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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

McClesters donate first ag easement to ODA

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Carroll County landowners Robert and Bernice McClester are the first landowners to donate an agricultural easement to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), ensuring their farm will not be converted to a non agricultural use.

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.

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.

Buckeye Egg Farm has long history of problems

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

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

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.

EPA creates final TMDL rule, but opponents win 14-month delay

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

President signs bill barring TMDL implementation two days after EPA publishes final rule.

Ag district protection against nuisance law suits may be in jeopardy

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Ohio’s agricultural community is watching the developments of a case in Darke County Common Pleas Court that could affect the way farmers do business.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 amends original application with FERC

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

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

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