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The Jan. 21 issue of Buckeye Farm News should have stated that Rep. Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, and Cheryl Grossman, R-Grove City, introduced House Bill 326, which would offer relief from Ohio’s estate tax.

In the Dec. 31 Buckeye Farm News, a story about a Southeast Ohio Farmland Preservation meeting sponsored by Fairfield County Farm Bureau in February 2009 should have stated that Louise Warner of Pickaway County told of her personal experience protecting her farmland through the Appalachian Ohio Alliance Land Trust, not through Ohio’s Ag Easement Purchase Program made possible through the Clean Ohio Fund. Fairfield County landowner Howard Smith should be credited with discussing his personal experience protecting his land through the Ag Easement Purchase Program at the meeting.

Farm Bureau backs effort to stop EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislative efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to stop an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

In a letter to Murkowski that was sent to all senators, AFBF President Bob Stallman said the EPA proposal is ill-timed because climate discussions held in Copenhagen last month did not produce a “meaningful international agreement that puts all nations on a level playing field with respect to carbon emissions.”

“In the absence of such an international agreement, it would be foolish for our country – from both an economic and an environmental standpoint – to undertake such regulatory action as contemplated by EPA. Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the Senate last summer that the U.S. acting on its own cannot affect the global climate,” Stallman wrote.

Ag groups file Supreme Court brief in biotech alfalfa case

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association have submitted a joint friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in support of a petition seeking review of a case involving biotech alfalfa. These groups believe the lower courts failed to adequately consider all of the evidence that prove biotech alfalfa is safe, and thus those courts abandoned a well-established legal principle when they banned the planting of the crop.

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