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Local crops blooming

Published Jul. 31, 2014

In Ross County, soybeans are blooming and much of the corn crop is full-tasseled, Garman said. Vegetables also appear to be thriving, he said, referring to the quality of produce local farmers have been selling at his feed store several days per week this summer.

Ohio foodbank program an option for growers

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program, and they are turning a profit in the process.

General Mills to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“However, given that nearly two-thirds of General Mills’ GHG emissions and 99 percent of water use throughout our value chain occur upstream of our direct operations, primarily in agriculture, we’ve also been focused on advancing sustainable agriculture,” John Church, General Mills’ executive vice president of supply chain operations, said in a blog post

Agriculture must redefine GMO conversation

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“In general, we find a large and growing number of consumers who stigmatize GMOs,” said David Just, co-director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. “This stigma has long been a factor in Europe, and we see the same pattern emerging in the United States.”

Ag Lender Poll: 2014 Farm Bill Changes to have Neutral Impact on Farm Financials

Published Jul. 31, 2014

"The poll reflects the reality that grain commodity prices are lower compared to last year, which will likely have some negative impact on profitability for crop producers this year," said Jerry Lehnertz, vice president, lending for AgriBank. "On the flip side, most crop producers have entered this lower commodity price environment with strong overall financial positions."

Changes are coming to FSA programs

Published Jul. 31, 2014

The 2014 farm bill brought changes. The DCP/ACRE program, that paid direct payments, was eliminated. Our MILC Dairy program is being replaced. The NAP program is being made into a buy up program which I believe is good. Crop insurance is subject to sodbuster/swamp buster rules.

Top business leaders, farm group urge Congress to act on immigration

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“American families are demanding locally grown vegetables and I want to provide that to them,” Thiel says in the ad by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the American Farm Bureau Federation. “So, please, tell Congress we need immigration reform now.”

OSHA updates small farm exemption memo

Published Jul. 31, 2014

he Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) formally clarified that it cannot regulate family farms with 10 or fewer employees. In a guideline issued, OSHA recognizes that postharvest activities integral to farming operations, including drying and storing grain, are exempt from regulations if the farm has 10 or fewer employees, consistent with current law.

U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of cattle in the United States has fallen dramatically, but just how much may surprise you. As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the cattle report published July 25 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It’s the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.

Fairs play a crucial role in education and future food production

Published Jul. 30, 2014

Fairs play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

Published Jul. 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.

Crops look great, but some concerns remain

Published Jul. 30, 2014

The excessive rains of this past spring and earlier this summer have become but a memory for Ohio's agricultural producers, as drier, cooler weather this month has allowed for consistent bouts of fieldwork. And the state's crops have benefited from the improved conditions as well.

Remember the Polar Vortex? Ohio’s grape and peach growers sure do

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — After enduring the coldest winter in 20 years, many grape and tree growers in Ohio and western Pennsylvania predicted their summer crop would be greatly diminished. Producers are finding plants that are black and dead, and some that are trying to survive, but will most likely still die.

High corn yields drop price, have far-reaching effect on market

Published Jul. 29, 2014

DAYTON — Near-perfect weather conditions are creating a predicted bumper crop for Ohio corn farmers, but the high yields this year and from last year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years. The drop is bad for farmers but consumers can expect lower food prices, experts said. Meat prices likely will decline because the price of the feed for the animals is lower.

Organic certification cost recovery for Ohio farms

Published Jul. 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it will receive $478,600 to help growers and handlers of organic agricultural products recover part of the cost of their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification.

Kudzu heading north as climate changes

Published Jul. 29, 2014

As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the United States more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, is creeping northward, wrapping itself around smokestacks in Ohio, overwhelming Illinois backyards and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada.

Pickaway County farmland will revert to the wild as Bartley Preserve

Published Jul. 29, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands.

Northwest Ohio farmers wade through farm bill at forum

Published Jul. 29, 2014

BOWLING GREEN — The Ohio Farmer’s Union held a Farm Bill Implementation Forum on Friday at Bowling Green State University to help area farmers wade through the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill.

How Google Glass Can Be the Next Big Thing for Agriculture

Published Jul. 29, 2014

Imagine being able to look at a cotton crop, taking field notes and snapping pictures, sending videos of exactly what you're looking at to experts, or dictating notes, all hands-free.A Georgia based company has developed IntelliScout, an application that uses Google Glass to make it easier for the crop scouts to log any issues they find, without having to pull out a camera or even a smartphone.

Mobile slaughter on rise in U.S

Published Jul. 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 20 mobile units are in operation around the country. Units from Texas to Alaska butcher birds, cows, pigs and other animals as the market for locally produced food has grown from a beachhead of hippie co-ops and health food stores to Whole Foods Market Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co.

Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

Published Jul. 28, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers and machinery operators for custom farm work have increased thanks in part to increased supply costs and the agriculture industry boom in recent years,

Sec Vilsack on rural America

Published Jul. 28, 2014

“I think it’s important for the folks to understand that there’s great profit opportunity and business opportunity in rural America. We’re about 75 percent of the land mass in the United States. The vast majority of America is located in rural areas. It’s where most of our food comes from, a lot of our water.

Is my farm exempt? OSHA confusion continues

Published Jul. 28, 2014

The small farm exemption came under fire in 2013 when OSHA began inspecting and issuing citations to farming operations. In 2011, OSHA issued a guidance memorandum to its inspectors asserting that on-farm grain storage and handling was not part of the “farming operation” and that OSHA had the authority to inspect such facilities and enforce its rules and regulations,

Abundant Grain Ripples Through U.S. Farm Industry

Published Jul. 28, 2014

As some of the biggest U.S. agribusiness firms report earnings this week, analysts will weigh prospects for another massive U.S. corn crop and a likely record haul of soybeans, thanks to benevolent weather this summer, with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures setting up the best growing conditions in years.