Tag: Ohio


We’ll always have Paris…oh wait, never mind

President Donald Trump again sent the left wing aflutter when he fulfilled another campaign promise by announcing a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement that laid out a framework for countries to adopt clean energy and phase out fossil fuels in a global effort to address climate change. The Paris Agreement seeks to hold “the [...]

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Katie Levesque started making beef jerky in her kitchen during college and now has a growing Ohio Proud business.

Premium beef jerky is a hot seller for growing business

Katie Levesque has always really enjoyed beef jerky, but as a college student at the Ohio State University Lima Branch she did not always have the funds to purchase her favorite snack. To address this situation, she started making her own. “I found this article about how I could make jerky at home in the [...]

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Ohio relief efforts sweeter than the meadowlark’s song

A western meadowlark garbled its charming call, watching over me from a charred tree limb as I rolled up strands of ruined barbed wire crossing through the bird’s former grassland home. In the place of the endless stretches of native grasses and forbs waiting on rains to burst with spring growth, blackened hillsides sprawled out [...]

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Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmers

March 2017 Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kansas after devastating wildfires burned the area. March 24 7 a.m: The BAV crew meets up at the Beck’s facility near London. 8:30 a.m: The crew congregated at a rest stop near the Indiana state line [...]

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At the heart of agriculture is a helping hand

This picture is a stump of a Christmas tree I cut down last December on my family’s farm in northwest Ohio. My niece noticed the heart-shape and asked me to take a photo. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it caught my attention later as I scrolled though my phone photos. [...]

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Ohio Legislature set to reconsider CAUV bill

The Ohio Legislature is once again considering a bill regarding Ohio’s current agricultural use valuation (CAUV) program. CAUV permits land to be valued at its agricultural value rather than the land’s market or “highest and best use” value. Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) introduced SB 36 on February 7, 2017. The bill would alter the capitalization [...]

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John Torres, director of government and industry affairs for OCWGA, talks to farmers at one of the organization’s Farm Bill Listening Sessions.

There are plenty of questions as the farm bill debate kicks off

Though it seems like the last farm bill has just been finally implemented, discussions are already ramping up for the next farm bill in Washington, D.C. With a new Administration, a challenging farm economy and the ever-shifting whims of public perceptions about agriculture, there is plenty of uncertainty about the outcome. “There is a lot [...]

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ODA Director David Daniels talks to some Columbus students about Ohio agriculture at the recent My Plate, My State event. Photo by Mark Bruce, ODA.

My Plate My State puts Ohio-grown foods on cafeteria trays

Though my metal, rusting Adam-12 themed lunchbox of yesteryear was a far cry from the insulated designer lunchboxes my children use today, the challenges remain largely the same. Times have changed, but for a host of reasons, schools continue to struggle to provide high-quality, low-cost nutritious meals that finicky students actually want to eat — [...]

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Leroy Kuhns was among the first to ramp up to commercial-scale sheep production in his Amish Holmes County community.

Amish sheep production continues dramatic expansion

On Wednesdays, the Mt. Hope Auction is abuzz with the excitement of the livestock sales as buyers and sellers crowd in to monitor prices. In recent years, sheep have become a much more significant part of the sale. “In the mid-90s, Mt. Hope was selling maybe 1,000 head of sheep and goats combined annually. Today [...]

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Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association

2017 OCA meeting and banquet set goals and highlighted award winners

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association gathered for another fantastic meeting where they hashed out policy, recognized award winners and set goals for 2017. OCA president Joe Foster discussed the accomplishments of the organization in the last year and highlights from the meeting. “One of the high points was a new dues structure for student members. We [...]

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