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    A Call To Boost Local Foods in 2018 Farm Bill

    By Mary Kuhlman, Ohio Public News Service 2/6/18 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal lawmakers are ramping up their work on the 2018 Farm Bill, and some Ohio farm groups and producers say measures to boost local foods should be included. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown says the Local FARMS Act he introduced in the Senate can help family farmers and local growers reach new markets and improve access to fresh foods for Ohioans. That was the exact mission of Betsy Anderson and others in Wooster when they created Local Roots Market and Café eight years ago. “The connection to the food is just so different when you grow it yourself,” she says.…

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    Consumer Advocate and Investigative Journalist Stacy Malkan to Address Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017 Contact: Renee Hunt, Program Director, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, renee@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org    As evidence mounts about the health and environmental harms associated with pesticides, some corporations are responding with tobacco-style propaganda campaigns designed to undermine organic and non-genetically modified agriculture. .  Who’s behind these attacks and how they are doing it will be the focus of a keynote address by author, journalist, and leading consumer advocate Stacy Malkan at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, this February in Dayton. In her Saturday, February 17 talk, “Fake News,…

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    Madison County ag retreat looks at crops and profit

    The Madison Press, Michael Williamson, 11/3/17 “Grow More Vegetables, Make More Money,” was the theme of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) two-day retreat at the Procter Camp and Conference Center just outside of London Friday morning through Saturday evening. OEFFA started in 1979 by a collection of farmers dedicated to the growth and promotion of ecological and organic farm systems. The goal of the workshop was to inform farmers on practices that could enhance their management plans and advance their earning potential. “This particular workshop is geared towards farmers who are already farming mixed vegetables, specialty crop-growers who are kind of at a certain scale where they’re…

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    New Report Helps Farmers With Food Safety Planning: Features Case Studies of Ohio Organic Farms

    For Immediate Release: October 26, 2017 . Contact: Renee Hunt, OEFFA Program Director, (614) 947-1642, renee@oeffa.org Eric Pawlowski, OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator, (614) 947-1610, eric@oeffa.org A publication released today by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will help produce farmers understand what it means to develop a farm food safety plan and meet new federal food safety rules.   . Food Safety Planning Down on the Farm: Examples from Ohio Certified Organic Farms features eight vegetable and fruit farms of various scales and serving diverse markets. . “Our hope is that farmers, whether or not they are certified organic, will see themselves in these profiles,” said OEFFA Education Program…

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    Ohioans can have direct impact on environment

    Cleveland.com, Kate Williams, 10/15/2017 Guest columnist Kate Williams, a lifelong advocate of the outdoors and the environment, has been CEO of 1% for the Planet since 2015. Previously, she served as Board Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Citizen action and voice have never been more critical to the future of our planet. Across the globe, it is a time of extremes – storms, drought and politics to name just a few. Here in the United States these extremes are accompanied by significant reductions in federal funding to address environmental issues. As global citizens, we must take action.…

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    Growing Better Taste: Huntertown farm first USDA certified organic poultry farm in Indiana

    By Ryan Schwab, 7/18/16, KPCNews HUNTERTOWN — Don Hoffman doesn’t eat a chicken at a restaurant. “I remember how chicken used to taste. Today, it taste like cardboard,” he said. And the chicken you buy in the stores? “It is just awful. It’s not what I grew up on and prefer,” he said. Don and his brother, Ben, are co-owners of Hoffman Certified Organics, which operates on their family farm at 2606 Chapman Road in Huntertown. Their company is the first and only 100 percent USDA certified organic pasture-raised poultry farm in Indiana, specializing in pasture raised chickens. “Our motto is that we are going to raise our chickens to taste…

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    Calls for Better Fracking Regulations on Day of Action

    By Mary Kuhlman, 6/6/16, Ohio Public News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio – While oil and gas drilling has slowed in Ohio in the past year, fracking opponents say the impacts continue to threaten the fabric of communities. The Frackfree America National Coalition, based in Youngstown, on Tuesday is sponsoring a National Day of Action on fracking with events scheduled in Ohio and other states to call attention to problems associated with fracking, including toxic waste, pipelines, spills and leaks, and earthquakes linked to injection wells. Amalie Lipstreu, policy program coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, says communities need more protection. “People who depend on our government to protect…

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    Ohio Pipeline Projects Stir Fears of Compromised Farmland Integrity

    By Mary Kuhlman, Ohio Public News Service, 2/4/16 COLUMBUS, Ohio – There are fears that two proposed pipelines, which would run through Ohio, will threaten the livelihood of some Ohio farmers. The proposed Nexus and ET Rover pipelines would transport gas obtained from Ohio hydraulic fracturing operations through Michigan and up to Canada. The pipelines will impact 25 counties, and Amalie Lipstreu, policy program coordinator of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), says besides affecting forests and waterways, the pipelines could compromise the integrity of farmland. “And very particularly organic farmland,” she points out. “It’s very vulnerable to contamination, to soil compaction, destruction of soil structure and potentially…

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    Labor of Love: Small-scale farmers in alternative food networks

    The Blue Review 10/05/15 By Analena Bruce It’s a cloudless Saturday morning at the farmers market, perfect for strolling past stands overflowing with tomatoes, summer squash and melons. Filling your bag with fresh grown goodness, you feel the satisfaction of feeding your family the best and knowing that your choice is helping a small farmer steward the land in the best way possible while making a living, right? Not exactly… Here’s a day at the market from the perspective of Sue, a small-scale alternative farmer: And then you go there, you’ve spent five or six hours preparing, getting your linens together, baskets and harvesting and packing and getting the coolers,…

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    Water Quality in Ohio: Taking a Page from Organic Farming

    By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service, 7/20/15  PHOTO: Sustainable farming groups say lessons from organic farming can help solve Ohio’s toxic and unsightly algae problems and improve water quality. Photo courtesy NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. July 20, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Algal blooms in Lake Erie are predicted to be among the worst in recorded history this summer. And organic farmers say taking a page from their playbook can help state leaders working to address the recurring problem, and other water quality issues. Organic farms are prohibited from using synthetic fertilizers, which are linked to toxic algae. One farmer, Dave Shively of northwest Ohio, says the practices he…

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