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Roughly 50,000 American farms and ranches have tourist or family-entertainment side-businesses: â€śpick-your-ownâ€ť days; petting zoos; B&Bs;. Government statistics show these are boosting farm incomes 20 percent or so. But, Brandon Kern of the Ohio Farm Bureau says there are issues.
New laws meant to stop farm runoff from feeding Lake Erie toxic algae are a start in getting rid of the green slime, a farming official said.
Produce Perks and Carrot Cash, two programs that help those on food stamps get half-price discounts at farmers markets, just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting more than $152,000 to expand the programs in Ohio, with Ohio State University Extension and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition overseeing the program for the entire state.
The farm bureau is also seeking changes in the capitalization rate portion of the tax formula, said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The recommendations challenge some assumptions currently in the formula, including the idea that farmland becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down and a second assumption that farmland is held for only five years.
The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive