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Hite will be serving his third term as Agriculture Committee chairman, and will be serving as Finance Subcommittee on Education chairman for the first time.
Farm animal care doesn't just impact farmers â€“ it's an issue that has expanded to concern consumers, food suppliers and animal welfare advocates, panelists participating in Wednesday's Food Dialogues presentation agreed.
A couple of years ago, farm lending for big-ticket purchases -- fueled by high grain prices and farm incomes -- was strong while operating loans were scraping the floor. Corn and soybean farmers were making a lot of money and turning around and reinvesting it in their businesses through capital purchases.
Now, the opposite is true.
"What's happening is (farmers) have their children and grandchildren starting to farm with some of these farm groups," Boblenz said. "It used to be one or two people invested in these farm operations. Now, you have several sons and grandkids," and they have to increase their farm land to provide for the livelihoods of each.
A Wood County Common Pleas Court judge issued a handwritten order on Wednesday, directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture to return the exotic animals that agents had tranquilized and seized hours earlier from the farm off Fremont Pike