Gov. John Kasich is hinting at some proposals he’ll include in his upcoming budget, including what he calls a tax cut. But some state lawmakers are skeptical.
Experts say this year’s down corn crop is expected to intensify the debate over whether corn should be used for food or ethanol.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting the Ohio State Fair on Friday to discuss the country’s worst drought in decades and his department’s efforts to help producers.
Corn and soybean farmers around the state continue to deal with sweltering temperatures and dangerously-low amounts of rain.
Lawmakers on the House Agriculture committee voted strictly along party lines to approve the deal that would put into effect in Ohio the Great Lakes Compact, an agreement signed in 2005 by eight states and two Canadian provinces seeks to protect the Great Lakes from massive withdrawals of water.
While attention is focused this week on financial regulatory reform on Capitol Hill, congress is also considering stricter food safety standards. Ohio consumers, and some small and medium sized produce farmers in Ohio are watching what congress does.
Governor Ted Strickland visited Ohio State yesterday to help introduce a plan he hopes will increase university enrollment and expand economic growth.
Some Ohio legislators are pushing again to stiffen the punishment for people involved with cock-fighting. A bill to make the crime a felony has just been recommended by lawmakers on the Ohio House Agriculture Committee. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
The federal Department of Agriculture predicts that farm income will fall 20 percent this year. But such a decline comes after big gains in 2008. And Farm income has been a bright spot during the past six to nine months while other sectors of the economy faltered. In Madison County, west of Columbus, farmers, equipment dealers and bankers prepare for economic uncertainty.
State agriculture officials have a new way to try to stop a tree-killing insect. They will begin hanging more than 7,000 traps this spring to catch the Emerald Ash Borer. The Asian insect has damaged or killed an estimated 25 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
After months of study by the state and after input from various stakeholders, the Ohio agriculture department has developed new rules governing the labeling of dairy products. The state agriculture director says the new regulations balance the right of free speech with the public’s right to know.