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Research takes broad look at Lake Erie Watershed

A new research project at Ohio State University integrates biological, physical and social sciences to develop a complete picture of what drives decision-making processes and environmental conditions in the Maumee River watershed. The four-year, $1.5 million project, funded by the National Science Foundation, will combine decision-making models with hydrological modeling and future climate change scenarios [...]

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Can I avoid paying taxes on oil/gas payments?

By Chris Zoller, Chris Bruynis & David Marrison, OSU Extension Educators & Peggy Hall, Extension Specialist, Agricultural Law The leasing of land for oil and gas drilling throughout eastern Ohio has provided landowners with substantial revenue.  OSU Extension has received many calls from landowners asking how they can avoid paying taxes on these payments.  The [...]

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Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure

Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields. Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to [...]

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Ohio winners of Amercia's Farmers Grow Communities

Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities winners were selected in December and are now being contacted. The winning organizations will soon be contacted and check presentations will be scheduled over the next two months. The 2012 Ohio winners have been announced and can be found at www.growcommunities.com. Sixty three Ohio counties were involved for a total [...]

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Ohio winners of Amercia’s Farmers Grow Communities

Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities winners were selected in December and are now being contacted. The winning organizations will soon be contacted and check presentations will be scheduled over the next two months. The 2012 Ohio winners have been announced and can be found at www.growcommunities.com. Sixty three Ohio counties were involved for a total [...]

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Custom rate survey

By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, OSU Extension Custom farming providers and customers often arrive at an agreeable custom farming machinery rate by utilizing Extension surveys results. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custom Survey every other year. This year we are updating our published custom [...]

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AEPP may be impacted by state budget crunch

By Kyle Sharp   Although first approved by Ohio voters in 2000 and overwhelmingly renewed in all 88 counties in 2008 with strong bipartisan support from the executive and legislative leadership, some fear funding for the Clean Ohio Program is at risk this year. If funding for the program is not included in Governor Kasich’s [...]

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AgriLabs announces 2012 NCBA Scholarship Program

For the fifth consecutive year, AgriLabs will donate $1500 to be awarded as scholarships to deserving youth by participating state cattle association affiliates.  Selection of the participating organizations will be made during the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Nashville, TN, being held from February 1-3, 2012. Each of the three days the convention’s [...]

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Now is the time to make your estate plans

Attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting picked up valuable advice from Christopher Hesse on how to protect their estates. Hesse is a CPA with LarsonAllen Firm-Wide Tax Resource Group and a partner in a family farm. According to Hesse, proper planning is critical to ensure an estate will be passed down [...]

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Scholarship programs

United Producers Inc. (UPI) is excited to support the future generation of agriculture through its scholarship program. UPI is offering two $1000 scholarships in each of its 16 districts to deserving high school and college students pursuing agriculture degrees. “The future of agriculture depends on those who are currently considering and pursuing a career in [...]

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