News & Events

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Published Dec. 16, 2014

he number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.

USDA Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work alongside or cooperatively with people

USDA releases additional Actual Production History information

Published Dec. 22, 2014

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released additional details of the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion program designed to give crop producers relief from severe weather and drought.

USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture. Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address "Food, Foreign Policy and International Order."

Urban farming brings fresh to the dinner table

Published Dec. 19, 2014

Urban farming is becoming more popular in Youngstown. It is where everyday people grow fresh vegetables in their own backyard and sell them. Katie Phibbs and her husband Tom are doing just that. The Phibbs are the brains behind The Lettuce People.

U.S., Cuba Changes Could Advance Ag Trade

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Farm groups supported the move, suggesting it could advance export opportunities for agricultural goods like soy, wheat and corn

Strategies for managing profit in agriculture during a down cycle

Published Dec. 17, 2014

When “hunker down” strategies are being implemented, the farmer is like a player on the basketball court. He or she must be receptive to coaching and in some cases critique and tough love. Farmers who are successful in the down cycles are those who select alternative strategies, execute them with their lender, and then monitor results.

Propane: No one wants another 2014

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education and Research Council, has been very vocal about getting propane consumers to fill their tanks as soon as possible to avoid any weather-related difficulties this winter.

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Predator problems plaguing livestock in Ohio

Published Dec. 18, 2014

In recent years, Ohio has put forth incredible efforts to expand and enhance the abundant natural areas in the state and the wildlife that resides therein. This has innumerable benefits, but it can also lead to some challenges for agriculture

Pig disease hiking ham prices

Published Dec. 22, 2014

If you haven't purchased a spiral-cut half ham for the holidays yet, be prepared for a bit of sticker shock when you do. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of piglets in 32 states, including Ohio, since it was first found in the U.S. last year, and as a result, the amount of hogs sent to slaughter is down by about 5 percent.

Ohioans can rub elbows with sustainable farming experts

Published Dec. 19, 2014

It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February.

Ohio sheep producers honor peers and industry supporters at symposium

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Supporting and promoting the Ohio sheep industry and building future leaders were just a few reasons the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association honored eight of its own during the 2014 Buckeye Shepherds Symposium Dec. 6.

Ohio pork farmers donate 10,000 pounds of ham to Ohioans

Published Dec. 19, 2014

The Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) donated 10,000 pounds of hams to their Northeast Ohio neighbors, through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, was on hand to greet recipients and show gratitude for the protein-packed donation to her constituents.

Ohio farmers voice concern over flood-control plan

Published Dec. 22, 2014

The head of an agency overseeing a plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio says a firsthand look at the area has helped him understand the problem.

Ohio Ag Net/Country Journal coverage of OFBF annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) today in Columbus. There is a significant agenda in the year ahead with key issues including water, CAUV and immigration at the state and federal level.

New Faces on Senate Ag Committee for 114th Congress

Published Dec. 17, 2014

Sens. Patrick Leahy, Vt., Sherrod Brown, Ohio, Amy Klobuchar, Minn., Michael Bennet, Colo., Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Joe Donnelly, Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Robert Casey, Jr., Penn., will return.

Movie magic on an Ohio Christmas tree farm

Published Dec. 9, 2014

The farm with endless rows of hillside Christmas trees and historic structures was the perfect place for a recently released film, “A Christmas tree miracle.” The behind-the-scenes story for the movie filmed on the Ohio farm got its start in 2011, just before Christmas.

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Published Dec. 9, 2014

I anticipate milk prices to drop by about $4/cwt in December, with a Class III price closing in the low $18/cwt.

Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms

Published Dec. 15, 2014

He’s one of the young farmers leading a resurgence in the industry that aims to re-establish more local food systems in the state, where Maine is leading the way. But before that really takes off, he said, the state needs to put its money where its mouth is. More specifically, more accessible funding needs to be available to the folks who grow food that Mainers put in their mouths.

Holy Cow! Vatican to Open Pope's Farm to Public

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The Vatican is planning to open the farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public next year, after finding success with its guided tours of the surrounding gardens, fountains and Roma-era archaeological treasures on the sprawling estate 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Rome.

Gun hunters take 10,000 fewer Ohio deer

Published Dec. 9, 2014

During last week's gun season, hunters took 65,485 white-tailed deer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a 13 percent drop from the 2013 gun season.

Farming in the Midwest Of tech and troughs

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University sees two trends in American farming. One is the growth of local microfarms for picky posh people. The other is the success of high-tech big farms that produce cheap food for everyone else, as well as plant-based fuels and chemicals.

Farm and Dairy coverage of annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Water quality. Taxes. The next generation. CAUV. More than 340 voting delegates of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation met Dec. 10-12 to wrestle with ways the state’s largest farm organization should address these hot topics.

Corps’ farmland tour beneficial

Published Dec. 16, 2014

Jansen and other corps officials toured three farms in mid-November, just one day prior to the corps’ announcement of a tentative plan for flood control along the Blanchard River. The farm families asked that the meetings be closed to media and the public.
“Many questions were asked; some we had answers to and some we did not,” Jansen said.