News & Events

1st Midwest turkey farm affected by bird flu resumes production

Published Jun. 19, 2015

The farm’s turkeys started dying in late February, and on March 4 the USDA identified the culprit as the H5N2 virus, All 44,000 birds there died from the virus or were culled to prevent its spread. Since then, more than 200 flocks have been affected, costing chicken and turkey producers nearly 47 million birds.

695K signatures delivered for Ohio pot farm proposal

Published Jul. 2, 2015

The proposal would create 10 pot farms across Ohio for commercial marijuana production and allow individuals older than 21 to grow the crop for personal use

A Salute to the Women of Agriculture

Published Jun. 26, 2015

God bless the ladies who play such an important role on farms and ranches across the country, raising families, food, fiber and energy.

Activist scientists call for public agroecological research funding

Published Jul. 1, 2015

A group of scientists have issued a statement calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize agroecology—the science of managing agricultural lands and minimizing the impact on the environment—when funding agricultural research.

Ag groups welcome TPA signing

Published Jun. 30, 2015

President Barack Obama signed fast track trade legislation Monday that most farm groups hope will lead to lower tariffs on U.S. ag exports to Pacific Rim nations and Europe.

Agriculture educators: an endangered species.

Published Jun. 25, 2015

Katie Hagemann, Tevis Mott, Elizabeth Babcock and Travis Meyers say more agriculture teachers are needed to replace those retiring or leaving the profession. They themselves began teaching within the past few years after earning degrees in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

Published Jun. 24, 2015

In my assessment, the period from 2007 to 2012 was an economic aberration and the periods prior and post 2007 to 2012 may be more the normal standard

Algorithms to help farmers battle the drought

Published Jun. 23, 2015

The same kinds of algorithms that analyze the human genome can analyze a farmer’s field to save water.

Appeals court agrees duck ownership violates law

Published Jun. 30, 2015

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that a West Lafayette veteran violated village law by owning ducks he deemed therapeutic.

Brothers hit on one of many ways to share info about agriculture

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Greg Peterson, a Saline County, Kan., farmer, is part of the YouTube sensation known as the Peterson Farm Brothers, along with his brothers, Nathan and Kendal.

City elementary students enlightened at Farm Day

Published Jun. 26, 2015

United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties and the Clark County Farm Bureau hosted 167 second- and third-graders from the Springfield City School District at the event, which started four years ago.

Corn remains a local staple after two centuries

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Corn is not only the largest single crop grown today, but was one of the first grown by the settlers in the early 19th century. Then, corn was primarily used as either food or livestock feed. Today, about one fourth of the field corn grown in Fairfield County is consumed as livestock feed.

Crops not handling rain well

Published Jul. 1, 2015

Persistent rains throughout most of Ohio during the latter two-thirds of June have done a real number on corn and soybean fields. The crops, which just two weeks ago were mostly in good condition, are now considered only fair, with a rising percentage in poor shape.

Crops will see effect of wet summer start

Published Jun. 30, 2015

Northwest Ohio experienced a downpour over the weekend that capped off an especially rainy June and area farmers are feeling the impact.

Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program begins

Published Jul. 1, 2015

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016.

European wheat traders learn about research at OARDC Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by C

Published Jul. 1, 2015

A delegation of foreign wheat purchasers and traders visited the research being done at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, June 26.

Extended flooding from Tropical Storm Bill remnants could drown soybeans

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93 percent of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Published Jul. 2, 2015

For years, biofuels have been seen as an important part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And airlines, with their concentration around airports and use of the same kind of fuel, have been seen as a promising customer in a biofuels industry that has struggled to gain traction.

Farm-Sector Earnings Plunge

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but nine states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output

Farm-vertising: How Fast-Food Chains Have Gone Small to Sell Big

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Call it farm-vertising. These ads promise to demonstrate that fast food isn’t the product of a global industrial complex shipping food in to a central processing kitchen and then trucking products out to the McDonald’s on the corner. They would have use believe that it’s our friendly neighborhood grocer buying from local backyards who is responsible for our Big Macs.

Financial assistance available for Ohio for gypsum

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Ohio’s state NRCS technical staff recently adopted an interim practice standard providing guidelines for how gypsum can be incorporated as part of various conservation programs including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Flooding, rain causes problems for corn growers in Ohio

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Continuing rain that kept growers from replanting fields washed out by prior rains also has caused concern that there won't be time to replant.

Flower-farm open house touts ‘local,’ sustainable

Published Jun. 29, 2015

“People are sharing what they know so that that information can be taken and be used elsewhere and promote any successful farming practices,” she said.

Food engineer named World Agriculture Prize laureate

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Singh became recognized for a body of research in areas such as energy conservation, freezing preservation, postharvest technology and mass transfer in food processing. His research on airflow in complex systems helped design innovative systems for the rapid cooling of strawberries

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Kleckner's leadership with the Farm Bureau began at age 26 when he was elected president of the Floyd County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Kleckner became the vice president of IFBF and in 1975 was elected president of IFBF. Kleckner served as IFBF president for 10 years, while also serving on the AFBF board of directors. In 1986, he was elected president of AFBF and served seven two-year terms.