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American's farmers and ranchers deserve better.

"This week, a truly terrible Farm Bill will come to the floor of the House for a vote. It is full of mean-spirit...ed cuts to hunger programs, and ill-conceived “reforms” that would convert conservation funding into subsidies for confined animal feeding operation, or “CAFOs.” But the provision that best encapsulates this legislation’s nefarious character is the so-called “Protect Interstate Commerce Act,” also known as the “King Amendment.”

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Rep. Steve King's amendment should be seen as nothing short of an assault on democracy.
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Our continued interest in cultured meat goes global with an investment in Jerusalem-based Future Meat Technologies. Read more:
https://www.tysonfoods.com/…/tyson-ventures-announces-inves…
#Protein #RaisingExpectations #Tech

Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Fortune 100 company, and one of the world’s largest food producers.
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Letter to the Editor, via Cleveland Plain Dealer,

U.S. Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) bill, H.R. 4879 (the misleadingly-titled "Protect Interstate Commerce Act"), could reverse hundreds of state laws across the country concerning food safety, labeling and production standards. The federal government is one step closer to dictating the type of food that is sold in the state of Ohio. This is a serious threat that can no longer be ignored and citizens of Ohio must rise up and take ac...tion now to stop this disastrous bill from advancing further. The House agriculture committee voted to include this amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill.

Citizens of Ohio are proud of the hard work of our local and state leaders to protect the public's health and welfare, which includes ensuring reliable sources of safe food. Those family farms that already follow higher production standards could be undermined by corrupt out-of-state "Big-Ag" corporations that can sell whatever substandard meat and vegetables they choose here. This could pose new threats to the health of family farmers' crops and livestock, and unfair competition from substandard food coming in from other states.

If you care about healthy, wholesome and safe food and small family farmers, please contact your U.S. Representative and Senators today and urge them to work hard to keep the King Amendment out of the final version of the Farm Bill.

Sharon J.

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Can you say 'MOO" 1400 times? Permit to Operate, renewal:

The existing facility known as “Sun Mountain Dairy LLC” is located at 18377 County Road B, New Bavaria, Ohio. It is situated in Henry County, Pleasant Township in the Auglaize River watershed. The facility is owned and operated by Sun Mountain Dairy LLC. The dairy currently has the capacity to house 1,400 dairy cows in three freestall barns.

Upon completion of the earthen pond construction associated with Permit to In...stall #35-158-PTI-002, the facility will have a total of 33.69 million gallons of liquid manure storage in four earthen ponds and three concrete basins. In addition there is 1.84 million gallons of storage for collected storm water in an earthen pond.

Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting.

Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. May 29, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

The Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting maintains an “interested parties” list for each Ohio county as well as a statewide list for notification of all draft permits. If you would like to be added to either or both of these lists, please send a request to lepp@agri.ohio.gov or call 614-387-0470.

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Concern over harmful Lake Erie algae means voluntary regulations are not working.

http://www.dispatch.com/…/ohio-has-long-way-to-go-to-solve-…

Ohio has devoted more than $3 billion and dispatched more than 130 researchers from across 10 Ohio universities in its counterattack against the annual
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Plaintiffs Awarded $50 Million in Landmark Smithfield Hog Nuisance Case!

In a landmark decision, the jury ruling on the first of twenty-six nuisance cases against pork-producer Murphy-Brown LLC awarded the plaintiffs damages of more than $50 million.

The case, which went to the jury yesterday afternoon, was the first in a series of federal lawsuits filed by neighbors of hog farms against Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned global food giant Smithfield Foods. ...

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Sources familiar with the case say the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs for $50.75 million.
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Fulton county must smell real good:

Draft Permit to Operate Sought:Bernath Farms 1 and 2 is an existing swine facility located at 17939 County Road HJ, Wauseon, Ohio. The facility is situated in Fulton County, Dover Township, in the Tiffin River Watershed. The facility is owned by Bernath Farms, LLC and is operated by Aaron Bernath, both of Wauseon, Ohio. The facility has two separate barns, each capable of housing 2,500 head of swine weighing over 55 lbs, for a total of 5,0...00 head of swine. Each barn is constructed with an eight foot concrete pit under the housing barns that are capable of storing approximately 1.2 million gallons of liquid swine manure, which provides almost 750 days of storage. A mortality composting structure is also located at the site that is capable of storing approximately 175 tons of mortality compost, providing well over 2,500 days of storage.

Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting.

Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. May 29, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

The Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting maintains an “interested parties” list for each Ohio county as well as a statewide list for notification of all draft permits. If you would like to be added to either or both of these lists, please send a request to lepp@agri.ohio.gov or call 614-387-0470

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Frontline’s investigation focuses on a group of Guatemalan teens who were smuggled into the country, then forced to work long hours in filthy conditions at area... chicken farms, live in squalid trailers in Marion County, and have a significant portion of their paychecks directed to the individuals who arranged the trips and jobs.

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Public Broadcasting Service’s Frontline television documentary series this week will revisit the arrest and conviction of several individuals who smuggled Central American teens into the country and forced them to work at Trillium Farms’ Ohio egg...
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Permit to operate renewal being sought by “PGC Chesterfield Hogs" for a 5,000 hog factory farm in Fulton County:

PGC Chesterfield Hogs is an existing swine facility at 16300 County Road N, Wauseon, Ohio. The facility is located in Fulton County, Chesterfield Township, in the Tiffin River Watershed. The facility is owned and operated by Pettisville Grain Company of Pettisville, Ohio. The facility has two separate barns capable of housing 2,500 each, for a total design capacity... of 5,000 head of swine.

Each barn is constructed with an eight foot concrete pit under the housing barns that are capable of storing approximately 876,000 gallons of liquid manure each, providing over 365 days of storage. A mortality composting structure is also located at the site that is capable of storing approximately 90 tons of mortality compost, providing over 1,000 days of storage.

Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting.

Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. May 24, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

The Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting maintains an “interested parties” list for each Ohio county as well as a statewide list for notification of all draft permits. If you would like to be added to either or both of these lists, please send a request to lepp@agri.ohio.gov or call 614-387-0470.

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1.8 million chickens = a big manure pit

Draft Permit to Operate renewal: Ross Medford Farms, LLC is located near New Weston, Ohio, Darke County, Wabash Township at 13803 Ross Medford Road, in the Upper Wabash River Watershed. The facility is owned by Winner Livestock Farms, LLC, Rindler Group, LLC and Schwieterman Egg Farm, LLC and it is operated by Ross Medford Farms, LLC.

The facility has a design capacity of 1,817,000 laying hens, which are housed in seven separate layer ...houses. Six of the layer houses are equipped with belt battery cages and transfer manure to a central manure storage barn which is capable of storing approximately 524,700 cubic feet of solid manure. The seventh housing barn is a high rise barn, where manure is stored in a pit below the birds. The deep pit is capable of storing 198,000 cubic feet of solid manure.

Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting. Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. May 18, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

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via Organization for Competitive Markets: "Farm Groups Call on Governor Kasich to Stop the Illicit Expenditure of Farmers’ Tax Dollars on Lobbying and Electioneering"

"Columbus, OH – The Ohio Beef Council, a state agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, illegally used government property to promote a fundraiser for the Mike DeWine gubernatorial campaign. On April 6, 2018, the Ohio Beef Council used its email domain, ohiobeef.org, to circulate an invitation to a campaign fundraiser on behalf of the trade and lobbying group, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The Ohio primary election is on May 8, 2018."

http://competitivemarkets.com/farm-tax-dollars-used-illega…/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race Farm Groups Call o…
competitivemarkets.com

https://www.10tv.com/…/ohio-wildlife-council-vote-possible-…

Ohio Wildlife Council to vote on possible bobcat trapping season

It was a discussion that divided a packed house at the ODNR Wildlife District One building, Wednesday night.
10tv.com