State Rep. Hosting Farmland Conservation Town Hall in Marion

State Representative Dorothy Pelanda is hosting a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:30am at the Marion Public Library to present information about farmland conservation and easements. Speakers from the Ohio League of Conservation Voters will present information to farmers and the public on land easements. The public is invited to attend.

Antique Farm Machinery Show Set for this Weekend

The Mid Ohio Antique Farm Machinery Show is July 26, 27, and 28, 2013 at the Richwood Independent Fairgrounds in Richwood, Ohio. This year’s show features John Deere and will include lots of exhibits, food, activities, and entertainment. Admission is $3 per person with children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by adult. July […]

Nominations Sought for 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels have announced they are accepting nominations for the 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards. The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady. “Last year, I was honored to meet and […]

Time Running Out to Apply for CAUV Tax Break

Friday, March 1, 2013 is the deadline for area residents to apply for or renew CAUV applications. These annual forms need to be in the Marion County Auditor’s Office before the first Monday in March. As of February 22, 163 renewals have not yet been received by the Auditor’s Office.  Failure to renew can cost […]

Latest Century Farms List Includes Area Families

Seventy‐eight farms were designated as Ohio Century Farms in 2012 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Century farm status is awarded to families who have owned the same farm for at least 100 consecutive years. Those include the Hord farm which started in 1905 in Marion County. There were also farms added to the list […]

State Offers Drought Meetings to Assist Farmers

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio State University Extension and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a series of meetings throughout the state in September to provide crop and livestock farmers with information on farming in a drought and on accessing available relief resources. In July, Governor John R. Kasich signed Executive Order […]

Farmers Co-Op Awards Scholarships

Central Ohio Farmers Co-op recently presented several local students as winners of their 2012 agricultural scholarships. The awards are in the amount of $1,500 each.

City Council Approves Leasing Portion of Park for Farming

The City of Marion is seeking bids to farm land located within a city park. Marion City Parks Superintendent Mike Cheney asked the Airport, Lands, and Buildings Committee to allow him to advertise for bids and enter into a contract to lease about 26 acres of Sawyer-Ludwig Park for farming. The section to be leased is in the south and southwest section of the park.

Sign-Ups Begin for Land Conservation Program

The wait is over for farmers and landowners seeking the opportunity to enroll their farmland in the popular Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The agency is encouraging landowners to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) program; CRP general enrollment will run through Friday, August 27.

Farmland Preservation Program Helping Farms Grow

State farmland preservation funds are doing more than preserving land, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation. Results revealed that Agricultural Easement Purchase Program funds are being used to help implement on-farm conservation measures and expand the farm business.