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Mid-winter weather expectations

By Jim Noel, with the National Weather Service The trend of below normal temperatures and near or slightly below normal precipitation and near to above normal snowfall will likely persist at least into early February. The longer-range outlook calls for a change toward normal or slightly wetter than normal conditions …

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Small farm conferences coming up

Ohio State University Extension will host two conferences in March dedicated to small farm landowners. The first conference is the third annual “Opening Doors to Success” Small Farm Conference and Trade Show to be held March 11-12 at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. The conference will feature 38 breakout sessions …

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces investments to study renewable energy feasibility in rural communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA Rural Development has selected for funding 68 study grants nationwide to determine the feasibility of renewable energy projects. The grants cover five regions: the Northeast, Central/East, Southeast (including Hawaii), West and Pacific Northwest (including Alaska). In all, studies will be funded in 27 …

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Farmland values on the rise

Much of the U.S. economy has been slow to recover from the recession. That hasn’t been true of farmland markets, which have continued to climb, a group of Purdue University agricultural economists said. Strong crop returns, very low interest rates and a growing expectation that both might continue have had …

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New food safety regulation signed into law

In early January, President Barack Obama signed into law new food safety regulations that are the most dramatic changes to American food safety practices in over 70 years. “The Food Safety bill will provide the Federal Government with improved tools to prevent foodborne illness and address challenges in the food …

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Ohio residents honored for support of fairs

The individuals from across the state were recognized for their outstanding support of local fairs during ceremonies at the 86th Ohio Fair Managers Association Annual Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs presented each recipient with a certificate.
 The award recipients were: District …

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