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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.