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Boost for bioproducts benefits Ohio

The Obama Administration’s announcement that it plans to increase federal government purchasing of bio-based products could mean a significant financial boost for Ohio, an Ohio State University Extension expert said. According to a statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the announcement calls for the federal government to increase the …

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Buying local the subject of upcoming conference

The “buy local” movement that has sparked increased demand for locally grown foods means that farmers who know how to market and sell their products directly to consumers can substantially increase their farm income, says an Ohio State University Extension agriculture educator. One of the top food trends recently has …

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Farmland buying tips

ABA’s Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee, responding to a boom in farmland values, has produced a tip sheet for farmers considering buying farmland during this hot market. “Record prices are being paid for farmland in many parts of the country. Members of the ABA Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee developed …

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Sweet maple recipes from the Herring family

By Shirley Herring Gingersnaps 2-1/4 c.            flour 1 c.             packed brown sugar ¾ c.            shortening or cooking oil ¼ c.            maple syrup 1            egg 1 t.            baking soda 1 t.            ground ginger 1 t.            ground cinnamon ½ t.            ground cloves ¼ c.            sugar In a mixing bowl, combine about …

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Ending FFA week with a bang

By Ty Higgins Earlier this year, one of Ag Educator Jeremy Ryan’s FFA students at the West Muskingum Chapter, approached him about a restoration project. Sure, Ryan has heard of restoring a tractor or maybe an old cabinet, but he has never been a part of a project like this. …

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Child labor changes still a concern for ag

Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, a Purdue farm safety specialist advises. “Because the proposed rule changes are 51 pages long, …

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OFBF seeking comments on child labor

For many, farming is a family tradition, involving two, three or more generations as well as extended family. But proposed Department of Labor requirements for farm employers and restrictions on what youth can do on the farm would put that tradition at risk. According to the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Department …

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Federal agencies seek to boost rural economy

Obama Administration officials announced three significant actions directed at rural America: expand the government’s purchase of biobased products, promote regional rural job creation efforts, and develop a rural healthcare workforce. “My Administration is committed to using every tool available to promote economic growth and create good jobs in rural America,” …

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Land conservation could get a boost from Congress

Richard and Nancy Montgomery and their son, Jeff Montgomery, have conserved 653 acres of productive farmland in Knox County’s Milford Township where they have been involved in dairying and productive row cropping since 1968. The Montgomerys worked with the Owl Creek Conservancy to develop land-protecting conservation easements for their four farms …

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