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A hybrid bull, which lives on the A&K Ranch near Raymondville, Mo., stands in a field

Beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid, is being touted as the healthy meat of the future

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Bison produce very lean meat, but they are wild animals that can be difficult to raise on a farm. Cattle are very docile, but their meat can be high in fat and not very healthy. That’s why proponents of a crossbreed — called beefalo — say they have what should be… Read More

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USDA One Stop Workshop


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Join us for a lunchtime webinar overview of farm bill programs. Rural Action has partnered with OEFFA and the USDA to provide a webinar on the basics of Farm Bill programs available for farmers. There will be opportunities to ask questions you may have on specific programs, as well as the chance to engage with… Read More

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Opportunities for Direct Sales at Farmers Markets


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Rural Action has partnered with ACEnet (Appalachian Center for Sustainable Networks) to present a series of workshops in the Whole Farm series. This workshop will be held on Zoom and is centered around trends, designing your booth to optimize sales, connecting with customers, and developing a relationship with farmers market managers.

Black and Red Angus cattle graze in a pasture in Calloway County, Kentucky.

Small farmers see a silver lining as the pandemic affects Ohio’s meat industry

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MECHANICSBURG, Ohio (WYSO) — Brandi Anderson runs a small farm about 40 miles west of Columbus. It’s called Women that Farm. She grew up raising cattle not far from Dayton. By 2015 she quit her job as a grain elevator manager in London, Ohio. She and her husband began raising Holstein and black Angus cattle… Read More

An elk among native grasses and flowers inside the Elk and Bison Prairie.

In elk, a Kentucky professor sees an opportunity to help revitalize Appalachia

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Ohio Valley ReSource · In Elk, A Kentucky Professor Sees An Opportunity To Help Revitalize Appalachia MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Howard Whiteman is inching along in his black Toyota Prius, craning his neck to see what’s beyond the rolling grasslands into the nearby woods. He wishes he brought binoculars. He’s slowly making his way around… Read More

Black and Red Angus cattle graze in a pasture in Calloway County, Kentucky.

The ‘Beef’ With Beef: Cattle, Climate Change, And Alternative Meat

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CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Many people might think of Blake Munger as a cattle farmer as he walks through his pasture land in western Kentucky, but he sees things a little differently nowadays. “I don’t know which is more valuable, my cattle or the pasture at this point. I used to say cattle, but… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Here Comes The Sun: Solar Moves In, And A Farm Community Wonders About Its Future

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in central Kentucky’s Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the… Read More

“Everything is just scary,” Folz says of the uncertainty around trade.

Awash In Relief Money, Ohio Valley Farmers Reflect On Trump Promises — And Their Ballots

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CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Rick Murdock drives past his neighbors on rural back roads in southwest Calloway County, Kentucky, most days in his pickup truck, where he’ll pass by some signs of the season — “Trump 2020” flags and signs. Murdock said he’s never been the type to put up signs or banners himself… Read More

The Letcher County Farmers Market on a September weekend.

Back To The Land: The Future Challenge And Opportunity Of Appalachian Agriculture

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WHITESBURGH, Ky. (OVR) — A line of blue and yellow pop-up tents stand along the North Fork of the Kentucky River during a sunny September weekend in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Valerie Horn is doing her part to keep the Letcher County Farmers Market rolling. Pumpkins and watermelons fill tarps laid out on the ground next… Read More

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Ky. Health Officials Suggest Revisions To Food Producer Fee Proposal After Blowback

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — Kentucky health officials are suggesting revisions to a proposed regulation that would have dramatically increased food safety inspection fees for some small food producers. Department officials said they received hundreds of public comments on the proposal with concerns about fee increases and they now plan to limit fees according to a producer’s… Read More

A packet of unsolicited seeds received by an Ohio citizen in the mail.

Ohio Department Of Agriculture: Don’t Plant Mysterious Seeds

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYSO) — Unsolicited packages of seeds have been showing up on some Ohioans’ porches. Late last week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) started getting reports of citizens receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they never ordered. Authorities think the packages appear to be sent from China, and they are urging anyone who… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

WATCH: Is There Help for Farmers Impacted by the Coronavirus?

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Most farmers should be able to take out loans as a result of the relief bill, either through Economic Injury Disaster Loan program or the Paycheck Protection Program, which is meant to cover payroll for the short-term for small businesses. PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins and Dan Bush answered this question and others about the coronavirus… Read More

Protein powder derived from hemp

Ohio Accepting Applications for Hemp Cultivation, Processing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting online applications from those interested in growing and processing hemp. Officials say the application window for the 2020 growing season opened Tuesday. The state Legislature legalized industrial hemp cultivation and CBD use and production last year in a bill Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed… Read More

WOUB Digital

GAP Safety Training


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Join Rural Action and OSU extension for a day of farm-food safety training that also counts toward GAP certification. Topics include: Water Quality Worker Training, Health & Hygiene Manure and Compost Handling Domestic and Wild Animals The OSU Extension GAP training is one way to satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

Major Trade Agreements Have Ohio Farmers Expressing Optimism

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The U.S. has reached two major trade agreements with international partners in the past month, with the Trump administration pitching these deals as a way to ease the burden farmers have shouldered during the trade war with China. During the nearly two-year trade dispute, Ohio farmers have battled falling commodity prices and a struggling market…. Read More

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Season Creation Workshop


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Join Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action for a highly acclaimed, on-farm workshop. This training teaches participants about the use of gabled high tunnels for winter production, focusing on multiple aspects of the Green Edge model of year-round farming. The workshop includes both on-farm and classroom portions covering farm infrastructure, planting schedules, crop monitoring,… Read More

Huff (left) and Fuller (right), next to hemp

Over-Hyped Hemp? Amid Price Drop and a Big Bankruptcy, Some Farmers Feel Burned

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John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly… Read More

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CPA Incubator Farm Now Accepting Applications


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The Rural Action Incubator Farm application is open for the 2020 growing season! The Incubator Farm program helps beginning farmers start their own sustainable farm businesses from the ground up — providing farm plots, educational resources, startup capital, and mentorship. This program is designed for individuals who are serious about starting their own sustainable farm… Read More