Country Life

Grand Lake St. Marys gets another $1 million for water quality

The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed received national attention by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to address the critical water quality issues facing residents in the watershed. “NRCS Chief Dave White provided the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed with an additional $1 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to get conservation [...]

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Equine Affaire around the corner

Spring is right around the corner, and so is the 45th Equine Affaire. North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering will return to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 12th through the 15th with a wealth of horses and horse-related opportunities for equestrians including the largest horse-related trade show in North America, [...]

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AgChat Foundation’s social media training set for August in Kansas City

In its third year, the AgChat Foundation’s Agvocacy 2.0 event is poised to be its most dynamic social media training opportunity yet. The conference will be held August 23-24 in Kansas City, Missouri, where farmers and ranchers from across the nation will convene to learn how to better support agriculture and engage with non-farm consumers. [...]

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FCS reports strong financial 2011

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, an agriculture lending cooperative serving more than 95,000 customers throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee reported strong financial results for 2011. The ag lender stated earnings of $278.6 million, a 30.2% increase over 2010 and owned and managed assets of $18.4 billion, a 5 percent increase over 2010. President and [...]

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Ohio State Fair greening up with soy

With soy biodiesel powering trams and carnival rides, soy-based paint freshening up show barns and soy-based cleaning products getting the fairgrounds ready, 13 fairs, including the Ohio State Fair, will be a little greener this year with the help of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soy checkoff. “U.S. soy feeds the animals that [...]

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The RFS battle continues

By Matt Reese In a battle of contentious letters, the opposing sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard debate have been engaged in a war of words. The National Chicken Council joined a diverse group of business, hunger and development, agricultural, environmental, budget, grassroots and free market organizations in urging Congress to reject any efforts to [...]

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USDA warns of fraudulent letters and calls

USDA officials have been notified that additional fraudulent letters and at least one fraudulent phone call have been received by individuals in a number of states. The phone call was received by an individual in Indiana, and letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in a growing number of states. The letters [...]

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USDA creates opportunities for U.S. agriculture in China

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse will lead nearly 40 American businesses on a U.S. Department of Agriculture trade mission to China March 23-28. U.S. agricultural exports to China have grown more than 80 percent in the past three years. The USDA trade mission aims to help American businesses strike [...]

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Time to re-enroll in CRP

The Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is now available and will continue through April 6. During the sign-up period, farmers and landowners may offer eligible land for CRP’s general sign-up at their local FSA office. The CRP is Ohio’s most valuable conservation program, consisting of [...]

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Farming Film Festival Video Contest

How will we feed 9 billion people? What will the world look like in 2050? Alltech wants to hear from you. With the launch of the 2nd Farming Film Festival, it’s time to get out your camera and tell your story for a chance to win $2,000. The winning videos will be shown at Alltech’s [...]

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