News & Events

Ryan Budget Plans Cuts for SNAP, Crop Insurance

Published Apr. 2, 2014

House Committee on the Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday released his answer to the President's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, cutting an additional $23 billion from crop insurance on top of cuts outlined in the 2014 Farm Bill.

EPA's Water Police: Coming to Your Farm?

Published Apr. 2, 2014

The EPA has just released a new definition of "Waters of the United States." Critics are calling this the biggest government land grab ever. This EPA proposal, if promulgated, will give it zoning authority over land use.

China’s Cofco to Buy Majority Stake in Noble Agriculture Unit

Published Apr. 2, 2014

This is the second such deal in two months for Cofco, which is going increasingly global in its quest to meet China’s demands for food security amid a shortage of arable land at home.

Agriculture Education Blooms in Urban, Rural High Schools

Published Apr. 2, 2014

In addition to many career opportunities in the field, agriculture classes allow students to practice real applications of math, science and English concepts, and is among the reasons why high schools are embracing agriculture education, says Jay Jackman, executive director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Could NASA Satellites Predict Agricultural Yields in the Future?

Published Apr. 2, 2014

Research in 2013 demonstrated that fluorescence from plants could be teased out of data from existing satellites, which were designed and built for other purposes

Farm Bureau showcases accomplishments of Anna FFA Chapter

Published Apr. 2, 2014

“The Farm Bureau believes that by empowering the next generation of agriculturalists we are insuring a more prosperous future,” explains Jill Smith, organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau serving Shelby County. “Whether that is through leadership development or through ag skills, FFA helps young people move forward, which is why our organization is such a supporter of what they do.”

‘Historic Wins’ for Organic Industry in New Farm Bill

Published Apr. 3, 2014

Vilsack also said that the industry is growing at a record pace as more than 25,000 certified organic operations in 120 countries registered with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Farm Belt Pest Gnaws at Syngenta

Published Apr. 3, 2014

The western corn rootworm, a Farm Belt scourge, is gaining further ground against genetically modified crops designed to kill it, marking a setback for biotech seed makers.

Borlaug's granddaughter calls agriculture to action

Published Apr. 3, 2014

"The debate on GMOs is over," Julie Borlaug, granddaughter of the late wheat scientist Norman Borlaug, told an audience of agricultural media and industry members. Although the scientific community has repeatedly demonstrated the safety and value of biotech crops, she said, "advocates of biotech need to do a better job of explaining to the public why biotech is vital to our future."

Ohio’s prison farms help inmates experience freedom, responsibility

Published Apr. 3, 2014

The farm is reserved for inmates who meet the correctional system’s lowest security score — known as “security level 1” or “minimum security.” The most common offenses are related to alcohol and narcotics.

COOL upheld in court ruling

Published Apr. 3, 2014

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia allows the government to move forward with Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
The controversial COOL has been hotly debated for years between those in agriculture interested in providing consumers with more information aand many in the meat industry concerned about the cost, logistics

Weather Worries Appear On Traders' Radar

Published Apr. 4, 2014

April has only begun, but bulls are already talking up wet. cold conditions that keep tractors out of the field in many areas this week. A variety of weather, from snow to rain to even warmer temperatures has farmers and traders wondering when planting will begin in earnest, helping give futures a boost after Tuesday’s sharp downturn.

Farm Bureau Dismayed After Reviewing EPA’s Proposed Waters Rule

Published Apr. 4, 2014

After reviewing EPA’s waters of the U.S. proposed rule, Farm Bureau thinks EPA is trying to extend Congress’ definition of navigable waters to include land that is only rarely wet - such as ditches and so-called “ephemeral streams” that only carry water when it rains.

"Farmland' gives a glimpse of boots-on-the-ground agriculture

Published Apr. 4, 2014

While each of the six were passionate about their little corner of the industry and held deeply-rooted opinions (that they were willing to share) about the production practices they choose, all six repeatedly reiterated that the diversity in agriculture today ultimately benefits the consumer.

Branding the farm

Published Apr. 7, 2014

Since small farmers compete with large grocery chains, branding and marketing their farm and maintaining relationships with customers is an important part of business,

U.S. food prices rising, Farm Bureau says

Published Apr. 7, 2014

U.S. consumers are paying more for several food items at their local grocery store, including many of their favorite breakfast staples such as bacon, eggs and bread, the country’s largest farm group said Thursday

Monsanto expands precision agriculture offerings for farmers

Published Apr. 7, 2014

Like everything else falling under the precision agriculture umbrella, FieldScripts aims to help farmers squeeze as much production as possible from every inch of their soil.

Farmers’ impact on economy, quality of life is undervalued

Published Apr. 7, 2014

Farming is a growth industry in the state. Ohio cracked the top 10 in 2012 to rank seventh in the nation in the number of farms – 75,462. That number far exceeds the pace of U.S. farm growth, which dropped 4.3 percent in five years. Though the U.S. lost 7.5 million acres since the 2007 census, Ohio has added 4,000 acres of farms in five years

“Farmland” coming to a theater near you

Published Apr. 7, 2014

In the film, Moll goes behind-the-scenes and follows six young American farmers and ranchers whose passion for their jobs is extremely inspirational. In doing so, Farmland takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers who are in their 20s, all of whom are responsible for running their farming businesses.

EPA Chief says ag water exemptions remain

Published Apr. 8, 2014

The EPA's new proposed rule for defining "waters of the U.S." does not mean the agency is regulating common farm practices, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said at the annual meeting of North American Agricultural Journalists in Washington, DC, Monday.

Community Supported Agriculture is another way to help

Published Apr. 8, 2014

Members buy a share in the farm, supporting the farmers, and in return receive a portion of the fresh produce that is grown; weekly boxes contain whatever is at its peak, ripe, and in season when harvested

Voters approve Ohio’s corn checkoff referndum

Published Apr. 8, 2014

the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Referendum, seeking to increase the state’s corn checkoff from half a cent ($.005) to three-quarters of a cent ($.0075) per bushel, passed with a majority of favorable votes by Ohio’s corn growers.

Swine virus to impact production, prices in 2014

Published Apr. 8, 2014

“New herds are being infected daily throughout the country, so it’s likely we will see infections in populations not previously exposed to the virus the rest of this year,” said Steve Moeller, an Ohio State University Extension swine specialist.

Farm Bill Forecasting

Published Apr. 8, 2014

Your irrevocable 2014 farm bill decisions are getting complicated by this spring’s surprise price rally. While it was widely assumed commodity prices were headed for a multi-year crash when the farm bill was being drafted, few experts considered what your best risk management options would be if markets stay near levels achieved over the last two months.

Farm to You starting pilot program at YSU

Published Apr. 9, 2014

Entering its seventh year overall, Farm to You is starting a pilot program at YSU. The program is essentially a way to provide local fresh grown produce from farmers within a 30-mile radius of Youngstown and Warren