The “farm bill,” as quoted by Farm and Dairy editor Susan Crowell, is 75 percent not directed to the “farm.” May I venture to say that another 20 percent of that remains is welfare for bankers, lawyers, politicians and multinational corporations. That leaves less than 10 billion dollars to benefit farmers.
Editor: I am a local farmer. I’m a simple man and, like most farmers, I have a lot of common sense. Simplicity and common sense go hand in hand. In order for my farm to operate, I must make many logical decisions. If logic is not applied to my decision-making process, I suffer the consequences. […]
Farmers must never lose sight of the real power farmers have and that should be used in the marketplace. Market power, not government power, will bring lasting prosperity to America’s dairy farmers.
The following is a headline I read recently, “COOL is ruled WTO violation; NCBA agrees.” Are you kidding me? The all-knowing minds at the NCBA have fought a battle so all of us independent cattlemen and women have no way to distinguish our product.
Reader: If government interference and over regulation would be reduced, jobs would be created, private industry would prosper and more than sufficient tax revenue would be generated.
Do we have to wait for the governor to pass laws on how we raise and care for our birds and animals?
Editor: The recent in-depth economic analysis by Mark Stephenson of National Milk’s “Dairy Security Act,” which was introduced by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), brings to light several unintended consequences that will harm the future of the U.S. dairy industry. Stephenson’s analysis shows only a modest reduction in the volatility of milk prices, but a significant […]
Editor: Taxpayers on the hook for $3 billion to push small dairy farms out of business? The proposed cure is worse than the disease. The disease is farm milk price volatility and ongoing narrow to negative milk-to-feed margins that have crippled many dairy farm businesses. The proposed cure is the Dairy Security Act which was […]
One might ask why Kasich has given ODNR the right to go on a witch hunt for Ohio animal owners. ODNR can come to your home, search your barns and house because someone says you raise exotic animals.
We write to encourage citizens in the United School district to vote yes for United’s future and support the 3.92 bond issue.
Editor: I am writing about Keith Campbell’s letter. I do not think we should ban all exotic animals, but why do we need to keep lions and tigers in Ohio? Do these wild and dangerous animals really belong in pens in Ohio, or anywhere else for that matter? Do you want to wait until the […]
Editor: This November we have an opportunity to make an investment in our community and our future by passing the 3.92 mill bond issue that will be used to renovate United Local schools. This will raise almost $9 million that will be matched by $30 million from the state of Ohio. Not paid for by […]
Editor: Well, it’s almost time to vote on the new school project. We have been given the opportunity to learn the facts on the bond issue. I hope you took advantage of them. Are you ready to put this district into more debt for the next three and a half decades? This means you and […]
We, in the agricultural community, would like to remind you that every day is “food day” and celebrating should be done with each meal, whether the food comes from your garden, farmers market, grocery store or the local food pantry.
Editor: Tuesday, Oct. 19. The weather today — gray, overcast with rain. The headline — Exotic Animals Roaming Ohio. When I first heard the news late last night I was in shock. Shock that this is the second animal owner to die in Ohio in less than six months. As an animal owner myself, I […]
Are there more facts we should know (about the United Local Schools levy)? Enrollment is declining, as is tax revenue collected, while schooling expenses are going up. Is this a healthy trend or a formula for disaster? Voters, you decide.
I have served as the United High School band announcer for many years and wish to relate a recent conversation I had.
The United Local School District has received well over $5,004,849 in extra tax dollars in just the past six years. ULSD extra taxes are a one mill levy, a three mill levy, and a 1/2 percent income tax levy. These three “extra taxes” are over and above your regular assessed property taxes.
Editor: I would like to know when will people wake up to the problems American horses and their owners are facing. The horse industry is all but been destroyed since the processing plants closed in 2007. There are a large number of horses being starved to death, turned out to fend for themselves, turned loose […]
Editor: As I read of the continuing cuts by Columbiana County Commissioners in order to preserve money, an area that seems to be overlooked is the Columbiana County Dog Pound and Adoption Center. Let me be clear, in no way am I endorsing reduction in manpower or any service they provide. God knows, they can’t […]