Country Life

Crop Production Services Washington Court House honored on Capitol Hill

Crop Production Services, Washington Court House, Ohio, was honored as a Regional Environmental Respect Award winner for 2011, July, 14 at a special ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Building. Winners were selected May 5 in Willoughby, Ohio. The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by CropLife magazine and DuPont Crop Protection, are the agricultural industry’s highest recognition for environmental [...]

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Ohio Supreme Court sides with winery in zoning case

By Matt Reese Growing grapes — even just a few — is still considered agriculture when it comes to zoning exemptions. This is at the crux of a recent decision made by the Ohio Supreme Court that adds a bit of clarity to the often-confusing legalities of the agricultural zoning exemption in the state. The [...]

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The Country Chaplain

By Tim Reeves In 1835, a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States of America. A historian, philosopher, writer and an early social scientist, de Tocqueville wanted to discover what made America America. For nearly a year, he traveled across the country, interviewing and studying Americans of all races, classes, ethnicities, etc. After [...]

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AFBF applauds FTA progress

Statement from Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation president: “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased both the Senate and House committees have approved the Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements through the mock markup process. The process toward finalizing these important trade deals is heading in the right direction. “The next step is [...]

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New Orleans set to sample Toledo-based sauce

It all started from just one unique, tasty bottle of barbeque sauce. That was two years ago, and now has expanded to an impressive seven varieties located in dozens of stores across Ohio and Michigan. Taking a step even further as they prepare to move their product nationally, the northwest Ohio creators of Black Swamp [...]

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Vilsack on the U.S.-Mexico Agreement to resolve the cross-border trucking dispute

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the agreement signed by Mexico and the United States to resolve the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute: “The agreement signed today between the governments of Mexico and the United States to resolve the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute is a major win for U.S. agriculture, American jobs and [...]

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No death tax is not a reason to avoid farm transition planning

Many in Ohio agriculture fought hard for the elimination of the estate tax, commonly referred to as the “Death Tax” by critics. While they can celebrate success, it is important to remember that even with no estate tax, there is still a need for careful farm transition planning. Ohio’s version of this tax provision is [...]

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Ice cream is big business in Ohio

During one of the hottest months of the year, it would be hard to find a cold treat more popular than ice cream. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a world-leading 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream are made every year in the U.S. – which is enough to fill more than 2,200 Olympic-size swimming [...]

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