News & Events

70 years later, farm leaders, private sector share Borlaug’s dream

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Farmers, and farmer-led organizations, have called for the public and private sectors to work together to develop production solutions that will improve yields and provide long-term investment returns.

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?

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 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.

CoBank says farm incomes will drop thanks to larger harvests, rising interest ra

Published Oct. 14, 2014

“The changing market conditions will likely spur shifts in farmland values, rental rates, balance sheets and the competitive landscape,” said Leonard Sahling, director of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.

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 Bureau cautions landowners to be wary of pipeline deals

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Land-owners should ask themselves numerous questions before signing an easement to allow an oil or natural-gas pipeline to be built across their property, a representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau said Monday.
Among those questions are these: What is the type and purpose of the pipeline? What is its diameter? And what is its distance?

Farm family's loss serves as reminder of harvest dangers

Published Oct. 13, 2014

His father was working alone when he apparently went into the grain bin because the corn had stopped flowing. Although it's not clear exactly what happened, Beck suspects a hollow space had formed under the top crust, an effect known as bridging.

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.

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

Published Oct. 15, 2014

It is no secret that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that the large-scale investment in agriculture, with its high yield seeds and fertilizers, is the surest path out of poverty and hunger. Not everyone is so sure, though.

Get 'into the dirt': More young people start farms

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Two years ago, Kate McNellis was earning a six-figure salary as a New York City fashion designer, cranking out cutting-edge styles for Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor and Kohl's. Today, the 36-year-old is a fledgling vegetable farmer in New York state's far less frenetic Hudson Valley, hoping to clear a few thousand dollars next year as she begins to build her business.

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.

Grape farmers count heavy loss of vines from polar vortex

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Depending on the variety grown, Ohio’s vineyards counted grape losses between 29 percent and 97 percent this summer, according to the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center.

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.

Keeping Small Towns Alive In Tight Farm Times

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Farm incomes are down. That means farmers and their families may have less money to spend when they buy gas, groceries, parts or anything else on Main Street or elsewhere around their small towns. And, it's starting to hit those small towns ha

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.

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

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study f

Published Oct. 24, 2014

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, Davis.

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 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.

Part I: Interstate pipelines planned in Ohio

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The bottom line is that Ohio landowners should prepare for pipeline construction, and that means being aware of what pipelines are being considered.

Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“As oil prices pull down it does have a tendency to put downside pressure of all energy inputs,” said Bob Young, senior economist with The American Farm Bureau Federation. “Whether that be for the direct purchase of energy to run the tractor, to heat the barns or the house and even fertilizer prices will be affected if prices stay this low or lower for the next several months.”