Country Life

Owens Community College unveils Urban Agriculture & Sustainability Certificate Program

Area residents with aspirations of learning how to grow, maintain, harvest, store and distribute local produce and animal products will now have the opportunity to begin their educational journey at Owens Community College as the academic institution’s Department of Science unveils a new Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Certificate Program. Beginning Fall Semester 2011, the new [...]

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Local food delivery service offers consumer convenience and market for farms

By Matt Reese From bison and bacon to bok choy and baby food, consumers from around Ohio and the Midwest now have the chance to get quality, fresh, local foods delivered to their door courtesy of Green BEAN Delivery. The BEAN acronym stands for Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition, but customers know the business better [...]

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Legal Lingo

By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney Many years ago, my Aunt Grace told me that if a cat sleeps with its nose in the air, then it would rain. Peanuts, my beautiful long-haired tortoise housecat, is more reliable than Doppler radar and more entertaining than the local weatherman. This has been [...]

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USDA seeks applications for grants to help rural cooperatives and businesses create jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help rural businesses create jobs through cooperative development centers. “Cooperative development centers are business and job incubators. They support President Obama’s goal to bring increased economic opportunities to rural communities by assisting new businesses as they create sustainable jobs,” Vilsack said. “The [...]

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Silage techniques being research for the future of biomass

By Yebo Li, an assistant professor in the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Silos for storing lignocellulosic biomass Farmers are familiar with storing high moisture forage crops as silage. Tall silos, horizontal or bunker silos, and more recently “shrink-wrapped” round bales are common examples of storing crops “wet” instead of [...]

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Food prices on the rise

Retail food prices at the supermarket increased during the second quarter of 2011, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $51.17, up $2.10 or about 4% compared to the first [...]

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Late planting could cost Ohio ag

Ohio farmers stand to lose close to $1 billion in income from late planting of corn and soybeans this spring. Barry Ward, production business management leader with Ohio State University Extension, said he has roughly figured that lower yields due to late planting could cost corn growers $720 million and soybean growers $260 million in [...]

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NW Ohio now home to a world class distribution hub

With more than 200 employees, 500 developed acres, and the capacity for handling nearly two million containers each year, CSX’s new intermodal facility in North Baltimore is an eye catcher. These containers have the capacity for transporting nearly anything that can be bought at a local retailer – from household electronic equipment to clothing to [...]

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Farmers Market Promotion Program funding available

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced approximately $10 million in funding for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to help increase availability of local agricultural products in communities throughout the country. “These grants will put resources into rural and urba n economies to create and support direct marketing opportunities for farmers” said Merrigan. “Consumer and [...]

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