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Conservation efforts working in Lake Erie

Ohio farmers are making positive impacts to water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), according to a new report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This new report shows applied conservation practices reduce sediment losses from fields by an estimated 80% and reduce the amount of sediment being delivered to Lake Erie [...]

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Chicken suit plaintiff eating crow

A rather bizarre case out of Colorado this year exemplifies that even though the right to farm is supported by state and county statutes, anyone can still sue for anything. The eventual verdict did demonstrate that the right to farm cannot be circumvented so easily. Victory, however, was not cheap. The trouble all began on [...]

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U.S. Senate passes changes to federal Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill sponsored by Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman that intends to improve the federal response to water pollution by amending the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998. Senate Bill 1057 will now move on to the House of Representatives for debate. What [...]

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Celebrate National Pork Month in October

October became known as National Pork Month because it was the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration of pork. “If you eat, you have a connection to a farmer,” said Rich Deaton, President, Ohio Pork Council. “October Pork Month is an opportunity to reestablish that producer-to-consumer relationship. [...]

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Workshop designed to teach female landowners negotiation skills

Women landowners and tenants can learn the art of negotiation, drawing up lease contracts and other facets of land-lease agreements during a workshop offered by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The Ladies on the Land workshop is Oct. 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and will be [...]

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Feeding Farmers Week 1 — Wilt Farms, Auglaize County

The first week of the 2017 fall edition of Feeding Farmers in the Field took the crew of Ohio Ag Net to Auglaize County where father and son duo Virgil and Darrin Wilt run their corn and soybean operation together. Dale Minyo visited with Virgil on the year as harvest has recently gotten underway.

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Researching magnetic bacteria has promise for cancer treatment

Under the microscope, the bacteria are oblong with built-in magnets that appear as dark blocks that line up like a spine. Magnets in bacteria? Brian Lower stumps a lot of people when he first mentions magnetic bacteria. So he’ll take out a pen and draw them. Or he might show a video of them moving [...]

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New bill invests in local farm infrastructure

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced the Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act (HR 3941) in early October. This legislation directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue positive investments in local food systems, community economic development, and public health. “The bill introduced by Senator Brown makes [...]

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Recollections and recipes from Ohio deer country

Every year, the approaching autumn stirs the memories and dreams of Buckeye deer hunters. The sportsman begins to dream of the deer he is soon to harvest and the venison he is soon to eat. He looks forward to the many sights, sounds, and feelings associated with the hunt itself: the spooky sound of deer [...]

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