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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

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

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USDA Announces Funds For West Virginia Rural Energy Projects

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced more than $760,000 in funding for 22 rural energy projects in West Virginia. Manchin’s office said in a news release Tuesday that the funds will help businesses with projects including installing solar panels, energy efficient heating and cooling systems,… Read More

Cows on the DeBruin family farm

Ohio Farmers Hit Hard by Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is among the top states for several agricultural crops and for food production and processing. But while farming is considered an essential business under the various shutdown orders, it’s a tough time for those who run the state’s 76,000 farms. Gene DeBruin owns a small dairy farm in Fayette… Read More

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Official: Firm ‘Devastated’ by Fire at Large Ohio Egg Farm

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UPDATE (6:30 p.m.) Authorities say a fast-moving fire at a large egg farm in Ohio destroyed one large building and also killed hens in other buildings. The blaze was reported shortly before 3:30 a.m. at the Trillium Farms facility in Croton. Chief Mike Richardson of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department told the Newark Advocate that… 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

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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

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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

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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

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

Rain Causing More Than Rotten Tomatoes for Ohio Valley Farmers

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The precipitation average so far this year for Southeast Ohio is 34.75 inches, which is nearly 10 inches above normal, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Farmers in Athens County and along the Ohio River basin are hoping for less rain next year in order to reclaim what Mother Nature took from their… Read More

Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets

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Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contracted barns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products. On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his… Read More