Farmers need to gear up for more rain

By Aaron Wilson, Climate Specialist, CFAES

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Weather extremes like those during 2018, much more rain, and heavier downpours are likely to become the norm rather than the exception in Ohio, according to a climate expert with The Ohio State University.

As a result, the state’s farmers will have to deal with more and more water pouring onto and running off of their fields, and that could threaten the quality of water downstream, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Continue reading

Education on the Go

For those of you who like to listen to information via podcasts or online — OSU Extension has something new for you.  Stay on top of what is happening in the field and the farm office as Amanda Douridas and Elizabeth Hawkins interview experts in agronomy and farm management. Hosted by Ohio State University Extension, this podcast takes a bi-monthly dive into specific issues that impact agriculture, such as: weather, land value, policies, commodity outlooks, and more. For more information on agronomy and farm management visit agcrops.osu.edu and u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager.

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Ohio Agricultural Law Blog–Legal defenses for agricultural production activities

Written by Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

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Funding Available to Western Lake Erie Basin Farmers to Improve Water Quality

From Daniel Foust and Patrick Troyer, Paulding SWCD

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District is providing funding for new assistance programs for farmers to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. The Ohio Working Lands program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible crop land. The program will promote conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. Continue reading

Ohio Agricultural Law Blog — The Legal Challenges to the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Begin

Written by Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program

Toledo’s Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) has been in the headlines a lot lately, and certainly on the minds of farmers in the Lake Erie watershed.  So far, the Ag Law Blog has focused attention on what LEBOR is, why it was on the ballot, and what types of defenses agricultural producers can raise if sued.  Because voters approved the ballot measure, the focus now shifts to how LEBOR will be treated in the courts. Continue reading

Paulding to Host Master Gardener Class

If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Ohio State Extension has the ideal program for you.

Beginning with an orientation class on March 13, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. an Ohio State Master Gardener “Basic Training” Continue reading

What is an Agricultural District

Information taken directly from the Ohio Department of Agriculture website in the Farmland Preservation Division.  This post appeared on June 14, 2018.  

An agricultural district provides protection for farmers from nuisance lawsuits, defer expensive development assessments until the land is changed to a non-agriculture use, and offers state scrutiny of local eminent domain acquisitions in certain cases. Continue reading

Ag District – How do I fill out that application?

I have made my first YouTube video for directions on how to fill out the Ag District application for interested landowners.  The video pertains to how to use the Paulding County Auditor’s office website to find the information needed to correctly fill out the application.  If you own land in other counties in Ohio the applications are similar but the layout of the local auditor’s office may be different.    Continue reading