Country Life

OFBF supports passage of Issue 2

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for passage of State Issue 2. The measure, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, will retain the reforms to public employee collective bargaining laws passed by the General Assembly in March. OFBF’s board of trustees announced its endorsement following extensive study and deliberation. [...]

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Confined spaces, teen challenge highlight FSR safety demos

Helping farmers and rural youth understand the implications of farm safety is the goal of several demonstrations, displays, and interactive events at Farm Science Review, Sept. 20-22 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center outside London. “We provide relevant safety education opportunities to farmers attending the Review,” said Kathy Henwood, Ohio State University Extension program coordinator [...]

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Farm women share their message through CommonGround

Thanks to a program called CommonGround, three Ohio farm women are sharing their personal stories and experiences about farming and the food it provides. “The lack of knowledge about America’s agricultural system has caused some confusion and distrust among people who are concerned about feeding their families safe, healthy food,” said Rachel Heimerl, CommonGround volunteer [...]

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Conversion Program is saving FCS customers $13.6 million annually

Thanks to a program, which allows farmers and rural residents to convert their existing loans to lower interest rates, almost 15,000 Farm Credit Services of Mid-America customers have saved significant interest dollars in 2011. That’s the number of customers who took advantage of FCS’s Conversion Program, converting $2.72 billion in loans to lower interest rates, [...]

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Win up to $1,000 in the “My Ohio Ag” contest

Ohioans can demonstrate their connection to Ohio agriculture and win up to $1,000 cash in the “My Ohio Agriculture” video contest. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues invites farmers, county Farm Bureaus, 4-H and FFA youth and all Ohioans to submit a video, which communicates a positive and informative message [...]

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Three USDA conservation grants will improve Ohio’s natural resources

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Terry Cosby announced three 2011 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) involving Ohio today. An investment of over $2.5 million to three organizations will advance innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues. “I’m very excited about the opportunities these [...]

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American Chopper Dekalb bike to be auctioned for Red Cross

DEKALB® brand will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration with the design, build and auction of a custom-built, commemorative DEKALB 100th Anniversary Bike by Paul Jr. Designs of Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper- Senior v. Junior.” All proceeds from an auction of the bike will go to the American Red Cross. The DEKALB 100th Anniversary Bike, [...]

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Julie and the crop duster

Enjoy this not-so-good video of my Percheron mare, Julie, and the visiting crop duster. I really needed to be a calmer and record better video but it was kind of a traumatic experience. Maybe I’ll do better next year. Last year, my co-worker Heather Hetterick had a similar experience with a crop duster. She recorded [...]

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Rocking the Defiance County Fair

By Matt Reese In the past, when there was a major event really rocking the grandstand at the Defiance County Fair, the grandstand was really rocking, and not is a positive way. “The stands creaked and groaned. People were actually scared to go in them, and if you saw what it looked like underneath them, [...]

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County Fair fun from around Ohio

There are so many great sounds, sights and smiles at Ohio’s fantastic county fairs. Send us some of your favorite photos to feature in the OCJ and on the Web. Send your favorites to ksharp@ocj.com and we’ll pick a winner at the end of the year who will get a pass to every county fair [...]

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