The suburban ranch-style home in Ohio where humor writer Erma Bombeck launched her nationally syndicated column has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
The home grown Biofuel ethanol has been taking a lot of flack lately. Questions are growing about its environmental sustainability, whether it’s causing higher food prices, and how much of it will help the U.S. move toward energy independence. Acting U.S. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Connor, in Columbus Wednesday to address the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, tried to lay some of the doubts about ethanol to rest.
The attorney general’s office has just wrapped up a series of meetings to gather public input about games of skills versus games of chance. The Strickland administration has issued an emergency order to try and regulate the machines. But it may be up to the legislature to decide the outcome.