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COLUMBUS â€” Boom, then bust. Itâ€™s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And itâ€™s an underlying concern for Ohio communities experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isnâ€™t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension.
Reflecting the nationâ€™s increased appetite for locally grown food, the number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled during the last 10 years, with Ohioâ€™s more than 300 markets ranking behind only California, New York and Michigan, according to a report released this month.
An increasing number of customers is turning to Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which customers can subscribe to a local farm for fresh produce from a familiar face.
Vermontâ€™s Attorney General William Sorrell asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss the lawsuit brought by food manufacturer trade associations to invalidate Act 120, Vermontâ€™s law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflower seeds in the median along State route 207 in Ross County, located in southern Ohio. Once the flowers have grown, the nectar and pollen will attract bees and hopefully help to boost the bee population.
The feral swine that have been invading Ohio in recent year can weigh up to 200 pounds and cause significant destruction to crops and property. They can also be dangerous.
Washington â€“ U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report. Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn.
U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Farmers already seeing corn and soybeans prices plummet as the markets expect bountiful harvests. There are some potential safety nets that might help protect them financially, two Purdue University agricultural economists said.
OTTAWA â€” Jim Hoorman, assistant professor with Ohio State University Extension and Putnam County Extension educator, is working with farmers in China on improving their water, land and air.