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By the Numbers: 56%
That's the percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot in Ohio's last gubernatorial election in 2006. This fall, Ohioans will again be selecting their governor as well as a U.S. senator, many state and national lawmakers and local officials.
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 General Election is Oct. 4. You may obtain a form and register in person at many locations including your county board of elections office, Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar offices, public libraries, public high schools or vocational schools. Voter registration forms can also be found online at www.sos.state.oh.us.
2010 CAUV values went up
The CAUV values for 2010 have been published by the Department of Taxation and, once again, there has been a substantial increase. The increase is attributable to increased crop prices and a reduced capitalization rate. While there has been an increase in the cost of inputs, crop prices increased 2 ˝ times the cost of inputs. The capitalization rate decreased from 8.4 percent to 7.8 percent, adding to the increase in values. Counties being reappraised in 2010 are Adams, Columbiana, Hancock, Hocking, Holmes, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Paulding, Scioto, Tuscarawas and Washington. Updated counties include Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Fairfield, Logan, Marion, Medina, Miami, Ross, Union and Wyandot.
“You’re going to have to put a chain on me or I’ll pick up a hoe.”~ Retiring farmer Will Tuttle, talking about his life after farming, in the Boston Globe. Due to an uncertain future for agriculture, Tuttle is selling his Massachusetts farm, which has been in the family since 1632 and is believed to be the oldest continually run family farm in the country.
“The brush starts to rotate on contact at an animal-friendly speed. It swings freely in all directions, smoothly up, over and alongside the cow.”~ A spokesperson for a Swedish company describing a large automated brush, similar to those seen in carwashes, that is designed to stimulate blood flow in dairy cows. The company said it has sold 30,000 cow brushes, which can increase milk production by 3.5 percent while reducing cases of mastitis.
Save the date: Sept. 21-23
The Farm Science Review will be held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Be sure to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at Friday and Beef Streets. Tickets are $5 in advance from OSU Extension county offices and Ohio agribusinesses and $8 at the gate.