News & Events

Meeting Ohio agriculture’s need for drone training

Published Sep. 30, 2014

A recent survey of members of the Ohio Agribusiness Association shows that Ohio and agricultural businesses need to train employees to use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, for precision agriculture to provide more value for customers and potentially increase profitability

Farm to table’s dirty little secret

Published Sep. 30, 2014

Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.

Vending Machines Go Farm Fresh

Published Sep. 30, 2014

Then farmers and foodie companies realized the appeal of using vending machines to sell raw milk, eggs, or fresh meals on the go.

More ARC details released

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Vilsack announced the online tools which will help farmers select whether ARC or PLC coverage provides the best risk management option for their operations under future scenarios. . The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Algal bloom meeting

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Experts, including Reutter, say phosphorus runoff from farmland is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. In August, toxins from a bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.

Former Ohio Rep. Traficant dies from injuries sustained in farm accident

Published Sep. 29, 2014

He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his family’s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Published Sep. 29, 2014

The local food movement has been one of the fastest growing segments of the business, as consumers seek to know more about where, how and by whom their food is grown

USDA allows commercialization of Enlist

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The Enlist traits are part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough weeds. USDA’s decision applies to the Enlist corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3 soybean traits.

'Natural,' 'Organic,' 'Free-Range' Meal, But You Don't Know what that means

Published Sep. 26, 2014

More trendy restaurants are serving food that seems easier on the environment, but customers often aren't quite sure what they're getting. Does a "grass-fed" steak differ from "pasture-raised"? Can seafood really be described as "organic"?

Sustainable agriculture: What’s it mean to you?

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The buzz word has been making its rounds through the agriculture industry for quite some time now, taking on new meanings and interpretations by the day. According to a recent global study, consumers and farmers don’t quite see eye to eye when it comes to their take on the definition regarding agricultural practices