News & Events

Will Des Moines water lawsuit change farming rules?

Published Jan. 19, 2015

A Des Moines utility's plan to sue three northwest counties for polluting central Iowa's drinking water supply may have broad ramifications for state and U.S. farmers, who environmentalists complain have been too slow to embrace meaningful conservation practices

Traits, global trade politics and Ohio farms intertwined

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Crop biotechnology is widely viewed as a vital component in a future agriculture that can meet exploding global food demand with ever dwindling resources. But, there are very powerful political forces being directed at and employed by end users that are effectively limiting that potential.

This indoor farm is 100 times more productive than outdoor fields

Published Jan. 13, 2015

The entire thing is stored inside a building measuring around 2,500 square metres (25,000 square feet), and now versions of the set-up are being built in Hong Kong - with future construction planned in Russia, mainland China and Mongolia.

The Future of Agriculture May Be Moving Indoors

Published Jan. 19, 2015

General Electric (NYSE: GE ) played a central role in the first plant, producing LEDs that could be used to grow crops while using less power than fluorescent lights. And with the plant's success this probably won't be the last we hear of LED farming.

The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Big data continues to be a hot discussion topic within the agricultural community. New technology and services are continuing to come online to help farmers. In the past two years, the advancement of wireless technology and telematics solutions have simplified the transmission of data between agricultural machinery

The economic impact of Section 179

Published Jan. 14, 2015

The measure, known as Section 179, included the purchases of farm equipment, which caused a bit of a holiday shopping rush at implement dealers across the country.

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Grandin told National Journal after her speech that there is no way to monitor every ranch and farm. But she has already told retailers that she believes they could conduct random audits of farms and ranches that would stop some of the egregious practices she is seeing. Grandin said she hopes to avoid government regulation. Activists are bound to use her words to call for more regulation.

Tax filing on the farm: Tips for 2015

Published Jan. 23, 2015

The first area that Miller suggested filers pay particular attention to this year is equipment repairs, and whether or not those repairs can be capitalized.

State-of-the-art soil

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Amid the brown clods of dirt are small black particles — remnants of charcoal fragments that were mixed into the soil two years ago. Flanner thinks that this carbon-rich material, known as biochar, has helped the crops to thrive,

Sowing the Internet of Things into agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Merge that data with satellite data already being collected by the government, and the department, Valivullah said, will be able to make unprecedented contributions to precision agriculture. "By applying precision agriculture and big data we can increase productivity by another 10 percent to 30 percent and make farmers more profitable," he said.

SOTU & agriculture

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Like most State of the-Union addresses, Tuesday’s message from President Barack Obama to Congress had only a few comments that seem to affect farmers and ranchers directly. To Bob Stallman, the Texas farmer and cattleman who is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, some of the President’s remarks were encouraging and others were worrisome

Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Classes typically run about three hours, Hoover said. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with standard operating procedure templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts and a certificate of participation.

Precision ag workshop

Published Jan. 16, 2015

The more data farmers and producers can access regarding their fields, the better they can make decisions regarding how to manage their farm operations, experts say.

Power Show Ohio reformats itself for exhibitors

Published Jan. 16, 2015

his year’s show begins on Thursday this year and not Friday. The show will run from Jan. 29 and continues Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

Plan targets farmers to reduce Lake Erie algae

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The agriculture department will rank the applications based on what farms are most likely to have the biggest impact on reducing runoff. The department has been working with university scientists and soil experts to determine what areas they should target.

Opting out: Farm bill exempts more organic farmers from checkoffs

Published Jan. 14, 2015

There are 22 national research and promotion checkoff programs. The USDA estimates the organic exemption has freed up $13.6 million for the organic sector, which produces an estimated $35 billion in annual sales, according to the USDA.

Ohio’s agriculture-linked deposit program seeks applicants

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The program allows agribusinesses to apply for an interest-rate reduction on new or existing loans or lines of credit up to $150,000.

Ohio farmers could benefit from Obama's Cuba policy

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Ohio farmers already export some soybeans and corn to Cuba under a narrow exemption to the five-decade trade embargo. The exemption, passed by Congress in 2001, allows American businesses to sell food and agricultural products to Cuba with restrictions.

Ohio dairy farms prepared after extreme cold of last winter

Published Jan. 20, 2015

A glance at farms across the state saw all manners of livestock operations affected, though few as much as Ohio’s dairy farmers.

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference

Published Jan. 20, 2015

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

New research on millennials in agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

We talked to the next generation of farmers, students, ag educators and millennials who play supporting roles in agriculture.

New Farm Maps Offer In-Depth Picture of Global Agriculture

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Two new maps released Friday (Jan. 16) considerably improve estimates of the amount of land farmed in the world — one map reveals the world's agricultural lands to a resolution of 1 kilometer,

Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting offers practical, profitable approach

Published Jan. 14, 2015

In a panel discussion about operating costs and budgeting, local tax accountant Raymond Miller and Marlin Yoder, a produce grower from Indiana, challenged growers to do a better job of keeping records and tracking costs related to their business.

Location, quality are key drivers of farmland prices as values stabilize

Published Jan. 21, 2015

"While lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15% from recent highs, top quality crop and grazing land still bring solid prices as owner operators and investors seek to expand their operations with the most productive land," said Randy Dickhut, AFM, Vice President of Real Estate Operations of Farmers National Company.

Location and quality driving current land values

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Location and quality of land continue to be main drivers of prices for a given tract of land. The lower supply of land for sale and the continued demand for agricultural land is maintaining general stability of the land market.