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Ohio’s Country Journal

1625 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43220
Toll-Free: 800-686-8299
Phone: (614) 273-0465

Production Department
Editor – Matt Reese (Ext. 210) — mreese@ocj.com
Managing Editor – Kim Lemmon (Ext. 209) — ocjstaff@ocj.com
Accounting – Sheryl Johnson (Ext. 201) — sjohnson@ocj.com

Marketing Specialists

Risë Labig- (614) 519-6652 — rlabig@ocj.com
Jeff Reese- (419) 722-8694 — jreese@ocj.com

National Sales Rep
J.L. Farmakis, (203) 834-8832 : bill@jlfarmakis.com

Published by Agri Communicators Inc.
Bart Johnson, Publisher
(614) -273-0465 (Ext.205) — bjohnson@ocj.com

Ohio Ag Net

Bart Johnson, Owner
(614) -273-0465 (Ext.205) — bart@ohioagnet.com

Dale Minyo, Broadcaster
(419) 231-8012 — dale@ohioagnet.com

Joel Penhorwood, Broadcaster
(937) 407-6398 — joel@ohioagnet.com

Beth Carper, Network Traffic
(740) 524-1820 — traffic@ohioagnet.com

Marketing Specialists

Risë Labig- (614) 519-6652 — rlabig@ocj.com
Jeff Reese- (419) 722-8694 — jreese@ocj.com

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  3. My family and I have lived in Ohio our entire lives. My son worked for a landscaping company for approximately five years. Every single day, all summer long, he sprayed the weed killer Round Up on people’s lawns. He was, by far, the healthiest of my three children. And a very health conscious adult. Eats well, runs, works out all the time etc. He developed non Hodgkin lymphoma from the use of Round Up. This is a factual statement. How dare you say you know for a fact glyphosate isn’t harmful. Shame on you! I know, personally, for a fact that it most certainly is.

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  8. Back in the late winter, spring you posted about a person planting soybean in February. I was curious how that ended up. Was it worth it or did they just replant/tear up the field. Thanks for any information.

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  20. To the editor of the Ohio’s Country Journal , I have a suggestion for you . Before giving someone recognition in your publication , why not check with the ODA to see if they have any complaints filed against them ? Your publication in the front page tells of a farmer from my area , that is addressing a BASF event at this past Commodity Classic in Orlando . How special ! To me a little ironic , because on the same day I received your fine publication , I also received the file from ODA on his violations to my farm . I first open the letter from ODA and read all of the listed violations of ORC and then the decision of ODA to issue a warning to this individual . My take on this , it appears the first year of violations , everybody just gets a warning ! I put that letter aside , with the thought going thru my mind ” isn’t that special” ! Then I pick up your publication and he’s on the cover of your publication ! I can only assume telling everyone at the BASF event how great the BASF products worked on his farm ! I would kinda like to know Mr Matt Reese Editor of the Country Journal , how do you feel now ? Do you feel remotely like me , ” kinda used ” ? Now before you rite me off as some mind of crack pot , look into this person’s file at the ODA and if they will divulge count the number of complaints lodged against this one operation . Then you might understand my lack of tolerance for someone who thumbs their nose at the regulations that we are all asked to comply with ! Do a little more editing and proof reading in the future ! Thank you for time Kenny Williams

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    Several years ago, Fraunhofer began experimenting with mounting solar panels high enough above the ground to permit conventional farming beneath them. By doing so, they found the productivity of the land was increased by 60% compared to what it would be if devoted solely to farming or solely to solar energy production.

    In an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post on May 23, Gary Abernathy writes of the coming renewable energy revolution in rural Ohio where he was a newspaper editor for many years. He writes with great passion about how farmers in his part of that state are struggling with new economic realities. A proposal is under active consideration to install 1.5 million solar panels on 5,000 acres of former farmland, creating the largest solar power plant in the state.

    “Small family farms have been on the decline for decades,” Abernathy writes. “In his 2012 book, A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm, author Robert Switzer noted, ‘In 1900, 42 percent of the U.S. population lived on farms; by 1990 that number had dwindled to less than 2 percent.’ The trend has continued thanks to rising costs and growing debt, coupled with decades of stagnant crop prices and the move toward mass production on corporate mega farms. Plus, fewer sons and daughters are interested in continuing the family tradition, making the lure of per-acre prices well above market value offered by solar companies too tempting to turn down.”

    About 30 families have decided to convert their farms from agriculture to solar panels. At a recent public meeting, “most offered the frank explanation that the deals they were offered were a financial lifeline not only for them, but for their children and grandchildren. Among those opposed to the projects were neighboring farmers who are worried about lower property values, soil contamination issues, and the loss of the region’s farming tradition. Plus, some said, they simply don’t want to wake up every day to the sight of thousands of solar modules in fields side by side with their crops.”

    The angst those families feel is understandable. What is not understandable is why they believe they are forced to choose between the culture they know and the economic rewards of renewable energy. How is it possible that no one in the Ohio farming community and none of those solar developers knows about the Fraunhofer technology? Does the internet not function in Ohio?

    If these farmers were offered an opportunity to continue working the land that has been in their families for generations and create additional revenue from solar panels as well, isn’t that something they would want to know more about? Frauhofer has expanded its agrophotovoltaics to South America and Southeast Asia with excellent results. Is there some reason this technology would not be adaptable to Ohio? Are farmers there too committed to their conservative ways to consider some newfangled idea from Germany?

    I think the answer is no. If given the chance to learn there is a way to profitably combine farming and renewable energy, economics would quickly overwhelm any lingering ideological issues. As soon as this story gets published, I am sending a link to Gary Abernathy in hopes he will share it with those in his circle of influence.

    I am nobody from nowhere and I know farmers have a better choice than continuing to struggle making a living or selling their birthright to solar developers. Heck, for the price of a plane ticket and some modest lodgings, I will gladly fly to Ohio myself to spread the word about agrophotovoltaics.

    Farmers deserve a break from the crushing demands of Big Agra. They deserve a chance to thrive doing what they love. Let’s get busy spreading the word about how solar and agriculture can peacefully co-exist to the Ohio farming community. What do you say, Mr. Abernathy? Are you in?

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