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ODA still searching

According to a recent press release, Bob Peterson from Fayette County, who is serving his first term in the Ohio House, has turned down an offer to serve as the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). “Serving in this capacity would have given me the opportunity to help local farmers and keep related [...]

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What’s that smell? A white striped tale of critters in the barn

By Kim Lemmon, OCJ managing editor In 2011, the local critters declared war on Smokey Road Farm. For weeks, we saw skunks on a daily basis. Some of these sightings were surprises at very close range. Thirty pounds of cat food was consumed; our house and goat shed smelled like skunks, and generally it was [...]

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What's that smell? A white striped tale of critters in the barn

By Kim Lemmon, OCJ managing editor In 2011, the local critters declared war on Smokey Road Farm. For weeks, we saw skunks on a daily basis. Some of these sightings were surprises at very close range. Thirty pounds of cat food was consumed; our house and goat shed smelled like skunks, and generally it was [...]

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Minyo retires third soy biodiesel truck

By Matt Reese Ohio Ag Net farm broadcaster Dale Minyo is turning a page with the addition of the newest soy biodiesel truck. He is retiring the 2006 Dodge Ram Megacab, which is the third truck he has driven to promote soy biodiesel. In total, the three trucks have traveled more than 500,000 miles and [...]

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Jan. 30 deadline approaching for 2011 disaster program

Eligible producers with livestock, purchased or harvested feed, honey bees, or farm-raised fish losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions between January 1, 2011 and December 29, 2011, have until January 30, 2012, to submit all supporting documentation, if they have not already done so. Adequate documentation must prove the loss occurred as [...]

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Teen's ag images launched into national farm spotlight

By Matt Reese You have probably never heard of Erin Ehnle, but chances are, if you are involved in agricultural social media, you have seen her work. The 19-year-old farm girl/photographer/college student is the designer of a wildly popular series of images that have been lighting up agricultural social media, including pictures paired with facts [...]

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Teen’s ag images launched into national farm spotlight

By Matt Reese You have probably never heard of Erin Ehnle, but chances are, if you are involved in agricultural social media, you have seen her work. The 19-year-old farm girl/photographer/college student is the designer of a wildly popular series of images that have been lighting up agricultural social media, including pictures paired with facts [...]

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New NASS schedule

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service continues to review its agricultural estimates program to ensure the agency provides the most accurate, timely and useful data, while also remaining within the agency budget. As a result, NASS will make the following changes to its in-season reporting for this year: Vegetables – Reduce to  one in-season report Apple [...]

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New nutrition standards for school meals released

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate [...]

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MarketReady training program

Ohio food producers looking to sell through different marketing channels are invited to attend a MarketReady training program, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) office, 5555 Airport Hwy., Ste. 100, Toledo, Ohio 43615-7320. The day-long workshop teaches what is required to sell to grocers, restaurants, consumers and other wholesale [...]

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