News & Events

The decline of the small American family farm in one chart

Published Sep. 17, 2014

the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."

Lynd Fruit Farm teaches students about farming

Published Sep. 17, 2014

The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.

Farm Bill decision hot topic at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 17, 2014

“This is an opportunity for producers to think strategically about the farm, its cash flow, its exposure to risk, and the means available to manage the risk,” he said. “The confluence of a lower price environment and the farm program decision provides a meaningful opportunity to consider your objectives for the farm.”

White House committed to ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says Read more:

Published Sep. 17, 2014

I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,” Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. “I want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process down”

OSU Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Published Sep. 17, 2014

During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
“Some of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,” said McPheron. “But we have to be working on them today.”

New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture

Published Sep. 18, 2014

hey simulated the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century and found that two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.

Exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture at FSR

Published Sep. 18, 2014

“Agriculture is for everyone, but many people don’t realize just how important women are to an operation’s success,” she said. “They’re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. “They’re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.”

Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 18, 2014

At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

Ag economist advice: Hold on to your grain, if possible

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,” Roberts said.

Farm Groups Stick With Senate Republicans Despite Farm Bill Opposition

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.

Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Published Sep. 19, 2014

That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

FitzGerald: Phosphorus a toxic substance

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,” Mr. FitzGerald said.

Agriculture industry has history of making political donations

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.

Humane Society responds to ‘anti agriculture’ claim

Published Sep. 22, 2014

“The Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,” Maxwell says. “It does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.”

Area farmers seeing steep drop in corn prices

Published Sep. 22, 2014

Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.

Farmers markets booming

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.

Fire destroys empty barn at Croton egg farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriff’s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.

Facing Likely Defeat, EPA Abandons Key Farm Case in West Virginia

Published Sep. 23, 2014

“EPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesn’t quite know how to deal with that,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Both AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined the suit on the side of Alt.

Technology, Infrastructure Reduce Food Waste on the Farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Andrew Dunham, who is the fifth generation of his family to farm this land, says what little edible material accumulates that doesn’t get off the farm, is put back into the soil as part of a compost pile.

Factors affecting corn dry down in the field

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen used, and use of foliar fungicides all affect the rate of dry down and grain moisture at harvest.

Abfalls named Ohio Farm Bureau 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Kelly and Michelle Abfall of Albany have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Ohio farmers help schools enhance math and science programs

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Ohio school districts have received $125,000 in grants this year from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program partners with farmers to support rural public school districts with innovative approaches to teaching math and science.

Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pa. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962 and it's still smoldering away underground. The place is a steaming wasteland—one that may hold a key to feeding the world. Friesen is on a hunt for a microbe that has an unusual ability that may help farmers grow more crops.

Senator visits wine country to assess polar vortex damage

Published Sep. 24, 2014

GENEVA — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with local wine grape growers on Tuesday to assess the devastating effects of winter’s polar vortex on the region.
The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area’s wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

4 horses die in Northeast Ohio from eastern equine encephalitis; no human cases

Published Sep. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least four horses in Northeast Ohio have died from eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can also infect humans, Ohio's state veterinarian announced Tuesday.

Climate aid needed for 500 million small farmers - researchers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Ohio Students learn about business of farming

Published Sep. 25, 2014

“It’s really a business,” he told the students. “You have to be an extremely good business (person) today to be a farmer.” This week is the second time local middle school students visited Devine Farms to participate in “Cool Beans — It’s SOYence,” an educational program developed by the Ohio Soybean Council.

Humphreys excited to “serve and benefit” Ohio’s pork producers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Bryan Humphreys, who will be starting his new role as Executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council on Oct. 1

Start the Conversation: Let’s Talk About Animal Agriculture

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Modeled after quick-reference subject-area cards found in bookstores, the single-page, front and back laminated cards feature questions, answers and suggested strategies for meaningful discussion.

USDA Rolls Out Details of 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Options

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Producers may navigate to the USDA FSA website to review online tools designed in partnership with the University of Missouri, the University of Illinois and Texas A&M that will populate based on different selection scenarios. The two choices will be either Price Loss Coverage – which includes either an individual or county yield option – and Agricultural Risk Coverage.

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, to which the United States contributes, aims to deepen and broaden mitigation research through collaboration and data sharing.

New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a ‘Crisis Situation’

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Food safety activists have promised to fight the crops—corn and soybeans designed to tolerate multiple herbicides—in court. They and many scientists argue that these crops will harm environmental and possibly human health. The companies that make them say they’re providing a much-needed tool to fight the growing scourge of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Sustainable agriculture: What’s it mean to you?

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The buzz word has been making its rounds through the agriculture industry for quite some time now, taking on new meanings and interpretations by the day. According to a recent global study, consumers and farmers don’t quite see eye to eye when it comes to their take on the definition regarding agricultural practices

'Natural,' 'Organic,' 'Free-Range' Meal, But You Don't Know what that means

Published Sep. 26, 2014

More trendy restaurants are serving food that seems easier on the environment, but customers often aren't quite sure what they're getting. Does a "grass-fed" steak differ from "pasture-raised"? Can seafood really be described as "organic"?

USDA allows commercialization of Enlist

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The Enlist traits are part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough weeds. USDA’s decision applies to the Enlist corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3 soybean traits.

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Published Sep. 29, 2014

The local food movement has been one of the fastest growing segments of the business, as consumers seek to know more about where, how and by whom their food is grown

Former Ohio Rep. Traficant dies from injuries sustained in farm accident

Published Sep. 29, 2014

He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his family’s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.

Algal bloom meeting

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Experts, including Reutter, say phosphorus runoff from farmland is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. In August, toxins from a bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.

More ARC details released

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Vilsack announced the online tools which will help farmers select whether ARC or PLC coverage provides the best risk management option for their operations under future scenarios. . The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Vending Machines Go Farm Fresh

Published Sep. 30, 2014

Then farmers and foodie companies realized the appeal of using vending machines to sell raw milk, eggs, or fresh meals on the go.

Farm to table’s dirty little secret

Published Sep. 30, 2014

Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.

Meeting Ohio agriculture’s need for drone training

Published Sep. 30, 2014

A recent survey of members of the Ohio Agribusiness Association shows that Ohio and agricultural businesses need to train employees to use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, for precision agriculture to provide more value for customers and potentially increase profitability