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Livestock and the 2018 Farm Bill

By Matt Reese By most accounts, the 2018 Farm Bill was a big win for livestock producers. Effective policy for the sector has largely been left out of farm bills in the past, but that trend appears changing in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill is …

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Life and lessons at Laurel Valley Creamery

By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporter Nick and Celeste Nolan operate a 25- to 30-cow dairy on their family’s homestead in Gallia County. The family of eight has been working on the farm for 13 years and making cheese for nine of those years, which is a full-time job for …

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USDA launches second round of trade mitigation payments

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to …

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Livestock building rental considerations

By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County Recently I have gotten some questions about rental of livestock buildings, specifically dairy facilities. Typically, callers want to know a charge per square foot or a rental rate based on a per head basis or, for a dairy facility, based on number of …

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Dairy aid helps, but not enough

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to better reflect the dairy-farm incomes lost to tariff retaliation when it calculates its next round of trade mitigation payments, the said today. In a letter sent Tuesday to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, National Milk Producers Federation Chairman and dairy farmer Randy Mooney …

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Ag applauds work to deepen Philippine trade relations

The U.S. Trade Representative announced progress in talks with the Philippines under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). U.S. dairy producers and processors appreciate the Administration’s work to preserve and deepen market access ties with a country that purchased $243 million in U.S. dairy products last year. In …

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Roasting Soybeans for Livestock Rations

Current economics in both the dairy and soybean industries are causing a resurgence of the decades old practice of roasting soybeans to make them suitable for livestock consumption. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found grain roaster Ed Schmerge and his Roast-A-Matic near Kalida, Ohio earlier this week to find …

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New trade deal helps, but hurdles remain

The newly renegotiated trade agreement involving the United States, Canada and Mexico offers farmers a bit more security about markets for dairy, corn and other products, but hefty Mexican tariffs still in place hinder business, according to an agricultural trade specialist with The Ohio State University. Under the new trade …

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