News & Events

The Importance of Farm Broadcasting in Reaching America’s 3.2 Million Farmers -

Published Nov. 13, 2014

The role of farm broadcasting, ag radio, and television is just as important today as it was when I was a child listening on my family farm in Illinois. Even with advances in technology, farm broadcasting remains a vital tool for communicating with producers today

Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Roberts also noted that he has not yet been elected chairman, and he said it would be premature to talk about his committee agenda until he is chosen and has discussed priorities with the rest of his panel's members, both Republican and Democratic.

It's a Great Time to Plan 2015 On-Farm Research

Published Nov. 13, 2014

"Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related questions and determine what practices and inputs should be evaluated next year,"

Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels

Published Nov. 13, 2014

We would do better to help consumers understand their part in the agricultural process, and not just assuage convenience-driven demands by certifying products as “natural” through a disembodied label.

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Communities of Columbus, Ohio are using urban agriculture to promote sustainable development and increase access to locally grown food.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 13, 2014

This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

Utica Shale helps family save Carroll County farm, transforms rural Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Carroll County — southeast of Canton and about an hour’s drive from Akron — remains the No. 1 drilling hot spot in Ohio with 282 wells that are producing, another 83 that have been drilled, 13 that are being drilled and 62 more that have been permitted. Those 440 Utica wells surpass the total for any other Ohio county, and that number could reach 2,000 before the boom ends.

Acorn poisoning is a threat to cattle and sheep herds

Published Nov. 14, 2014

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout. Acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

Doylestown, Shreve tree farms help send Ohio trees to troops overseas

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Christmas tree growers and other volunteers prepared 100 firs and pines Thursday as part of an annual effort to spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas. Amy Galehouse from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, a longtime coordinator of and contributor to the annual effort, said the trees should reach Army troops stationed in Kuwait in time for Thanksgiving.

Honey bee habitat: Ohio funding available in early 2015

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Some Midwestern farmers can get a share of $4 million from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health of honey bees; however; Ohio farmers will have to wait a little longer for funding.
The federal assistance announced in the Midwest will provide support to farmers to implement conservation practices that will provide food sources for honey bees.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Why fewer U.S. cows means higher costs for leather bags

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Beef lovers aren’t the only ones with sticker shock from the shrinking U.S. cattle herd. Fewer cows also mean tighter supply of hides used in luxury-car upholstery, handbags, shoes and dog collars.

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Bird flu on British farm may be linked to Dutch, German cases

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The head of the World Animal Health Organization told Reuters on Monday that the outbreaks could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds.

Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision

Published Nov. 17, 2014

“Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young family in the starter-home development that replaced it. His project kind of happened, with plot twists and serendipity, much like life itself.

China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia

Published Nov. 17, 2014

All dairy tariffs, which can be as high as 20 percent, will be removed within four to 11 years, the Australian government said today. Duties of 12 percent to 25 percent on beef will be removed over nine years and tariffs of 10 percent on live animal exports will be eliminated within four years,

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

Vilsack longest-serving USDA chief in nearly 50 years

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The former Iowa governor, who will surpass former President Bill Clinton's longtime agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, has been in the position since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Lawmakers looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere started moving legislation yesterday that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

USDA: Corn, soybean harvest nearing its end

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Corn and soybean harvest officially entered the homestretch in the last few days -- for many, not quite as soon as they'd prefer on account of the blast winter temperatures and precipitation over the weekend -- and it's likely to wrap up given one more small weather window, farmers and analysts say.

MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Ohio MarketMaker currently hosts one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry-related data in the country. The web-based program contains demographic, food consumption and business data that users can search to find products to buy, or find a place to sell their products.

American Farm Bureau not Buying WOTUS Clarification

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Policy Communications Director Will Rodger with American Farm Bureau says, if passed, all it would take for a farmer to be in violation of the Clean Water Act is something as simple as a small amount of fertilizer or dust into the dry bed of an intermittent stream.

Why Animal Welfare ‘FARM’ Audits Had to Be Made Mandatory

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Last month, the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors voted that participation be made mandatory, with a compliance date of Dec. 31, 2016. Farms will now have to have a FARM audit done once every three years.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.

Push to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S.’s largest agricultural trade group, isn’t pushing for Mr. Obama to act without Congress, saying such a move would hurt the effort to pass more durable changes to the immigration system through laws.

Farm Bureau Challenges EPA Authority Over States to Enforce TMDLs

Published Nov. 20, 2014

On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Farm Budget Blowout That Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The farm bill's new programs were meant to cost the taxpayer less by replacing a nearly two-decade-old scheme of direct cash payments to farmers, which were about $5 billion a year and were made regardless of need.

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Farming's influence has come not from large increases in acres planted but from enormous increases in farm productivity, the two teams note. According to one of the two studies, fertilizers, improved crop breeds, and better irrigation have been roughly twice as influential as the fertilizing effect of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Ohio turkey farmers narrow down choice birds for presidential pardon

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Cooper Farm, located in Boehner's 8th District and led by campaign supporter Gary Cooper, will furnish the fine fowl that will serve as America’s top bird. Gary Cooper was selected to chair the National Turkey Federation. In keeping with the 66-year tradition, the NTF head supplies the annual national turkey to the President.

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

While he stopped short of a full endorsement, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa this week said the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s recommendations to modernize the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula have a good deal of merit.

Farm Interests Ready for Immigration Bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

President Obama's executive actions on immigration may alleviate some pressure in the short-term for some agricultural workers, but long-term assurance is needed for employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner said Thursday.

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

Published Nov. 21, 2014

the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's biggest farmer organization, said it does not expect the president's plan to help U.S. farmers deal with the labor shortage. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This order will not change that.

Shipping delays pile on more harvesting woes

Published Nov. 21, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the number of railcars hauling grain is up from last year by 15 percent, but some grain elevators say otherwise. Some have speculated the oil and gas industry is to blame for some of the backlog, which has increased by 13 percent since 2013.

AFBF pushing to restore tax provisions

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Agriculture is overwhelmingly united in its support of Section 179 and bonus depreciation, which provide flexible means for farm and ranch businesses to write off and deduct business expenses. Letters of support have been sent by groups from around the country, including the Broad Tax Extender Coalition. The coalition’s letter has been signed by more than 500 organizations.

USDA Begins Producer Signup For Farm Law Crop Coverage

Published Nov. 24, 2014

While most producers are expected to wait until much closer to the March 31 deadline, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that sign up for the 2014 farm law's crop coverage safety net program has begun

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers

Published Nov. 24, 2014

More than half of all field workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Labor Department, and many farmer groups estimate the share to be higher than 70%

For a job with a future, look to agriculture

Published Nov. 24, 2014

According to a report released in October at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, there’s a great need now for young agricultural professionals.
The report includes a detailed analysis of enrollment and workforce trends in six agriculture fields:

Precision Agriculture Taking Root With Drones, AgBio Technology

Published Nov. 24, 2014

Emerging technologies that give farmers ways to make precise, targeted responses to crop stresses are expected to figure prominently in the efforts to make farming more productive and efficient.

Dairy program deadline looms

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Ohio USDA Farm Service Agency officials have asked ag organizations to help spread the word about the fast approaching deadline for dairy producers to sign up for the new dairy program. Dec. 5 is the deadline.

Farm bill offers honeybee, livestock and farm-raised fish producers protection

Published Nov. 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.

Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.

Homegrown By Heroes: Growing support for veteran farmers

Published Nov. 26, 2014

When Dawn and Lee Lichtenwalner left Las Vegas in 2008 to take up permanent residence at their 11-acre Leetonia, Ohio, vacation property, turning it into a full-time farming operation was not part of the plan. It took little to convince her husband, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with 20 years service who was working for the IRS, to take the risk with her.

Hogan named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Published Nov. 26, 2014

An Ohio State University Extension educator has been named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Burger chains hit hard by record-high ground beef prices

Published Nov. 26, 2014

The price of lean ground beef has increased about 26 percent over the past two years, and could rise as much as another 10 percent in 2015. Restaurants may have just one choice as they look to combat that inflation. “Promote an LTO chicken breast sandwich,” said John Barone, president of Market Vision Inc.

Ag Credit assists NRCS with cover crop signs

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Ag Credit is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide metal signs to be placed in cover crop fields funded by NRCS's special Environmental Quality Incentives Programs cover crop project.