Country Life

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaims National Farmers Market Week

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing [...]

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2017 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners named

Four northwestern Ohio high school students took first place in the 2017 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finals for their policy proposal that would decrease the amount of paperwork for Ohio students who require an Individual Education Plan. Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H and Ohio FFA, the challenge brings together youths ages 14 to 18 from around the state [...]

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New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields

Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive “dead zones” that cannot support fish or other wildlife. The culprit? Nitrate, running off agricultural fields through tile drainage systems. But nitrate is only part of the problem. Algae in freshwater lakes and ponds flourishes [...]

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Steven Wagner tends to the champion ribs from Red Pig Inn in Ottawa.

Crowd, judges agree on top BBQ at 21st Pork Rib-Off

The sweet, smoky aroma of barbecue welcomed Tuesday’s Ohio State Fair-goers as the 21st Annual Pork Rib-Off enjoyed another successful go, crowning the latest round of Ohio cooking champions. Five officials were on hand for the blind judging of the day’s food, including Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler, Ohio Expo Commission Chair and [...]

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“Ag is cool!” winners announced

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners of the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool!” visual arts contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2016-2017 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win a trip [...]

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Tragedy at the Ohio State Fair

Tragedy struck on the first day of the Ohio State Fair. “This fair has been here a long time. This is the worst tragedy in the history of the fair,” said Gov. John Kasich in a press conference July 26. “It is hard to imagine that you have family that goes to a state fair [...]

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Weather outlook

The wet period continued into July. Rainfall in Ohio the last 30 days has ranged from about 4 to 13 inches. This is 100% to 350% of normal. This will go down as one of the wetter periods on record in Ohio. You can see the latest rainfall totals at the Ohio River Forecast Center [...]

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Do no harm with NAFTA

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Kendal Frazier testified on Capitol Hill in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and warned Congress against using the treaty’s renegotiation to resurrect failed policies like mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL.) “Quite frankly, it is difficult to improve upon duty-free, unlimited access to Canada and Mexico, and [...]

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New foods to try at the Ohio State Fair

With 195 food and drink vendors at the Fair, picking something to eat can be even more difficult than usual. From classic funnel cakes to deep fried Oreos wrapped in bacon, the Fair has it all. This year, the Ohio State Fair has several new food options from a variety of vendors. Some of the [...]

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