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'Fantasy' of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.

1st Fertilizer Application Certification Class underway in Fulton Co.

Published Sep. 15, 2014

"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge

Ag economist advice: Hold on to your grain, if possible

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,” Roberts said.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Published Sep. 19, 2014

That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 18, 2014

At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

An Akron startup is bringing drone technology down on the farm

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Farmers, it turns out, need a surer assessment of the height and the health of their crops. Unseen pests and weeds can hobble those racing rows of corn. It's not easy to inspect hundreds of acres of soybeans near the full bloom of harvest.

Chipotle's wrong -- fast food isn't going away (not yet, at least)

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Chipotle (CMG) has never wanted to be a traditional fast-food restaurant. It's wanted to be viewed as better -- in terms of quality, ingredients, taste, supplier practices and just about everything else.

City of Green looks for someone to run historic farm Read more: http://www.cant

Published Sep. 9, 2014

They plan to lease the Levi Hartong farmstead at the southern tip of the park, near Mount Pleasant Road, to anyone interested in turning it into a working farm again.
“We’re looking for some very creative folks,” said Valerie Wolford, the city’s communications coordinator.
The Hartong Farm is the only site in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs

Published Sep. 12, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop — known as custom work — you’ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.

Down on the Schappacher Farm

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Visitors come out to look for the "perfect" pumpkin from the farm's 15-acre pumpkin patch or find their way through the eight-acre corn maze. The farm also offers tractor rides, a petting zoo and other fruits of the Schappacher family's labors.

EPA sued — again — to force decision on pesticide

Published Sep. 12, 2014

More than four years ago, environmental groups asked a federal court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to ban a widely used pesticide that scientists have linked to illnesses in children. They settled the case in November 2011 after the EPA said it would make a decision within a year. On Wednesday, the same organizations filed a lawsuit, asking for a firm deadline.

Exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture at FSR

Published Sep. 18, 2014

“Agriculture is for everyone, but many people don’t realize just how important women are to an operation’s success,” she said. “They’re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. “They’re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.”

Farm Aid event in Raleigh benefits local farmers, nonprofit groups

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Daniel Dayton and Erika Gutierrez of Old Milburnie Farm near Knightdale helped lead one of the forums on small farms building relationships with restaurants and farmers markets.

Farm Bill decision hot topic at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 17, 2014

“This is an opportunity for producers to think strategically about the farm, its cash flow, its exposure to risk, and the means available to manage the risk,” he said. “The confluence of a lower price environment and the farm program decision provides a meaningful opportunity to consider your objectives for the farm.”

Farm bill foes find trouble of their own

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.

Farm Groups Stick With Senate Republicans Despite Farm Bill Opposition

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.

Farm Science Review to focus on new technologies, innovation

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Information on new agricultural technologies and innovation awaits farmers who plan to attend this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff Read more at http://www.toled

Published Sep. 15, 2014

With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.

FitzGerald: Phosphorus a toxic substance

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,” Mr. FitzGerald said.

How drones could limit fertilizer flow into Lake Erie

Published Sep. 10, 2014

OFBF's Dr. Larry Antosch on PBS NEWSHOUR

Lynd Fruit Farm teaches students about farming

Published Sep. 17, 2014

The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.

More Farm Data Isn't the Real Point

Published Sep. 9, 2014

The whole point of measuring data is to get information that helps you make better decisions – so you can change what you're doing to get a different result. But if you aren't making changes based on what you discover from your data, why are you taking measurements in the first place?

New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture

Published Sep. 18, 2014

hey simulated the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century and found that two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.

Ohio AgrAbility Program improving quality of life on the farm

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Ohio AgrAbility conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology

Ohio awarded $8.3 million from feds to protect agricultural land

Published Sep. 12, 2014

OHIO — After requesting $18 million from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Ohio landowners and farmland protection organizations received $8.3 million in funding.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Ohio farmers encouraged to practice ‘quality’ no-till

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Kok said the focus should be “quality” no-till, which means using cover crops, buffer strips, crop rotation and paying attention to detail.

Ohio farmers engage in on-farm nutrient research

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Henry County grain farmer Todd Hesterman is one of several who have opened their farms to on-farm research. At the end of one of his soybean fields are two water monitoring stations that measure tile flow, and automatically collect samples for nutrient analysis.

Ohio Farmers Union wants farmers part of Lake Erie solution

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The Ohio Farmers Union will bring together scientists and agricultural experts in late September in a forum on seeking solutions for the annual algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie. OFU President Joe Logan said it’s important for farmers to acknowledge their part in Lake Erie’s woes.

Ohio fertilizer rule about education, awareness

Published Sep. 12, 2014

WAUSEON, Ohio — The rules are changing on how Ohio’s farmers can apply fertilizer to their fields — and many farmers are OK with that.

OSU Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Published Sep. 17, 2014

During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
“Some of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,” said McPheron. “But we have to be working on them today.”

Reporters discuss how, and why, they cover agriculture

Published Sep. 10, 2014

The moderator of the panel discussion, KQED Radio reporter/anchor Rachael Myrow, described the agriculture beat as "the intersection between fashion, health and politics."

Study shows few differences between organic, conventional dairy

Published Sep. 9, 2014

“While there are differences in how cows are treated on organic farms, health outcomes are similar to conventional dairies,” said Mike Gamroth, co-author of the study and professor emeritus in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The decline of the small American family farm in one chart

Published Sep. 17, 2014

the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."

U.S. House passes bill to roll back Clean Water rules

Published Sep. 10, 2014

“The agencies’ attempt to expand their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will have serious consequences for the nation’s economy, threaten jobs and restrict landowners to make decisions about their property,” said Gibbs, R-Lakeville, a co-sponsor and chairman of the subcommittee that held hearings on the bill.

USDA sued over poultry rule

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.

USDA: Farm sector debt ratios remain near post-1970 lows

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Even with the expected slowdown in asset growth, the sector's financial position remains strong due to the historically low level of debt relative to assets and equity.

What Size Farm Is Best for the Planet?

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Author Tamar Haspel will be our guest on Town Hall Ohio Sep. 20 & 21.

White House committed to ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says Read more:

Published Sep. 17, 2014

I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,” Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. “I want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process down”

Willard welcomes new wheat mill

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Star of the West Milling Company, of Frankenmuth, Mich., is set to build a mill in Willard, in southern Huron County, that will have the ability to produce one million pounds of flour a day.

Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”