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OSU students, urban first-graders both get a hands-on education

By Kyle Sharp Thirty-one first-graders from the Columbus School for Girls (CSG) had a “magnificent experience” on March 9, said Linda Ostrander, a CSG teacher, when they traveled to the Ohio State University Sheep Center in Columbus for the fourth annual Food and Fiber Day. The students spent the day at the farm learning about [...]

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Kasich praises agriculture in State of the State

In his 2011 State of the State Address in early March, Gov. John Kasich had positive things to say about agriculture and its role in the future of the state. “I’ve asked Jim Zehringer to think about agriculture in a completely different way. How many agribusinesses can we get? How many 21st Century products can [...]

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USDA reminds landowners and producers of CRP general sign-up

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded landowners and producers that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA [...]

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Ohio State receives USAID grant to boost agriculture, food security in Tanzania

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) has been awarded a $24 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve agricultural productivity and food security in the East African nation of Tanzania. The “Tanzania Agricultural Research and Capacity Building Project” involves a consortium of four other U.S. [...]

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Mexican/U.S. truck dispute settled

The United States and Mexico have reached an agreement to end the trucking dispute between the two neighbors. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon unveiled a deal resolving a longstanding dispute over cross-border trucking that has subjected the U.S. to billions of dollars in punitive tariffs. The plan will allow for half of [...]

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OARDC helps Mansfield company produce 'green' polyurethane foam, jobs

Waste is a terrible thing to waste. That’s the mantra guiding an Ohio State University researcher and a bioenergy entrepreneur in the development of a brand-new, renewable source of polyurethane foam that’s expected to create up to 30 jobs in Mansfield, Ohio, in the next two years.

 The product (known as a bio-polyol) is made from crude glycerin, a [...]

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OARDC helps Mansfield company produce ‘green’ polyurethane foam, jobs

Waste is a terrible thing to waste. That’s the mantra guiding an Ohio State University researcher and a bioenergy entrepreneur in the development of a brand-new, renewable source of polyurethane foam that’s expected to create up to 30 jobs in Mansfield, Ohio, in the next two years.

 The product (known as a bio-polyol) is made from crude glycerin, a [...]

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AFBF backs bills to preempt EPA greenhouse gas regs

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced today in both the House and the Senate that would preempt regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency based on climate change considerations. The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 was introduced today in the House by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). [...]

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Flood resources

With many areas of Ohio experiencing or expecting flooding due to melting snow and rain, the following resources may be helpful.
 Flood Map: The Ohio River Forecast Center out of the National Weather Service — http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/ohrfc/ — features a flood map depicting current and forecasted flood conditions. Flash Flood Map: The flash flooding information used to issues watches [...]

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Ohio Ag Council Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

The Ohio Agricultural Council is seeking nominations for the 2011 Ohio  Agricultural Hall of Fame. Induction into the Ohio Agricultural  Hall of Fame is Ohio’s highest recognition of an individual who has made  outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry.  Each year up to  four prominent agricultural leaders are honored and inducted into the Ohio  Agricultural [...]

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