News & Events

Midwest farm values post first yearly drop in three decades

Published Feb. 13, 2015

The Federal Reserve of Chicago, which includes Iowa, Michigan and parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, found farmland values fell 3 percent during 2014. That was the first yearly decline since 1986.

50th farm machinery show opens in Louisville

Published Feb. 13, 2015

The show seeks to educate farmers and agribusiness representatives and showcases "innovative technology, new product launches, and alternative energy," the sponsors said. In addition, attendees can sit in on free seminars led by some of the industry's top experts. Seminar topics include unmanned aerial vehicles, cloud-based data handling, and weather and commodity trends

Another Key USDA Deadline This Month-CSP

Published Feb. 13, 2015

“CSP is a continuous sign-up program, meaning producers can apply to enroll at any time of the year. However, there is but one cut-off date at which point NRCS will rank all proposals on hand, based on environmental benefits, and determine which will be awarded contracts for that year,”

Boost Plant Population with Twin-Rows

Published Feb. 13, 2015

There’s industry buzz about U.S. farmers growing average 300-bushel-per-acre corn yields by 2030. If the yield-plant population relationship continues as it has the past 80 years, though, average seeding rates need to be around 50,000 plants per acre (ppa). Few hybrids can now endure these rates in tight 30-inch rows.

Hunters, farmers divided on Ohio’s proposal to reduce deer limits

Published Feb. 13, 2015

“We’ve seen a decrease in the number of deer-damage complaints that are out there, but it still remains a significant problem in several pockets of the state,” said Brandon Kern, lobbyist for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Orville Redenbacher exits Ohio

Published Feb. 13, 2015

After more than 20 years in Ohio, ConAgra Foods will move the second of its two popcorn manufacturing facilities out of the state by June. ConAgra’s Marion, Ohio, plant closed in October 2014. Its Morral, Ohio, facility is set to close in June.

As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Published Feb. 16, 2015

At farm shows across the country, drones have become as ubiquitous as John Deere tractors. The Colorado Farm Show earlier this year included an informational session, telling farmers both the technical and legal challenges ahead.

New rules cloud future for large-scale wind farms in Ohio

Published Feb. 16, 2015

About a dozen wind farm projects that have been certified by the state are essentially on hold now and may never get off the ground after Ohio put in a two-year delay on its renewable energy targets last summer.

Farm emergency action plans help first responders, save time

Published Feb. 16, 2015

Too often, when first responders arrive on the scene of a farm-related emergency, they don’t have the proper knowledge, training, personnel or equipment to manage the situation.

Leasing, conditional sales agreements and the future of 179

Published Feb. 16, 2015

Generally, a taxpayer that buys business or income-producing property (not held for sale) with a useful life of more than one year cannot deduct its full cost as an expense for that year. However, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) allows an annual deduction of a portion of the cost of the property

Lessons learned from farm bill debate

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts shared the stage but not equal billing at the Kansas Commodity Classic Feb. 6 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Farmer, researchers look at climate change's impact on agriculture

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Fred Abels has seen the effect of climate change on his Holland farm and he's changed his farming practices to adapt.

Breakthrough in varieties make organic apples easier to grow in Ohio

Published Feb. 17, 2015

apples grown in our soils and shaped by our weather happen to taste better. If we could buy organic versions more easily, we could also support our local farm economy.

How does ag communicate with consumers?

Published Feb. 18, 2015

Auburn, Ill., farmer Tim Seifert has a question for consumers. “Where did we go wrong?” With so many people bent on bashing modern food production, Seifert wants to understand how agriculture lost consumers’ trust. It’s a valid question.

State ag directors gather to talk farm issues

Published Feb. 18, 2015

NASDA members also passed policy amendments on national commodity check off programs and agriculture mediation programs, additionally they passed action items on rail transportation, invasive species, trade with Cuba, national labeling of food derived from genetic engineering, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and agriculture in the classroom.

Rules of the road for farm transportation

Published Feb. 18, 2015

Although the laws haven’t changed that much, Curtis says a reminder every now and then can keep farmers safe and free of fines. Such fines can be divvied out due to being overweight, so Curtis discussed the three weight limits in Ohio important to farmers.

Toxic-algae bill likely to get Ohio Senate vote today

Published Feb. 18, 2015

The Senate bill prohibits the spreading of manure on northwestern Ohio fields that are frozen or saturated with water, or if the weather forecast says the chance of 1 inch of rain over the next 12 hours is greater than 50 percent. Some argue that the forecast protection covers only manure, not fertilizer as was originally proposed.

Agriculture Giants Boost Cybersecurity to Shield Farm Data

Published Feb. 20, 2015

Companies including Monsanto Co. and Deere & Co. are investing more in cybersecurity as the farming business grows more datacentric, with satellite-steered tractors and algorithm-driven planting services expanding across the U.S. Farm Belt, executives said at an industry event Thursday.

Does the farm-to-table movement actually help farmers?

Published Feb. 20, 2015

the advantages of this ‘farm-to-table’ dining trend have not been completely realized across the entire food chain. It’s nice to think that by supporting restaurants where local ingredients are on the menu, we’ve helped local farmers. But can we do more?

A New Network for Women in Agriculture

Published Feb. 20, 2015

To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA’s Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture.

US, EU agriculture leaders try to ease trade concerns

Published Feb. 20, 2015

the "moment is ripe to create a trade super highway between the EU and the U.S." but there's no denying there's several roadblocks and detours that lie ahead.

The Future Of Agriculture? Smart Farming

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. One way to address these issues and increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production is using sensing technology to make farms more “intelligent”

Ohio Senate passes water quality bill

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The bill’s main focus is on preventing the winter application of manure and fertilizer to frozen and snow covered ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin, although the bill also restricts dredging and requires new testing at water treatment plants.

Poor growing season sprouts business

Published Feb. 20, 2015

There is a popular proverb that goes “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Several years ago, a couple said they took this phrase to heart, creating a business out of a solution they used to compensate for an impossible outdoor growing season.

Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will sow this spring and risking years-long legal battles with landlords.