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More cold weather coming

AccuWeather reports the harshest wave of cold so far this season will take hold of the northeastern United States by the first weekend of January. In part of the mid-Atlantic coast and New England, the cold will follow a powerful snowstorm with blizzard conditions on Thursday and Thursday night. Temperatures will …

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Farm Service Agency highlights from 2017

Through the work of dedicated staff in over 2,100 county and state offices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides vital farm safety-net assistance to agricultural producers across America. “We’ve seen recent challenges in farm income and commodity prices,” said Robert Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary …

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Congress sends a tax plan to the White House

Yesterday Congress passed the final tax bill, sending it to President Donald Trump for a signature in a much debated, high-priority goal for the Administration. “This is a once-in-a-generation reform of the federal tax code and it comes just in time to be an eagerly awaited Christmas present for taxpayers. …

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Free online courses for environmental science

Anyone with access to the Internet, any time, anywhere, can take a series of free online introductory courses in environmental science at The Ohio State University. Three new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available for anyone interested in learning more about Earth’s environment and sustainability. The courses are part of …

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New and Small Farm College

Landowners interested in beginning a farm can take an eight-week intensive course starting in January to help them realize their ambition. The New and Small Farm College is offered by Ohio State University Extension and helps landowners explore options for land use, obtain basic information about farming enterprises, and plan …

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Ohio agriculture accused of “poisoning our lake”

There was quite a stir this week in Toledo with news regarding the Lucas County commissioners’ sponsorship of a website identifying “hotspots” in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed for nutrient loading. The Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Sources Inventory is described as a “mapping tool that identifies causes of …

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