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- Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5
- A look at Ohio’s property tax system
- Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy
- EPA director discusses clean water, oil and gas exploration
- Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund offers protection to grain farmers
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â€ś2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer â€” the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,â€ť said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president
About a dozen wind farm projects that have been certified by the state are essentially on hold now and may never get off the ground after Ohio put in a two-year delay on its renewable energy targets last summer.
Production diversityâ€”â€śWe think weâ€™ll see more production diversity in agriculture.â€ť
Consolidation and rationalization in productionâ€”Itâ€™s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.
The blistering cold temperatures that have settled over central Ohio are preventing sap from flowing up and out of their maple trees, putting a damper on the early end of the syrup production season.
Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts shared the stage but not equal billing at the Kansas Commodity Classic Feb. 6 in Manhattan, Kansas.
Generally, a taxpayer that buys business or income-producing property (not held for sale) with a useful life of more than one year cannot deduct its full cost as an expense for that year. However, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) allows an annual deduction of a portion of the cost of the property
"Everything is negotiable," and a company's first offer is never its best, said Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau.
Auburn, Ill., farmer Tim Seifert has a question for consumers. â€śWhere did we go wrong?â€ť With so many people bent on bashing modern food production, Seifert wants to understand how agriculture lost consumersâ€™ trust. Itâ€™s a valid question.
The letter noted that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill was estimated to contribute $23 billion to deficit reduction over 10 years, when including sequestration.
It was OSU Extension grain and market expert Matt Roberts who pointed out what perhaps many Ohio farmers already realize - what happens in the world affects Ohio farmers, prices and profits.