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WASHINGTON â€” The number of cattle in the United States has fallen dramatically, but just how much may surprise you. As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the cattle report published July 25 by the USDAâ€™s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Itâ€™s the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.
Fairs play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
WASHINGTON â€“ The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.
The excessive rains of this past spring and earlier this summer have become but a memory for Ohio's agricultural producers, as drier, cooler weather this month has allowed for consistent bouts of fieldwork. And the state's crops have benefited from the improved conditions as well.
WOOSTER, Ohio â€” After enduring the coldest winter in 20 years, many grape and tree growers in Ohio and western Pennsylvania predicted their summer crop would be greatly diminished. Producers are finding plants that are black and dead, and some that are trying to survive, but will most likely still die.
DAYTON â€” Near-perfect weather conditions are creating a predicted bumper crop for Ohio corn farmers, but the high yields this year and from last year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years. The drop is bad for farmers but consumers can expect lower food prices, experts said. Meat prices likely will decline because the price of the feed for the animals is lower.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it will receive $478,600 to help growers and handlers of organic agricultural products recover part of the cost of their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification.
As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the United States more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, is creeping northward, wrapping itself around smokestacks in Ohio, overwhelming Illinois backyards and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada.
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio â€” Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands.
BOWLING GREEN â€” The Ohio Farmerâ€™s Union held a Farm Bill Implementation Forum on Friday at Bowling Green State University to help area farmers wade through the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Imagine being able to look at a cotton crop, taking field notes and snapping pictures, sending videos of exactly what you're looking at to experts, or dictating notes, all hands-free.A Georgia based company has developed IntelliScout, an application that uses Google Glass to make it easier for the crop scouts to log any issues they find, without having to pull out a camera or even a smartphone.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 20 mobile units are in operation around the country. Units from Texas to Alaska butcher birds, cows, pigs and other animals as the market for locally produced food has grown from a beachhead of hippie co-ops and health food stores to Whole Foods Market Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co.
The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers and machinery operators for custom farm work have increased thanks in part to increased supply costs and the agriculture industry boom in recent years,
â€śI think itâ€™s important for the folks to understand that thereâ€™s great profit opportunity and business opportunity in rural America. Weâ€™re about 75 percent of the land mass in the United States. The vast majority of America is located in rural areas. Itâ€™s where most of our food comes from, a lot of our water.
The small farm exemption came under fire in 2013 when OSHA began inspecting and issuing citations to farming operations. In 2011, OSHA issued a guidance memorandum to its inspectors asserting that on-farm grain storage and handling was not part of the â€śfarming operationâ€ť and that OSHA had the authority to inspect such facilities and enforce its rules and regulations,
As some of the biggest U.S. agribusiness firms report earnings this week, analysts will weigh prospects for another massive U.S. corn crop and a likely record haul of soybeans, thanks to benevolent weather this summer, with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures setting up the best growing conditions in years.
The summer weather has succeeded in slowing the devastating spread of PED virus, but it has not been stopped.
Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2014 â€śAgriculture is Coolâ€ť visual arts contest.
USDA reports combined old and new crop corn, soybean, and soybean meal export sales for the week ending July 17 were larger than expected, while soybean oil and wheat were within pre-report estimates. Shipments of soybeans and wheat were more than whatâ€™s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for their respective marketing years, but corn fell short of its mark.
Farmers in the region arenâ€™t planting as much wheat as in years past, but those who did enjoyed â€śa good harvestâ€ť this month with strong yields and no plant disease, reports Ed Lentz, agriculture/natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension.
After discovering how factory-farmed chickens are handled, Jenny Durbin decided to raise her own chickens. Now, the village of Silverton is threatening to take away her source of eggs and the family of birds to which she's become so close
(Reuters) - As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.
Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth. Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices.
WASHINGTON â€” American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown Universityâ€™s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiativeâ€™s StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Individuals will be able to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States.
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 -- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural infrastructure, an investment Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called both a â€śhistoric investmentâ€ť and a â€śgreat first effort.â€ť
WOOSTER, Ohio â€” In terms of both production and economic opportunity, hops growing is hot in Ohio. However, crop threats like spider mites and outbreaks of diseases like downy mildew in some areas have both growers and researchers perplexed.
COLUMBUS â€” Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, according to Ohio Farm Bureau (OBF) Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold.
The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State Universityâ€™s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
On a Monday in mid-July, Adam Sturm is manning the register at his grocery store. He's got local summer squash, some deep hued organic eggplant and a bevy of colorful heirloom tomatoes. And inside, Sturm has grits, eggs and more. Sturm's truck houses Adam's Mobile Market, his 5-month old local food venture. The market carries fresh local products from six local farms.
Plans for a pipeline to carry natural-gas liquids from Ohio to the Gulf Coast are progressing.
The Ohio State Fair butter surprise this year? A multitude of sculptures depicting the symbols and signs associated with Ohio, including a cardinal, a ladybug and a carnation.
WAUSEON, Ohio â€” The flat land and fertile fields of northwest Ohio are an ideal place to grow corn and soybeans and graze cattle. One farmer has decided itâ€™s also ideal for goats.
More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers' plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council's Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.
The city wants to spread its wastewater sludge on farm fields rather than burn it and dump it into landfills. To do that, Columbus will spend $3.2 million to design storage tanks to hold the sludge.
SOLON, Ohio -- Solon residents will have the opportunity to vote on the controversial farming regulations proposed by the city this fall.
First it was tomatoes; this summer Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan fresh-market pickle producers will lose millions of dollars because farmers canâ€™t attract enough migrant workers to pick their crops.
U.S. corn remained at 76% good to excellent, while soybean's improved one point to 73% in USDA's weekly crop progress and condition report on Monday.
CENTRAL OHIO - Dozens of sick and malnourished horses are overwhelming local rescuers. The numbers continue to grow, and by Monday there were 37 horses rescued by the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
A hunger for food is something that will always be a part of our ever-growing society, but what is recently being added to the appetite of many consumers is a hunger of knowledge concerning where their food is coming from. The Ross County Farm Bureau is satisfying both cravings with their yearly Farm Factor event, a four-course progressive meal served on four different farms in the county.
Two years ago, farmers in the four-county Toledo metro area collected more than $10.5 million in direct payments from the federal government, a subsidy program that had become increasingly seen as a poor use of taxpayer money. Starting this year, those payments disappear.
WOOSTER, Ohio -- As the world population increases, so do the challenges for the agricultural industry, according to Philip Shull, an agricultural counselor for the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service. The Wooster native, most recently posted at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, described the challenges when he spoke at a Wooster Kiwanis meeting.
NEWARK â€” Persistent rain and dreary skies could not dampen the determination of visitors to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) â€” The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.
Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game with an even closer-to-the-source experience by offering chef-prepared meals using food hooked, foraged or shot by their guests.
An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.
BUCYRUS â€” Although a deadly virus continues to impact pigs across Ohio as fair season ramps up, one of Crawford Countyâ€™s largest livestock producers recently was successful at eradicating the disease.
PORTSMOUTH -- Prison inmates of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility have been known to work together and complete community service projects that benefit various area organizations. Most recently, the inmates have grown flats of flowers through their agriculture group and donated them to various gardens operated through the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Boom, then bust. Itâ€™s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry. And itâ€™s an underlying concern for Ohio communities currently experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isnâ€™t inescapable, say Ohio State University Extension experts. They have received funding to help eastern Ohio communities.
COLUMBUS â€” Seeing an Ohio soybean crop being sprayed with herbicide in July used to be as likely as a summer snowfall on the same field. But concerns that such late-season applications of herbicides like dicamba and 2,4-D could become more common has led to the development of the Ohio Department of Agricultureâ€™s Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR).