agriculture

Kroger, Clifton Market and other grocery stores are taking a closer look at biodegradable packaging for fruits and vegetables, thanks in part to the efforts of farmers like Linda Fritz, who refuse to put their products in so-called plastic clam shells.

The American West appears to be moving east. New research shows the line on the map that divides the North American continent into arid Western regions and humid Eastern regions is shifting, with profound implications for American agriculture.

In western Oklahoma, farmers like Benji White and his wife, Lori, have become ranchers.

The View From Both Sides Of The Fence

Aug 9, 2018

When early settlers came to Ohio around two hundred years ago, they cleared the vast forests  - they wanted open land - to build houses,  to grow crops, and raise livestock.

As more people arrived, it became common practice to leave a narrow strip of uncultivated land between you and your neighbor. These natural fence rows were a way to designate property boundaries and help keep livestock from wandering away.

Ohio Farmers Brace For Escalating Trade War

Aug 9, 2018
tractor in farm field
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The trade war that's already squeezing Ohio farmers is ratcheting up another notch.

In response to the Trump administration announcing $16 billion in new tariffs against China on Tuesday, Chinese trade officials on Wednesday promised to retaliate with their own tariffs.

Each year, Dylan Jennings harvests wild rice from the lakes and rivers near his home in northern Wisconsin. He and a partner use a canoe, nosing carefully through rice beds and knocking rice kernels into the boat's hull using special sticks.

"It's a really long process," he says. "It starts with identifying the area where you are going to go ricing and knowing those areas in a very intimate way."

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Gov. John Kasich is fighting for his clean Lake Erie initiative, which includes tougher regulations on Ohio’s number one industry. As Kasich argues, his proposed rules on fertilizer is in everyone’s best interest.

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Despite his backing of tariffs against China, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is holding off his support of President Donald Trump’s plan to give struggling farmers $12 billion in aid.

Kasich Blasts Trump Over Trade Policy Hurting Farmers

Jul 26, 2018
Bryan Bush, a corn and soybean farmer from Edison, Ohio, poses for a portrait after an interview at the Ohio State Fair, Wednesday in Columbus.
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Ohio's Republican governor on Wednesday helped open the Ohio State Fair by blasting President Donald Trump's trade battles, which have left some farmers feeling less than festive amid the funnel cakes and butter sculptures.

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For more than a decade, algal blooms have turned many Ohio waterways into thick, green mush, choking fish and turning the water toxic to humans. Runoff from farm fields is the biggest culprit.

Governor John Kasich signed an executive order earlier this month to help regulate the runoff, but a panel appointed by the governor himself has sidelined the order, calling instead for further study.

Join us today for a conversation on agricultural and algal pollution in Ohio lakes as we broadcast live from the Ohio State Fair.

Guests:

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he would like to see an end to trade disputes with China, but says Trump’s decision to provide $12 billion in subsidies to American farmers might be a good short-term solution to trade shortfalls.

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