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Time for some good news

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Editor: On the way back from the mailbox to retrieve the newspaper, I was struck by what seemed like the 30th bad news headline in a row: “A Fight for Survival. Some Shoppers Go Without. Financial Genius on Verge of Disaster.” It was the last straw. It’s time someone heard some good news! The local […]

Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress to be held Jan. 12-14

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Ohio State University agricultural specialists will offer a variety of topics on fruit and vegetable production during the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association Congress. The event, formally called the Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress, will be held Jan. 12-14 at The Nia Center at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. […]

Illegal hunting laws need enforced

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Editor: I have never written or responded to a letter to the editor of any publication. However, I felt compelled to do so upon reading Dr. Smith’s letter (http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/letters-to-the-editor/deer-season-not-dog-season/10685.html) printed in the Dec. 18, 2008, edition of Farm and Dairy. I felt many emotions when I read his letter. First, I was deeply saddened for […]

Milk Income Loss Contract Program sign-up begins

Monday, December 22, 2008

WASHINGTON — Sign-up for the Milk Income Loss Contract Program began Dec. 22 and will continue through the program’s expiration date, Sept. 30, 2012. The 2008 Farm Bill reauthorizes the Milk Income Loss Contract Program, which operates similarly to the counter-cyclical payment program for crops, and makes three key changes in program operation. Changes Under […]

Obama taps Iowa’s Tom Vilsack as ag secretary

Monday, December 22, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama selected former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Ohioans prefer locally grown food

Monday, December 22, 2008

COLUMBUS — In 2008, Ohioans continued to support local food systems, with the number reporting “frequently” purchasing locally grown or produced foods remaining steady since 2006.

Total planted acreage of crops could drop

Saturday, December 20, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — Total planted acreage of all crops could drop substantially if crop prices remain generally low, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “Within that context, however, an increase in corn acreage may be needed,” said Darrel Good. “It appears winter wheat seedings, particularly of soft red winter wheat, have declined from […]

Organic food co-op raid sparks court case against health department, ODA

Friday, December 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]

Infectious Diseases Society of America is inaccurate

Friday, December 19, 2008

Editor: I would like to point out several inaccuracies and distortions in the recent press release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America that was reported in last week’s issue of Farm and Dairy. To support its claim that unpasteurized milk “poses serious health risks without benefits,” the Infectious Diseases Society reported the average rate […]

Put farm taxes on your to-do list

Friday, December 19, 2008

It’s not to late to make changes for tax purposes. This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008.

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