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Ohio State ATI launches program in bioenergy and biological waste management

Starting fall semester, students at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) will be able to study a new program focused on two key global issues. The new Associate of Applied Science program in bioenergy and biological waste management will prepare students for high-demand careers such as wastewater and drinking water treatment [...]

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USDA seeks public comment on postponed GIPSA rules

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the implementation of the Farmer Fair Practices rules. GIPSA is a USDA agency that facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products. One purpose of GIPSA is to promote fair and competitive trading practices for the benefit of consumers and [...]

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Melissa and Joe Duer are have resumed a very old family tradition that allows them to make old fashioned whiskey at the Indian Creek Distillery in Miami County.

Indian Creek Distillery tour of old fashioned whiskey making

It is not easy putting history in a bottle, but Joe and Melissa Duer are have resumed a very old family tradition that allows them to do it at the Indian Creek Distillery in Miami County. “Making whiskey the old fashioned way — not the industrialized way — is an art and flows out of [...]

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CAUV reforms pass the House in the state budget bill

This week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed the state budget bill (HB 49) that included language to reform Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV). There have been few more discussed topics in Ohio agriculture in recent years than the skyrocketing farmland property tax increases. Ohio’s farmers have experienced farmland property tax increases, in some cases [...]

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Assistant State Conservationist James S. Bennett checks out a Highland County tobacco crop in 1967. Photo provided by Highland SWCD.

From environmental disaster to Ohio’s first conservation district

President Roosevelt toured the Great Plains with some leaders telling him to just abandon the region and let it go, it wasn’t worth the effort. Roosevelt said he could see in the people’s eyes that they intended to stay and survive. Hugh Hammond Bennett and other visionaries scheduled Congressional Hearings in 1935 on the creation [...]

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Trump Administration commits to continued defense of U.S. food and beverage manufacturers using common food names

A report on intellectual property issued last week by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) — particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United [...]

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NAFTA renegotiation settled upon instead of withdrawal

The Trump administration decided to pursue renegotiation over withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement. “There are compelling reasons to update and reform NAFTA from agriculture’s perspective, including improvements on biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and geographic indicators. As you know, overall, NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for farmers, ranchers and associated businesses all [...]

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Talking trade with Darci Vetter

      A conversation with… Ambassador Darci Vetter, who served as the chief agriculture negotiator for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus   OCJ: Agriculture is really dependent on trade, even more-so than we often realize. [...]

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NAFTA concerns growing for agriculture

While President Donald Trump garnered significant support from agriculture in his election, there have been growing concerns about his position on trade agreements that have been extremely valuable to U.S. food and feed exports. These concerns have grown with reports that the White House has drafted plans to withdraw from the North American Free Trade [...]

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START program expanding in Southern Ohio to address opioid epidemic

A total of 19 counties are now participating in the Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) pilot program created to serve families harmed by parental opioid abuse in southern Ohio. Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the creation of Ohio START in March. The program will provide specialized victim services to children who have been [...]

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