News & Events

3 Stocks to Watch in Agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Eating is mandatory, which is why these three agriculture related stocks are worth watching.

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

Interdependence is good for local agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Crop farmers and fruit growers work together with pesticide and fertilizer suppliers and applicators and follow the weatherman’s predictions.

Four Land Trends Worth Watching

Published Jul. 21, 2015

This is an interesting time to talk agricultural real estate, because we're starting to see the ripple effects of lower commodity prices. Here are four trends we're noticing based on conversations with our real estate friends.

Rainy summer damages Ohio's farming economy

Published Jul. 21, 2015

a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are being drowned out.

Grain Movement: Midwest corn goes to Southeast markets

Published Jul. 21, 2015

What corn is available is being shipped to the southeast to either poultry producers or ethanol plants. That remains the best market for August and first-half September positions. However, that market should close in a few weeks when corn harvest starts in that region.

Jindal Touts Smaller Government At Forum

Published Jul. 22, 2015

When asked what he would do to help the next generation of farmers, he said, “We need a full repeal of the death tax, the so-called estate tax.” It shouldn’t be hard for a farmer to pass the business to the next generation, he said. “Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.

Rickenbacker OK’d for animal transport

Published Jul. 22, 2015

Livestock now can get a lift overseas via Rickenbacker Airport. For farmers who are in the animal-exporting business — like the one who shipped 20 pygmy goats to Kuwait last month — this is good news. Rickenbacker recently became one of roughly 25 of the nation’s 550 airports to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transport animals.

Mercer County pig farm to combine facilities, seeks permit to operate

Published Jul. 24, 2015

A pig farm in Fort Recovery is seeking a permit to operate, as it is consolidating three facilities to operate as one.

A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate could literally offer tax breaks for all kind

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, plans to introduce a bill soon that would create a 50 percent refundable income tax credit for livestock owners or producers who invest in manure storage facilities.

House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 24, 2015

An Ohio company is partnering with the city of Indianapolis to build a $1.2 million hydroponic farm that will grow organic vegetables in a retrofitted warehouse.

County Farm Bureaus team up to support Flying Horse Farms

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Morrow, Delaware and Richland County Farm Bureaus are collaborating to host the Second Annual Flying Horse Farms – Grow it. Know it. Give it. The event treats guests to chef prepared, locally sourced dinner at the camp. All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.

Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

Published Jul. 24, 2015

After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42). The 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.

Multi-year losses spur concern

Published Jul. 24, 2015

The recent corn-soybean price rally offered growers across the nation a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it won’t erase the string of negative returns the industry is accumulating, lenders and financial consultants tell DTN.

Bird flu vaccine developed for chickens

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

Innovation, technology in agriculture discussed at Summit

Published Jul. 27, 2015

There is also innovation in agriculture, and Colorado State University President Tony Frank said there is probably no other industry that has changed more during a time period than agriculture

Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather pattern

Genetically modified seeds are changing agriculture

Published Jul. 27, 2015

“It’s made raising a healthy crop easier,” said Davis, who farms 3,600 acres of corn and soybeans in Delaware County. “We can do it non-GMO, but we’d need more pesticide and labor. (GMOs) make it a lot easier on the farmer. “We all want safe, economical food, and this is how we can do it for the masses.”

House Votes To Stop GMO Labeling

Published Jul. 27, 2015

as supporters of the bill in Congress pointed out, so far, there isn’t any safety risk from, GMO foods, sometimes also called GE foods, for genetically engineered

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Nobody knows the shortcomings of the organic standard, or GMO corn, or no-till, better than the farmer who has put it into practice. But the farther you get from the farm, the louder the voices get.

Can your farm employees think like owners?

Published Jul. 28, 2015

The mindset an employee brings to your farm each day is at the core of whether they are currently thinking and acting in this way or if there's room for improvement. An employee with an "owner" mindset cares differently for the farm, so they take different actions than an employee who doesn't have this mindset.

Legal issues with farm employment

Published Jul. 28, 2015

What do farms need to know about their responsibilities in hiring employees and independent contractors? What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

Court: Grain bins not taxed as real property

Published Jul. 28, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that nonpermanent grain storage bins are personal property and are not to be taxed as real property, as they have been in some Ohio counties, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis.