News & Events

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Nobody knows the shortcomings of the organic standard, or GMO corn, or no-till, better than the farmer who has put it into practice. But the farther you get from the farm, the louder the voices get.

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

US AI outbreak made worse by poor farm auditing

Published Jul. 31, 2015

Many of the turkey farms affected by H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the US this year had biosecurity in place, but the protocols were not being audited properly, according to an updated epidemiological study by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis).

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over TPP carve-outs

Published Aug. 3, 2015

Expected to cover 40 percent of the global economy, a strong, market-opening TPP could be the catalyst for expanded U.S.-manufactured exports and improved competitiveness for decades to come

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.

Undisputed precision ag: Ohio State logo in cornfield

Published Jul. 29, 2015

The demonstration plot’s design isn’t a crop circle or a corn maze. It was established with new dual-hybrid planting technology that researchers at The Ohio State University are putting under the microscope.

The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good.

Senators call on Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to help finance algae bloom clean

Published Aug. 3, 2015

The request was made in response to news of a huge toxic algae bloom forming in the lake's Western basin, and reports of harmful algae bacteria beginning to show up at water facilities in Toledo and other coastal communities.

Rickenbacker OK’d for animal transport

Published Jul. 22, 2015

Livestock now can get a lift overseas via Rickenbacker Airport. For farmers who are in the animal-exporting business — like the one who shipped 20 pygmy goats to Kuwait last month — this is good news. Rickenbacker recently became one of roughly 25 of the nation’s 550 airports to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transport animals.

Rainy summer damages Ohio's farming economy

Published Jul. 21, 2015

a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are being drowned out.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 24, 2015

An Ohio company is partnering with the city of Indianapolis to build a $1.2 million hydroponic farm that will grow organic vegetables in a retrofitted warehouse.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Sustainable Local Foods will install multi-level hydroponic growing systems in the warehouse to grow the vegetables not in soil but in nutrient-enhanced water.

Multi-year losses spur concern

Published Jul. 24, 2015

The recent corn-soybean price rally offered growers across the nation a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it won’t erase the string of negative returns the industry is accumulating, lenders and financial consultants tell DTN.

Mercer County pig farm to combine facilities, seeks permit to operate

Published Jul. 24, 2015

A pig farm in Fort Recovery is seeking a permit to operate, as it is consolidating three facilities to operate as one.

Lessons from Malabar Farm still hold true

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Bromfield’s historical farm, now known as Malabar Farm State Park, was the backdrop for a first-of-its-kind gathering July 24, called Technology in Agriculture, Past, Present and Future. The event was organized by the Richland County Farm Bureau, along with Braintree Business Development, and a host of others.

Legal issues with farm employment

Published Jul. 28, 2015

What do farms need to know about their responsibilities in hiring employees and independent contractors? What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

Jindal Touts Smaller Government At Forum

Published Jul. 22, 2015

When asked what he would do to help the next generation of farmers, he said, “We need a full repeal of the death tax, the so-called estate tax.” It shouldn’t be hard for a farmer to pass the business to the next generation, he said. “Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

Interdependence is good for local agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Crop farmers and fruit growers work together with pesticide and fertilizer suppliers and applicators and follow the weatherman’s predictions.

Innovation, technology in agriculture discussed at Summit

Published Jul. 27, 2015

There is also innovation in agriculture, and Colorado State University President Tony Frank said there is probably no other industry that has changed more during a time period than agriculture

House Votes To Stop GMO Labeling

Published Jul. 27, 2015

as supporters of the bill in Congress pointed out, so far, there isn’t any safety risk from, GMO foods, sometimes also called GE foods, for genetically engineered

House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.

House passes GMO food labeling bill

Published Aug. 3, 2015

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, H.R. 1599, which passed 275 to 150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Horse farm owner not happy with NEXUS

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Two weeks ago, Judge Mark Betleski granted NEXUS a temporary restraining order against five property owners who had continued to deny surveyors access.
The ruling dismayed residents involved with the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS, or CORN, which has been organizing across Ohio for a southern pipeline reroute through less-densely populated regions.

Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Farm in a National Park

Published Jul. 30, 2015

The chickens, hogs, and humans living the farm life in Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) might soon have new neighbors.

Grain Movement: Midwest corn goes to Southeast markets

Published Jul. 21, 2015

What corn is available is being shipped to the southeast to either poultry producers or ethanol plants. That remains the best market for August and first-half September positions. However, that market should close in a few weeks when corn harvest starts in that region.