Stories by Brian Lisik

Budget bill details could mean big problems for oil and gas lessors

Friday, March 27, 2015

Buried deep within the 2,700-plus pages of House Bill 64, Ohio’s “main operating budget” introduced Feb. 11, is wording that some landowners feel could significantly impact existing gas and oil leases.

Annie Warmke: Back to the Earthship

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Annie Warmke converted the Blue Rock Station property, by hand, nearly 20 years ago into Ohio’s first “Earthship.”

Some still skeptical of beef checkoff changes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has signed a memorandum of understanding detailing enhancements to the national beef checkoff. Not all stakeholders, however, are in line with the proposed changes.

No clear-cut answer: Forestry groups say checkoff battle is not over

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Forestry Association has yet to take an official stance against the proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order. But it may be coming soon. At its annual meeting earlier this year, many OFA members were surprised to learn a hardwood checkoff proposal was still being considered […]

Marcellus and Utica shale: New permit spike in Monroe and Noble counties

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 43 new permits in February, up from 32 new permits in January.

Number of female farmers, women in ag conference attendees, growing

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

There are 19 Ohio counties boasting more than 500 women farm operators; against that backdrop, Ohio State Extension and Kent State University-Tuscarawas Small Business Development Center will host the second annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

Some progress at Ohio tax department CAUV meeting; still more questions

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Changes to the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula could be coming as soon as May.

Pitching farm life: Brenda Hastings takes dairy industry in an all new direction

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brenda Hastings pulls no punches on the subject of being a dairy farmer. And the co-owner of Hastings Dairy in Geauga County, Ohio, has become one of her industry’s most active advocates.

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new Ohio State University policy requires all students, staff and volunteers working in programs with youth to be fingerprinted every four years.

Swapping seeds? There’s a law for that

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, decided to launch a seed library on Earth Day 2014, the group’s promotion efforts ran headlong into the state’s seed law.

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Brian Lisik lives in Canton, Ohio. A Suburban Newspapers of America and Ohio Newspaper Association award winner for column writing and series writing, he can be reached at brian@farmanddairy.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/brianlisik