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Jump-starting rural economies

Many rural counties in Ohio and across the nation are facing dwindling populations, reduced agricultural income and lagging job growth. Since the nationwide recession ended in 2009, economic recovery in rural communities has not matched that in urban areas, said Mark Partridge, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, …

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The State Fair’s quiet side

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman One of my favorite mid-summer destinations, the Ohio State Fair gets underway July 25 though Aug. 5 at the Ohio Expositions Center in Columbus, where the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) offers a welcome quiet space that for decades has served as …

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Western Ohio cropland values and cash rents 2017-18

By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Director, Ohio State University Income Tax Schools  OSU Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2018. According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio …

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Ag law news and highlights

By Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law, Ohio State University Here’s our gathering of recent agricultural law news you may want to know. Case highlights value of Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund  The recent prosecution and guilty plea of a grain handler who withheld $3.22 million in proceeds from …

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Agricultural nutrients targeted in Clean Lake 2020 Bill and Kasich executive order

By Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law, Ohio State University Recent actions by the Ohio legislature and Governor Kasich will affect the management of agricultural nutrients in Ohio. The Ohio General Assembly has passed “Clean Lake 2020” legislation that will provide funding for reducing phosphorous in Lake Erie. …

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