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Meetings to help farmers navigate new farm bill dairy programs

Published Aug. 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dairy and agriculture economists and policy experts with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will hold meetings across the state as part of an effort to help farmers learn more about the 2014 farm bill and how it can impact dairy producers.

Missouri Constitutional Amendment Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right. That's what unofficially happened in Missouri on Tuesday when voters approved the so-called "right to farm" in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution.

NW Ohio farmers use technology to cut down on run off

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Experts say one of the contributing factors to the algal blooms is phosphorous run off from farm fields, but a number of local farmers are using technology to cut down on that run off. 13abc's Lissa Guyton toured an Ottawa County farm today that's been on the cutting edge of cutting back on fertilizer use.

ACEnet gets $30K grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Published Aug. 11, 2014

The Athens-based Appalachian Center for Economic Networks has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as one of 10 rural enterprise agencies to receive a grant to support job growth and business development in rural communities.

Vilsack: Farmers Urged to Support Sustainable Farming

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Farmers at the Resilient Agriculture Conference Wednesday at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, were urged to take steps to increase the sustainability and resilience of their operations as a hedge against the increasing risks of variable and unpredictable weather.

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

Published Aug. 11, 2014

A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae proliferation isn't a mystery — it's crop runoff. And local farmers are on the defensive.

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Published Aug. 11, 2014

In November 2013, a group of activists hoping to prevent future algae blooms in Lake Erie suggested that Ohio find ways to reduce phosphorus runoff by 40%, although further action wasn’t taken on the matter. Now, after Toledo’s city-wide water ban, groups are urging that the reductions begin.

Farms are focus of studies on drinking water toxin

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Ohio’s political leaders are calling for more studies to find out why the algal blooms are increasing and how to control them. A number of environmental groups say it’s time for strict regulations on the agriculture industry. But how much of a role do the farms play? Researchers already know some of the answers, yet there are still many unknowns.

Solar energy benefits Medina County farmers

Published Aug. 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for farmers to harness the power of the sun to grow their crops. However, the Richardson family of Richardson Farms has taken that concept a step further. The Richardsons installed an energy-saving solar panel system on a barn roof in July at their family-owned farm in Lafayette Township.

Pastures and pipelines: Projects are not as simple as you think

Published Aug. 12, 2014

It has become a common occurrence in eastern Ohio to see oil and gas related pipelines being installed through pastures and crop fields. While many sections of these lines are installed and reseeded to the farmer’s satisfaction, some are not.

Project helping Ohio communities avert bust after shale boom

Published Aug. 12, 2014

COLUMBUS — Boom, then bust. It’s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And it’s an underlying concern for Ohio communities experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isn’t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension.

Appetite for locally grown food behind rise in farmers markets

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Reflecting the nation’s increased appetite for locally grown food, the number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled during the last 10 years, with Ohio’s more than 300 markets ranking behind only California, New York and Michigan, according to a report released this month.

Farming closer to home gaining popularity

Published Aug. 12, 2014

An increasing number of customers is turning to Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which customers can subscribe to a local farm for fresh produce from a familiar face.

Vermont's AG challenges GMO lawsuit

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss the lawsuit brought by food manufacturer trade associations to invalidate Act 120, Vermont’s law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.

Wildflowers planted to boost Ohio bee population

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflower seeds in the median along State route 207 in Ross County, located in southern Ohio. Once the flowers have grown, the nectar and pollen will attract bees and hopefully help to boost the bee population.

Feral swine still causing problems in rural Ohio

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The feral swine that have been invading Ohio in recent year can weigh up to 200 pounds and cause significant destruction to crops and property. They can also be dangerous.

USDA forecasts record-high corn and soybean production in 2014

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Washington – U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report. Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn.

U.S. meat exports continue record pace

Published Aug. 12, 2014

U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Farm bill offers important tools to help survive low prices

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Farmers already seeing corn and soybeans prices plummet as the markets expect bountiful harvests. There are some potential safety nets that might help protect them financially, two Purdue University agricultural economists said.

County extension agent works to help farmers in China

Published Aug. 13, 2014

OTTAWA — Jim Hoorman, assistant professor with Ohio State University Extension and Putnam County Extension educator, is working with farmers in China on improving their water, land and air.

Sherrod Brown seeking conservation money for Ohio

Published Aug. 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hopes a provision he put in the latest farm bill will help Ohio obtain millions of dollars of additional conservation funds designed to help the state fight harmful algal blooms.

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA over CAFOs

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA as well as the Ohio Department of Agriculture are saying these agencies violated the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit filed in federal court all boils down to waste permits for concentrated animal farms and the issue of who is allowed to issue them.

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

Published Aug. 20, 2014

While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

County, egg farm cooperate for site improvements

Published Aug. 20, 2014

NEWARK – Representatives of the county and Trillium Farm Holdings LLC are working together to control truck traffic and road wear at egg farm facilities in the county’s northwestern corner.

Local farmers gather to discuss phosphorus runoff, cover crops

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — Approximately 100 local farmers gathered Thursday evening to discuss what many northwest Ohio residents have been talking about for weeks — the recent Toledo water crisis.

AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday.

Federal funding headed to NW Ohio to improve water quality

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Bill Myers and his family members have been growing beans, corn, alfalfa hay and wheat on their 2,000 acres since the 1800's at Myers Farms in Oregon. The Lucas County Farm Bureau president commonly plants cover crop in his fields. The practice keeps nutrient-rich soil in the fields, and prevents fertilizer run-off into the water system.

Agriculture Department gives Ohio emergency money to fight algae blooms

Published Aug. 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday sent $2 million to Ohio to fight farm runoff that contributes to algae blooms. The USDA's Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide the money to farmers who plant cover crops that fight erosion.

Ohio allocates more funding to address water quality issues

Published Aug. 20, 2014

In response to the water challenges recently faced in the city of Toledo, Gov. John R. Kasich and members of his Cabinet announced major new multi-agency initiatives that make available significant resources to local communities and the agriculture community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water supplies.

Area farmers hear 2014 Farm Bill updates

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — On Tuesday, an Ohio State University professor began the conversation with area producers about their Farm Bill program choices for the 2014-18 crop years during a meeting held at Defiance College.

Manure and expedited certification process included in new Ohio bill addressing

Published Aug. 20, 2014

n response to the recent drinking water ban in Toledo, three senators from Ohio’s Lake Erie counties have introduced SB 356 to expand and accelerate fertilizer certification legislation passed earlier this year. Senators Brown, Cafaro and Turner’s proposal would add “manure” to the definition of “fertilizer” for purposes of the fertilizer certification program enacted this May in SB 150.

Animals for Life Foundation awards grants

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected three projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2014 fiscal year. This year’s AFL grant application process resulted in a record number of applicants.

Farm Policy Facts unveils new interactive map highlighting state ag contribution

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Agriculture is vital and every state plays a unique role in feeding, fueling and clothing our nation. Farm Policy Facts is pleased to unveil a new interactive map highlighting state-specific agriculture contributions across America.

Manure shouldn't be regulated like human waste

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Livestock manure is a nutrient-packed resource that should not be categorized, classified or regulated in the same way as human waste, according to Dr. Pius Ndegwa, Washington State University Biological Systems Engineering School associate professor and livestock manure specialist.

Research confirms feed can be carrier of PEDv

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread rapidly throughout the U.S. swine industry. Initially, contaminated feed was proposed as a risk factor for PEDv; however, data were not available to support this theory. Research conducted by Pipestone Veterinary Services and South Dakota State University now confirms that feed can be a carrier of the virus.

Farmers report: Growing season is bouncing back

Published Aug. 20, 2014

A harsh winter and cold spring has caused a host of issues for farmers this year, but local growers report that their yields are bouncing back in the best way.