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Ohio New and Small Farm Colleges Set for 2021

"Bringing small farms in Ohio to life" is the theme of the 2021 New and Small Farm College program.  The program focuses on the increasing number of new and small farm landowners that have a need for comprehensive farm ownership and management programming.  OSU Extension has offered the college to farm families since 2005. Its mission  is to enhance understanding of production practices, the economics of land use choices, legal issues, marketing alternatives, and sources of assistance.

Bee hives in field.

The Ag Law Harvest

Did you know that Giant Panda cubs can be as small as a stick of butter?  A panda mother is approximately 900 times bigger than her newborn cub, which can weigh less than 5 ounces.  This is like an 8-pound human baby having a mother that weighed 7,200 pounds – this size difference may explain why so many panda cubs die from accidentally being crushed by their mothers.  However, not everything is doom and gloom for the Giant Panda.  Chinese officials have officially downgraded pandas from “endangered” to “vulner

Giant Panda chewing on bamboo stalk.

Ohio legislation on the move

Following a flurry of activity before its break, the Ohio General Assembly can now enjoy a few lazy days of summer.  While the legislature spent much of its energy passing the state budget, it also moved several bills affecting agriculture.  Here’s the latest update on legislation that's moving down at the capitol.

Enacted bills

Ohio capitol building

Tyler's Law Impacting Ohio Fairs

Fair season is in full swing, and after a year off, fair goers are eager to indulge in fair food, games, and rides.  Additionally, thanks to a new law, Ohio is hoping to make this the safest fair season yet.  This comes after the tragic death of Tyler Jarrell at the 2017 Ohio State Fair.  The 18-year-old fair goer passed away when the Fire Ball ride broke apart.  Tyler and seven others were injured in the accident, which was later blamed on excessive corrosion.  To help prevent another tragedy, Governor DeWine signed 

Ferris wheel under blue sky.

Agriculture loses more cases than it wins in recent federal decisions

Perhaps it’s an overused phrase but “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose” has relevance to agriculture lately.  It’s a fitting response to several new decisions from the federal courts.  Some of the decisions align with positions advocated by agricultural interests but others do not.  We wrote last week about a case in the “sometimes you lose” category--the Court’s ruling in favor of small refineries cla

The United States Supreme Court building

The Ag Law Harvest

Did you know that the Florida Panther is the last subspecies of Mountain Lion found east of the Mississippi River?  The Florida Panther is an endangered species with an estimated population of under 100 panthers.  As bleak as it may seem, things may be looking up for the Florida Panther to make a roaring comeback (which is ironic because Florida Panthers can’t roar). 

Florida Panther

Hanging on a word: U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of refineries in renewable fuels case

The meaning of the word “extension” was at the heart of a dispute that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court over small refinery exemptions under the nation’s Renewable Fuel Program (RFP).  The decision by the Supreme Court came as a bit of a surprise, as questions raised by the Justices during oral arguments on the case last Spring suggested that the Court would interpret “extension” differently than it did in its June 27 decision.

Biorefining facility in Ohio

It's time to talk about noxious weeds law

Poison hemlock and Canada thistle are making unwelcome appearances across Ohio, and that raises the need to talk about Ohio’s noxious weeds law.  The law provides mechanisms for dealing with noxious weeds—those weeds that can cause harm to humans, animals, and ecosystems.  Location matters when we talk about noxious weeds.  That’s because Ohio law provides different procedures for dealing with noxious weeds depending upon where we find the weeds.  The law addresses the weeds on Ohio's noxious weeds list in these four locations:

Poison hemlock in field

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