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Farmers call them "flying rats" or "deer with wings." They gather by the tens of thousands every year about this time to graze on sprouting winter wheat, rye, alfalfa, and barley. They're voracious, persistent, and dirty, leaving behind a trail of droppings.
Opponents of a proposed ban on crops in Jackson County using genetically modified organisms have been raising money from farm bureaus and other agricultural interests from around the country.
At 959 pages, the "Agriculture Act of 2014" is hardly a quick read. But it includes a new feature, Agriculture Risk Coverage, that could provide corn and soybean farmers with an important cushion for at least the next two years.
The number of very small and very large farms both dropped, while the number of farms between 50 and 500 acres grew.
Of the estimated 11.7 million people without legal residency status, about 100,000 call Ohio home — nearly double the 55,000 reported in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
According to Dee Jepsen, a state safety leader for the Ohio State University Extension, an average of 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture every year. During the past 10 years, three Ohio deaths were the result of engulfment in grain bins.
There are four primary factors affecting profitability: crop price, production costs, yield level and crop quality (as it affects price). But which of these factors does the grower have significant control over?
With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, crop producers can choose among the three crop safety net options: (1) Price Loss Coverage (PLC) — a target price program; (2) county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) — a county revenue program, and (3) individual ARC — an individual farm revenue program.
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted the hangout, a web-based conference call, focusing on new or beginning farmers and the "changing face of agriculture" – a tagline heard several times during the USDA Ag Outlook Forum held last week.
The proposal, formerly known as the “ag-gag” bill, was significantly changed in a Senate committee in a way that satisfied animal rights activists and representatives of the news media. In its original form, the bill would have made felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms
Dewey Hall’s acreage is on the sub-continental divide, connecting the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Its watershed drains both north and south. Heading south, its waters flow into Little Killbuck Creek and eventually to the Walhonding and Muskingum rivers and on to the Ohio River. The northerly flow heads to the Black River, a direct path to central Lake Erie.
Farming is known to be an industry where it is all too common to be 'cash poor and asset rich'. Knowing the level of one's cash cushion is always prudent and will be paramount as we deal with lower margin levels. Lenders typically use one or more of these liquidity measures when assessing the financial position of a potential borrower.
“The impact of these changes would extend far beyond producers and would affect their lenders, processors, and other key suppliers,” said Brian Kuehl, Director of Federal Affairs for Kennedy and Coe. “Producers will no longer have these funds available to buy tractors and combines, or invest in labor and other inputs.
The dairy herd was estimated at 267,000 head for January, down 4,000 from a year earlier. In terms of the number of licensed dairy herds, Ohio lost 130 herds from 2012 through 2013, dropping to 2,930.
Registered users can create maps and provide details of their sensitive locations, which can then be searched by pesticide applicators. The voluntary registry is for organic crops, livestock and forage, as well as for pesticide-sensitive locations including but not limited to: apiaries, fish farms, nurseries, orchards, greenhouses
Among other provisions, the Office of Farm to Fork would promote healthy food access, especially in underserved communities, and seek collaborations between public health agencies, farmers and other parties.
Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.
A major concern shared by the panel was: how can I manage my landlord relationships proactively? With arrangements moving from primarily share crop agreements a generation ago to the cash rent leases that prevail today, there's a lot of change around how landlords and tenants are dealing with one another.
For the first time, the federal government plans to regulate how food is marketed in public schools, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reduce the allure of unhealthy foods to the nation’s children.
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers take hives to the upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
Although the 2013-2014 has been one of the roughest winters in many years, Anderson doesn’t feel there is enough evidence to say climate change is triggering the extreme weather.
Lower feed costs may spark a livestock industry renaissance and return to profitability, a team of Purdue University ag economists said Monday. "It’s not just the start of a good year for the animal industry, but an era," ag economist Chris Hurt said during a webinar hosted by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.