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THE MESSAGE BOARD
Buckeye Farm News
To make a long story short
For almost six years Farm Bureau member Elaine Irwin had been fighting a plan to run a storm-water drainage pipe across her horse farm in northeastern Ohio. Irwin had declined a business park developer’s offer of $5,000 to allow an easement on her property due to concerns that it would lower her property value and potentially flood her pastures. The city of Canton then passed an emergency measure to take part of her property by eminent domain for the development’s drainage. In January, a judge agreed with Irwin’s argument that the city did not have the right to take her property, ruling that the use was for private, not public, purposes. The city now says it won’t appeal the decision because the developer has found an alternative way to complete the project. This leaves us wondering: How often are citizens asked to relinquish private property simply because other options go ignored?
By the Numbers: $34.1 billion
That’s the value of the products Ohio exported last year. Ohio is the seventh largest exporter in the nation. Ohio farm product shipments totaled $2.68 billion last year, a 69 percent increase over the level of five years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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“Sit high up in the cab of a combine, stare out at an endless vista of swaying grain, worry about wheat futures and drought — your opponent a leaf-eating insect — and, suddenly, it should seem a little ridiculous to block an important piece of legislation back in Washington just because it would give the other party a victory.” ~ A New York Times editorial suggesting that government may be more functional if politicians were still grounded on the farm.
“We can fight legislation and ballot issues, but you can’t fight your customers.” ~ Ohio Cattlemen’s Association President Dave Felumlee telling fellow farmers that public perception of animal agriculture will ultimately determine their future.