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Vilsack says there will be no farm bill extension

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In an exclusive one on one conversation with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got the nitty gritty on two major topics waiting on Congress to return from their August recess — Immigration reform and the Farm Bill.

With the August recess almost over, many in agriculture are keenly focused on getting things done in Congress after September’s arrival. That group includes Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. At the top of that list for Vilsack, is the farm bill. The current farm bill extension expires at the end of September.

There are a number of implications with continued inaction on the farm bill, Vilsack said. One of those looming challenges is an ongoing trade dispute with Brazil.

“Brazil won a case with the WTO which means that they can retaliate, if they so desire, against American goods and services to the tune of perhaps $850 million a year.… Continue reading

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One Ohio producer assesses major corn damage

Celina, Ohio farmer Seth Kohnen is one of many producers that woke up Wednesday with one of the best corn fields he’s ever had and went to bed Wednesday night not know if that same field was worth anything. Heather Hetterick talked with Kohnen about the storm.

He is just one of several farmers out assessing damage. See photos of the damage at Kohnen’s, what determines if the corn crop will survive and the additional issues that come with green snap.Continue reading

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