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Weather Ramping Up to Slow, Cool Start to Spring Planting

Published Mar. 4, 2015

Keep your eye on the forecast for the middle third of this month, forecasters say. In the 11- to 15-day forecast, temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal with less-than-normal precipitation, two trends that could help the Midwestern soils wake up from winter and lay the groundwork for this spring's planting window.

Are We Seeing the "Greatest Collapse of Hog Prices Ever"?

Published Mar. 4, 2015

February pork supplies were expected to be up about 3%, while actual supplies have been up 7% due to 4% more hogs reaching the market than anticipated.

Help with on-farm trials

Published Mar. 4, 2015

If you want to test products or management ideas on your farm but don’t have the time or expertise for your own comparisons, help could be as close as your seed corn dealer.

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Published Mar. 4, 2015

Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan often have a hard time transitioning back to their civilian lives and careers. They have higher rates of divorce, depression and suicide. And they're more likely to be unemployed than both civilians and veterans of other wars. In recent years, thousands of veterans like Creech have showed an interest in farming as a way to find peace and purpose.

Groups: Mandatory E-Verify without broader immigration reform could hurt ag

Published Mar. 4, 2015

The bill, the Legal Workforce Act, mandates that employers in the U.S. use the E-Verify system within three years. E-Verify is an internet-based system provided through the Department of Homeland Security that verifies whether workers are allowed to legally work in the U.S.

Agriculture and Budweiser, labeled with pride

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Just like agriculture, Budweiser has been fighting claims that they produce their product based on quantity, not quality and they are too big to do things for the right reasons

Essay Contest offers opportunity for Ohio third grade students to win farm trip

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) is sponsoring a statewide essay contest for third-grade students, with an all-expenses-paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm awarded to the winning essay writers’ entire class. The essay contest is part of OLC’s For Your InFARMation program,

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives of various state farm bureaus are among the 95 people making the trip, which was organized by the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would restore diplomatic relations.

FARM helps growers grow

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The conference focused on ways to grow area farms through access and know-how for grant and loan applications, by extending the growing season, and the all important tool, marketing.

NCGA's 2015 'World of Corn' report details corn crop statistics

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The report shows that U.S. corn farmers surpassed many records in 2014, growing the largest crop on record, at 14.2 billion bushels, with a record national average yield of 171.0 bushels per acre.

Boost your farm business relationships

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Everything goes back to the golden rule, "Treat others how you would like to be treated," he says. Are you doing your best to act on it? Here are some ways to evaluate and improve business relationships:

Many conservation options available for Ohio farmers

Published Mar. 2, 2015


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding is available for farmers in Ohio’s portion of the Great Lakes watershed to apply conservation practices that improve water and soil quality or provide wildlife habitat.

Starting them young in agriculture

Published Mar. 2, 2015

“We need to do a good job educating kids about what’s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when they’re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,” said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.

Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Shortages of farm labor will likely persist in the long term regardless of possible changes to immigration law, according to an agricultural economist.

Will you pay to harness farm data?

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Say there's a company that's employing a team of experts to harness weather data, allowing you to plug in your fields and crops and planting conditions. The company isn't trying to sell you insurance, seed or equipment. You pay a subscription and your farm data doesn't get sold down the line.

Ohio dairy farmers share advice on farm succession

Published Feb. 27, 2015

Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.

Farming for employment: How agriculture affects American jobs

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to the data and Secretary Vilsack, “More than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products.”

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to surveys, about half of all farmworkers in the country lack legitimate documents and live in what's often described as a "shadow world," without legal rights. The farmers who employ those workers, meanwhile, are deeply ambivalent about this situation.

OFBF Ag Day at the Capital looks at state budget, other 2015 priorities

Published Feb. 26, 2015

“2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer — the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,” said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs — including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state — have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.

Farm bill deadlines coming fast

Published Feb. 26, 2015

farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Megatrends in agriculture

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Production diversity—“We think we’ll see more production diversity in agriculture.”
Consolidation and rationalization in production—It’s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.

Are Farmland Cash Rents Going to Fall or Not?

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Last week's USDA Ag Outlook Forum painted a picture of a corn market that could remain in the $3.50- to $4-per-bushel range for a while. Years, even. That sort of price range doesn't bode particularly well for sustained strength in farmland rents, with farmers feeling the squeeze created by the divergence of falling grain prices and land prices that have yet to fall too much.

U.S. exports of farm equipment down by 29% in 2014

Published Feb. 26, 2015

While a decline of nearly one-third is steep, the drop in U.S. farm equipment exports was not completely unexpected, AEM said. In 2014, a record harvest led to lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes, leading to a deterioration in farm economics worldwide.

AGRICULTURE HAS A SCIENCE PROBLEM

Published Feb. 25, 2015

The most comprehensive answer may be, as Vilsack said in an interview, "Science, like everything else, evolves."

Groups urge legislators to avoid farm bill cuts in budget talks

Published Feb. 25, 2015

The letter noted that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill was estimated to contribute $23 billion to deficit reduction over 10 years, when including sequestration.

Landowners in path of pipelines urged to not be bullied

Published Feb. 24, 2015

"Everything is negotiable," and a company's first offer is never its best, said Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Global prosperity fuels Ohio farm growth

Published Feb. 24, 2015

It was OSU Extension grain and market expert Matt Roberts who pointed out what perhaps many Ohio farmers already realize - what happens in the world affects Ohio farmers, prices and profits.

AFBF helps feed the hungry

Published Feb. 24, 2015

The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty of food they produce.

Maple syrup season off to slow start

Published Feb. 24, 2015

The blistering cold temperatures that have settled over central Ohio are preventing sap from flowing up and out of their maple trees, putting a damper on the early end of the syrup production season.

As one generation ages, some prepare the next to take over the family farm

Published Feb. 23, 2015

What’s most important when planning for a transition of ownership is having a family meeting, said Don Schreiber, director of the Advanced Consulting Group at Nationwide Financial.

Financial health of agriculture sector remains strong

Published Feb. 23, 2015

"Record production has meant that stock levels are higher and prices are lower, but producers will benefit from record asset levels and from new farm programs intended to cushion declines in farm revenues," Johansson said.

Agriculture Must Be Central to Climate Deal, Experts Say

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms — these are some of the effects that climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in developing countries, are on the front lines

Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will sow this spring and risking years-long legal battles with landlords.

Poor growing season sprouts business

Published Feb. 20, 2015

There is a popular proverb that goes “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Several years ago, a couple said they took this phrase to heart, creating a business out of a solution they used to compensate for an impossible outdoor growing season.

Ohio Senate passes water quality bill

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The bill’s main focus is on preventing the winter application of manure and fertilizer to frozen and snow covered ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin, although the bill also restricts dredging and requires new testing at water treatment plants.

The Future Of Agriculture? Smart Farming

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050. One way to address these issues and increase the quality and quantity of agricultural production is using sensing technology to make farms more “intelligent”

US, EU agriculture leaders try to ease trade concerns

Published Feb. 20, 2015

the "moment is ripe to create a trade super highway between the EU and the U.S." but there's no denying there's several roadblocks and detours that lie ahead.

A New Network for Women in Agriculture

Published Feb. 20, 2015

To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA’s Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture.

Does the farm-to-table movement actually help farmers?

Published Feb. 20, 2015

the advantages of this ‘farm-to-table’ dining trend have not been completely realized across the entire food chain. It’s nice to think that by supporting restaurants where local ingredients are on the menu, we’ve helped local farmers. But can we do more?

Agriculture Giants Boost Cybersecurity to Shield Farm Data

Published Feb. 20, 2015

Companies including Monsanto Co. and Deere & Co. are investing more in cybersecurity as the farming business grows more datacentric, with satellite-steered tractors and algorithm-driven planting services expanding across the U.S. Farm Belt, executives said at an industry event Thursday.