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The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard testimony in Wooster Wednesday at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. Organizations appearing before the committee included Ohio State, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm Association.
The goal of the three-day event is to give staffers a better understanding of how farmers and agricultural businesses are faring — and how they are affected by decisions made in Washington. It’s something that’s become increasingly important, with food gaining more attention on the national landscape
"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.
Run by Ron LeMay, who headed Sprint’s wireless division until 2003, the company has created a platform to help farmers rent out their unused equipment to growers who may be hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the differences in peak harvest seasons.
USDA on Thursday said it is expanding its Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance option to all counties in the U.S. for 2016, while also making changes to expand coverage for beginning, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers.