Country Life

Comment period extended for proposed farm youth labor regulation changes

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week an extension of the public comment period for proposed changes to the regulations governing employment of youth on farms and agricultural enterprises. Experts from Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will host a webinar to discuss the proposed changes and answer questions from the [...]

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Farm Service Agency county committee elections

Steve Maurer, State Executive Director of USDA’s Ohio Farm Service Agency announced that the 2010 FSA county committee elections ballots will be mailed to eligible voters November 4. Dec. 5, 2011, is the deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices. “The FSA county committee system is unique among government agencies, [...]

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4R nutrient stewardship efforts address Lake Erie algae

Farmers and other key stakeholders successfully reduced total phosphorus going into Lake Erie over the past 50 years, but must revaluate nutrient management practices to more effectively manage dissolved phosphorus in those same bodies of water, according to one Ohio State University Extension expert. “It’s a different problem from what we had in the 1960s [...]

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Ag foundations host rural-urban community auction program

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation), the Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) and the new Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. (OCAL) have united to host the Seventh Annual Rural – Urban Community Auction. The online event takes place Nov. 1 – 29 at www.ofbf.cmarket.com. The program will conclude with a live finale as part [...]

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Two Ohio counties win national Farm Bureau competition

The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii. The two Ohio counties are among only 25 selected from across the nation for this prestigious honor. Both [...]

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Ronald Reagan was right!

By Kirby Hidy, Ohio’s Country Journal “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” Former President Ronald Reagan has been credited with that statement, and on a recent weekend, I came to believe it to be true. Had you asked me about trail riding 20 years ago, I probably would [...]

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Rabies still a risk in wildlife

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to remind Ohioans that rabies in wildlife continues to pose a risk to pets and people. Rabies is almost always 100% fatal once a person or animal begins to show symptoms. Protecting pets by keeping them current on their rabies vaccine is an important buffer between wildlife rabies and [...]

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OSU working with Iceland to address climate change

As part of its drive to forge lasting global partnerships, Ohio State University has signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the University of Iceland and that European island-nation’s Soil Conservation Service with the goal of enhancing educational experiences and advancing critical research dealing with climate change, environmental sustainability and food security.

The MOUs were signed last July 14 during a [...]

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Ohio biodigesters get a boost with USDA funding

Ohio is among the top states receiving USDA funding to expand clean energy production, reduce energy costs, improve water quality, and create jobs. USDA is funding more than $10 million for Ohio companies to install biodigester projects in Cuyahoga, Morrow, Paulding, Summit, Wayne, and Williams Counties. The funding was awarded through a competitive process by [...]

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Prepare for another cold winter

If you’re wondering how the weather might be shaping up for this winter, just think back to the last one and plan for that. The Midwest could be in for another rough one, depending on how weather patterns develop. La Nina conditions have returned for the second consecutive year, said Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi. [...]

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