News & Events

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

High farm taxes spur Ohio formula review

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau announced this week it plans to ramp up its annual examination of the Current Agricultural Use Value tax formula after many farmers expressed outrage about large tax bills.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.