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Buckeye Farm News Briefs - 2-24-11
DOW open houses
The Ohio Division of Wildlife will open its doors to sportsmen in order to preview and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations for the 2011-12 season. The state’s five district wildlife offices will sponsor an open house on March 5 in hopes of gathering input from sportsmen. A statewide hearing will also be held on March 10 at the Division One office in Columbus. Get all the details on the Ohio Division of Wildlife open houses here.
AEPP applications due
Landowners interested in preserving their farmland may want to take a look at the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. The 2011 application is now available on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website. Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements restricting nonagricultural development on farmland. All applications must be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m. on April 6. A hard copy of the completed application must also be sent by registered or certified mail to the department, postmarked on or before April 6. To apply, a landowner must work through a sponsoring organization such as a local land trust, Soil and Water Conservation District or a group of local officials.
Media attention impacts meat demand
Consumers are taking more of an interest in production practices used in modern food production and in several states have launched ballot initiatives that prohibit certain practices. A study conducted by Kansas State University Extension looked at the impact animal-welfare concerns have on consumer demand for meat. The result of the study indicates that as a whole media attention to animal welfare has a significant negative effect on U.S. meat demands. Increasing media attention to animal welfare issues triggers consumers to purchase less meat rather than reallocating expenditures across competing meats.
HSUS pushes ballot initiative in Washington
Under the name Washingtonians for Humane Farms, the Humane Society of the United States along with other groups, have submitted language to Washington’s secretary of state to place a statewide measure on the November ballot. The measure would require that egg-laying hens have enough room to turn around and extend their wings and that eggs sold in the state are produced in compliance with these standards. Washington currently has seven major egg producers with approximately 6.5 million laying hens. This is very similar to campaigns launched in other states, including Ohio. If approved by voters, the measure would take effect in 2018.