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Take time to give thanks…for chocolate

By Jo Ellen Helmlinger The botanical name for the cacao tree that produces the beans for chocolate is theobroma, translated as “food of the gods,” a perfect description for a treat that is universally loved. Chocolate is truly a product of the New World, and we have the Aztecs of …

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Know the law when trucking this winter

As harvest season winds down and farmers begin to take their grain to its final location, accidents on the road should be a high priority for producers to guard against, said Bill Field, a Purdue safety expert. Weight is a key legal issue for drivers. Field said they should be …

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FCS announces results of a profitable quarter

Agriculture lender Farm Credit Services of Mid-America announced the association generated $191.6 million in net earnings during the first nine months of 2011, an increase of $30.5 million over the same period last year. Total earning assets increased more than $1 billion compared to the 3rd Quarter 2010. President and …

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#FoodThanks returns for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving season, people throughout the food system will be using social media to show their thanks for food and raise awareness of agriculture through the AgChat Foundation’s #foodthanks campaign. Last year more than 800 people participated in the campaign by blogging, adding the #foodthanks twibbon to their avatar photo, …

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USDA works to develop international markets

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods. Vilsack made the announcement during a conference call with reporters from Vietnam, where he is meeting with officials to help strengthen …

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Kasich appoints Zehringer Director of ODNR

On Nov. 15, Governor John R. Kasich made an official announcement that Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Jim Zehringer will become Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  Dr. Tony Forshey, the state veterinarian for the past six years, has been named interim director of ODA. As …

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Use caution when working with shale gas issues

Shale gas development in Ohio could mean thousands of Ohio jobs, windfalls for landowners leasing away their mineral rights, and economic development for struggling communities. But landowners also need to fully understand the potential financial, legal and environmental ramifications of the highly complex leases, which could last for generations. And …

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