News & Events

Video shows drone herding sheep on Irish farm

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Irish farmer Declan Brennan has found the most unlikely kind of sheepdog – a drone. Brennan operated a Yuneec Q500 drone to herd his flock of sheep at Herondale, his Carlow, Ireland farm. In a YouTube video viewers can get a bird’s-eye view of the flock being ushered around the lush farmland by the drone.

USDA Planting Intentions Report: Record soybean acres, less corn

Published Apr. 1, 2015

U.S. soybean growers intend to plant an estimated record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, up 1 percent from the previous record set in 2014.
Driven by expectations of lower prices and returns in 2015, U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres in 2015, down 2 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2013.

USDA farm bill program selection deadline is coming

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Farmers have until the end of the day on March 31 to elect which USDA farm program they want to participate in for the five-year life of the new 2014 Farm Bill. The choices are Agriculture Risk Coverage-County, Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual or Price Loss Coverage. March 31 also is the deadline for landowners to reallocate base acres and update their FSA program yields,

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

Too early to condemn farm bill for high costs Read more: http://www.politico.co

Published Mar. 26, 2015

First, for the decade from fiscal year 2015 through 2024, mandatory government spending for agriculture — including conservation and crop insurance programs — is expected to average substantially less than the average for the prior two decades.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

Published Mar. 26, 2015

"On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation's economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe.

Rickenbacker International Airport offers new option for shipping animals intern

Published Mar. 30, 2015

Ohio leads the nation in the export of animal genetics including germplasm, embryos and live animals. And, of course, those genetics have to get to their destination somehow. The business of transporting animals internationally is wrought with complexities and global scale hassles of every kind, but the potential future benefits to Ohio agriculture through genetic exports are significant.

Proposed Rule Stops Payments To Nonactive Farm Managers

Published Mar. 27, 2015

According to USDA some operations are able to have an unlimited number of farm managers who can get payments from farm safety net programs. Now, USDA wants non-family joint ventures or partnerships to document that managers contribute 500 hours annually to managing the operation.

Ohio legislature approves new nutrient bill

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-District 12, said the bill is “all about making sure that whether the water comes from Grand Lake St. Marys or Lake Erie, that we have healthy clean water, and at the same time making sure that we protect and preserve Ohio’s number one industry — agriculture.”

Ohio farmers keen on hops

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It's an unfamiliar sight in Ohio but quite normal in Germany, where nearly 43,000 acres are dedicated to growing hops — a green flower with a bitter, tangy taste used in brewing beer.

ODNR seeks to recognize farm families

Published Mar. 27, 2015

The judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation practices, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.

Lake Erie algae relief years away

Published Mar. 30, 2015

what’s causing the algae blooms is a complicated mix of problems that have been blamed on farmers, changing weather patterns, aging wastewater systems, leaking septic tanks and invasive species in the lake.

Farm data: Risk and reward

Published Mar. 24, 2015

Is the data that is collected from planters and combines accurate? Is it easy to use? Who sees it? Can this farm data be used by outsiders to manipulate markets? Can it be sold?

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Not satisfied with its efforts to protect Big Oil’s control over the domestic fuel market, the Goodlatte letter seeks to strengthen the death grip on the U.S. ethanol industry by also prohibiting the USDA from expending any trade promotion resources for ethanol expor

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Published Mar. 24, 2015

the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya is encouraging small producers to introduce nitrogen-fixing cover crops -- such as beans planted between rows of the staple corn crop -- as a replacement for costly chemical fertilizer out of a bag. In addition, these crops can help prevent water erosion, allowing farmers to still fare well during low rainfall years.

Doing business with your local farmer - ODA Dir. Daniels

Published Mar. 26, 2015

When you have forward-thinking producers along with good soil and climate, a good location and infrastructure, sound regulations, along with research and education, good things are bound to happen. This balance has led to Ohio’s wildly successful food and agriculture industry, which directly and indirectly touches everyone.

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%.

Corn, soybean-growing pair have no offseason on the farm

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It could be any morning between December and April at Davis Farms. It’s cold, and there’s work to be done. There isn’t much downtime during the “off” season.

Consider breaking your farm into multiple entities

Published Apr. 1, 2015

If you consider separate entities in your operation, you might find that the transition to the next generation gets easier. One common idea is for Mom and Dad to retire from active participation in the farm, but retain ownership of the land and buildings, and charge the farming business annual rent that provides them with an income in retirement.

Breaking the ‘grass ceiling’: East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference draws 13

Published Apr. 1, 2015

“Mainstream, it’s still men in agriculture,” said Christine Kendle, OSU Extension family and consumer sciences educator in Tuscarawas County and conference planner. “I think women are taking a more active role in their family business, and that empowerment is really neat.”

Agriculture: More than food for thought in 2016 presidential race

Published Mar. 24, 2015

U.S. agriculture and the American farmer are misunderstood, taken for granted and, too often, under attack.