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When farm animals escape, who’s liable?

Recent collisions involving cattle on Ohio roadways raise the question of who is liable when a farm animal causes a roadway accident?  Ohio’s “animals at large law” helps answer that question. It’s an old law that establishes a legal duty for owners and keepers of farm animals to contain their animals.  The law states that an owner or keeper shall not permit their animals to run at large “in the public road, highway, street, lane, or alley, or upon unenclosed land.”  But as with many laws, the answer to the question of “who’s liable” under the law is “it depends.”  Here’s

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Farm Office Live is this Friday

Join us for our monthly Farm Office Live webinar to hear timely updates on farm management and legal issues affecting Ohio agriculture.  The webinar is this Friday, January 19 from 10--11:30 a.m.  Here's our January line-up of topics:

  • Production and Accounting Goals -  Bruce Clevenger, Farm Management Field Specialist

  • Farm Financial Business Analysis Program Update - Clint Schroeder, Program Manager

Farm Office Live dates for 2024

Start the new year smart with our webinar on farm insurance

Are your farm business assets adequately protected against risk?  Our webinar on farm insurance, an excellent tool for protecting your assets, can help you answer that question.  Join us for Covering Your Assets: Understanding the Basics of Farm Insurance on January 11, 2024 from 7-9 p.m.  Sponsored by OSU's Agricultural & Resource Law Program and the National Agricultural Law Center, the webinar aims to help you ensure that your insurance best protects you and your farm business.

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Begin planning now to use Ohio's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program

Ohio's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program aims to help level the playing field for beginning farmers in Ohio. It does so by providing income tax benefits for both a beginning farmer and someone who transfers farm assets to the beginning farmer.  The new program first became available for the 2023 tax year, and sunsets on January 1, 2028, or when total income tax credits granted amount to $10 million.

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Ohio ag legislation we'll be watching in the new year

Written by Ellen Essman, J.D., OSU CFAES Government Relations

Just like there won’t be snow flurries on Christmas this year, there was not a flurry of activity at the Statehouse over the last few months. That being said, we will be carefully following several ag-related bills that progressed in committees but have not yet been passed by the full body, as the calendar turns to 2024. Here’s a summary of the bills we’re watching. 

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