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Ohio State researching ash tree resistance to EAB

The native North American ash tree’s future rests in the ability of researchers to create a new variety with the right genetic traits to withstand its greatest nemesis: the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Scientists with Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) have received a three-year, $1.4 million grant to continue their groundbreaking work toward …

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Ohio keeps adding to rainfall records set in 2011

  It just keeps raining and Ohio is saturated. Two of the three official Ohio climate stations used by the National Weather Service in Wilmington have set all time records for rainfall. Here is the chart of highest yearly precipitation values at the three official climate stations as of Dec. …

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Shale may boost economy less than thought

A recent industry-funded study estimating that development of shale natural gas and oil could create or support 200,000 jobs in Ohio greatly overestimates the economic impact of the industry, according to a new Ohio State University analysis. Furthermore, the researchers say, focusing on jobs rather than other factors related to …

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Deer-gun week numbers down

Ohio hunters took 90,282 white-tailed deer during the state’s weeklong deer-gun season, which ran Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. In 2010, hunters checked a total of 105,034 deer during the same time period. “Hunters clearly took advantage of the weather as the week progressed. They trimmed the deficit from last …

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USDA Introduces new tools for GAP certification

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, along with leaders from food and agriculture organizations, introduced a free online tool to help U.S. producers of all sizes achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) harmonized standards and certification, helping to further expand economic opportunities for American agriculture. USDA’s GAP audit verification program focuses on …

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Research looks into medicinal compounds in plants

Scientists at Purdue University and eight other institutions have developed new resources poised to unlock another door in the hidden garden of medicinally important compounds found in plants. The resources were developed by the Medicinal Plant Consortium, led by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. They grew out of …

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Winter farm markets on the rise

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that the number of winter farmers markets is increasing. According to the updated National Farmers Market Directory, since 2010, the number of winter markets has increased 38%, from 886 to 1,225. These winter markets also account for nearly 17% of the nation’s 7,222 operating …

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