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There is no question that at some point every farmer in the history of agriculture has wished for the power to control the rain. And, based on the terrible flooding that occurred around Ohio this summer from record setting rainfall amounts in some areas, there were many people out there hoping for the power to bring out the sun as well.

The wet weather has caused serious problems for agriculture this spring and early summer. Many corn and soybean fields in Ohio went unplanted because they were just too wet. Fields that were planted are suffering from disease problems, drowned out portions of fields and nutrient deficiencies in many areas of the state.

The Ohio wheat crop suffered yield loss and decreased quality for grain and straw due to the incessant rainfall, particularly in northwest Ohio. And many of the poor farmers trying to make hay in between the never-ending rain showers are just about ready to give up. The first cutting for the hay crop that is normally finished in early June has still not been completed in some areas, hurting both hay quantity and quality.

Road trips can make for great weekend getaways or even more lengthy vacations for those who can’t get enough of the open road. But before embarking on any road trips, motorists should replenish their automotive emergency kits with the following items so they are fully prepared in the event of an accident or an injury.

• First-aid kit: A first-aid kit can treat cuts and abrasions suffered while you are out of the car and even some minor injuries that may result if you are in a car accident. Include essential items like adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, bandages, a cold compress, gauze, and scissors. Visit for a more extensive list of items to include in your first-aid kit, which should be kept in your car at all times.

• Tools: It’s important to include tools in your automotive emergency kit. While a full toolbox might be unnecessary, bring along an adjustable wrench, a flat head and Phillips screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a tire jack and crow bar, an ice scraper, and a flashlight. Extra roadside flares and reflectors also should be packed should you need to pull over and address an automotive problem, such as a flat tire. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment or with your other tools so you can check tire pressure if you feel your car is not operating as smoothly as it normally does.

Sandusky County is among the counties to receive a loan this year from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for upgrading home septic systems.

The county has been awarded a $150,000 loan by the EPA as part of a repair/replacement project of the Ohio Department of Health for 2015.

The initiative is aimed at improving the quality of life for low-income residents and reducing bacteria run-off in the western Lake Erie basin.

According to program guidelines, the principal on the loan to the county health department is automatically forgiven. Consequently, nothing must be repaid to the state. Eligible Sandusky County homeowners will receive either 100 percent, 85 percent or 50 percent forgiveness of principal toward the cost of repairing or replacing failing home septic systems.

Three persons have been charged with drug offenses after Lake Township Police on Sept. 6 stopped an apparent mobile methamphetamine laboratory.

Angela E. Gelhar, 40, Waukegan, Ill., the driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey M. Miller, 44, also of Waukegan, and Terry L. Ellenberger, 45, of Williston, North Dakota, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal manufacture of methamphetamine – fifth and second degree felonies respectively.

After making contact with the vehicle, a tractor-trailer, police determined there was probable cause an illegal substance was in the truck and the department’s K-9 unit was brought in.

The three suspects were transported to the Wood County Justice Center and held without bond.

An agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation also assisted at the scene.

A hearing set for Sept. 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland will be the latest round of a dispute in which Canada and Mexico are challenging U.S. regulations for labeling the origin of certain meat products.907MadeInUsaHeader

The World Trade Organization will conduct the arbitration hearing as Mexico and Canada inch closer to implementing retaliatory tariffs.

In June, Congress approved a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken with many of the bill’s backers noting the U.S. had already lost disputes and appeals to the WTO.

During deliberations on the bill, Congressman K. Michael Conway, (R- Texas), a sponsor who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, said Canada and Mexico challenged the rule implementing COOL within months after the rule was published.

“In the fourth and final decision, released on May 18, the WTO rejected the United States’ argument and found that U.S. COOL requirements for beef and pork are unavoidably discriminatory,” he said, adding the WTO’s last ruling “kick-starts the process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose.”

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