News & Events

5 Ways to Make Farm Employees More Productive

Published Dec. 10, 2014

You're proud of the folks working with you on the farm. But is your employee management helping your operation or holding it back? Making them better makes your farm better, so it's a win-win for everyone.

Acre aims to offer affordable farm-to-table food near Clintonville

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Fresh, local farm-to-table food shouldn’t be just for the well-to-do, Todd Mills says. It should be accessible to more people, even those without a lot of money to spend eating out.

Ag outlook: dairy to drop, but profits may not

Published Dec. 15, 2014

The reason dairy farmers should still be profitable — at least in part — is because feed inputs are falling faster than the milk price. This means the sales-to-input ratio should still be positive for many farmers, and it also means they may want to hold off on signing up for the farm bill margin protection programs — at least for now.

Agriculture must quickly throttle up its public relations

Published Dec. 18, 2014

vegetable grower Bruce Taylor shared that the Whole Foods Market grocer suggests that people with values buy organic and locally-grown foods. This can suggest that those who don’t choose this avenue, and instead purchase conventionally-grown food, don’t have good values.

Brownfield Network coverage of Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

Published Dec. 15, 2014

“Four different tracks this year,” Rule said. “We have a leadership development track, community development, technology and agriculture and current issues that are going to be going on throughout the day with some really great outside speakers that bring a lot of expertise to those topics.”

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

Published Dec. 10, 2014

The study, to be published online Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, tackles the lingering perception that organic farming, while offering an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemically intensive agriculture, cannot produce enough food to satisfy the world’s appetite.

China Approves Syngenta Biotech Corn

Published Dec. 18, 2014

the approval is a turning point in the year-long imbroglio over the genetically engineered corn strain, though the decision isn’t expected to lead to an immediate return to earlier U.S. export levels to China.

Climate change will require major transformation in farming system to tackle dra

Published Dec. 19, 2014

By mid-century the world needs to plan major transformations of its agriculture systems that respond to not just one but various climate change scenarios, says a study highlighting the serious nature of the climate impacts.

Congress must act now to help conserve farmland:

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Conservation easements are by far the most cost-effective means of preserving our rich soils, and the federal tax incentive has encouraged farmers across the nation to keep their land in agricultural production permanently. Congress should act swiftly to restore the conservation easement incentive and make it permanent.

Congressman receives award for environmental service

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Randy Gardner, senator for District 2 of Ohio, received the Ohio Environmental Council’s Public Servant Award this past month.
Gardner, a Republican from Bowling Green, was chosen because of the work he has done regarding what Jack Shaner, OEC senior director of public affairs, called Lake Erie’s “terrible nutrient pollution.”

Corps’ farmland tour beneficial

Published Dec. 16, 2014

Jansen and other corps officials toured three farms in mid-November, just one day prior to the corps’ announcement of a tentative plan for flood control along the Blanchard River. The farm families asked that the meetings be closed to media and the public.
“Many questions were asked; some we had answers to and some we did not,” Jansen said.

Farm and Dairy coverage of annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Water quality. Taxes. The next generation. CAUV. More than 340 voting delegates of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation met Dec. 10-12 to wrestle with ways the state’s largest farm organization should address these hot topics.

Farming in the Midwest Of tech and troughs

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University sees two trends in American farming. One is the growth of local microfarms for picky posh people. The other is the success of high-tech big farms that produce cheap food for everyone else, as well as plant-based fuels and chemicals.

Federal judge blocks Maui GMO ban

Published Dec. 8, 2014

In November, a federal judge said Maui County could not implement a new law that would ban the use of genetically modified crops. Voters approved the ballot initiative in early November and it was expected to go into effect after election results were verified.

Gun hunters take 10,000 fewer Ohio deer

Published Dec. 9, 2014

During last week's gun season, hunters took 65,485 white-tailed deer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a 13 percent drop from the 2013 gun season.

Holy Cow! Vatican to Open Pope's Farm to Public

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The Vatican is planning to open the farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public next year, after finding success with its guided tours of the surrounding gardens, fountains and Roma-era archaeological treasures on the sprawling estate 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Rome.

Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms

Published Dec. 15, 2014

He’s one of the young farmers leading a resurgence in the industry that aims to re-establish more local food systems in the state, where Maine is leading the way. But before that really takes off, he said, the state needs to put its money where its mouth is. More specifically, more accessible funding needs to be available to the folks who grow food that Mainers put in their mouths.

Milk prices are about to fall big time

Published Dec. 9, 2014

I anticipate milk prices to drop by about $4/cwt in December, with a Class III price closing in the low $18/cwt.

Movie magic on an Ohio Christmas tree farm

Published Dec. 9, 2014

The farm with endless rows of hillside Christmas trees and historic structures was the perfect place for a recently released film, “A Christmas tree miracle.” The behind-the-scenes story for the movie filmed on the Ohio farm got its start in 2011, just before Christmas.

New Faces on Senate Ag Committee for 114th Congress

Published Dec. 17, 2014

Sens. Patrick Leahy, Vt., Sherrod Brown, Ohio, Amy Klobuchar, Minn., Michael Bennet, Colo., Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Joe Donnelly, Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Robert Casey, Jr., Penn., will return.

Ohio Ag Net/Country Journal coverage of OFBF annual meeting

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) today in Columbus. There is a significant agenda in the year ahead with key issues including water, CAUV and immigration at the state and federal level.

Ohio pork farmers donate 10,000 pounds of ham to Ohioans

Published Dec. 19, 2014

The Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) donated 10,000 pounds of hams to their Northeast Ohio neighbors, through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, was on hand to greet recipients and show gratitude for the protein-packed donation to her constituents.

Ohio sheep producers honor peers and industry supporters at symposium

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Supporting and promoting the Ohio sheep industry and building future leaders were just a few reasons the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association honored eight of its own during the 2014 Buckeye Shepherds Symposium Dec. 6.

Ohioans can rub elbows with sustainable farming experts

Published Dec. 19, 2014

It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February.

Politics surround veto of gestation stall ban in New Jersey

Published Dec. 8, 2014

In a mix of pre-presidential politics, animal rights agendas and celebrity star power, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of pig gestation stalls in New Jersey.

Predator problems plaguing livestock in Ohio

Published Dec. 18, 2014

In recent years, Ohio has put forth incredible efforts to expand and enhance the abundant natural areas in the state and the wildlife that resides therein. This has innumerable benefits, but it can also lead to some challenges for agriculture

Propane: No one wants another 2014

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education and Research Council, has been very vocal about getting propane consumers to fill their tanks as soon as possible to avoid any weather-related difficulties this winter.

Strategies for managing profit in agriculture during a down cycle

Published Dec. 17, 2014

When “hunker down” strategies are being implemented, the farmer is like a player on the basketball court. He or she must be receptive to coaching and in some cases critique and tough love. Farmers who are successful in the down cycles are those who select alternative strategies, execute them with their lender, and then monitor results.

U.S., Cuba Changes Could Advance Ag Trade

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Farm groups supported the move, suggesting it could advance export opportunities for agricultural goods like soy, wheat and corn

Urban farming brings fresh to the dinner table

Published Dec. 19, 2014

Urban farming is becoming more popular in Youngstown. It is where everyday people grow fresh vegetables in their own backyard and sell them. Katie Phibbs and her husband Tom are doing just that. The Phibbs are the brains behind The Lettuce People.

USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture. Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address "Food, Foreign Policy and International Order."

USDA Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work alongside or cooperatively with people

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Published Dec. 16, 2014

he number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.