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2011 county fair photos

The 2011 fair season wrapped up last week with the Fairfield County Fair. As always we got some  great photos through the season highlighting the excitement from fairs around the state.  As the last of the fair photos from this year roll in during the next few weeks, we will …

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Waterfowl season is underway

Ohio hunters should have good opportunities to take some of the most popular species of waterfowl when the hunting season opens across much of the state Oct. 15, based on the findings of biologists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The spring pond index for the prairie pothole region …

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DOT clarification of farm CDL requirements

When it comes to the need for farmers to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to haul farm products or inputs, no news is good news, according to the Agricultural & Resource Law Program at Ohio State University. “There haven’t been any changes,” said Peggy Kirk Hall, director of the …

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Loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increasing

Steven Maurer, State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program will increase to $1,214,000. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index,” compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “Raising the guaranteed loan …

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Congress approves free trade agreements

  Much of the agricultural sector praised the passage of the free trade agreements in the House and Senate. The White House transmitted the FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress last week.   Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, as well as Ohio House Reps. Austria, Chabot, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, …

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Motorists, Farmers Urged to Use Caution

As Ohio farmers prepare for this fall’s crop harvest, Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer and Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born are asking motorists and farmers to use caution when driving in October and November. Motorists are encouraged to be aware of increased numbers of tractors and farm …

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Ag Law Symposium next month

From shale gas legal issues to enforcing the state’s new Livestock Care Standards to federal and state agricultural legislation, the Nov. 18 Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is packed with hot topics in the legal community. Organizer Peggy Hall, director of Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law Program, said …

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Trade agreements move to the Senate

On Monday, Oct. 3, President Obama submitted the three pending trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama to Congress for consideration. The House of Representatives quickly took action on the submission with the Ways and Means Committee holding a mark-up on the agreements and passing them from committee. The House and …

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Does religion have a place in politics?

By Tim Reeves, the Country Chaplain It’s more than a year away, but the election to choose the next president can’t come soon enough. We still have more than 12 months before we’ll decide who that individual will be, but already, I’m a little weary of the process. Political pundits …

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