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Ice cream is big business in Ohio

During one of the hottest months of the year, it would be hard to find a cold treat more popular than ice cream. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a world-leading 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream are made every year in the U.S. – which is enough to fill more than 2,200 Olympic-size swimming [...]

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Kinnamon joins Ohio State as Industry Liaison Director for Ag Biosciences

 Bryan Kinnamon, an executive with more than three decades of experience in marketing and manufacturing technology at global businesses, has joined Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) as Industrial Liaison Office Director. 

In this capacity, Kinnamon will lead efforts to identify and foster connections with industry for one of Ohio State’s largest and most [...]

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OFBF celebrates success at the Statehouse

Impressive Results at the Statehouse “Powerful” is a fitting description of Ohio Farm Bureau’s legislative successes in 2011. In a time when many advocacy organizations are fighting to remain relevant, farmers are working together through Farm Bureau to achieve impressive results at the Statehouse. These are the dividends of engaging government in the Farm Bureau [...]

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The death of Ohio’s estate tax

The Ohio House of Representatives voted to approve the Conference Committee report of House Bill 153, the State Operating Budget which includes the repeal of the Ohio estate tax. The Ohio Senate approved the Conference Committee report on June 28. The bill will now be sent to Gov. John R. Kasich for his signature. Ohio [...]

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The death of Ohio's estate tax

The Ohio House of Representatives voted to approve the Conference Committee report of House Bill 153, the State Operating Budget which includes the repeal of the Ohio estate tax. The Ohio Senate approved the Conference Committee report on June 28. The bill will now be sent to Gov. John R. Kasich for his signature. Ohio [...]

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EPA announces E15 pump labeling requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements for gasoline blends containing more than 10 and up to 15% ethanol, known as E15.  These requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market. The new orange and black label must appear on fuel [...]

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Progress on FTAs in the Senate

The National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association (ASA) is very pleased that the Senate Finance Committee will hold a “mock” markup of the draft implementing bills for the South Korea, Colombia, and Panama Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) later this week. The ASA has been working for a number of years toward passage of [...]

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USDA invites applications for value added producer grant to assist farmers

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that applications are being accepted for grants to provide economic assistance to independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. “By creating value-added products, farmers and ranchers can expand economic opportunities, create jobs and keep wealth in rural communities,” Merrigan said. [...]

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ODA working to demonstrate that “Ohio Means Agribusiness”

By Matt Reese If you ask the Governor, or the Director of Agriculture, in the state, they’ll tell you that “Ohio Means Agribusiness.” Since Governor John Kasich was elected the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), along with the Ohio Department of Development (ODD), has made concerted effort to work with attracting and expanding agribusinesses to [...]

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USDA-funded research aims to reduce food-borne illnesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded research, education and extension grants to 24 institutions, including Ohio State University, to reduce food-borne illnesses and deaths from microbial contamination. “While the U.S. food supply is generally considered to be one of the safest in the world, approximately 48 [...]

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