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Farmland Policy Innovation Center announces Community-Based Agricultural Economic Development Grants

Six projects have been awarded grants through the Farmland Protection Partnership Program sponsored to support community-based agricultural economic development planning projects in Ohio. The program is coordinated by Ohio State University’s Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, housed in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. According to Jill Clark, …

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Characteristics of a successful business

By Matt Reese No matter what specific industry, there are a select few businesses that rise to the top. What separates these businesses from the rest? What do they have in common? What characteristics do those business owners possess? These answers to these questions has been a project of speaker …

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OFBF sees membership growth

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has reached statewide membership gain with 214,391 members. It is the 43rd time in the past 44 years that the state’s largest farming and food organization has achieved membership growth. Ohio Farm Bureau is an advocate for farmers and consumers, working in public policy, …

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RMAP offers funding for small business

A critical economic development program that provides financial assistance for rural entrepreneurs and small business owners is available to Ohioans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) provides loans and grants to local organizations that re-loan money from USDA to small business owners and entrepreneurs in …

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OEFFA tour heads to Local Roots Market

The next stop on OEFFA’s 2011 farm tour  series will be in Wooster, Ohio (Wayne Co.) at Local Roots Market and South Market Bistro on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join market manager Jessica Eikleberry for a tour of Local Roots Market, a year-round local food …

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OSU Extension to Lead Ohio Farm to School Program

As students head back to school, they may be eating more fresh Ohio foods in their school lunch, breakfast and snack programs. The Ohio State University Extension program in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will now provide leadership for the statewide Farm to School program, tapping into …

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Issues and opportunities for shale gas production complex

Farmers and landowners face several complex issues and opportunities relative to mineral rights as Ohio develops natural gas production from Marcellus and Utica shale, advised experts from the Ohio State University speaking at Farm Science Review 2011. “The best advice is ‘caveat emptor,’ buyer beware,” said Mike Lloyd, OSU Extension …

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The Country Chaplain: Connecting church generations

By Tim Reeves, the Country Chaplain Pastor Mike Minter has written a book titled “A Western Jesus,” which examines how the western/American church has neglected its Biblical patterns and traditions in favor of the modern culture. That conflict has created “worship wars” in many American churches today, with the “traditionalists” …

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