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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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Black Swamp Conservancy protects 600-acre farm

The Black Swamp Conservancy, along with the U.S. and Ohio departments of agriculture, has entered into a permanent farmland preservation agreement with a Sandusky County family. The agreement covers a 604-acre farm, the Conservancy’s largest protected property to date. The farm is owned by Washusky Farms LTD and managed by …

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USDA revises national nutrient management standard

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised its national conservation practice standard on nutrient management to help producers better manage the application of nutrients on agricultural land. Proper application of nitrogen and phosphorus offers tremendous benefits to producers and the public, including cost savings …

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Farmers demonstrate Christmas spirit all year

By Kyle Sharp The Christmas holiday typically sparks a spirit of giving to those in need throughout Ohio and across the country. But through the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) and other hunger relief efforts, Ohio’s agricultural community is increasingly sharing its bounty with hungry families throughout the year. OACP …

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