The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
The U-S Department of Agriculture recently promised international leaders it would reduce greenhouse gases emitted from large dairy herds. To keep the promise, many dairy farms will have to cover their manure lagoons. Tom Borgerding reports from Circleville, Ohio where one farmer hopes to convert greenhouse gases to money in his pocket
A non-profit consumer advocacy group wants Congress to keep schools from buying lunch milk that contains artificial growth hormones. But dairy farmers say any changes to the bill would hurt farmers that choose to use the treatments.
Drivers in some Ohio counties are coming nose to nose with the aroma of manure wafting through the air.
Governor Ted Strickland this week ended the most recent battle in what some call the “raw milk wars.”
The potential for pollution is a major concern for many Ohioans living next to factory farms. Government officials say state regulations are adequate protection. Environmentalists couldn’t disagree more.
Ohio’s dairy industry will get a boost following action by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The state agency has approved permits for a huge dairy farm in Hardin County, northwest of Columbus. The approval comes despite concerns about possible environmental problems.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on an agreement with the livestock industry that it says will reduce air pollution from so-called factory farms. In Ohio there are about 140 of these farms including the Buckeye Egg Farm and large dairies and hog operations. But not everyone thinks it’s a good deal.
In Ohio, Dutch-owned dairies are responsible for as much as 10-percent of the milk produced in the state. But opponents say they’re hurting communities, polluting air and water, and bringing down property values.
Immigrants from the Netherlands have built 24 dairies in Ohio since 1998. But, these new dairies are stirring controversy.