News & Events

World Food Prize Conference Talks Ebola in Africa, Agriculture in China

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ebola crisis is the hot topic at this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. And while many African leaders attended this year’s symposium, being held in downtown Des Moines, Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, chose to remain in his country to help oversee relief efforts. But Thursday morning, President Koroma addressed a large crowd over webcam.

Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture - See more at: ht

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The 2012 Census of Agriculture notes that nearly one million women are working America’s lands. That’s nearly a third of our nation’s farmers. These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.

Wet October weather ahead

Published Oct. 9, 2014

We expect to see above normal rainfall for the rest of October. There is a greater than 80% chance of exceeding two inches of rain in the next two weeks over most of Ohio which is high for this time of the year. Normal rainfall is about an inch the next two weeks.

Vilsack says bioproducts complement ag, create a new economy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Long before he made his way to the podium at the Bioproducts World Showcase Oct. 7, in Columbus, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was already in close conversation with most of the companies and researchers who attended the inaugural event.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Published Oct. 9, 2014

A resolution to a three-year impasse in the national beef checkoff enhancement work group suggested by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack may do more harm than good, according to members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 17, 2014

USDA is announcing several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way:

USDA announces farm bill dates

Published Oct. 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

U.S. infrastructure important for future of ag

Published Oct. 13, 2014

According to the study, although the U.S. is still the dominant country in the world soybean market, the U.S. market share of soybean world trade is declining.

Study links hundreds of small Ohio quakes to fracking

Published Oct. 15, 2014

The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Star of the West bringing soft red wheat mill to Ohio - See more at: http://www.

Published Oct. 10, 2014

The Star of the West Milling Co., headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., announced last month it will begin construction on a second Ohio mill, in Willard, this fall. The mill, which is targeted for completion by fall of 2016, will be able to produce 10,000 cwt. of flour per day, all of which will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Pumpkin patches overgrown with good quality pumpkins

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Last year, across Ohio, farmers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins and produced more than $15 million worth of pumpkins, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ohio Celebrates National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11

Published Oct. 7, 2014

“We know that participation in 4-H activities has a long-lasting impact on youth,” said Tom Archer, state 4-H leader. “A Tufts University study showed that 4-H members are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities and two times more likely to participate in science programs.”

New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Local farm teaches sustainability, simplicity with blog

Published Oct. 6, 2014

When Jim and Mary Competti began a blog about their Nashport farm, they expected it to be a fun way to keep in touch with family.

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

Historic Malabar Farm worth a trip

Published Oct. 6, 2014

Now a state park, Malabar Farm was once an abandoned farm with exhausted soil, not unlike GoodSeed Farm when we first purchased it in 1997. Louis Bromfield made his fortune as a successful fiction writer in the 1920s and ’30s, but he never forgot his rural Ohio roots.

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.

Have Crop Prices Hit Rock Bottom? What To Look For In Agriculture Stocks

Published Oct. 6, 2014

This year, farmers look poised to deliver the largest corn crop in history, as weather conditions combined with aggressive planting to flood the market with the product. That usually means lower corn prices, which is bad for farmers and for the companies that benefit from higher grain prices. But could prices be approaching a turning point, creating an opportunity for investors?

Harvest still in early stages, but progress being made

Published Oct. 7, 2014

The combines were rolling in many places by midweek, ahead of weekend rain showers and a dramatic shift in temperatures, that saw some areas experience their first frost warning of the season.

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.

Grain storage bags could be an option for large corn harvest

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Klein Ileleji, a grain post-harvest technology expert at Purdue University, said potential users should be aware that the bags, which can measure up to 12 feet in diameter and 328 feet in length, require careful site preparation, regular monitoring for moisture content and temperature, and special tools for loading and unloading.

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.

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.

Farmers' property-tax bills will soar next year

Published Oct. 6, 2014

Farmers across Ohio are learning that their property-tax bills will soar next year, and they are surprised that the increases are the result of a 40-year-old law intended to make farming financially easier for them.