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Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

Dublin, OH – Farm-grown energy and locally grown produce are two of the hot topics at the Ohio Farmers Union convention, which kicks off today in Dublin. Joe Logan, the group's president, says the focus is on ways the farmers and rural communities can boost revenue while helping to solve globa

Reynoldsburg, OH – Got milk -- and if so, how do you label it? The debate over dairy labels in Ohio is churning, and the Dairy Labeling Advisory Committee meets today to decide whether the state's labeling rules should be changed. At the center of the controversy are dairy farmers and process

Ottawa, OH – If patience is a virtue, Ohio farmers are plenty virtuous, as they continue to hold off planting until the U.S. Senate acts on the Farm Bill. Roger Crossgrove, executive director of the Ohio Farmers Union, hopes the Senate takes quick action, because farmers in the state need to k

Columbus, OH – There's a gallon of controversy in your local dairy cooler. Some in the dairy business have "gone sour" on a label that marks dairy products as coming from cows not treated with rBST, a synthetic growth hormone. They say the "rBST-free" label implies that there's something harmf

Columbus, OH – Ohio farmers are closely watching the U.S. Senate this week, with a vote expected on the new Farm Bill. Commodity subsidies are among the top issues, and a likely amendment would set a limit on the size of payments made to individual farms. Joe Logan with the Ohio Farmers Union

Demand for fresh local produce is fortifying the bottom line for many Ohio farmers. Jason Williamson, a Paulding farmer, says demand for locally grown foods is booming, leading to big opportunities for those selling at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and directly to local groceries. "This summe

For many farmers, selling their produce can be a "David vs. Goliath" match-up. Their main buyers, the food processors, have been expanding and merging in recent years to the point where a few huge companies dominate the markets for key products like soybeans, cattle, pork, and poultry. Joe Logan

Ohio farmers were in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to say the state's economy and environment hang in the balance in the next U.S. Farm Bill. Johnstown farmer Mike Laughlin met with members of the state's Congressional delegation. He says one priority for Ohio is full funding for the Conservation Secu

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