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Independent firm releases assessment of civil rights at USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released an independently produced report that provides a Civil Rights Assessment of USDA’s field-based program delivery and makes recommendations intended to ensure that all Americans have fair and equal access to USDA programs. “From the day I took office as Secretary, I made it a department-wide priority to ensure that all [...]

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NCGA supports FTAs

National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman released the following statement in support of the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama.  Tolman testified before the House Agriculture Committee. “Increased production and a consistent product make the United States a reliable supplier of corn in the world market. NCGA strongly supports passage of [...]

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4-H: A model for youth development

By Doc Sanders I imagine that most of you are familiar with 4-H and may know that educator A. B. Graham, who was born in Champaign County and grew up near Lena, founded the youth organization in 1902. My kids actually completed their primary education at A.B. Graham Schools, which encompass all of western Champaign [...]

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OEFFA announces tour series featuring Ohio’s organic and sustainable farms

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced its 2011 series of free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms. OEFFA has offered this series for the past 29 years, providing unique opportunities for Ohioans to see, taste, feel, and learn what sustainable food and fiber production is all [...]

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Ohio is sending its water downstream and causing flooding

AccuWeather.com reports that, despite the recent trend toward less rainfall, there is no way to reverse the wave of flooding moving southward from Ohio through the lower Mississippi Valley. As far as looking for a magic bullet to stop the surge of water flowing slowly downstream in the lower Mississippi Valley, there is none. The damage [...]

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State FFA Convention Coverage

The Ohio FFA Convention is underway and we have complete coverage via our FFA news section. Session 1 State FFA Officer Entrance Part 1 Proficiency Award Results Photo Gallery of Session 1 Recap of Session 1 from our student reporters Devon Alexander goes backstage to get a behind the scenes look at convention Session 2 [...]

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Ag firms outperform S&P 500

While the general economy has underperformed in the past several years, the crop farming sector has been not just stable, but profitable. A recent University of Illinois report comparing the returns from publicly traded companies from 2007 until the end of the first quarter of 2011 showed an 8.6% market value increase from agriculture-related companies, [...]

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Ag firms outperform S&P 500

While the general economy has underperformed in the past several years, the crop farming sector has been not just stable, but profitable. A recent University of Illinois report comparing the returns from publicly traded companies from 2007 until the end of the first quarter of 2011 showed an 8.6% market value increase from agriculture-related companies, [...]

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EPA Releases Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Guidance

The Obama administration yesterday, April 27, 2011, essentially rewrote two U.S. Supreme Court cases and ignored concerns from Congress and industry by issuing a guidance, which dramatically expands the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) [...]

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Saturated soils can threaten drinking water

Heavy rains mean more than an increased risk of flooding. They also can pose a threat to drinking water, said Ohio State University Extension‘s water quality specialist. Many residents in rural areas get their drinking water from wells rather than municipal systems, and have septic systems rather than sewers for household wastewater. “Normally, soil does [...]

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