News & Events

Ag secretary announces funding to strengthen rural businesses and cooperatives

Published Oct. 24, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in Ohio and 26 other states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. The announcement culminates a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made In Rural America.

Quarter Horse Congress signs new 10-year deal to stay at state fairgrounds

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The All American Quarter Horse Congress will stay at the state fairgrounds for the next decade, state Agriculture Director David Daniels said.

Teams from Ohio State and China exchange visits to gain knowledge

Published Oct. 24, 2014

Ohio State’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, working in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, welcomed six visitors to Ohio State as part of the U.S. government’s U.S.-China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program.

Fall is a great time to sample for soybean cyst nematode

Published Oct. 24, 2014

There is still much to learn about the evolution and management of soybean cyst nematode (SCN). For now, though, one of the best on farm approaches for addressing this potentially costly problem is to sample fields.

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study f

Published Oct. 24, 2014

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, Davis.

Pork industry launches new common audit

Published Oct. 24, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public.

Ohio ranch wins 13 world horn champions

Published Oct. 24, 2014

BARNESVILLE — Dickinson Cattle Company of Barnesville won 13 World and Expo Horn Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., ending with the fiercest of competition on Oct. 18. The final measuring was in the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. These are the world’s two largest cattle competitions.

Tobacco farmers lose longtime safety net

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco price-fixing system.

Unbuilt wind farm project sold

Published Oct. 24, 2014

PAULDING — Northwest Ohio may not have seen the end of new wind farms in the area. The Times Bulletin has learned that the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Blue Creek and Latty townships of Paulding County has changed hands

First Columbiana and Stark Farm Bureaus’ Farm Frenzy brings family fun

Published Oct. 24, 2014

ALLIANCE — Expertly climbing from the cab of a John Deere silage chopper, 2-year-old Linden Fannin was all business at the Columbiana and Stark County Farm Bureaus’ first Farm Frenzy event Oct. 18, held at the Mile Branch Grange in Alliance.

Chronic wasting disease found at Ohio deer farm

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The first case of chronic wasting disease in Ohio was confirmed Thursday from a single buck on a deer farm in Holmes County.

Is the CAUV grass greener?

Published Oct. 23, 2014

even though it may look pretty good initially, the grass really may not be so green outside of CAUV. And, if we fail to tread lightly in this political quest for greener grasses, we may just find that the fence is stronger and we can’t get back in to where the grass was pretty green in the first place.

Changes to Ohio’s antlerless deer permits

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The Ohio antlerless deer permits may not be the bargain they have been in recent years. In fact, they are completely worthless in more than a few counties.

Part I: Interstate pipelines planned in Ohio

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The bottom line is that Ohio landowners should prepare for pipeline construction, and that means being aware of what pipelines are being considered.

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields

Published Oct. 23, 2014

No till farming shows promise in dry regions but causes lower yields in cold, moist areas

Are the price rallies justified?

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many traders were concerned that the early rallies were just short covering and that when the funds were done buying their short positions back the market would return to test lows in the market. Why were they concerned by this?

Ohio CAUV tax rates: What goes up, must go up some more

Published Oct. 22, 2014

While it is unlikely that legislative change will take place prior to property tax bills coming due in January, efforts to re-examine the CAUV formula have ramped up at the state level, according to Amy Milam, director of legal education at the Ohio Farm Bureau

Local farm service brings drone use to area

Published Oct. 22, 2014

TMK Bakersville, which has owned its own drone for about a year, is at the forefront of drone use in the area. Agronomists, or plant and soil scientists who study how to improve growing crops, at the County Road 97 site near Newcomerstown have been using a drone for field scouting for no charge at farms in Coshocton, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.

Getting late to plant wheat

Published Oct. 21, 2014

“If we experience a frost or freeze in November or December with late-planted wheat, the crops could see some problems,” she said. “But if the weather holds in November and December, the wheat should be fine.

With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa

Published Oct. 21, 2014

Iowa, the quintessence of heartland America, is undergoing an economic transformation that is challenging its rural character — and, inevitably, its political order.

Record corn, soybean harvest could hurt farm economy

Published Oct. 21, 2014

About 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn are expected as harvest winds up this fall, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” said Vilsack. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort.

Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“As oil prices pull down it does have a tendency to put downside pressure of all energy inputs,” said Bob Young, senior economist with The American Farm Bureau Federation. “Whether that be for the direct purchase of energy to run the tractor, to heat the barns or the house and even fertilizer prices will be affected if prices stay this low or lower for the next several months.”

Nonfood biofuel is new frontier in ethanol

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest as the industry worries that they might also be the last — at least in the United States.

Unaltered Ohio soybeans are a prized crop globally

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“In the past, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan beans have been incredibly popular with the Japanese market. We have better protein content,” said Larry Holloway, general manager of the DeLong operations in Kirby, about 6 miles west of Upper Sandusky.