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Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Published Jul. 9, 2014

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. Could this be about to change? New European Union rules now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods.

St. Paris native celebrates 15 years of farm animal advocacy

Published Jul. 9, 2014

ST. PARIS — After witnessing an unsettling incident with a pig in a high school class, St. Paris native Nathan Runkle decided to devote his life to animal rights, founding the Mercy For Animals organization at the age of 15.
This year, the organization itself turned 15 years old.

Wayne farm tour is lesson in agventure

Published Jul. 9, 2014

CHIPPEWA TWP., Ohio -- Community members saw examples of new farming practices that might encourage young people to farm when they toured Wayne County's Willow Spring Farm and Rittman Orchard an Farm Market on Tuesday morning. The AgVenture Tour, hosted by the Wayne Economic Development Council, and consisted of representatives from local government agencies, businesses and banks.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists

Published Jul. 9, 2014

A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale gas drilling

Published Jul. 9, 2014

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates.

Marcellus and Utica shale drilling permits: Monroe County is drilling hot spot

Published Jul. 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Drillers appear to be running toward Monroe County, Ohio, to drill what they see as promising Utica shale wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported 25 new permits were issued for drilling in Monroe County during June.

Farm life for kids sets the stage for a healthy life

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Now, any parent knows that it is not always the easiest option to get their children to go outdoors. Today’s clever television shows, electronic games and gadgets galore and the frosty appeal of air conditioning on a hot summer day are quite inviting for both adults and children.

Imagine powering homes, cars with farm waste

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Scientists used farm waste to grow a type of algae that can be turned into a biofuel. Researchers say it can replace diesel to run cars, trucks and planes. It can also be used in place of oil in your home's boiler.

Obama's EPA chief calls farm bureau worries hogwash

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Calling some assertions about the rule "silly" and "ludicrous," McCarthy said her trip to Missouri is part of a broader campaign to reassure the agriculture community and "set the record straight." "I'm hoping this trip helps us ditch the myths and misinformation" about the rule, she said.

Ohioans take part in National Day of Action for meaningful immigration reform

Published Jul. 10, 2014

“We are very concerned that, in an overall picture, our food supply is at risk,” said Bill Dodd, President of Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association and Owner of Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst, OH. “At least 80% of the workers in my industry are migrant workers and in many cases undocumented.”

Most Crops Looking Nice and Green

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Midsummer in the Midwest. Corn tassels, soybeans bloom, wheat matures and all is right with the world. If you’re lucky. If your fields with wet feet dried out in time for the plants to bounce back. If the hail and wind missed your neck of the woods. It’s all about luck.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create Right to Farm

Published Jul. 11, 2014

farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops.

House Panel Reviews Farm Bill Crop Insurance, Commodity Policies

Published Jul. 11, 2014

The hearing focused on reforms to the commodity title, repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.

Precision Agriculture day slated for Aug. 5

Published Jul. 14, 2014

The event will focus on combines, precision harvest technology, grain handling, and data collection. Participants will hear from industry professionals in a variety of fields, including academia and law enforcement.

Why Big Ag is the Real American Agriculture

Published Jul. 14, 2014

This is a place where Michael Pollan and Dr. Oz have never been and represents farming on a scale they have never conceived. This is farming that produces the food that most people eat, but farming that is far removed from the concepts most consumers hold of how their food is produced and of the people who produce it.

Amid border crisis, farm groups call for immigration reform

Published Jul. 14, 2014

On July 9, a national group that included Ohio farmers and business leaders, took part in the National Day of Action for Immigration Reform — an effort to remind Washington lawmakers and the media about the importance of immigrant labor at U.S. farms.

2014 Farm Bill meetings

Published Jul. 14, 2014

Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 Farm Bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from industry experts during meetings scheduled for August 18, 19 and September 16 who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture.

What Could Climate Change Mean for Agriculture?

Published Jul. 15, 2014

The recent paper Impact of Climate Change on the Water Cycle and Implications for Agriculture has tipped higher latitude areas for more rain in winter and summer.

Sellmans encouraging to young farm families like themselves

Published Jul. 15, 2014

Members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals visited the farm of Russ and Mendy Sellman in rural Galion as part of its summer outreach program

Legislation designed to boost Ohio agritourism

Published Jul. 15, 2014

Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, said Senate Bill 334 is designed to address many of the liability and regulatory challenges that affect the state’s agritourism industry. “Agritourism welcomes visitors to take part in operations on a farm; these activities can range from participating in a hayride to picking your own apples,” she said.

April showers didn’t stop Ohio crops

Published Jul. 16, 2014

Even though spring was chilly and wet, crops in Ohio have bounced back from delayed starts. Crops have flourished during the summer months, so much so that record amounts may be attained.

A new approach to farmer data

Published Jul. 16, 2014

One aspect of American agriculture that has been demonized over the past year is the collection of data. It grabbed many no-so-accepting headlines when the questions arose about not only what the data may be used for and who can use the data, but also who actually owns the data. One company that is taking an industry-changing approach is Climate Corporation.

Once a niche, local foods becoming big business

Published Jul. 16, 2014

Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

City park could show benefits of river dredgings

Published Jul. 16, 2014

An old city park on the Maumee River could soon become a demonstration site — complete with a farm field — to show the beneficial alternative uses of material dredged from the Toledo harbor shipping channel.

Sweet corn making its way to markets at last

Published Jul. 16, 2014

he wait for sweet corn proved longer than usual this year because of the harsh winter. With fields frozen, planting was delayed, said Mike Hogan, extension educator in agriculture and natural resources for the Ohio State University Extension in Franklin County.