News & Events

Ohio farmers brace for jump in property taxes

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Some local farmers are concerned that a tax assessment formula that has been friendly to farmers for decades may lead to an increase in property taxes in the next few years — maybe even resulting in taxes more than doubling for some people.

Mapping U.S. Agriculture

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Agricultural data are valuable for analysis, and thanks to the Census of Agriculture and other surveys, NASS has plenty of data available. As a cartographer, however, I obviously prefer to present the data in map form. A map gives anyone a chance to visualize data for multiple geographic areas as a cohesive image, providing a graphic overview of the agricultural phenomena

New book delves into ‘Depolarizing Food and Agriculture’

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A new book, Depolarizing Food and Agriculture: An Economic Approach, takes a look at the origins, validity, consequences, and potential resolution of the different and often opposing stances taken by groups involved in the food business.

U.S.-EU trade agreement could benefit agriculture

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and European Union could benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers in a major way, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office. U.S. farm groups have varying takes on the agreement, which is targeted for completion next year.

Farm succession: Start early, be honest

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Farm succession does not happen overnight, warns Kirkpatrick. It’s complicated and has many facets, including transfer of labor, management, skills, assets, debts and income.

Negotiating the pipeline easement your farm can live with forever

Published Oct. 30, 2014

“The worst place in the world to sign anything is on the hood of your pickup truck,” said Arnold.

New tool allows users to visualize, analyze agriculture data

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the U.S.

Ohio State Fair to require DNA submission and electronic identification

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The Ohio State Fair Beef Department has adopted new protocols for identifying market beef animals beginning with the 2015 Fair, July 29 through Aug. 9.

Wheat-for-corn switch sweeps U.S. in bid for break even

Published Oct. 28, 2014

U.S. growers will seed the most winter wheat since 2007, according to a Bloomberg survey of 12 analysts.

AFBF hosting free business training seminars

Published Oct. 27, 2014

“Finding the Money to Grow Your Business” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will focus on how to define your business and revenue model and how to raise capital.

New field guide available for Ohio crops

Published Oct. 27, 2014

a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development. The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Ohio State University Extension eStore or ordered from OSU Extension county offices.

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in Ohio captive deer

Published Oct. 27, 2014

The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Millersburg and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations.

Big Data: Agriculture’s ‘Moneyball’

Published Oct. 27, 2014

site-specific variables on a farmer’s field such as planting population, the type of seed hybrid planted, soil topography and fertilizer usage, on top of old metrics, provide better indicators to develop a “prescription” for farmers to use on their individual crop ground to determine what to grow, how to grow it and when to harvest.

Experts savage on farm bill

Published Oct. 27, 2014

Smith and 10 other Land Grant ag economists — most of who are AAEA “Distinguished Fellows” — take a hard, unobstructed look at the $100-billion-per-year 2014 law and come away deeply unimpressed.

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.

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.