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Ag. Secretary Vilsack Announces Increased Opportunity for Producers as part of New Farm Bill

  |  March 25, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available here.

Help Needed for Local Restaurant Week

  |  March 13, 2014
If you would like to help us plan and implement Licking County's 1st annual Local Food Restaurant Week scheduled for this August please email us at:

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

  |  March 11, 2014
Today in remarks at the National Farmers Union National Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect small- and mid-sized farmers and ranchers with USDA resources

Licking Soil & Water Makes a Splash with National Wildlife Week, March 17-23

  |  March 10, 2014
Licking Soil & Water, the county’s main resource for promoting conservation of natural resources, calls on Licking County citizens to participate in the 76th Annual National Wildlife Week, March 17 through March 23.

Bring Back The Monarchs: Free Milkweeds For Schools And Non-Profits

  |  March 9, 2014
Monarchs and pollinators need our help due to habitat loss. If your school or non-profit organization is interested in this conservation measure, we can help you create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators.

Event Marks World's First Interstate Water Quality Trading Project

  |  March 7, 2014
The Ohio River Basin Trading Project is the world's only interstate water quality trading program and on March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute, which created the initiative, will host an event to showcase the project's first water nutrient credits.

For Educators: Call for Stakeholder Nominations

  |  February 25, 2014

OEFFA to Co-host Growers' Breakfast

  |  February 25, 2014
OEFFA is excited to be co-hosting a Growers’ Breakfast on Saturday, March 15 from 9-11 a.m. with The Crest Gastropub

Tower Garden Farmer Produces Aeroponic Food ...

  |  February 25, 2014
Our mission at Future Growing® is to inspire healthy and sustainable living around the world, by empowering people with the technology and training to do so.

How Wolves Change Rivers

  |  February 17, 2014
Here is a very interesting, four-minute video about the positive effects of the reintroduction of wolves.

Zero waste, big benefits: Ohio State to hold course on large-scale composting

  |  February 17, 2014
Fred Michel sees less food getting dumped into landfills in the future, or even none at all, and he's working to make it happen in a big way, literally.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is February 23-28, 2014

  |  February 14, 2014
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 23-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it’s a topic that deserves our attention.

Agency calling in air strikes across state to slow down gypsy moths Gypsy

  |  February 7, 2014
Areas across Ohio are slated to receive gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in early spring to slow the spread of the destructive insect.

EPA and NEEF Launch Climate Change Video Contest

  |  February 6, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have launched a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video

Conservation Stewardship Program Deadline Extended

  |  January 27, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program

New Conservation Options for Ohio Farmers and Forest Landowners

  |  January 16, 2014
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has several new options for agricultural producers and forest landowners to conserve energy, improve air quality, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.

Cover Crops and Soil Health Webcast & Forum Scheduled

  |  January 16, 2014
NRCS is co-hosting several sites as discussion forums for Cover Crops and Soil Health on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014.

OSUE-Coshocton County to Host Farm Finance for Women - Annie's Project 2014

  |  January 4, 2014
OSUE Coshocton County will host Annie’s Project, Farm Finance for Women, from February 18 to March 25, 2014.

Endangered Species Act Turns 40 on Dec. 28

  |  December 27, 2013
The Endangered Species Act, the bipartisan legislation that is credited with saving hundreds of species from extinction, was signed into law by President Nixon 40 years ago on December 28, 1973.

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

  |  December 24, 2013
When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.

Josh Seehorn Hikes America for the Envirothon!

  |  December 13, 2013
There are so many Envirothon enthusiasts across Ohio. Such a great program and such great supporters! I want you to meet Josh Seehorn.

ODA Announces 2014 Funding for Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

  |  December 10, 2013
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced that 17 land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state.

Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program Due Jan. 17

  |  December 4, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014.

The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear

  |  November 29, 2013
On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day.

Aerial Seeding Used to Apply Cover Crops to More Than 21,000 Acres in Muskingum Watershed

  |  November 13, 2013
Producers in 16 Ohio counties watched the skies, not for weather, but for seeds that will help improve soil and water quality and boost their bottom lines.

New Family-friendly Dining Option Borrows Menu, Atmosphere from Short North

  |  November 13, 2013
Johnstown now has a new dining option that is bringing a bit of the Short North to the Licking County village. Old Horseshoe Tavern, a family-friendly restaurant focusing on food made with local ingredients, has opened at 65 S. Main St.

Nevada Farmer Reinvents Herself with 10 Acres and a High Tunnel

  |  November 11, 2013
Three years ago, Carol Huether, decided it was time to change careers and reinvent herself. So, she took her years of experience managing other people’s businesses and turned those skills into a successful organic vegetable and herb farm in Spring Creek, Nev.

Farm Succession Issues Require Families to Communicate and Plan

  |  November 7, 2013
Experts recommend planning, communication to assure successful farm transition. Family farms have some built-in business advantages, including access to a labor pool, a greater workforce loyalty and the sense of creating a lasting legacy. Work ethic and other values tend to be shared down the family tree.

OSU Extension to Host Annie's Project

  |  November 3, 2013
Women in agriculture who are interested in taking a more active role in farm operations may sign up for Annie's Project, a multi-part risk-management course offered by Ohio State University Extension.

Licking Soil & Water Helps with Dawes, Heritage Middle School Program

  |  October 31, 2013
Instead of sitting in class Thursday, sixth-grade students at Heritage Middle School wiggled into waders and walked into the Log Pond Run Creek at Everett Park.