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For five generations, the Hord family's business has been growing, changing and flourishing. The multimillion-dollar farm operation, which includes Hord Livestock Inc. and Hord Family Farms, began with just ten pigs.
Corn development has accelerated with the recent warm temperatures. Silage harvest has begun in some parts of Ohio with earlier planting dates. Proper harvest timing is critical because it ensures the proper dry matter content required for high quality preservation, which in turn results in good animal performance and lower feed costs.
Federal forecasters projected net farm income would slide to $113.2 billion from an estimated $131.3 billion in 2013, which was the highest since 1973 on an inflation-adjusted basis.
Democrats in at least five other battleground states in this year's tight contest to determine control of the Senate are highlighting their support for the bill while many GOP candidates are saying Congress missed an opportunity to overhaul costly food-stamp and farm programs.
HwO is a uniquely diverse group of stakeholders from conservation, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture, public health and others. The group, launched publicly in July, is developing a 20- to 30-year management strategy to address water issues for Ohio. One priority issue is toxic algae.
The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says the peach crop is a disaster this year. Bill Dodd says all but a few fruit farms along the Ohio River were wiped.
“Farming is…I think it’s a value system,” said Kasich, a Republican. “You reap what you sow. It’s about faith…faith in the fact that the good Lord through our hard work will give us bountiful harvests. You have to have faith. You go through the good years, you go through the bad years. And you just keep going
The United States has lost its latest attempt to defend the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law, according to individuals familiar with the World Trade Organization final ruling on the case, which was brought by Mexico and Canada.
For the fifth consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) “Cattle on Feed” report showed a year on year decline
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — There’s good news on the shores of Lake Erie and across the one-third or so of Ohio that drains into the lake. While the lake continues to be in the spotlight for water quality issues and toxic algae, there’s also an unprecedented amount of action being taken — from farmers and residents, to landscapers and municipalities, as well as state and federal government leaders.
For the most part, soybean aphids have been a problem only in odd numbered years. Several other states have broken this two-year cycle, but it has held in Ohio for over 10 years. Recently, we have been noticing the presence of soybean aphids in soybean, mostly in the northern and central part of the state.
Faced with the perennial challenges of producing crops on low organic matter soils, Nate and Paul Andre, of Andre Farms LLC, began looking for some solutions to boost productivity on the Fulton County farm. Taking materials destined for landfills and composting them to produce fertilizer seemed like a good solution for the farm.
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio First Lady's office and the Ohio Department of Agriculture are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.
WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Aug. 24--Call it a case of a job done too well. U.S. corn farmers are raising what's expected to be the biggest haul on record -- and are to suffer financially because of it.
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — Trillium Farms has applied to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to add more than 2 million chickens to its egg farm about 3 miles north of here. A decade ago, the residents of northwestern Licking County would have reacted to that news with anger and anxiety.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state. This year's harsh winter devastated Ohio's peach crop.
In a study published recently in Nature, scientists in the Netherlands believe they’ve isolated a gene that will help tomato plants overcome the sleepy time and push them closer to 24 hours of productivity.
LIMA — A farmer from Paulding County says that farmers are just as interested in finding solutions causing algae outbreaks in some of Ohio’s waterways
USDA’s National Organic Program has tightened the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word “organic” or its variants on the labeling of packaged food products.
LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) - California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa commission that oversees water quality approved increased inspections for livestock farms on Tuesday over the raucous protests of environmentalists who wanted much tougher rules.
WOOSTER -- A meeting to explain the 2014 Farm Bill dairy program is scheduled for Sept. 15 in Wooster. The program begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.
There are no doubt many questions about decisions involved with the 2014 Farm Bill, but farmers are still currently enrolled in programs from the previous farm bill, including the Average Crop Revenue Program (ACRE).
FREMONT – Regulating how much fertilizer farmers can spread on their fields shouldn't be necessary to stop toxic algae on Lake Erie, farming officials said.
They can reduce the phosphorous from fertilizer getting into Lake Erie and feeding the algae through voluntary conservation practices, said Tadd Nicholson, executive director for the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.
POLK, Ohio — There’s no substitute for experience, and that’s especially true when it comes to telling the story of dairy farmers. Esther Welch, who recently retired as editor of Ohio (Holstein) News, had the experience of being a lifelong farmer, a mother and wife, and an accomplished writer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).