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Offseason walks on the wild side

When I’m asked why I fish and hunt I usually reply that the activities get me out into nature. When the follow-up inquires why I need to carry fishing rod, bow or gun to enjoy myself in the out-of-doors, I reply that doing so puts me in the game, so to speak, which I prefer. [...]

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Reading the box while eating my Cheerios

I enjoyed a bowl of Cheerios one recent morning as I scanned the marketing content on the box. From experience, I’ve learned you should take what you see on a cereal box with a grain of salt. Pretty much like reading a newspaper or watching the evening news. I trace this skepticism back to my [...]

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Still hot, for now…Cooler weather ahead

Last week’s forecast remains on track. After a cool week last week we expect a much warmer than normal week this week. Temperatures will run some 5 to 7 degrees above normal. After the recent dry period, it does look like rain chances will be increasing this week. Due to summer convection, rainfall will be [...]

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Ohio’s Western Basin of Lake Erie will not be listed as “impaired”

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally rendered a decision on Ohio’s list of impaired waters following several months of delay and two lawsuits filed to compel the EPA to make a decision. On May 19, 2017, the EPA decided to accept the Ohio EPA’s proposed list of impaired waters for the State of Ohio. Ohio’s list [...]

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Gypsy moth treatments to begin

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will begin aerial treatments designed to disrupt gypsy moth mating on 74,850 acres in Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, Ross and Washington counties. To help protect Ohio’s diverse habitat, the Ohio Department of Agriculture operates multiple programs aimed at managing the gypsy moth in Ohio. One such program, [...]

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Dean Cathann Kress, alongside students, cuts the ribbon at ATI greenhouse dedication ceremony.

New CFAES Dean at OSU sets sights high for the future

      A conversation with… Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences   OCJ: This spring, you started in as the new dean. How have things gone since you got started on the job? Cathann: It was good timing coming into a position like mine. At the end of [...]

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Organic livestock and poultry rules benefits family organic producers and consumers

In an effort to improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize a set of regulations on organic livestock and poultry practices that are currently on hold. NFU President Roger Johnson emphasized the organization’s support in public comments [...]

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Ohio Farm Bureau funding water quality projects across the state

For the third year in a row, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is funding county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. This round of funding will put total investment by Ohio Farm Bureau and partner organizations at more than $1 million in county water quality projects. “What an incredible effort by [...]

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This lock on the Ohio River lowers barges around 25 to the water level below the dam.

Trump pledges prioritizing transportation infrastructure

Transportation infrastructure has long been a priority of U.S. agriculture and President Donald Trump pledged to address the longstanding issue in a visit to Cincinnati on June 7. “It’s time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders, and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery,” President Trump said at a speech [...]

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