News & Events

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Communities of Columbus, Ohio are using urban agriculture to promote sustainable development and increase access to locally grown food.

Acorn poisoning is a threat to cattle and sheep herds

Published Nov. 14, 2014

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout. Acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

Agriculture Is seeking middle ground between organic and conventional farming

Published Nov. 10, 2014

As the Agriculture Department and farmers have watched the organics industry boom, the agency is working to find a middle ground between the needs of conventional and organic farmers.

American Farm Bureau not Buying WOTUS Clarification

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Policy Communications Director Will Rodger with American Farm Bureau says, if passed, all it would take for a farmer to be in violation of the Clean Water Act is something as simple as a small amount of fertilizer or dust into the dry bed of an intermittent stream.

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Farming's influence has come not from large increases in acres planted but from enormous increases in farm productivity, the two teams note. According to one of the two studies, fertilizers, improved crop breeds, and better irrigation have been roughly twice as influential as the fertilizing effect of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Bird flu on British farm may be linked to Dutch, German cases

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The head of the World Animal Health Organization told Reuters on Monday that the outbreaks could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds.

Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision

Published Nov. 17, 2014

“Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young family in the starter-home development that replaced it. His project kind of happened, with plot twists and serendipity, much like life itself.

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.

China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia

Published Nov. 17, 2014

All dairy tariffs, which can be as high as 20 percent, will be removed within four to 11 years, the Australian government said today. Duties of 12 percent to 25 percent on beef will be removed over nine years and tariffs of 10 percent on live animal exports will be eliminated within four years,

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels

Published Nov. 13, 2014

We would do better to help consumers understand their part in the agricultural process, and not just assuage convenience-driven demands by certifying products as “natural” through a disembodied label.

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Doylestown, Shreve tree farms help send Ohio trees to troops overseas

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Christmas tree growers and other volunteers prepared 100 firs and pines Thursday as part of an annual effort to spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas. Amy Galehouse from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, a longtime coordinator of and contributor to the annual effort, said the trees should reach Army troops stationed in Kuwait in time for Thanksgiving.

Farm Bill's Whole-Farm Insurance a Safety Net for Diversified Farms

Published Nov. 7, 2014

The new policy, available for the 2015 crop year in most states, allows fruit and vegetable growers and organic farmers and ranchers, among others, to insure between 50 to 85% of their whole farm revenue, USDA said.

Farm Bureau Challenges EPA Authority Over States to Enforce TMDLs

Published Nov. 20, 2014

On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Farmland preservation programs have changed, but same focus

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The state and federal farmland preservation programs continue to preserve land in Ohio — albeit in slightly different way.

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Gallia Farm Bureau earns national award

Published Nov. 10, 2014

The Gallia County Farm Bureau recently received a national award that recognizes it for community involvement and local activities — an award in which only 24 counties in the United States receive each year.

Hill elected to Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors

Published Nov. 10, 2014

Lowell Hill, of De Graff, Ohio, is one of four farmers elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America to the board of directors of the $20 billion financial services cooperative that serves Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents.

Honey bee habitat: Ohio funding available in early 2015

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Some Midwestern farmers can get a share of $4 million from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health of honey bees; however; Ohio farmers will have to wait a little longer for funding.
The federal assistance announced in the Midwest will provide support to farmers to implement conservation practices that will provide food sources for honey bees.

Hord purchases grain elevator

Published Nov. 10, 2014

When Ken Comstock closed his Caledonia Farm Supply earlier this fall it was the end of an era, but it’s also begun a new one. While the grain elevator in Marion County has since been sold for private storage, Comstock’s elevator in Denmark, an unincorporated village on Ohio 95 in Morrow County, has been purchased by Hord Livestock of Bucyrus.

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

It's a Great Time to Plan 2015 On-Farm Research

Published Nov. 13, 2014

"Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related questions and determine what practices and inputs should be evaluated next year,"

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Lawmakers looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere started moving legislation yesterday that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields.

MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Ohio MarketMaker currently hosts one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry-related data in the country. The web-based program contains demographic, food consumption and business data that users can search to find products to buy, or find a place to sell their products.

No-till conference to address top issues

Published Nov. 12, 2014

With issues concerning water quality a high priority in Ohio, managing fertilizer and planting cover crops are some of the ways farmers can help improve the condition of the state’s water, according to experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. That will be the focus of the Dec. 3 Ohio No-Till Conference.

Ohio farmers see big jump in property taxes

Published Nov. 10, 2014

Ohio farmers are seeing big increases in their property taxes and, like the weather they curse and embrace, there's not much they can do about it. Recent reappraisals by county auditors have increased taxes on some farm parcels as much as 400 percent at a time when grain prices have plummeted.

Ohio links with national program to promote veterans' ag products

Published Nov. 12, 2014

In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced its Ohio Proud program will partner with a national program that certifies agricultural products produced by veterans and those still serving in the military.
The partnership will link the national Homegrown by Heroes program to the state's Ohio Proud program.

Ohio turkey farmers narrow down choice birds for presidential pardon

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Cooper Farm, located in Boehner's 8th District and led by campaign supporter Gary Cooper, will furnish the fine fowl that will serve as America’s top bird. Gary Cooper was selected to chair the National Turkey Federation. In keeping with the 66-year tradition, the NTF head supplies the annual national turkey to the President.

Panelists call for better communication about agriculture, food

Published Nov. 7, 2014

While modern agriculture might be producing record-breaking harvests and innovations, it often seems to be floundering when it comes to communicating in a world of 24-hour news cycles, sensational headlines and 140-character tweets.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 10, 2014

A 76-year-old family-owned Ohio farm is raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey that’s expected to be presented to President Barack Obama in just a few weeks.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 13, 2014

This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

PED-Positive Farm Samples in US: 8,817

Published Nov. 7, 2014

he total number of pig farm samples that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 8,817 in 31 states, writes Jackie Linden. There were 65 new positive samples in the most recent week reported.

Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Roberts also noted that he has not yet been elected chairman, and he said it would be premature to talk about his committee agenda until he is chosen and has discussed priorities with the rest of his panel's members, both Republican and Democratic.

Push to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S.’s largest agricultural trade group, isn’t pushing for Mr. Obama to act without Congress, saying such a move would hurt the effort to pass more durable changes to the immigration system through laws.

Snowville Creamery milk to carry non-GMO label

Published Nov. 7, 2014

The Ohio Department of Agriculture approved Snowville’s new labels this summer — both the agency and Taylor believe they are the first of their kind — although certified organic milk is also produced by cows that eat non-GMO feed and have access to pasture.

The Farm Budget Blowout That Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The farm bill's new programs were meant to cost the taxpayer less by replacing a nearly two-decade-old scheme of direct cash payments to farmers, which were about $5 billion a year and were made regardless of need.

The Importance of Farm Broadcasting in Reaching America’s 3.2 Million Farmers -

Published Nov. 13, 2014

The role of farm broadcasting, ag radio, and television is just as important today as it was when I was a child listening on my family farm in Illinois. Even with advances in technology, farm broadcasting remains a vital tool for communicating with producers today

USDA: Corn, soybean harvest nearing its end

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Corn and soybean harvest officially entered the homestretch in the last few days -- for many, not quite as soon as they'd prefer on account of the blast winter temperatures and precipitation over the weekend -- and it's likely to wrap up given one more small weather window, farmers and analysts say.

Utica Shale helps family save Carroll County farm, transforms rural Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Carroll County — southeast of Canton and about an hour’s drive from Akron — remains the No. 1 drilling hot spot in Ohio with 282 wells that are producing, another 83 that have been drilled, 13 that are being drilled and 62 more that have been permitted. Those 440 Utica wells surpass the total for any other Ohio county, and that number could reach 2,000 before the boom ends.

Vilsack longest-serving USDA chief in nearly 50 years

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The former Iowa governor, who will surpass former President Bill Clinton's longtime agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, has been in the position since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009

Why Animal Welfare ‘FARM’ Audits Had to Be Made Mandatory

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Last month, the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors voted that participation be made mandatory, with a compliance date of Dec. 31, 2016. Farms will now have to have a FARM audit done once every three years.

Why fewer U.S. cows means higher costs for leather bags

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Beef lovers aren’t the only ones with sticker shock from the shrinking U.S. cattle herd. Fewer cows also mean tighter supply of hides used in luxury-car upholstery, handbags, shoes and dog collars.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

While he stopped short of a full endorsement, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa this week said the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s recommendations to modernize the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula have a good deal of merit.

Winning farmers’ hearing loss battle

Published Nov. 7, 2014

Rex Cunningham’s realization that he was losing his hearing came to him like it does most people — gradually