Country Life

Value Added Producer Grant Program changes to assist farmers as they add value to products

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced changes to the Value Added Producer Grant Program that will provide additional opportunities to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. The changes, outlined in an interim rule published in today’s Federal Register, will also assist independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and will support local and regional [...]

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Ohio Farmers Union comes back from devastation

By Matt Reese Ohio Farmers Union is the yin to Ohio Farm Bureau’s yang. They are the voice of the left in the often right-leaning politics of Ohio agriculture. So many times it seems that if Ohio Farm Bureau has a position on something, Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) is just the opposite — often a [...]

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OEFFA announces 2011 Stewardship Award Recipients

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has bestowed its highest honor, the Stewardship Award, on Ed Snavely of Knox County and Deborah Stinner of Wayne County. The announcement was made on February 19 as part of OEFFA’s 32nd Annual Conference, Inspiring Farms, Sustaining Communities. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture [...]

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Insulting Ohio’s small waters

By Mark Wilson We’ve entered the age of civility. Politicians started off 2011 by tempering their choice of words when criticizing an opponent. House Speaker John Boehner stopped calling the Democrats’ healthcare bill “job killing” and began calling it “job crushing.” Recently, a senior water quality manager at Ohio EPA tried his hand at civility [...]

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Insulting Ohio's small waters

By Mark Wilson We’ve entered the age of civility. Politicians started off 2011 by tempering their choice of words when criticizing an opponent. House Speaker John Boehner stopped calling the Democrats’ healthcare bill “job killing” and began calling it “job crushing.” Recently, a senior water quality manager at Ohio EPA tried his hand at civility [...]

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Farm Bureau support of Feeding America breaks record

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau last year raised more than $273,000 and donated more than 18 million pounds of food to hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program through Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations provided the equivalent of more than 16 million meals. The money [...]

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The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative leads Ohio delegation to Israel

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative (OIAI) of the Negev Foundation is taking a wide representation of Ohio’s agricultural and agri-business experts to the prestigious AgroMashov tradeshow in Israel this March, where they will speak on their areas of expertise. The Initiative also will present a booth at the tradeshow featuring Ohio companies. AgroMashov— www.mashov.net— is one [...]

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OFBF legislative priorities discussed at Ag Day at the Capital

By Matt Reese Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s director of state policy Beth Vanderkooi covered some of the important state agriculture-related issues that need to be discussed with legislators during Ag Day at the Capital. “There are some really exciting things going on at the Ohio statehouse,” she said. “We have a very aggressive state priorities [...]

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BioHio Research Park links business and OARDC

At a time when the Buckeye state is trying to dig out of the recession and re-engineer its economy to boost job creation, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is collaborating with forward-thinking industry to do just that. The Wooster center — part of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences — is looking beyond the classroom [...]

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Utica and Marcellus Shale Gas and Oil Lease Terms Program

Leasing activity of land for gas from Utica and Marcellus shale formations has been on the increase in Licking County and surrounding counties in recent months.  As a result landowners have many questions on terms in a lease and what are reasonable expectations.  With that in mind OSU Extension in Licking County has arranged for [...]

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