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Horse Sense: Walking in a judge’s shoes

By Kim Lemmon, Managing Editor for Ohio’s Country Journal As some of you may know, I have been a 4-H horse judge for about a dozen years. In the beginning, I judged about 12 shows a year. I currently judge three or four. I became a judge because I wanted …

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Horse Sense: Walking in a judge's shoes

By Kim Lemmon, Managing Editor for Ohio’s Country Journal As some of you may know, I have been a 4-H horse judge for about a dozen years. In the beginning, I judged about 12 shows a year. I currently judge three or four. I became a judge because I wanted …

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Deadline for USDA Conservation Innovation Grant proposals Jan. 31

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded applicants that January 31, 2012, is the last day to submit project pre-proposals for fiscal year 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Pre-proposals support large-scale demonstration projects that test and prove original approaches to conserving …

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OEFFA Conference Feb. 18-19

Experts from Ohio State University will give a dozen of the 70-plus workshops at this year’s Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association annual conference. Billed as the state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the program takes place Feb. 18-19 in Granville in central Ohio and will focus on “Sowing …

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New ODA Director?

Rumors and hearsay indicate that the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture may be Bob Peterson, from Fayette County, who is currently serving as State Representative of the 85th House District in his first term at the Ohio House of Representatives. There has been no official announcement, but …

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Tips for showing your horse

Horse judge Kim Lemmon offers some specific tips to ponder this winter in preparation for next summer’s horse shows. Showmanship Please remember that my first chance to meet you and your horse is during the showmanship classes. When you lead your horse in to start your pattern, make sure your …

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2012 Ohio county fair dates

Ohioans can start planning visits to all of their favorite fairs across the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has released the official dates for the 2012 fair season, which includes Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair. The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2012 fair …

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SWCS meeting to focus on water quality

Several Ohio State University Extension experts in soil and water quality, agricultural production practices and nutrient management will present research and facilitate discussion on the issue of managing dissolved reactive phosphorus levels in Ohio’s fresh water bodies during the winter meeting of the All Ohio Chapter of the Soil and …

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Federal Judge favors ethanol with California ruling

A judge in Federal District Court in Fresno, California sided with America’s ethanol industry in ruling that the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is unconstitutional.  Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill agreed with the arguments that the LCFS is in violation of the Commerce Clause the U.S. Constitution. In …

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Lorain County 4-H saved

By Matt Reese There will be Extension for another year in Lorain County thanks to some financial support from less-than-conventional sources. A county probate judge decided to allocate $55,400 of the revenue from the sale of the former Green Acres orphanage to help fund the program. The donor of the …

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