Country Life

Farm Credit’s Tom Schlenker retires after 33 years of service

Tom Schlenker, executive vice president of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, retired on February 15 after 33 years of service.  Schlenker joined the agriculture lending cooperative in 1978. He is widely credited for organizing and leading the organization’s Relationship Management Philosophy program and providing leadership in the launching new products including the Agnition dealer credit [...]

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Several From Ohio Competing in Championship Tractor Pull in Louisville

Several people from Ohio will be competing in the Championship Tractor Pull during the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week. 8,200 Super Stock Tractors Mike Beck                          Napoleon                              High Tech Redneck David Siefert                     New Washington                Renegade Deere 7,500 Modified Tractors John Evans                       Wilmington                         Double Stuff Keith HuKeith                  Ansonia                                The Fury 10,200 lb Modified Tractors [...]

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New rules for estate taxes

By Jim Skeeles & Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educators Congress passed new legislation in December affecting estate taxes, but only for 2011 and 2012, reducing federal taxation of large estates. This legislation affects families with an individual who dies in 2011 or 2012 and has assets more than one million ($1M) or an individual that [...]

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Finally, warmer weather

Though it is still not warm, it is at least warmer. Following relentless shots of record cold in December, January and now early February, a much-anticipated warm-up is coming to much of the eastern two-thirds of the country over the next week or so. Temperatures in a few areas are set to jump as much [...]

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Small farm conferences in March

Farmers who want new ways to grow, sell and stay in business can find them at two events coming next month. The “Opening Doors to Success” Small Farm Conference and Trade Show runs March 11-12 at Wilmington College in southern Ohio. The “Living Your Small Farm Dream” Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show takes [...]

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Brown asks for assistance to rebuild OARDC

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to help rebuild the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) on the Ohio State University’s Wooster campus, which was partially destroyed by a tornado in mid-September. “The OARDC has been a crucial link between agricultural producers [...]

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Natural gas drilling could be boon for landowners, but be cautious

Eastern Ohio landowners interested in leasing their land for natural-gas drilling into the rich resources of the Marcellus Shale need to be aware that such leases can carry some financial risk if they’re not cautious. And, potential risks to the environment could be serious. The Marcellus Shale formation encompasses about 95,000 square miles from New [...]

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USDA to release new long-term agricultural projections

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release new 10-year agricultural projections Feb. 14 at 12:00 noon EST. The “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2020” report will be released on the Office of the Chief Economist Web site at www.usda.gov/oce. USDA publishes the projections each year in February. The long-term projections are developed by interagency committees in [...]

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Update from the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force

A conversation with Todd Hesterman, Henry County no-till farmer on the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force OCJ: Can you provide a little background about the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force? Todd: In January 2007, in consultation with Heidelberg University, Ohio EPA convened the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force. The goals of the [...]

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Record number of OSU talks at Ohio organic food, farm conference

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will hold Ohio’s biggest conference on organic and sustainable agriculture next month, and Ohio State University will be well represented there. Ohio State scientists, specialists and students will give 19 presentations –the most ever from the university — as part of the program. OEFFA’s 32nd annual conference [...]

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