News & Events

The Importance of Farm Broadcasting in Reaching America’s 3.2 Million Farmers -

Published Nov. 13, 2014

The role of farm broadcasting, ag radio, and television is just as important today as it was when I was a child listening on my family farm in Illinois. Even with advances in technology, farm broadcasting remains a vital tool for communicating with producers today

Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Roberts also noted that he has not yet been elected chairman, and he said it would be premature to talk about his committee agenda until he is chosen and has discussed priorities with the rest of his panel's members, both Republican and Democratic.

It's a Great Time to Plan 2015 On-Farm Research

Published Nov. 13, 2014

"Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related questions and determine what practices and inputs should be evaluated next year,"

Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels

Published Nov. 13, 2014

We would do better to help consumers understand their part in the agricultural process, and not just assuage convenience-driven demands by certifying products as “natural” through a disembodied label.

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Communities of Columbus, Ohio are using urban agriculture to promote sustainable development and increase access to locally grown food.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 13, 2014

This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Utica Shale helps family save Carroll County farm, transforms rural Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Carroll County — southeast of Canton and about an hour’s drive from Akron — remains the No. 1 drilling hot spot in Ohio with 282 wells that are producing, another 83 that have been drilled, 13 that are being drilled and 62 more that have been permitted. Those 440 Utica wells surpass the total for any other Ohio county, and that number could reach 2,000 before the boom ends.

Acorn poisoning is a threat to cattle and sheep herds

Published Nov. 14, 2014

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout. Acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

Doylestown, Shreve tree farms help send Ohio trees to troops overseas

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Christmas tree growers and other volunteers prepared 100 firs and pines Thursday as part of an annual effort to spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas. Amy Galehouse from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, a longtime coordinator of and contributor to the annual effort, said the trees should reach Army troops stationed in Kuwait in time for Thanksgiving.

Honey bee habitat: Ohio funding available in early 2015

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Some Midwestern farmers can get a share of $4 million from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health of honey bees; however; Ohio farmers will have to wait a little longer for funding.
The federal assistance announced in the Midwest will provide support to farmers to implement conservation practices that will provide food sources for honey bees.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Why fewer U.S. cows means higher costs for leather bags

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Beef lovers aren’t the only ones with sticker shock from the shrinking U.S. cattle herd. Fewer cows also mean tighter supply of hides used in luxury-car upholstery, handbags, shoes and dog collars.

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Bird flu on British farm may be linked to Dutch, German cases

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The head of the World Animal Health Organization told Reuters on Monday that the outbreaks could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds.

Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision

Published Nov. 17, 2014

“Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young family in the starter-home development that replaced it. His project kind of happened, with plot twists and serendipity, much like life itself.

China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia

Published Nov. 17, 2014

All dairy tariffs, which can be as high as 20 percent, will be removed within four to 11 years, the Australian government said today. Duties of 12 percent to 25 percent on beef will be removed over nine years and tariffs of 10 percent on live animal exports will be eliminated within four years,

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

Vilsack longest-serving USDA chief in nearly 50 years

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The former Iowa governor, who will surpass former President Bill Clinton's longtime agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, has been in the position since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Lawmakers looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere started moving legislation yesterday that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

USDA: Corn, soybean harvest nearing its end

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Corn and soybean harvest officially entered the homestretch in the last few days -- for many, not quite as soon as they'd prefer on account of the blast winter temperatures and precipitation over the weekend -- and it's likely to wrap up given one more small weather window, farmers and analysts say.

MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Ohio MarketMaker currently hosts one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry-related data in the country. The web-based program contains demographic, food consumption and business data that users can search to find products to buy, or find a place to sell their products.