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But according to Hurt, even with the proposed reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard, national corn use for ethanol might not drop below the 4.9 billion bushels that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated.
Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich and Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored the four 2013 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Award winners at a reception Dec. 12 at the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Gardens. Award winners include Joanne Kick-Raack, of Pataskala; Lisa Schacht, of Canal Winchester; Morgan Taggart, of Cleveland; and Micki Zartman, of Worthington
Transparency is crucial because the alternative is no longer an option in today’s information age. And the only question about transparency in today’s world is who will provide it. If the individual operation and industry doesn’t, activist groups will. And the odds are that we will be better served by shaping how the information is presented and released.
Agreement had been reached on a package of issues designed to streamline trade, allow developing countries more options for providing food security, boost least developed countries’ trade and help development more generally.
A corporate agriculture espionage case announced Thursday by federal prosecutors offered a glimpse into how at least seven Chinese men allegedly traveled across the Midwest to steal millions of dollars in seed technology.
It’s a broad piece of legislation that affects everything from the price of milk and beef to federal nutrition programs for the nation’s poor families and senior citizens. If a Farm Bill isn’t passed by early 2014, policy watchers warn, everyone will be impacted in some way.
This is the first time alternative fuels approved for jet engines and marine diesel engines will be available through regular procurement practices. The regular procurement process lowers barriers for alternative domestic fuel suppliers to do business with DOD, a USDA statement said.
Their alliance reflected a more than five-decade relationship between rural and urban lawmakers that made farm bills possible, a kind of model for how Congress, through compromises and trade-offs, can find majorities for legislation that primarily benefits minorities or narrower interests.
The U.S. House passed a stopgap farm measure on Thursday to avert a potential doubling in dairy prices while lawmakers wrap up a new farm bill Lawmakers passed the bill, which extends current law until January 31, on a voice vote and sent it to the Senate, where the Democratic leaders oppose it and chances of passage are low.
Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters have harvested 162,720 deer so far in the 2013 hunting seasons, compared to 171,867 at the same point last year, a 5% difference.
"The organic industry is a rapidly growing segment of American agriculture and it is important we continue to invest in sound science to support organic producers," said Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The discoveries these grants enable can help farmers who are looking to adopt the best organic practices that will make their operations more competitive and sustainable."
Farmers would no longer be able to purchase the medicines without a veterinarian’s approval under a plan announced yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration. Drugmakers will be asked to agree to increased controls over three months, then will have three years to change labels to remove production uses of antibiotics, including for weight gain and accelerated growth.
Rolling Stone's recent gore-filled expose on animal farming makes me profoundly uncomfortable. It isn’t just that the pictures are revolting, and the tales of animal cruelty make me flinch: I'm angry that I've been manipulated in this way, and yet I’m not sure I have any right to look away.
Despite its name, the Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers. It’s a broad piece of legislation that affects everything from the price of milk and beef to federal nutrition programs for the nation’s poor families and senior citizens.
The current measure expires at the end of the month. Members of the House and Senate have been meeting to reconcile their different versions of a new bill, and they agree on many things, including expanding crop insurance for farmers.
USA Rice Federation and the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, have urged lawmakers to maintain the current rules, arguing that farm managers play essential roles in the viability of farms.
It is an established fact that in most situations, early planting produces higher yields. However, the reason for higher yields is not explained. It has to do with the sunlight!
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that 17 land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).
How responsive is agriculture to consumer demand? More than any other industry in the world. Agriculture only appears to be slow, traditional and caught in a time warp. In reality, it is more agile than manufacturing.
he USDA is projecting that U.S. net farm income will achieve a record high of $131 billion in 2013, up 15 percent from the previous year and breaking 2011’s record by $13 billion.
Most farmers and ranchers see next year as a good year for agriculture, but low corn values and increasing farmland prices and rental rates will make it more difficult to improve profits even if yields get better.
An extension of U.S. agriculture subsidies to late January was rebuffed yesterday by Senate Democrats, who said they won’t pass any House plan for temporary funding before Congress breaks for the holidays.
Nestle's Northbrook-based pizza division, which makes DiGiorno and Jack's frozen pies, has cut ties with a Wisconsin farm after an animal rights group released a video of dairy cow abuse.The cows, at Wiese Brothers’ Farm in Greenleaf, Wis., supply milk to Foremost Farms, which in turn makes cheese for Nestle.
One of the testimonies came from Stark County farmer Mark Thomas. He brings a unique side of the conversation to the table being both a livestock and grain producer. Thomas and his family milk about 400 cows and farm around 2,000 acres. Thomas, along with Delaware County farmer John Davis, represented the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association
Recently, I was joined on a call by the Executive Vice-President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Jack Fisher, and the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, to discuss this important partnership.
Man’s use of fertilizer has radically changed the soil he farms, according to a study of the American prairie conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado. The soil’s fertility could collapse because of the damage done to the range of microbes that play a vital, but little studied, role in the soil.