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Helpful tips for reducing soil erosion

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. Soil erosion is an annual problem throughout the Eastern Corn Belt. Recent research estimates that farmland across the Corn Belt loses close to four tons of soil per acre each year due to erosion. In addition, even under the best conditions …

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Trade progress for U.S. meats

At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and the White House announced that the U.S. and China will enter negotiations on several key trade issues, including agricultural trade. “USMEF supports the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize the USMCA and to continue seeking resolution …

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Final RVO rule leaves waiver loophole open

The National Corn Growers Association said the EPA’s final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but the growth will only be realized if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions. “We are pleased the …

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards $20,700 in ag, community grants

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $20,700 in grants to organizations that support and promote Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond. Grant recipients are: AgriPOWER to support two scholarships …

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Putnam SWCD Farmer Meeting Dec. 4

The Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a farmer meeting on Dec. 4 highlighting water quality and the vital importance of the 4Rs in the Lake Erie Watershed. “My goal is to get every retailer in Putnam County 4R certified and get every acre soil sampled,” said Jeff …

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JD Equipment selling assets

JD Equipment announced the intent to sell its assets to Ag-Pro, Ohio, LLC, a subsidiary of Ag-Pro Companies. Ag-Pro Companies has 57 John Deere locations throughout the country. “The choice to sell JD Equipment was not an easy decision. The Mitchell family has more than 36 years of history as …

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2018 OCA Replacement Female Sale results

By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef Coordinator The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their sixth annual Replacement Female Sale on Nov. 23 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 107 high quality females in the sale. The …

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Farm bill progress announced

Farm bill negotiators — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn. — have reached an agreement in principle on a new farm bill. This welcome news for agriculture as the …

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The root of all production

By Mary Wicks and Peter Ling In many ways, the intricate network of plant roots serve as its control center. Thus, optimizing the root environment, including irrigation water and nutrient levels, can improve plant health and production. The controlled growing conditions of a greenhouse allows for precision management of the …

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