News & Events

USDA pushes link between schools, and local farmers, ranchers

Published Nov. 18, 2015

USDA is working to help schools buy more local fresh foods from farmers and ranchers with the release of nearly $5 million in grants for 74 projects in 39 states. In the release, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, notes: “Farm to school programs work – for schools, for producers and for communities

U.S. agriculture secretary visits Cuba to promote trade

Published Nov. 16, 2015

Vilsack on Wednesday became the third U.S. Cabinet secretary to visit Cuba this year, holding a series of meetings with Cuban officials on topics like fruit and vegetable export certification and field inspections aimed at laying the groundwork for future agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

Trafficking: In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows

Published Nov. 17, 2015

For most of Immokalee’s field hands, blatant wage abuses and physical cruelty have largely vanished from the tomato rows. Workers hope to use 'fair food' labels to spread those reforms to rest of America's farmland.

Thanksgiving Dinner Up a Tad, to Just Over $50

Published Nov. 20, 2015

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

Taking a closer look at energy generation investment on the farm

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“Regardless of the strides we have made in energy efficiency, it will not offset the increasing global demand for energy. On average the U.S. represents around 4% of the world’s population, yet consumes just over 18% of world’s total energy.

Safety net payments issued in Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Steven Maurer announced that as of Nov. 3 approximately 66,718 Ohio farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill have begun receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year

Rodale Institute Director: Healthy Soils, Healthy Food

Published Nov. 24, 2015

"No matter what system you have, adding cover crops to the system makes it look like magic. There is no easier way to improve yields by cover crops," he says.

OSU Economist: Trans-Pacific Partnership would boost U.S agriculture

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“TPP is the largest regional free trade agreement that has been struck in the past two decades,” said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State’s Andersons Professor of International Trade and an economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Ohio State ag dean Bruce McPheron to serve as interim provost

Published Nov. 19, 2015

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake has named Bruce McPheron interim executive vice president and provost, effective Dec. 2. For the last three years, McPheron has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Published Nov. 20, 2015

The Ohio Senate has passed its version of legislation aimed at protecting farmers who offer pick-your-own vegetables, hayrides and other activities to the visiting public from civil litigation stemming from injuries on their premises.