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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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Small farm college in Northeast Ohio

There is a growing trend in Ohio Agriculture toward the direct marketing of agricultural products featuring locally grown food products. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of buying local and buying fresh. As the demand for local food products increases so does the interest in growing …

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New legislation addresses dust regulations

New legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating naturally occurring farm dust is welcome news for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Regulation of farm dust by EPA could severely hamper the ability of farmers and ranchers to …

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OARDC to open a new agrosecurity research facility

Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will unveil Sept. 16 a unique, highly secure bio-containment building aimed at enhancing its nationally and internationally recognized research programs on infectious diseases of plants and animals — and further safeguarding Ohio’s $90-plus billion agricultural industry.

 The $22.2 million Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR) Facility will enable …

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