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ODA Director Jim Zehringer

Ohio Farm Bureau talks with ODA director about budget, farm challenges

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmers have a good understanding of why the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and most state agencies need to trim their budgets because farmers are usually fiscally responsible, says the department’s director.

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Ohio Farm Bureau was among groups that asked to exempt milk from oil spill rules.

Milk exempted from oil spill rules

Published May. 25, 2011

For the first time, the U.S. EPA will ensure that all milk and milk products will be formally exempted from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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Supporters of horse processing say it is a humane end of life option for animals that might be abandoned or neglected.

Unwanted horses on the rise in the U.S. with no easy solution

Published May. 25, 2011

'Let loose to die in the woods.' 'Starved to death.' 'Tied to a stranger’s trailer.' All of these are write-in comments from horse owners responding to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey about the neglect and abuse of horses that they have seen nationwide.

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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