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Top farm stories of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A year-in-review look at 10 of the biggest farm issues we covered in 2011.

Marcellus and Utica shale gas may bring fewer jobs than thought

Monday, December 26, 2011

COLUMBUS — A recent industry-funded study estimating that development of shale natural gas and oil could create or support 200,000 jobs in Ohio greatly overestimates the economic impact of the industry, according to a new Ohio State University analysis.

LETTER: Use common sense to make a decision about shale drilling

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Editor: I am a local farmer. I’m a simple man and, like most farmers, I have a lot of common sense. Simplicity and common sense go hand in hand. In order for my farm to operate, I must make many logical decisions. If logic is not applied to my decision-making process, I suffer the consequences. […]

Is your rural community ready for the changing energy landscape?

Friday, December 16, 2011

The communities that do best in the changing energy landscape will adopt appropriate land use, housing, planning, schooling, regulatory, and capital management strategies that anticipate and can adapt to change.

Protesters urge a slow down in Marcellus drilling

Thursday, December 1, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Protesters outside Youngstown’s Covelli Center Nov. 30 wanted the Utica and Marcellus shale drilling to slow, but the feeling inside was that it is moving full steam ahead. The public filled the sold-out trade show and a stage area where speakers talked about the jobs that lay ahead for the area, the […]

Marcellus shale seminar focuses on municipal experiences

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A presentation detailing how municipal governments are dealing with the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom will be offered by Penn State Extension Dec. 6 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Is your mineral lease outdated or ‘inadequate?’ There may be options

Thursday, November 10, 2011

At least know where you stand and what’s available, experts advise.

Free testing of private water supplies available in some Pa. counties

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PITTSBURGH — The Colcom Foundation’s grant program Marcellus Environmental Fund has secured $150,000 for the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre and McKean counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale gas well drilling activities.

Penn State study looks at water quality in private wells near Marcellus shale drilling

Monday, November 7, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A study of more than 200 drinking-water wells near Marcellus Shale natural-gas wells in 20 counties did not find statistically significant evidence of contamination from hydraulic fracturing.

Roy N. Brugmann, 1931-2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MANTUA, Ohio — Roy N. Brugmann, 80, died Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. Born in Shalersville Township on May 16, 1931, he was the son of Oscar and Annie (Paserk) Brugmann Sr. A lifetime resident of the Mantua and Shalersville areas, he began his career in the sand and gravel business as a young […]

CONSOL and Hess to jointly develop Utica shale in Ohio

Thursday, October 27, 2011

PITTSBURGH — CONSOL Energy Inc. announced it has closed on its agreement with Hess Corporation to jointly explore and develop CONSOL’s nearly 200,000 Utica Shale acres in Ohio.

EPA announces schedule to develop natural gas wastewater standards

Friday, October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations. No comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time for the disposal of wastewater discharged from natural gas extraction activities, and over the coming months EPA […]

Ohio State to host Ag Law Symposium

Friday, October 14, 2011

COLUMBUS — From shale gas legal issues to enforcing the state’s new Livestock Care Standards to federal and state agricultural legislation, the Nov. 18 Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is packed with hot topics in the legal community.

Penn State program to help Pa. residents make informed decisions about shale drilling

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A science- and energy-based program focusing on Pennsylvania counties with natural gas exploration and production is part of a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

New Ohio State center will focus on shale energy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

COLUMBUS — In response to the growing need for education and research related to Ohio’s developing shale energy industry, The Ohio State University is creating the Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center.

Need Marcellus info? Ask Penn State

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.

Shale gas fuels first-day discussions at Ohio FSR

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“This is a once and a lifetime opportunity for philanthropy in a region of the state that’s never seen much philanthropy.”

Farmland values continue to climb, with farmers as buyers

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ohio farmland values shot up 7.5 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent numbers, with all-land values averaging $4,300 per acre.

Experts at Farm Science Review to discuss impact of Ohio’s Marcellus, Utica production

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

LONDON, Ohio — Experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will discuss opportunities and challenges in developing natural gas.

Marcellus Shale drilling benefits area economy less than originally estimated

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new study examining the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom in Pennsylvania suggests that, although development of this resource is having a positive economic impact in the state, the net benefits may be more modest than previously reported.

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