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ODNR is seeing the forest for the trees

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Low-impact logging technology has made its way into Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants it to become the way of the future for Ohio woodland owners.

Pipeline inching closer to certificate

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Partners of the Independence Pipeline Company say they’ve met the market condition stipulations placed on the pipeline project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hog producers to get cash payments

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

For the first time in 38 years, the USDA is using a little-known authority to make cash payments directly to producers, but most would prefer loan guarantees.

Gore unveils USDA-EPA strategy for animal feeding operations

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

The joint USDA-EPA “Unified National Strategy for Animal Feeding Operations” was unveiled last week, but skeptics doubt the USDA has the funds or the manpower to make it work.

FERC attaches strings to pipeline approval

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that neither Independence Pipeline Company nor ANR Pipeline Company has adequately proven there is market demand for the gas to be shipped along the proposed Independence Pipeline.

Buckeye Egg Farm has long history of problems

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Buckeye Egg Farm gave black eye to Ohio’s ag industry.

Farmers facing more suburban pressures

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Nineteen Ohio counties, most of which are near Ohio’s major cities or in the Appalachian region, grew an estimated 10 percent or more between 1990 and 1998.

Hollister signs Ohio farmland protection bill to allow PDRs

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

New Ohio law creates the ability for local or state agencies to acquire agricultural easements for the purpose of protecting productive farmland from conversion to nonagricultural use.

On the fringe

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Ohio’s greatest population growth is occurring in Brown, Clermont and Warren near Cincinnati; Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway and Madison near Columbus; and Medina, Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula near Cleveland.

FERC gets earful from pipeline opponents

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

A series of public meetings across Ohio and Pennsylvania coordinated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission aired comments regarding the proposed Independence Pipeline.

West Virginia tackles farmland preservation

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

The Voluntary Farmland Protection Act would permit farmers to donate or sell a “protective easement” for fair market value and still retain private ownership of the land for farming or business directly related to marketing farm products.

Independence amends original application with FERC

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Independence Pipeline backers amended their original application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ohio plans to seize assets of egg farm

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Just in case Buckeye Egg has hatched any plans to abandon its mega egg production facilities in Ohio, the Ohio attorney general’s office has asked the local court to seize the Ohio assets of both the company and its principal owner.

Ag easement donations offer tax advantages

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

If an agricultural easement is granted in perpetuity as a charitable gift, income tax and federal estate tax advantages usually accrue.

James C. Baer, owner of Rogers Community Auction

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Well-known auctioneer Jim Baer died March 27 of an apparent heart attack.

Medina County in thick of PDR controversy

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

The future remains uncertain for a one-quarter percent sales tax earmarked for acquisition of agricultural and conservation easements for farmland preservation in Medina County.

Independence gets final approval from FERC for pipeline

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

After a three-year approval process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved certificates July 12 for the Independence Pipeline Company.

More preservation efforts under way in Ohio

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Look for more legislation dealing with farmland preservation issues to be introduced this session.

Reps. Krebs, Logan renew farmland preservation efforts one bill at a time

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Ohio Reps. Gene Krebs and Sean Logan were unable to get a comprehensive preservation bill passed last year, but they’re back with seven separate bills that comprise the basics of a new comprehensive package.

Proposed pipeline still up in the air

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Landowners across Ohio and Pennsylvania continue to voice objections to the construction of a 370-mile natural gas pipeline that could cross northern Ohio and northcentral Pennsylvania.

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