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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 12:

Tree-Killing Disease Found In Ohio Plants

Jul 19, 2019

A plant pathogen that causes the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death has been found in Ohio.

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Dan Konik / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s agriculture director asked the federal government to help the state’s farmers, many of whom have been unable to plant crops because of rainy weather.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda said she’s traveled the state and witnessed firsthand how record rainfall has devastated farmers. 

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich is speaking out about why he fired the director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture last week. 

David Daniels says he was surprised when he was called into Kasich’s office last week and fired. But Kasich says it came down to protecting Lake Erie.

“I feel very strongly about the lake and as we get into transition, I want to make sure I have somebody there who is fully on board with that and sometimes change is necessary,” Kasich said.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

With a little over two months left till he leaves office, Gov. John Kasich suddenly fired a cabinet member who’s been with him for six years.

David Daniels said on Friday he was called to a meeting in the governor’s office that had been scheduled a few days earlier, and said he was surprised at what happened.

“Upon arrival, I was informed that I serve at the pleasure of the governor, and my services would no longer be required,” he said.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 24:

FDA inspectors
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Inspectors enforcing the federal Food Safety Modernization Act will soon be coming to produce farms across the country.  That’s why the Ohio Agriculture Department, which will actually be staffing the local inspections, is offering free “consulting” to help area farmers get ready for those visits. 

The Food Safety law was passed in 2011 to prevent food contamination. Because of its complexity, it’s being rolled out in stages.  

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 17:

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 4th:

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

After a 12-day run that included lower attendance and a deadly accident involving a midway ride, the Ohio State Fair is over. There was some good news in the annual closing day event, the Sale of Champions.

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State agriculture officials have increased the quarantine zone for an invasive species in southwest Ohio but say residents in Northeast Ohio shouldn’t worry.

The quarantine area in Clermont County is an effort to stop the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle.  

Dan Kenny is the assistant chief of the plant health division at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He says the expansion is small, at less than a square mile.

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The ban that forced every fair in Ohio to shut down their poultry shows this year has been lifted. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Fear of the bird flu outbreak that hit states like Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota forced Ohio to ban bird exhibitions. 

The state has 50 million poultry birds, which means a big industry for poultry shows and auctions.