News & Events

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.

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.

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.”

Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

Craft beer brewers and drinkers create farming opportunities for Ohio hops

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Estimates from Ohio State University Extension say we spend $30 million for hops each year, getting ours shipped in from Europe (England, France, Germany) and the Pacific Northwest. Not only is the money going out of state, it also doesn't make much of a local flavor statement.

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.

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.

Farm taxes could spike in Ohio

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Amy Milam of the Ohio Farm Bureau says economic factors during the recent recession are, in fact, causing some higher tax bills this year. And her organization hopes to do something about that.

Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

Published Oct. 9, 2014

he 2014 Farm Bill offers multiple options for a crop production safety net, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, and the Individual ARC Program. Of those three, which do you think is best suited for most farms in Ohio?

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.

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.

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.

Don’t farm averages

Published Oct. 10, 2014

For all the headlines about precision agriculture, the majority of nutrient applications are still the same blend applied across every acre.

Big data and big agriculture

Published Oct. 10, 2014

farms are heavily reliant on small improvements in operational efficiencies and processes in order to increase crop yields, manage risk, and create greater profit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Unaltered Ohio soybeans are a prized crop globally

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“In the past, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan beans have been incredibly popular with the Japanese market. We have better protein content,” said Larry Holloway, general manager of the DeLong operations in Kirby, about 6 miles west of Upper Sandusky.

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.

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.”

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” said Vilsack. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort.

Record corn, soybean harvest could hurt farm economy

Published Oct. 21, 2014

About 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn are expected as harvest winds up this fall, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa

Published Oct. 21, 2014

Iowa, the quintessence of heartland America, is undergoing an economic transformation that is challenging its rural character — and, inevitably, its political order.

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.