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Jerry Kenney

There’s an old farming adage when it comes to corn crops: “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” The traditional saying refers to how tall a good corn crop should be by that date. But for many Miami Valley farmers this year, the corn crop passed that benchmark some time ago.  

Ty Kalaus, regional deputy director for the United States Department of Agriculture, Great Lakes Region says some of the credit goes to this spring and summer’s alternately rainy -- and then hot, dry weather. 

Meat recall
Creation Gardens, Inc.

Kentucky-based wholesale food supplier Creation Gardens, Inc. is recalling almost 23,000 pounds of beef products suspected of E. coli contamination. A notice today from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says the raw ground beef and beef primal cut products were produced on May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2017.

 

 

The company says the recalled products are marked with an establishment number “EST. 7914”. The number can be found  inside the USDA mark of inspection.

A new report finds Ohio has the sixth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. The term ‘food insecure’ is used to describe people without reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable and nutritious food.

 

The report from the USDA says in 2014, 16.9 percent of Ohioans lived in food insecure households.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks calls it “a serious crisis.” She says the economic recovery has failed to reach everyone in the state.

Help Is On The Way To Fight Algae Blooms In Lake Erie

Jul 3, 2015
Karen Schaefer

After June's record-breaking rain, communities in western Lake Erie are bracing for another bad year for algae blooms. But help is on the way. A new federally-funded, tri-state initiative to help farmers reduce fertilizer run-off is ready to take the battle against algae to a new level.