transaction raises a number of income tax issues for the 4-H or [...]

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