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Teens go above and beyond to earn achievement awards

By Katerina Sharp, OCJ 4-H reporter Along with the many projects, trips and other leadership opportunities available to Ohio 4-H members, teens can apply for achievement awards each year that recognize their hard work in specific project areas. The Ohio 4-H achievement award application requires members to keep track of …

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China and ag trade

There has been some positive progress with regard to China, tariffs and agricultural exports. Leading up to the latest round of talks, China lifted tariffs on U.S. sorghum and the U.S. eased sanctions on the Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp., allowing the company to stay in business. In late …

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Late planting corn considerations

By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension With some “late” planting some folks are concerned already about whether or not we might be caught by a fall frost before maturity without a change in maturity selection. Not to worry. The corn plant has the ability to adapt to the later …

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Progress with planting, Chinese trade and prices

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile What a difference a year makes! This year producers were unfortunately treated to cool, wet weather for much of April, following an extended winter. Corn and soybean planting progress for Ohio was virtually nil at the end of April. While producers were not pleased with …

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Providence in Ross County pastures

By Abby Motter, OCJ field reporter In the eleventh chapter of Deuteronomy Moses wrote a phrase that is still being implemented on the land today by a family who holds those words in high esteem. “So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today — to love …

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Thoughts about market analyses

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC Generally I think grain marketing information directed to farmers is often too broad and general to be helpful. I suspect that’s because those discussing the markets don’t want to commit too far in one direction for fear of being wrong. That is understandable and …

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Farm bill failure in the House

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net In what has traditionally been a pretty straightforward process, passing farm legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives has been anything but status quo during recent attempts. The latest farm bill, very similarly to the one introduced on the House floor in 2013, …

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When grandpa’s not around…

By Jeff Reese, OCJ marketing specialist This is a busy time of year for everyone involved in agriculture. If you are not in a field working you are most likely in some form of support role. I have never been directly responsible for the helping with the grain farming but …

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Regulations, water quality and agriculture

By Matt Reese With more talk lately about possible regulations and water quality in Ohio there is plenty to consider. Water quality problems are very complex and there are still many unknowns, particularly with regard to agriculture. This makes truly successful regulations extremely difficult to create and implement. Kevin Elder …

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