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Great Lakes: EPA’s window on the world

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Environmental quality has improved, but it still has some ways to go to meet the EPA standards that have been set.

Medina County’s farm preservation levy is defeated

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

The campaign for a purchase of development rights (PDR) program was defeated on Super Tuesday in Medina County.

Ag groups tend to back preservation

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

While questions remain about the seven-bill farmland preservation package to be introduced by state Reps. Gene Krebs and Sean Logan, Ohio agriculture organizations are generally supportive.

Inspection of farmland remains big question if pipeline approved

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Farmers may have to rely on company inspectors to monitor the construction and cleanup process if the proposed Independence Pipeline is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Life will go on after the cows

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

At the close of 1998, John and Wendy Cooper made the toughest decision of their young lives: to sell their top-producing dairy herd, replacement animals, farm equipment, tractors and even the forage and feed inventory.

Vermont sheep to be destroyed

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

USDA’s active monitoring of flocks in Vermont since 1996 will prevent widespread contamination from TSE.

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.

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