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Farmers markets booming

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.

Area farmers seeing steep drop in corn prices

Published Sep. 22, 2014

Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.

Humane Society responds to ‘anti agriculture’ claim

Published Sep. 22, 2014

“The Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,” Maxwell says. “It does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.”

Agriculture industry has history of making political donations

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.

FitzGerald: Phosphorus a toxic substance

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,” Mr. FitzGerald said.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Published Sep. 19, 2014

That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”

Farm Groups Stick With Senate Republicans Despite Farm Bill Opposition

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.

Ag economist advice: Hold on to your grain, if possible

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,” Roberts said.

Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 18, 2014

At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

Exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture at FSR

Published Sep. 18, 2014

“Agriculture is for everyone, but many people don’t realize just how important women are to an operation’s success,” she said. “They’re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. “They’re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.”

New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture

Published Sep. 18, 2014

hey simulated the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century and found that two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.

OSU Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Published Sep. 17, 2014

During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
“Some of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,” said McPheron. “But we have to be working on them today.”

White House committed to ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says Read more:

Published Sep. 17, 2014

I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,” Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. “I want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process down”

Farm Bill decision hot topic at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 17, 2014

“This is an opportunity for producers to think strategically about the farm, its cash flow, its exposure to risk, and the means available to manage the risk,” he said. “The confluence of a lower price environment and the farm program decision provides a meaningful opportunity to consider your objectives for the farm.”

Lynd Fruit Farm teaches students about farming

Published Sep. 17, 2014

The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.

The decline of the small American family farm in one chart

Published Sep. 17, 2014

the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."

Ohio farmers encouraged to practice ‘quality’ no-till

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Kok said the focus should be “quality” no-till, which means using cover crops, buffer strips, crop rotation and paying attention to detail.

Ohio AgrAbility Program improving quality of life on the farm

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Ohio AgrAbility conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology

Farm Aid event in Raleigh benefits local farmers, nonprofit groups

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Daniel Dayton and Erika Gutierrez of Old Milburnie Farm near Knightdale helped lead one of the forums on small farms building relationships with restaurants and farmers markets.

1st Fertilizer Application Certification Class underway in Fulton Co.

Published Sep. 15, 2014

"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff Read more at http://www.toled

Published Sep. 15, 2014

With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.

USDA sued over poultry rule

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.