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May
09

Ohio Legislature Passes Agritourism Legislation

An agritourism bill first introduced over a year ago has finally received approval from the Ohio General Assembly. The Senate passed SB 75 last November, but the bill did not pass the House of Representatives until May 4, 2016. The House had passed a similar bill last May, but the Senate failed to act on that bill. If signed by Governor Kasich, SB 75 will be in effect in time for the fall agritourism season.

This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Kirk Hall that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Apr
27

Legislation Proposes Tax Credits for Manure Infrastructure Investments

A legislative proposal to address manure infrastructure costs introduced by Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) is moving once again, receiving its third hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, April 26.  The bill proposes a refundable personal income tax credit for livestock owners in Ohio who invest in facilities or equipment for manure storage, treatment, application, handling or transportation.  Rep. Hill introduced the measure last August, but it has not been on the committee's agenda since its second hearing in February.

This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Kirk Hall that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Mar
11

Farm Program Payments Revisited: Farmers May Choose Between County of Administration or Geographic County Location

By: Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educator, Ross County

Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land was physically located. Recently FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located.  For some farms this would be financially beneficial and needs to be requested by April 15, 2016. FSA has calculated the results for the 2014 payments and for the farms where this election is beneficial, farmers simply need to sign the forms at their local FSA office. This will only affect farmers with land in more than one county. Click on Farm Program Payments Revisited to download the full article and maps.

Mar
07

CAUV Bills Awaiting Committee Action

Legislation proposing changes to Ohio’s current agricultural use valuation (CAUV) program has remained on hold in the General Assembly since last fall. Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) and Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) introduced the companion bills on November 18, 2015. The Senate referred its bill, SB 246, to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on December 9, 2015 and House Bill 398 was referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on January 20, 2016. Neither committee has acted on its bill.

This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Kirk Hall that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
25

A Checklist to Farm Succession

By: Chris Zoller, Extension Educator, ANR, Tuscarawas County The cold winter months provide an opportunity to spend time thinking about your successor. Determining who will take over the management and ownership of your farm is not an easy or simple process, but one that takes time and planning.  Scheduling time to meet with your advisors (lender, attorney, accountant, veterinarian, Extension professional, etc.), family, and prospective successors is critical. Alan Miller and Craig Dobbins from Purdue University have developed the Planning for Farm Succession – Step-by-Step Checklist and Action Plan for Management Succession document.   Below is a summary of key points all farmers should consider when planning for the orderly succession of their farm business. Step One: Gather Information and Ideas and Discover Expectations Have you attended an introductory workshop/seminar to gather ideas? Have you read articles on ...
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Feb
23

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear challenge to WOTUS Rule

In a case successfully argued by Ohio’s Solicitor Eric Murphy, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati has determined that it has jurisdiction to hear challenges to the Clean Water Rule (WOTUS Rule) proposed by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers.  The Rule expands the geographic extent of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that are subject to the Clean Water Act. 

A brief background

This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Kirk Hall that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
16

Changes Made to Ohio’s Cottage Food Regulations

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has revised regulations that implement Ohio’s Cottage Food Law, which addresses the production and sale of certain “non-potentially hazardous” foods. An operation producing a “cottage food” may do so without licensing and inspection by ODA, but must follow labeling requirements and is subject to potential food sampling by ODA.

Changes to Ohio’s cottage food regulations include the following:

New cottage food products

This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Kirk Hall that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
12

The Legal and Practical Aspects of the Agricultural Sales Tax Exemption

By Larry R. Gearhardt, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist in Taxation, OSU Extension

Farmers have enjoyed an exemption from the Ohio and county sales tax for many years. Historically, obtaining the exemption from the sales tax was relatively simple. The farmer merely filled out a post card sized exemption form at his local agricultural retailer, checked the box that he was involved in “agriculture,” and most of his subsequent purchases from that agricultural retailer were exempt.

This post is a reprint of a post by Julie Moose that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Jan
29

Dairy Calf Management Workshop to be held on March 8, 2016

by:  Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County OSU Extension Wayne County is hosting a Dairy Calf Management Workshop on Tuesday March 8 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The workshop consists of morning classroom sessions and an afternoon on-farm session. Raising dairy heifer calves to freshen at 22 to 24 months of age requires good management that maintains calf health. Each dairy heifer represents a two-year investment before any economic returns are realized. In these times of low milk prices, volatile market conditions and high feed prices, dairy producers and managers need to evaluate their calf rearing program and make sure that it is effective and efficient. The purpose of the dairy calf management workshop is to help participants: Improve the growth efficiency of dairy heifer calves Foster sound health of calves through management of their feeding and housing programs along with a prescribed vaccination program ...
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Jan
25

Ohio State University Extension Announces Two Upcoming Conferences to Help Small Farm Owners

by Tony Nye, OSU Extension Educator, Clinton County Agriculture and Natural Resources The agricultural landscape of today is very different than it was 20 – 25 years ago. Farms today are getting fewer in number and the ones that are left are growing in acreage. However, as the Small Farm Program Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension I continue to see a huge interest in small farm production. The “Small Farmer” is a term used for individuals who are practicing agriculture on a small amount of acreage, usually with less than 100 acres. These farmers are many times new to agriculture and are looking to begin a different lifestyle. Since 2005, we at Ohio State have tried addressing producer needs for small farm production. Our two main efforts include an eight week Small Farm College and the second is through Small Farm Conferences. This month I want to highlight our two conferences in March and April 2016, which...
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Jan
21

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (Path) Act Restores Higher Deduction for Donation of Qualified Conservation Easement

By Larry R. Gearhardt, Field Specialist, Taxation On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law an agreement on tax extenders and numerous other tax provisions in the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) of 2015” (the Act). Tax extenders are the 50+ tax provisions that are routinely extended by Congress on a one- or two-year basis. The Act makes permanent many of the individual and business extenders. One provision of the PATH Act restores the higher charitable deduction for donations of qualified conservation easements for farmers and ranchers. QUALIFIED CONSERVATION CONTRIBUTIONS A taxpayer's aggregate qualified conservation contributions (i.e., contributions of appreciated real property for conservation purposes) were, for tax years beginning before Jan. 1, 2015, allowed up to the excess of 50% of the taxpayer's contribution base over the amount of all other allowable charitable contribut...
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Jan
21

Farm Liability Insurance – What’s in Your Policy?

By: Emily Adams, OSU Extension Educator and Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law On one hand there are the optimists. They see the glass half empty and expect the best to happen in all situations. Then on the other hand are the pessimists, who often refer to themselves as realists. They anticipate what could go wrong and spend time thinking about alternate plans for when those unfortunate things actually happen. Pessimists, this article may not be for you, because you’ve thought these things through. So optimists- read on! How often do you think about your farm liability insurance? When is the last time you reviewed your policy with your insurance provider to make sure that you really are covered for everything for which you think you are covered? Farm liability insurance is one of the most common tools for agricultural risk management. Liability coverage helps you manage your liability f...
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Jan
21

Registration Open for 2016 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

By: Emily Adams, OSU Extension Educator Registration is now open for the third annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference. This year’s conference will be April 1, 2016 at a new location, R. G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon. Last year over 100 women from 27 counties across Ohio attended.  This year’s program will feature 16 break-out sessions presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies including: Finance, Livestock, Special Interest, Food & Family, Partner Agencies and one youth session. The Finance track sessions include: “Creating a Business Plan” - Holly Bolinger, Ohio Small Business Development Center, Kent State University at Stark Learn the components of a good business plan, the resources available to assist you and how to give the bank what it needs to make a financial decision. “An Unhappy Couple: Why Business & Personal Finances Should Never Be Togethe...
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Jan
14

Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2016

by: Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics A large number of Ohio farmers hire machinery operations and other farm related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. This farm work completed by others is often referred to as “custom farm work” or more simply “custom work”. A “custom rate” is the amount agreed upon by both parties to be paid by the custom work customer to the custom work provider. Ohio State University Extension collects surveys and publishes survey results from the Ohio Farm Custo...
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Jan
13

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshops to be Held across Ohio in 2016

by David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator What does it take to successfully pass on the farm business to the next generation? It takes a lot of hard work, time and communication to make a successful management transfer. The Farm Transition Team of OSU Extension is pleased to be offering a series of workshops across Ohio to help farm families plan for the transition of their business to the next generation. This workshop will help farmers assess the future of the farm business, discuss developing the next generation of managers, communicate about farm succession, review retirement planning, plan for the unexpected, consider long-term healthcare costs, understand legal considerations of farm transition and discover ways to increase family communication. This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. In between session, farm families will be asked to hold critical family conversatio...
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