News & Events

10TV video: Beef Prices On The Rise As Demand Soars

Published Apr. 16, 2014

OFBF members Barb and Phil Watts are beef cattle farmers. They sell about 2000 head of cattle every year from their Licking County farm. They both agree that a growing worldwide demand for beef and less supply at home, have led to higher beef prices.

Soybean Checkoff program referendum

Published Apr. 16, 2014

Soybean producers who are interested in having a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate. To be eligible to participate, producers must certify and provide documentation that shows that they produced soybeans and paid an assessment on the soybeans during the period of Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013.

Small Farm Conference gives glimpse at crop management

Published Apr. 16, 2014

More than a hundred farmers showed up at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center , for the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference. The event offered small farm owners a number of educational programs and included nearly 30 different workshops.

Indoor agriculture a growing sector in the industry

Published Apr. 16, 2014

“Abandoned warehouses and industrial areas can be great locations for them,” said Nicola Kerslake, an organizer for an upcoming national indoor agriculture conference. Kerslake says the urban indoor farming sector is growing by 15-20 percent a year.

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

Published Apr. 16, 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%.

Daniels presented with Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio-WV Youth Assn

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Daniels is a strong supporter of Jr. Livestock Exhibitions at county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair, which teach 4-H and FFA youth about responsible food animal production and leadership skills.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Published Apr. 15, 2014

In 2011, methane from livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a report that United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization released Friday. That's more than synthetic fertilizer or deforestation. Methane from livestock rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2011.

Today's Farms Better Positioned to Withstand Economic Fallout

Published Apr. 15, 2014

While debt use and leverage varies widely, most farm businesses are better prepared to handle unexpected changes in farm income or interest rates than they were in the 1990s – hopefully poised to avoid any similar situations to the 1980s farm economy fallout.

WASDE eases low price concerns

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter,

Walmart's organic push could alter California agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The push by the country's largest grocer shows that organics is not just a passing fancy for the rich, say experts, who predict that mainstream demand will induce the largest farm state in the nation to rev up its organic production.

2014 Farm Bill means big changes for agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Though Direct Payments have often been maligned in their nearly two-decade history, they were an efficient means of providing assistance that empowered farm families to manage their risk as they saw fit. But direct payments have been eliminated in order to execute a 30% cut to the Commodity Title

Will fertilizer-certification program cut algae blooms?

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Some think the bill establishing the program does not go far enough to deal with the thick algae problems in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys, Buckeye Lake and elsewhere. But supporters call it a good first step toward reducing the phosphorus runoff from farms, a leading cause of the algae blooms

More beekeepers, but fewer bees

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Barker and Duncan, along with beekeepers everywhere, have strong opinions about what could be causing so many honeybees to die off every year.

Local wine grape growers suffering after tough winter

Published Apr. 14, 2014

He estimated that “at least half” of his 2014 grape crop on 19 acres at the two locations has been destroyed, and that will heavily impact wine production in 2015 and 2016.

Video: Ohio farmers await planting weather

Published Apr. 10, 2014

Farm Bureau members Don and Marcie Williams explain the spring waiting game.

RMA answers cover crop questions

Published Apr. 10, 2014

RMA made changes to provide more flexibility for cover crop management due to changing weather conditions and changes in cover crop practices for the 2014 crop year.

House passes nutrient management legislation

Published Apr. 10, 2014

“The legislation’s reasonable approach shows that a clean environment and profitable farming can go hand in hand,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Marion County soybean grower is a young ag leader

Published Apr. 10, 2014

The younger Rhoades was recognized by the Ohio Soybean Association in March when he was named a winner of the 2014 Beck’s Young Farm Leader program. As a recipient, he could potentially win an expense-paid trip to the Commodity Classic, which will be held in Phoenix.

Congressmen try to rescue GMOs

Published Apr. 10, 2014

Two Congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would replace state-level GMO labeling laws with a federal requirement for a Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of genetically modified food ingredients that would likely prevent those ingredients from appearing on labels if FDA deems them safe.

USDA announces release date for the final 2012 Census of Agriculture report

Published Apr. 10, 2014

he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at Noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels.

Demand-Heavy WASDE report Provides Initial Market Spike

Published Apr. 10, 2014

USDA officials now estimate a slightly higher price range for corn moving into the next month; Last month, the price ranged from $4.25 to $4.75/bushel, but based on the surge in demand and corresponding tightening of carryout, that range was bumped Wednesday to $4.40 to $4.80/bushel.

Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Published Apr. 10, 2014

A record number of kids are donning the blue corduroy jacket of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. The jacket is an icon of rural life — the organization is sort of like Boy Scouts for farming, and it dates back to the 1920s.

Wet fields a growing problem for farmers

Published Apr. 9, 2014

“We’re looking at seven to ten days of good, sunny, windy dry weather to dry out enough to work,” Gabbard says.

Life as an undocumented farm worker

Published Apr. 9, 2014

It has been nearly 20 years since I left Mexico and came to Florida — two decades of hard work without getting ahead that much. That’s 20 years in orchards and vegetable fields here, or picking cucumbers in Ohio

Ohio Joins USDA Program to Ship Inspected Meat and Poultry Across State Li

Published Apr. 9, 2014

The Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, funded through the 2008 farm bill, allows small and very small processors the option to ship their products across state lines for the first time.