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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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