Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Catch up on local FFA news from Ohio FFA, Black River FFA and Northwestern FFA.
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will offer $3 million in grant funding to improve motorized boat access at public facilities across the state.

Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center have made two important advancements against African swine fever virus.
A pile of newspapers on a laptop.

After receiving support from various legislators, rural groups and others, a bill that would have created a statewide broadband grant program in Ohio lost momentum at the end of 2020. House Bill 13 passed the Ohio House in June of 2020 and went through three hearings in a Senate committee. But as the legislature neared the end of the 133rd General Assembly, it never came up for a vote in the Senate. It never even made it out of the committee.
The midway at the Canfield Fair.

With a pandemic still in full swing, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill that would have reopened county fairs. Senate Bill 375, which would have voided a July public health order to restrict Ohio fairs to junior fairs only, passed the Ohio legislature in December with largely partisan votes and discussions.
harvest hops

Hops for Brewing is a hybrid program with online and in-person components hosted by Shippensburg University to teacher people how to grow and market hops.
Capitol dome, Washington D.C., Farm and Dairy file photo

On Jan. 6, as legislators worked on certifying the Electoral College vote, a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, following a Trump rally. The riot resulted in five deaths, according to The Associated Press.
Ohio farmland

The Ohio Office of Farmland Preservation is not accepting applications for its Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program this year.
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Catch up on local FFA news from Clear Fork FFA, Fayetteville FFA and River Valley FFA.
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An online event will highlight Penn State programming during the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually Jan. 9-16.