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New laws meant to stop farm runoff from feeding Lake Erie toxic algae are a start in getting rid of the green slime, a farming official said.
Produce Perks and Carrot Cash, two programs that help those on food stamps get half-price discounts at farmers markets, just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting more than $152,000 to expand the programs in Ohio, with Ohio State University Extension and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition overseeing the program for the entire state.
The farm bureau is also seeking changes in the capitalization rate portion of the tax formula, said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The recommendations challenge some assumptions currently in the formula, including the idea that farmland becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down and a second assumption that farmland is held for only five years.
The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive
Oregon farmers contesting a county's ban on GMOs were in court Wednesday to argue that the ordinance is prohibited by the state's "right to farm" law.
It feels particularly misleading when excessive earnestness is a cover for fatally unimaginative, formulaic food. Transparency about sourcing and insisting on food raised to ethical standards is laudable: every chef and restaurant owner and shopper outside Brooklyn and Berkeley should think about it. But purity and moral superiority are not excuses for not knowing how to cook.
Until 2010, agricultural woodland was valued at a minimum of $100 per acre for tax purposes. In 2011, the state doubled that value and last year it jumped to $230. Taxes are assessed on that value on a county-by-county basis.
Ohio farmers produced some 1.12 million acres of hay in 2011, Grimes said. At an average of about 2.5 tons per acre, this yielded a total production of 2.7 million tons of hay in 2011 used to support several types of ruminant animals, including beef, dairy, goats, horses and lambs, he said.
Even more, every cut of cow is priced near record highs set late last year, and itâ€™s all thanks to forces set in motion in 2008 when drought gripped Western ranches.
Though Monday's USDA Crop Progress report showed another big week of planting progress, it certainly wasn't a dry week, with anywhere from .5 inch to 2 inches of rain falling through the Corn Belt and heavier amounts up to 4 inches in the Dakotas and northern Corn Belt, according to Tuesday's USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.