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An activist group is spreading misinformation to stop solar projects in rural America
WASHINGTON (NPR) — Roger Houser’s ranching business was getting squeezed. The calves he raises in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley were selling for about the same price they had a few years… Read More
Food waste is contributing to climate change. What’s being done about it?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Discarded food is responsible for as much as 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. NewsHour’s Isabella Jibilian reports on… Read More
An auction in rural Morgan County draws Southeast Ohioans with fresh, local produce
CHESTERHILL, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) — People can get carried away at the Chesterhill Produce Auction. Perhaps a box of purple sweet potatoes draws their attention. The bidding starts low,… Read More
There aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Bobbi Wilson is about to kick off her first farming season, prepping the soil to yield ripe tomatoes and potatoes next year. Her plan: to start… Read More
Beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid, is being touted as the healthy meat of the future
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… Read More
Small farmers see a silver lining as the pandemic affects Ohio’s meat industry
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…. Read More
USDA Announces Funds For West Virginia Rural Energy Projects
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… Read More
Big-Money Investors Gear Up For A Trillion-Dollar Bet On Farmland
A trillion dollars worth of American farmland will change hands in the coming years. Wealthy investors are likely to buy more of it with the power to shape rural communities and the environment.
Ohio Farmers Hit Hard by Pandemic
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… Read More
Official: Firm ‘Devastated’ by Fire at Large Ohio Egg Farm
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… Read More
WATCH: Is There Help for Farmers Impacted by the Coronavirus?
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… Read More
Farmers Still Dealing With Effects Of Government Shutdown
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… Read More
Rain Causing More Than Rotten Tomatoes for Ohio Valley Farmers
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… Read More
Win For Wetlands: Program Helps Farmers Conserve More Flood Prone Land
West Kentucky farmer Judy Wilson says her family is a bit of a sundry bunch. “We love the farm, but we also love all the nature,” she said. Wilson is… Read More
Which Vision Of Farming Is Better For The Planet?
Should we concentrate farming in a small area, or spread it out to reduce the environmental impact? It’s a dilemma farmers face as they feed a growing planet. A new study weighs in.
Hogwash: Farmers Fear Trump Trade Disputes Are Damaging Ag Markets
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… Read More
Free Trade And Food: Farmers Grow Nervous About NAFTA’s Future
Farmers in the Ohio Valley are waiting to see how President Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department might affect their fortunes. Concerns over trade have held up a confirmation… Read More
Ohio Company To Fly Drone To Help Farmers Monitor Crops
Another southwestern Ohio company will be allowed to fly a drone commercially in U.S. airspace under a waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA granted 3D Aerial Solutions LLC… Read More