ODA encourages Ohioans to respond to census of agriculture

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) urges Ohio farmers and producers who have not yet done so to respond to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture. Responses are accepted in the mail and online through February 5, 2018. “The data collected from the Census of Agriculture is critically important as decision […]

Deadline nears for CAUV renewal applications

Friday, March 3, 2017 is the deadline for initial and renewal of CAUV application forms. These annual forms need to be in the Marion County Auditor’s Office before the first Monday in March. As of February 28, 115 renewals have not yet been received by the Auditor’s Office. Failure to renew can cost farmers thousands […]

2017 funds now available for Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that nine land trusts, four counties, one township and 11 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program […]

Lill family honored with 2016 Conservation Farm Family Award

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today recognized five families representing each region of the state as winners of the 2016 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London. This was the 33rd year of the awards program. “Farmers were the first conservationists, and to this day the conservation efforts they employ will […]

State Veterinarian discusses livestock tampering and Ohio’s fairs

The following article/column was written by Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian at Ohio Department of Agriculture. Summer marks the beginning of fair season – a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting. As these hard working kids gear up to show […]

Prettyman elected treasurer of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Cy Prettyman of New Bloomington has been elected treasurer of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He now holds the third highest elected office in the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization. OFBF’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. Prettyman was elected to the board of trustees in […]

Prospect farmer graduates from AgriPOWER Institute

Libby Bender of Prospect is one of 19 farmers and agribusiness professionals who recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, Class VII. Bender is employed by Ag Credit as an agricultural lender. She earned a degree in agribusiness and applied economics from Ohio State University in 2013 and is the 7th generation on her […]

Deadline for CAUV registration nears

Marion County Auditor Joan Kasotis announced that Friday, March 4, 2016 at 4:30 P.M. is the deadline to file initial and renewal applications for Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). The CAUV program allows farmland devoted exclusively to commercial agriculture to be valued based on the agricultural use of the land rather than its “highest and […]

Marion man among those honored for support of Ohio’s local fairs

Fifty‐four individuals or organizations were recognized at the 91st Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, six received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Among those honored […]

Marion farm included in new additions to state’s historic farms

In 2015, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 114 new century or bicentennial farms owned by the same family for at least 100 or 200 consecutive years. There are now more than 1,200 farms registered across the state in the Ohio’s Historic Family Farms program. The farms included the McKinniss Farm in Marion County which […]