News & Events

Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

Craft beer brewers and drinkers create farming opportunities for Ohio hops

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Estimates from Ohio State University Extension say we spend $30 million for hops each year, getting ours shipped in from Europe (England, France, Germany) and the Pacific Northwest. Not only is the money going out of state, it also doesn't make much of a local flavor statement.

New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Pumpkin patches overgrown with good quality pumpkins

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Last year, across Ohio, farmers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins and produced more than $15 million worth of pumpkins, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farm taxes could spike in Ohio

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Amy Milam of the Ohio Farm Bureau says economic factors during the recent recession are, in fact, causing some higher tax bills this year. And her organization hopes to do something about that.

Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

Published Oct. 9, 2014

he 2014 Farm Bill offers multiple options for a crop production safety net, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, and the Individual ARC Program. Of those three, which do you think is best suited for most farms in Ohio?

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Published Oct. 9, 2014

A resolution to a three-year impasse in the national beef checkoff enhancement work group suggested by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack may do more harm than good, according to members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Wet October weather ahead

Published Oct. 9, 2014

We expect to see above normal rainfall for the rest of October. There is a greater than 80% chance of exceeding two inches of rain in the next two weeks over most of Ohio which is high for this time of the year. Normal rainfall is about an inch the next two weeks.

Don’t farm averages

Published Oct. 10, 2014

For all the headlines about precision agriculture, the majority of nutrient applications are still the same blend applied across every acre.

Big data and big agriculture

Published Oct. 10, 2014

farms are heavily reliant on small improvements in operational efficiencies and processes in order to increase crop yields, manage risk, and create greater profit.

Grain storage bags could be an option for large corn harvest

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Klein Ileleji, a grain post-harvest technology expert at Purdue University, said potential users should be aware that the bags, which can measure up to 12 feet in diameter and 328 feet in length, require careful site preparation, regular monitoring for moisture content and temperature, and special tools for loading and unloading.

Star of the West bringing soft red wheat mill to Ohio - See more at: http://www.

Published Oct. 10, 2014

The Star of the West Milling Co., headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., announced last month it will begin construction on a second Ohio mill, in Willard, this fall. The mill, which is targeted for completion by fall of 2016, will be able to produce 10,000 cwt. of flour per day, all of which will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

Farm family's loss serves as reminder of harvest dangers

Published Oct. 13, 2014

His father was working alone when he apparently went into the grain bin because the corn had stopped flowing. Although it's not clear exactly what happened, Beck suspects a hollow space had formed under the top crust, an effect known as bridging.

Get 'into the dirt': More young people start farms

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Two years ago, Kate McNellis was earning a six-figure salary as a New York City fashion designer, cranking out cutting-edge styles for Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor and Kohl's. Today, the 36-year-old is a fledgling vegetable farmer in New York state's far less frenetic Hudson Valley, hoping to clear a few thousand dollars next year as she begins to build her business.

Vilsack says bioproducts complement ag, create a new economy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Long before he made his way to the podium at the Bioproducts World Showcase Oct. 7, in Columbus, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was already in close conversation with most of the companies and researchers who attended the inaugural event.

U.S. infrastructure important for future of ag

Published Oct. 13, 2014

According to the study, although the U.S. is still the dominant country in the world soybean market, the U.S. market share of soybean world trade is declining.

CoBank says farm incomes will drop thanks to larger harvests, rising interest ra

Published Oct. 14, 2014

“The changing market conditions will likely spur shifts in farmland values, rental rates, balance sheets and the competitive landscape,” said Leonard Sahling, director of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.

70 years later, farm leaders, private sector share Borlaug’s dream

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Farmers, and farmer-led organizations, have called for the public and private sectors to work together to develop production solutions that will improve yields and provide long-term investment returns.

Farm Bureau cautions landowners to be wary of pipeline deals

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Land-owners should ask themselves numerous questions before signing an easement to allow an oil or natural-gas pipeline to be built across their property, a representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau said Monday.
Among those questions are these: What is the type and purpose of the pipeline? What is its diameter? And what is its distance?

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

Published Oct. 15, 2014

It is no secret that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that the large-scale investment in agriculture, with its high yield seeds and fertilizers, is the surest path out of poverty and hunger. Not everyone is so sure, though.

Keeping Small Towns Alive In Tight Farm Times

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Farm incomes are down. That means farmers and their families may have less money to spend when they buy gas, groceries, parts or anything else on Main Street or elsewhere around their small towns. And, it's starting to hit those small towns ha

Study links hundreds of small Ohio quakes to fracking

Published Oct. 15, 2014

The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Grape farmers count heavy loss of vines from polar vortex

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Depending on the variety grown, Ohio’s vineyards counted grape losses between 29 percent and 97 percent this summer, according to the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center.

High farm taxes spur Ohio formula review

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau announced this week it plans to ramp up its annual examination of the Current Agricultural Use Value tax formula after many farmers expressed outrage about large tax bills.