Country Life

Is 2011 the wettest year on record?

By Jim Noel, NOAA/NWS The outlook from Nov. 8-22 calls for above normal temperatures and rainfall overall. Normal temperatures are highs near 50 and lows near 35. Temperatures will average several degrees above normal. Normal rainfall is about 1.2 inches. Rainfall will average 1 to 3 inches with the greatest totals in the west. Weather systems will affect Ohio [...]

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Ag is Cool winners announced

 The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that four fifth-grade students from the state are recipients of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship competition.  Representatives from the Ohio Expositions Commission, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will present each scholarship winner with a $500 check and commemorative trophy during a special ceremony at his [...]

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Hunting season open

By Dan Armitage, the Buckeye Sportsman For thousands of Ohio hunters — and I’m one of ‘em — fall doesn’t really begin until the season opens on ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail. This year, that all begins on Friday, Nov. 4, when rabbits, pheasants and quail may be hunted from sunrise to sunset. [...]

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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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