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He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his familyâ€™s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.
â€śI think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,â€ť Mr. FitzGerald said.
The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriffâ€™s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.
The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.
Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.