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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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    OEFFA releases food safety planning guide

    Farm and Dairy, 11/2/17 COLUMBUS — A publication released 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. OEFFA Education Program Director Renee Hunt said they hope these case studies will help produce growers be less intimidated by food safety planning. FSMA. Produce farmers face new regulations with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While the law exempts the…

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    New report helps farmers with food safety planning

    OCJ, 10/27/17 A publication released 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 Renee Hunt, OEFFA Education Program Director. “We want these case studies to give produce growers ideas of what they can do and make food safety planning less intimidating.” Produce…

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    New Bill Could Help Ohio Farmers Sprout New Business

    Public News Service, Mary Kuhlman, 10/10/2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio lawmaker is leading the charge on new legislation that could help sprout new business opportunities for local farmers. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Local FARMS Act – FARM standing for Food and Regional Market Supply. It would enhance three current grant programs that help expand business opportunities and build sustainability for local farmers. One of the programs is the Value-Added Producer Grant, which Ann’s Raspberry Farm in Central Ohio was awarded in 2014. Co-owner Daniel Trudel says it provided funding that enabled their business to establish a presence in other states and propel online sales. “I cannot speak enough of how…

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    Local farmers express concerns, wishes for next farm bill

    Newark Advocate, Sydney Murray, 9/5/2017 NEWARK – Representatives from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office have been traveling the state to talk to Ohioans about the 2018 Farm Bill. Last Wednesday, the group stopped in Licking County and about 15 people showed up to The Ohio State University Newark Extension office to discuss the bill and their thoughts and concerns about the future of agriculture. Jon McCracken, with Brown’s Washington office, said it is expected the bill will pass out of committee in late winter or early spring. He said conservation remains a top priority and there is a continued interest in helping smaller producers reach different markets. According to a release from Brown’s office, one…

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    Crop insurance reforms must protect farm safety net while also supporting new farmers: Amalie Lipstreu

    The Plain Dealer, Amalie Lipstreu 6/28/2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — In case you were living under a rock, the Trump administration has released its 2018 budget proposal. According to President Donald Trump’s plan, farmers in the crop insurance program would still be able to count on the federal government to pay up to $40,000 of their crop insurance bill — after which they would be cut off. This would save taxpayers $16.2 billion over a decade. This is a difficult time for Ohio farmers. Farm products are selling low while the cost of inputs and property taxes are on the rise. Farming is never easy and is just shy of impossible when dealing with…

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    Guide Highlights Food, Farm Issues for Ohio Candidates

    By Mary Kuhlman, 10/6/16, Ohio Public News Service COLUMBUS, Ohio – The future of food and farming in America affects every Ohioan, and it’s an issue that advocates of sustainable agriculture maintain should be a higher priority for those running for office in November. Amalie Lipstreu, policy program coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) says state and federal policies shape local food systems, and sustainable farming policies benefit public health, economies and the environment. She contends it would be wise for candidates to pay attention. “Clearly, food and farming issues have not risen to the top of the presidential race,” she concedes. “But we’re working to…

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    Ohio Group: Food Labeling Shouldn’t be Controversial

    By Mary Kuhlman, Ohio News Service, 3/7/16 COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the issue of genetic engineering is controversial, some Ohio groups say giving people honest information about the foods they consume should not be. Last week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of what opponents call the DARK Act, which stands for Deny Americans the Right to Know. It essentially would block any mandatory labeling of food that contains genetically modified ingredients. Amalie Lipstreu, policy program coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, argues the bill denies consumers information about the food they eat and feed their families. “Any legislation that codifies voluntary labeling fails to…

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    Ohio activists planning National Day of Action on Tuesday

    Akron Beacon Journal 11-13-15 By Bob Downing From a Friday press release: Groups Join Together to Call for a Halt of Toxic Fracking Waste and Man-made Earthquakes in a National Day of Action on Tuesday, November 17, 2015       Youngstown, Ohio, November 12, 2015 – Groups of concerned citizens from several states are joining together to call for a halt of toxic fracking waste and related man-made earthquakes in a November 17, 2015 event titled, “Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes: A National Day of Action.”      On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, a national coalition of local coordinators and groups will hold rallies or actions throughout the day to…

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    Ohioans Join Call to End Waste, Quakes Tied to Fracking

    Public News Service 11/17/15 By Mary Kuhlman Organic farmer Mardy Townsend of Ashtabula County is worried about the effects of fracking waste on the environment, as well as her crops. Courtesy: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. WINDSOR, Ohio – From spills to earthquakes, environmental and agriculture groups say hydraulic fracturing poses serious threats to land, water and public health. Ohio is one of several states taking part in a National Day of Action today, calling for an end to fracking waste and fracking-related earthquakes. Mardy Townsend owns Marshy Meadows Farm in Ashtabula County, where there are 15 active fracking waste injection wells. A board member of the Ohio Ecological…

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