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Western KY farmer Tom Folz fears a prolonged trade war could push some farmers out of business.

Farmer Fatigue: Farmers Grow Weary Of Trade War, But Most Stick With Trump

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Tom Folz drives around on a sunny, August afternoon and surveys the thousands of acres of dark green, leafy soybean plants and tall stalks of corn he grows on his sprawling farm in Christian County, Kentucky. At 54, Folz has wispy, white hair matching his white mustache. It’s taken him several long work weeks to… Read More

Ohio State to Aid Farmers Needing Emotional, Financial Help

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is creating a new way to help farmers dealing with the stress and strain of keeping their farms running. It’s called the Rural and Farm Stress Task Force. The university says the task force will help connect farmers with specialists who can help them learn more about keeping their businesses… Read More

USDA: Ohio has its Worst Weather-Prevented Planting Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show Ohio farmers have been hit with the state’s worst weather-prevented planting season on record. The Columbus Dispatch reports the data released this week shows Ohio had the highest rate nationally of acreage on which insured farmers were prevented from planting because of weather. The data showed Ohio’s… Read More

Watershed Moment: “Ephemeral” Streams Debate Could Reshape Ohio Valley Waterways

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West Liberty University Professor Zachary Loughman has dedicated his professional life to crustaceans – specifically freshwater crayfish. He dips his hand into one of the water tanks at his laboratory near Wheeling, West Virginia, to pick up a teal crayfish the size of a dollar bill. “See the little guy dropping down? We caught mom… Read More

‘Like Quicksand’: Ohio Farmer Survives Soybean Entrapment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield’s knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm. “I knew I was in trouble then,” the 70-year-old said. “Because it’s just like being in quicksand or cement.” Sometimes a job becomes so routine and familiar that carelessness creeps… Read More

A Growing Recovery: Food Service And Farming Jobs Provide A Path Out Of Addiction

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This is the first story in an occasional series exploring the links between addiction recovery and a recovering economy. It’s lunch hour, and Cafe Appalachia is bustling. Located in South Charleston, West Virginia, the former church turned restaurant has a funky, yet calming vibe. Twinkle lights and mismatched dining room sets dot the space. For… Read More