News & Events

Teachers and students testify about demand for ag educators

Published Sep. 3, 2015

The USDA estimates there will be 60,000 ag job openings annually, and only 35,000 graduates to fill them, said Graham Cochran, interim chairman of Ohio State University’s Department of Ag Communication, Education and Leadership

Ohio State ATI adding online courses

Published Sep. 3, 2015

Through this arrangement, Ohio State ATI will deliver crops and soil courses to NSCC students via the Adobe Connect platform, with students at both institutions taking the same course simultaneously

Ohio Farmers Await FAA Drone Regulations

Published Sep. 3, 2015

New technology waits in the wings for agriculture. Advocates say unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as drones – will boost crop yields and lighten farmers’ workloads. But Ohio farmers are in a holding pattern as they wait for FAA regulations.

Cat Partners with AFBF in Commitment to Agriculture

Published Sep. 3, 2015

“Farm Bureau members can now receive additional discounts on Caterpillar construction products. In addition, we are excited for our Cat dealer network from across the country to work hand in hand with their county and state Farm Bureau’s.”

The Agriculture Bubble Is Bursting : Corn, Pork & Beef Prices Will Sink With It

Published Sep. 3, 2015

Farm Income and Finances Report issued on August 25th has spooked a lot of agriculture industry analysts. I have been making this point for some time; prices of everything from corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, cotton, poultry, pork, beef, farm equipment…and land values will all revert to their long term mean price levels. Investors should be aware of this risk.

Survey aims to understand consumer attitudes on farming, sustainability

Published Sep. 3, 2015

About 56% of people responding to a recent survey on agriculture and sustainability agree that "farmers and ranchers use new technologies and innovations to protect the environment." But only 47% say "The way that most of today's farming and ranching operations in the U.S. grow and raise food meets the standards of sustainability."

These states hit hardest by falling farm prices

Published Sep. 3, 2015

Last week, the Department of Agriculture predicted that farm incomes will drop to less than half the peak reached two years ago. The USDA projected farm incomes this year will come in at less than $59 billion, down 36 percent from last year and 53 percent from a record high of $123.7 billion two years ago.

Why immigration reform matters to agriculture

Published Sep. 2, 2015

Without immigration reform, the loss farm workers could ripple through the entire ag-based economy with potentially long-term negative effects.

OSU Extension calls for voluntary poultry registration

Published Sep. 2, 2015

“It’s a critical part of our countywide emergency preparedness plan,” stated Sarah Noggle, Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Paulding County. “If avian influenza (AI), also known as the bird flu, were to hit Paulding County, it would be very devastating to our county as a whole.”

Ohioan named finalist in America's Pig Farmer contest

Published Sep. 2, 2015

The National Pork Board has selected the four finalists in its newest contest, America's Pig Farmer of the Year, including Lauren Schwab of Somerville, Ohio.

Chipotle sued for false advertising, misleading consumers

Published Sep. 1, 2015

A California woman filed a lawsuit Aug. 28 against Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., alleging the restaurant’s marketing and advertising campaign that claims its menu does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is “deceptive and misleading to consumers because many of Chipotle’s menu items actually do contain GMOs.”

Bee buffer strip initiative seeks 100 Ohio farmers

Published Sep. 1, 2015

The U.S. Bee Buffer Project, an initiative of the Pollinator Partnership (P2), Burt’s Bees and The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, is immediately seeking 100 Ohio farmers, ranchers and orchardists to set aside small plots of land as bee buffer zones. Once established, the nectar-rich honey bee forage will support pollinator- dependent crops, which represents one-third of the food we eat.

Ohio farmers await FAA drone regulations

Published Sep. 1, 2015

New technology waits in the wings for agriculture. Advocates say unmanned aerial systems – commonly known as drones – will boost crop yields and lighten farmers’ workloads. But Ohio farmers are in a holding pattern as they wait for FAA regulations.

Case Farms appeals OSHA violations

Published Sep. 1, 2015

One of the largest chicken processing companies in northeast Ohio is contesting the latest round of worker safety citations.

Using ag grants to achieve on-farm objectives

Published Aug. 31, 2015

Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so – if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University

Why gender roles are becoming obsolete in agriculture

Published Aug. 31, 2015

“On the farm, I wasn’t just daddy’s little girl, I insisted on doing just as much as my brother. I wanted to be treated just like the boys and would not have it any other way. It doesn’t matter if you just got home from gymnastics or the salon, when you return to the farm and it’s time for chores, all bets are off

Industry leaders collaborate on privacy and security principles for farm data

Published Aug. 31, 2015

It’s a new world where privacy and profits collide. And the rules and regulations regarding who has access to data, how it’s stored, for what purposes it’s used, and when and with whom it can be shared simply aren’t keeping up with the technology.

Lawmakers hold hearing on agricultural education in Ohio

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard testimony in Wooster Wednesday at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. Organizations appearing before the committee included Ohio State, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm Association.

Congressional staffers get ground-level look at agriculture

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The goal of the three-day event is to give staffers a better understanding of how farmers and agricultural businesses are faring — and how they are affected by decisions made in Washington. It’s something that’s become increasingly important, with food gaining more attention on the national landscape

Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Published Aug. 28, 2015

"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Farm

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Run by Ron LeMay, who headed Sprint’s wireless division until 2003, the company has created a platform to help farmers rent out their unused equipment to growers who may be hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the differences in peak harvest seasons.

USDA expands whole-farm safety net coverage

Published Aug. 28, 2015

USDA on Thursday said it is expanding its Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance option to all counties in the U.S. for 2016, while also making changes to expand coverage for beginning, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers.

McDonald’s, Tyson Sever Ties to Poultry Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

Published Aug. 28, 2015

McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death.

Hart: Expect low corn, soybean prices this year and next year

Published Aug. 26, 2015

There is a lot of uncertainty about what the "too many shades of green" U.S. corn and soybean crops will yield, but Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart said it doesn't really matter.

Precision Agriculture Eats Data, CPU Cycles: It's A Perfect Fit For Cloud Servic

Published Aug. 26, 2015

One look at a chart of corn yields, which have increased four-fold since the early 50′s, shows that farmers are marching to their own version of Moore’s Law.

Farm broadcaster: Activists, misinformation trouble for agriculture

Published Aug. 26, 2015

Samuelson, a legendary longtime farm broadcaster, told a large group of Bayer Museum of Agriculture supporters that animal-rights activists and opponents of genetically modified organisms are a threat to the farming world.

U.S. Farm Income to Fall to Lowest Level in Nine Years

Published Aug. 26, 2015

Net farm income will drop to $58.3 billion from $91.1 billion in 2014, marking the largest percentage decline since 1983, including when figures are adjusted for inflation. The projected decrease would mark the second consecutive drop after incomes reached nominal record highs in 2013, according to the USDA.

Legislators, businesses oppose tighter regulations on ozone emissions

Published Aug. 25, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten ozone regulations has come under the scrutiny of small business and manufacturing groups who say it is a federal overreach that will hurt Ohio’s economy.

State board to rule on Huron County wind farm

Published Aug. 25, 2015

Last year, the board approved an application to build the Greenwich Windpark in Greenwich. The project involves 25 wind turbines, about 490 feet high, with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet. The project would cover 4,650 acres of land from 26 landowners

Deere Earnings Expect Weakness In Agricultural Equipment Demand To Continue

Published Aug. 25, 2015

Deere expects its fiscal 2015 net sales to decline 21%, compared to its previous guidance of a 19% decline.

No fan of CAUV

Published Aug. 25, 2015

We find that a contributing force behind the spread of use-value assessment has been the secular trend toward urbanization across all 50 states. Urbanization is associated with increased demand for land, which drives up land values for land in close proximity to urban areas, even if that land is not currently developed