News & Events

Poultry production may be ramping up

Published Dec. 4, 2014

According to the USDA, egg sets and broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in the United States rose by 3 percent at the beginning of November. In addition, hatcheries in the United States set 206 million eggs in incubators during the week of Nov. 8, which was up three percent from 2013.

The Business of Urban Farming Takes Root in Detroit

Published Dec. 4, 2014

With an estimated 20 square miles of vacant land, Detroit’s abandoned lots are roughly the size of Manhattan according to the Detroit Future City Report. Detroit has an estimated 40,000 blighted properties needing to be cleared. The city allows residents to get an easy start at urban farming with the sale of side lots for only $100 dollars through the Land Bank.

West Coast port slowdown hits agriculture harder than holiday goods

Published Dec. 4, 2014

Labor strife on the West Coast waterfront isn’t going to steal Christmas, but agriculture workers in Washington worry they will see the backlash for years to come.

Ohio-Indiana joint drone venture teams with Ohio State to monitor farm crops

Published Dec. 4, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration granted authorization for the flight operations supporting research at OSU’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.

Ohio No-Till Council conference: profits and enviro protection

Published Dec. 5, 2014

It was again a full house at Der Dutchman in Plain City for yesterday’s Ohio No-Till Conference. A wide range of topics were covered at the event revolving around conservation tillage and its innumerable benefits.

MPP signup extended to Dec. 19

Published Dec. 5, 2014

The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting coming to Dalton

Published Dec. 5, 2014

The idea for the meeting goes back almost 10 years, when some local growers who were connected to the Mount Hope Produce Auction, got to thinking about a way to provide a meeting that would serve the local growers — especially small-scale growers, like the Amish

Federal judge blocks Maui GMO ban

Published Dec. 8, 2014

In November, a federal judge said Maui County could not implement a new law that would ban the use of genetically modified crops. Voters approved the ballot initiative in early November and it was expected to go into effect after election results were verified.

Politics surround veto of gestation stall ban in New Jersey

Published Dec. 8, 2014

In a mix of pre-presidential politics, animal rights agendas and celebrity star power, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of pig gestation stalls in New Jersey.

Acre aims to offer affordable farm-to-table food near Clintonville

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Fresh, local farm-to-table food shouldn’t be just for the well-to-do, Todd Mills says. It should be accessible to more people, even those without a lot of money to spend eating out.

Movie magic on an Ohio Christmas tree farm

Published Dec. 9, 2014

The farm with endless rows of hillside Christmas trees and historic structures was the perfect place for a recently released film, “A Christmas tree miracle.” The behind-the-scenes story for the movie filmed on the Ohio farm got its start in 2011, just before Christmas.

USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture. Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address "Food, Foreign Policy and International Order."

Ohio sheep producers honor peers and industry supporters at symposium

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Supporting and promoting the Ohio sheep industry and building future leaders were just a few reasons the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association honored eight of its own during the 2014 Buckeye Shepherds Symposium Dec. 6.

Gun hunters take 10,000 fewer Ohio deer

Published Dec. 9, 2014

During last week's gun season, hunters took 65,485 white-tailed deer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a 13 percent drop from the 2013 gun season.

Congress must act now to help conserve farmland:

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Conservation easements are by far the most cost-effective means of preserving our rich soils, and the federal tax incentive has encouraged farmers across the nation to keep their land in agricultural production permanently. Congress should act swiftly to restore the conservation easement incentive and make it permanent.

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Published Dec. 9, 2014

I anticipate milk prices to drop by about $4/cwt in December, with a Class III price closing in the low $18/cwt.

5 Ways to Make Farm Employees More Productive

Published Dec. 10, 2014

You're proud of the folks working with you on the farm. But is your employee management helping your operation or holding it back? Making them better makes your farm better, so it's a win-win for everyone.

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

Published Dec. 10, 2014

The study, to be published online Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, tackles the lingering perception that organic farming, while offering an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemically intensive agriculture, cannot produce enough food to satisfy the world’s appetite.

Congressman receives award for environmental service

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Randy Gardner, senator for District 2 of Ohio, received the Ohio Environmental Council’s Public Servant Award this past month.
Gardner, a Republican from Bowling Green, was chosen because of the work he has done regarding what Jack Shaner, OEC senior director of public affairs, called Lake Erie’s “terrible nutrient pollution.”

Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms

Published Dec. 15, 2014

He’s one of the young farmers leading a resurgence in the industry that aims to re-establish more local food systems in the state, where Maine is leading the way. But before that really takes off, he said, the state needs to put its money where its mouth is. More specifically, more accessible funding needs to be available to the folks who grow food that Mainers put in their mouths.

Farming in the Midwest Of tech and troughs

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University sees two trends in American farming. One is the growth of local microfarms for picky posh people. The other is the success of high-tech big farms that produce cheap food for everyone else, as well as plant-based fuels and chemicals.

Ag outlook: dairy to drop, but profits may not

Published Dec. 15, 2014

The reason dairy farmers should still be profitable — at least in part — is because feed inputs are falling faster than the milk price. This means the sales-to-input ratio should still be positive for many farmers, and it also means they may want to hold off on signing up for the farm bill margin protection programs — at least for now.

Farm and Dairy coverage of annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Water quality. Taxes. The next generation. CAUV. More than 340 voting delegates of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation met Dec. 10-12 to wrestle with ways the state’s largest farm organization should address these hot topics.

Ohio Ag Net/Country Journal coverage of OFBF annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) today in Columbus. There is a significant agenda in the year ahead with key issues including water, CAUV and immigration at the state and federal level.

Brownfield Network coverage of Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

Published Dec. 15, 2014

“Four different tracks this year,” Rule said. “We have a leadership development track, community development, technology and agriculture and current issues that are going to be going on throughout the day with some really great outside speakers that bring a lot of expertise to those topics.”