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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

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

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

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

‘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

Farmers, Economists See More Economic Pain From Trump’s Increased Tariffs

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Ohio Valley farmers say the latest tariff escalation between the Trump administration and China could continue to hurt their businesses, with many farmers already facing financial struggles. As Chinese officials visit Washington, D.C., for more trade talks, the Trump administration announced this week increased tariffs, planned to go into effect Friday, on $200 billion dollars worth of Chinese… Read More

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Zanesville Spring Farmers’ Market


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Join us in creating a local food economy that thrives and embrace the joys of seasonal cooking every Saturday 11am-2pm at the indoor spring farmers’ market at Weasel Boy Brewing (March 9-April 27). On April 27, we’ll have live music by Zanesville native, Brian Smith. Look forward to a variety of local products, including freshly… Read More

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Zanesville Spring Farmers’ Market


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Join us in creating a local food economy that thrives and embrace the joys of seasonal cooking every Saturday 11am-2pm at the indoor spring farmers’ market at Weasel Boy Brewing (March 9-April 27). On March 30, we’ll have live music by local bluegrass band, The Wayfarers. Look forward to a variety of local products, including… Read More

Sweet Equity: Ohio Valley Farmers Tapping Into Tradition

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When Seth Long first began experimenting with maple syrup production, he tapped hollow pegs called spiles into individual trees, collected drips of sap in milk jugs, and carried each gallon down the the steep mountainside on foot. Now, Long rides an open-air buggy up muddy switchbacks to a 500-gallon collection tank from which translucent blue… Read More

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Quarles: Sales of Kentucky Hemp Products Surged in 2018

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says sales of the state’s hemp products surged in 2018, as did the amount hemp farmers were paid. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday that Kentucky hemp processors reported nearly $58 million in gross product sales last year, compared with nearly $17 million in 2017. The report is… Read More

Southeast Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association meeting


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The OEFFA Southeast Ohio (SEOH) chapter, a grassroots voice for OEFFA members from Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Vinton, and Washington counties, welcomes farmers, gardeners, educators, businesses, students, and activist interested in growing a regenerative food system, locally and globally.  OEFFA strives to support one another in building a healthy… Read More

Distress Grows For Ohio Valley Farmers As Trade Deals Stall

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West Kentucky Farmer Barry Alexander doesn’t have an answer on when the Trump administration will reach a trade deal with China, now a year into tariffs that have hamstrung some Ohio Valley industries. Alexander is optimistic these continued negotiations will be worth it, but his plan in the meantime lies in massive, silver storage bins on Cundiff… Read More

Zanesville Spring Farmers’ Market


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Join us in creating a local food economy that thrives and embrace the joys of seasonal cooking every Saturday 11am-2pm at the indoor spring farmers’ market at Weasel Boy Brewing (March 9-April 27). On opening day, we’ll have live music by local musician, Brandon Middleton. Look forward to a variety of local products, including freshly… Read More

New Agriculture Director Wants to Know What Farmers Want

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The new head of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is traveling around the state, talking to farmers about their needs. Former lawmaker Dorothy Pelanda says the goal of her listening tour is simple. “To let them know who I am, to let them know that we want farmers and agri business owners to be at the… Read More

Hemp’s Heyday: It’s Finally Legal. Now, Can Ohio Valley Farmers Cash In?

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Inside Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia, store owner Doug Flight tries to position himself in front of a camera crew. His experience with growing and selling hemp spans years. But memorizing lines for what he says could be the first hemp TV commercial in the state is another issue. “I know,… Read More

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

Farmers Still Dealing With Effects Of Government Shutdown

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The federal government shutdown is over but some Ohio Valley farmers are still dealing with its effects as they try to sign up for federal relief payments and find ways to substitute for  missing information caused by a delay in important government reports. The American Farm Bureau Federation said 62 reports were delayed during the shutdown. These reports range… Read More