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Appetite for locally grown food behind rise in farmers markets

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Reflecting the nation’s increased appetite for locally grown food, the number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled during the last 10 years, with Ohio’s more than 300 markets ranking behind only California, New York and Michigan, according to a report released this month.

Project helping Ohio communities avert bust after shale boom

Published Aug. 12, 2014

COLUMBUS — Boom, then bust. It’s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And it’s an underlying concern for Ohio communities experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isn’t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension.

Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think

Published Aug. 12, 2014

It has become a common occurrence in eastern Ohio to see oil and gas related pipelines being installed through pastures and crop fields. While many sections of these lines are installed and reseeded to the farmer’s satisfaction, some are not.

Solar energy benefits Medina County farmers

Published Aug. 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for farmers to harness the power of the sun to grow their crops. However, the Richardson family of Richardson Farms has taken that concept a step further. The Richardsons installed an energy-saving solar panel system on a barn roof in July at their family-owned farm in Lafayette Township.

Farms are focus of studies on drinking water toxin

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Ohio’s political leaders are calling for more studies to find out why the algal blooms are increasing and how to control them. A number of environmental groups say it’s time for strict regulations on the agriculture industry. But how much of a role do the farms play? Researchers already know some of the answers, yet there are still many unknowns.

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Published Aug. 11, 2014

In November 2013, a group of activists hoping to prevent future algae blooms in Lake Erie suggested that Ohio find ways to reduce phosphorus runoff by 40%, although further action wasn’t taken on the matter. Now, after Toledo’s city-wide water ban, groups are urging that the reductions begin.

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

Published Aug. 11, 2014

A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae proliferation isn't a mystery — it's crop runoff. And local farmers are on the defensive.

Vilsack: Farmers Urged to Support Sustainable Farming

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Farmers at the Resilient Agriculture Conference Wednesday at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, were urged to take steps to increase the sustainability and resilience of their operations as a hedge against the increasing risks of variable and unpredictable weather.

ACEnet gets $30K grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Published Aug. 11, 2014

The Athens-based Appalachian Center for Economic Networks has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as one of 10 rural enterprise agencies to receive a grant to support job growth and business development in rural communities.

NW Ohio farmers use technology to cut down on run off

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Experts say one of the contributing factors to the algal blooms is phosphorous run off from farm fields, but a number of local farmers are using technology to cut down on that run off. 13abc's Lissa Guyton toured an Ottawa County farm today that's been on the cutting edge of cutting back on fertilizer use.