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Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

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    Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed a $71.2 billion two-year state budget that includes an income tax cut. A key part of the 2,876-page budget is a 6.3% state income-tax cut for 2015 as a part of a roughly $1.9 billion net tax reduction. That lowers the top income-tax rate to just below 5%. It [...]

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    Harvest is all done. We finished up with our custom work last week. Now we are working on disk ripping ground, spreading fertilizer and getting ready for next year. In the corn it was all over the board. There were really good yields in some areas that were planted early. I think that in this [...]

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    For those of us in agriculture, it is easy to see all of the ways that farmers, and what they produce, make our lives a bit easier to live. From the jeans we wear to the food we eat, there are an unlimited amount of products we use everyday that are taken for granted. Heck, even [...]

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    We have a new pastor at church and he was walking through the congregation prior to the service last Sunday morning and he stopped to say, “Hello.” He looked down at my six-year-old son and said, “Pleased to meet you, what is your name?” Rather than sharing his name, my son said, “I went mutton [...]

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    I am one to rarely talk about politics. In fact, I won’t let anyone even put a sign in my front yard before election day. I just feel that my opinions are mine and your opinions are yours. We will be much better friends and neighbors if we just talked about anything else. With that [...]

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    As I was cogitating on what to cover in this month’s column, I came across a commentary in “Forbes” by Dr. Henry Miller and Drew Kershen, titled The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture. http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2015/07/29/why-organic-agriculture-is-a-colossal-hoax/#31796dd038e4. Their writing brought to mind an online training module I recently completed to prepare for an organic production certifier test. After [...]

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    One of the first to get the 2016 planting season started in Ohio was Pence Farms in Clark County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along for a round or two of corn planting and visited with Brent about how things are going early on in this New Carlisle field.

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  • 05/29/16--16:18: AgTube: The #Plant16 Song
  • The 2016 planting season has been Deja Vu all over again for many farmers in the Midwest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins wrote this tune to help share their agony with the rest of the country. It this fits what your spring has been like…Crank…It…Up! Lyrics: It’s been 45 day since I started rollin’ [...]

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    Francis Marion (F.M.) Hatton walked across the rich, agricultural fields of Delaware County and stopped to talk with an elderly man about his interest in purchasing the land from the neighboring landowner. The man was laying on a daybed at his residence and talked with his mouth full of tobacco — a spittoon at the [...]

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    Farmers want answers on water quality. The general public wants answers. The residents on and around Ohio’s lakes and streams want answers. But first, what exactly is the problem? Laura Johnson works with the long-term water quality monitoring efforts at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The research has painted a fairly clear picture of the agricultural [...]

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  • 10/13/16--23:57: Who gets water quality?
  • First, let me say that I get it. I understand that the farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed were listening to the science and doing what everyone told them. It was once common knowledge that phosphorus did not move in the soil and that reducing tillage was the answer to the algal woes of Lake [...]

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    When a sports fan heads to the stadium to cheer on their favorite team, it is safe to say that one of the last things on their minds is agriculture. But, thanks to some help from an Ohio farm boy turned NFL football player,  the ways those in the stands think about farming and how [...]

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    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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    I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear people reminiscing of his name [...]

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    There was quite a stir this week in Toledo with news regarding the Lucas County commissioners’ sponsorship of a website identifying “hotspots” in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed for nutrient loading. The Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Sources Inventory is described as a “mapping tool that identifies causes of impairment and potential pollutant sources [...]

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    Gov. John Kasich appears ready to abandon his common sense approach to governance while ignoring the voluntary conservation efforts, scientific research and mandatory compliance efforts Ohio farm families are implementing to improve water quality. A group of leading Ohio agricultural organizations is calling on Kasich to engage the industry in his administration’s approach to protecting …

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    By Matt Reese Even if they have never hooked a walleye or basked in the sun on a Lake Erie beach, many farmers took a keen interest in today’s algal bloom forecast — especially after yesterday’s Kasich Administration announcement about new measures targeting agriculture and Lake Erie water quality. “Compared to the last couple of …

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  • 07/17/18--00:42: Ag law news and highlights
  • By Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law, Ohio State University Here’s our gathering of recent agricultural law news you may want to know. Case highlights value of Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund  The recent prosecution and guilty plea of a grain handler who withheld $3.22 million in proceeds from grain he sold on behalf …

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    By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney near Celina Care to guess where the most expensive farmland in the country is located? Hint — it’s the smallest state in the union at 48 miles long and 37 miles wide: Rhode Island. Any guesses as to which state has the most beginning farmers? …

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