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Living in yesterday’s science fiction: Artificial intelligence in agriculture

In today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, one increasingly common theme continues to be Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its role in our society. AI is changing everything from the way we shop with products like Amazon’s Echo using voice commands to initiate the purchase of products while other AI devices like Nest keep our homes safe [...]

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Figure 2.
• The 2017 “Dead Zone” measured 22,720 square kilometers (8,776 square miles)
• Above the five-year average 15,032 sq km (5,800 square miles)
• Four times larger than goal of 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles)

2017 Ohio water quality concerns

I wanted to share a couple of items on water quality. Generally I think we are headed in the right direction, now to move forward. We now have 17,000 folks certified to apply fertilizer in Ohio. That’s a good thing. It means you are thinking about crop production improvements but also about how you nutrient [...]

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NFU says Congressional tax plans jeopardize the farm safety net

Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs. The two tax bills being considered in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives would add $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. [...]

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Things to remember as first CAUV reform benefits take effect

Ohio’s farmers and rural communities will benefit from reforms to the state’s farmland tax policy, culminating a three-year effort that ended with the new state budget signed by Gov. John Kasich last summer. The budget legislation contained changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value formula, which in recent years has caused farmland owners to experience [...]

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2017 Census of Agriculture gets underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and [...]

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Elimination of Section 199 proposed in tax reform

While a myriad of details are currently being hashed out in Congress regarding the tax reform measures that are a priority for the Trump Administration, there are some concerns in rural America concerning the debate. Language in the House version of the tax cuts includes eliminating the Section 199 deduction. The Section 199 deduction (or [...]

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What farm moms want for Christmas

Farm women can be hard to shop for. This brings up many challenges around Christmas time. While practicality is nothing to frown at, this mindset makes it hard when asked what one wants for Christmas. I’ve delved in to my resources (o.k. my group of awesome dairy ladies) and picked their brains as to what [...]

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Wet weather pattern into spring

The wet pattern arrived this fall and continues. It has resulted in flooding and harvest delays. It does look like for the rest of November it remains colder than normal with only light precipitation events every few days. However, it will not be cold enough to freeze the ground and make better traction for equipment [...]

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Cranberries a holiday favorite with health benefits

Nothing screams the holidays more than cranberries. Their red brilliance and tangy flavor are featured ingredients in holiday punches, sauces, salads, muffins and breads just to name a few. Spiced cranberry sauce has always played a significant role at my family’s table since I can remember. Paul and I married and at the Detwiler Thanksgiving, [...]

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