Friday, April 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies say it's business as usual in the COVID-19 shutdown. But uncertainty looms for agricultural markets.
A buoy on Lake Erie.

On March 30, the application deadline for farmers for the H2Ohio program moved back to its original March 31 date, walking back a COVID-19 deadline change.
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Food banks facing overwhelming demand are being hamstrung by bureaucratic red tape. It's leaving people hungry and putting them in danger.

In response to criticism of an ODNR proposal to change coyote trapping and hunting rules, Rep. Don Jones introduced a new coyote bill in the Ohio House. The new bill would specify that there are no limitation on seasons for hunting or trapping and no permits required to take coyotes.
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Many agricultural businesses are still open after stay-at-home orders were enacted, but they’ve changed the way they operate.
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Demand for fluid milk — half gallons and gallons — at retail outlets surged after the COVID-19 outbreak hit the U.S.
A computer with papers stacked on the keyboard.

Schools, colleges and some businesses are transitioning to online learning in response to COVID-19 risks. In rural areas with limited broadband access, this presents some challenges.
Ohio farm

Agriculture is considered essential business during COVID-19 closures, but farms may face challenges with the H-2A visa program and labor on the farm.

Start planning your vegetable garden — learn how to choose a location for your garden, determine what to grow and decide when to plant your vegetables.
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With schools closed and children stuck at home, here are some virtual learning resources from local farms, zoos and museums.