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Western Ohio Century Farm keeps family and agriculture as priorities

Published Jun. 25, 2015

A commitment to family and agriculture chronicle the rich 190-year history of the Good-Woodruff Farm of Champaign County that started with a unique tale of love and perseverance

Western Lake Erie basin farmers can apply for funds

Published Jun. 30, 2015

Farmers in the western Lake Erie basin can start submitting applications July 1 for $17.5 million in federal money to pay for cover crops, drainage strategies, and other measures aimed at keeping algae-feeding pollutants out of the lake.

View USDA’s June 30 planted acreage report with healthy skepticism

Published Jul. 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates there are 85.1 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2015, up 2 percent from last year and setting a new record high. In contrast, growers planted an estimated 88.9 million acres to corn, the lowest corn acreage in the United States in the last half a decade.

Unfortunate reason boosts Ohio in egg production rankings

Published Jun. 30, 2015

With avian influenza taking a terrible toll on egg laying operations to the west, Ohio has moved to the top of the list of egg production by state.

U.S. Corn, Soybean Ratings Drop Further

Published Jun. 25, 2015

On Monday, the government’s Crop Condition Report rated the U.S. soybean good/excellent rating dropped from 67% a week ago to 65%. The USDA pegged the crop as 90% planted vs. a 95% five-year average. Also, 84% of the U.S. soybean crop has emerged vs. an 87% five-year average. For corn, the U.S. crop rating fell to 71% good/excellent from 74% a year ago.

TPA On Its Way to Obama

Published Jun. 25, 2015

The Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast track legislation, Wednesday by a vote of 60-38, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The bipartisan bill that still was opposed by most Democrats will allow the Obama administration to wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tom Vilsack on the Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Published Jun. 26, 2015

"Trade agreements are a driving force behind expanded U.S. exports, which means U.S. companies can provide more, better paying jobs. Last year, American agricultural exports grew to a record $152.5 billion, and the past six years represent the strongest in history for U.S. agricultural trade. Still, ninety-five percent of the world's consumers live outside of our borders.

The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

Published Jul. 2, 2015

Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for ensuring positive health outcomes, while helping create jobs and promoting family and community well being.

Southern Ohio FFA’ers addressing local hunger needs

Published Jun. 25, 2015

If you happened to drive by Zane Trace High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, during May, you might have seen members of the ZT FFA chapter busy constructing raised beds, transplanting seedlings, carting topsoil or building chicken coops.

Soil Compaction May Fuel Smaller Implements

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Deep tillage often used in the Midwest can only mitigate deep compaction down to 16 inches. The trend toward larger equipment drives compaction levels down below that. Compaction concerns with fully autonomous 50- to 60-horsepower tractors would decrease.

Senate Advances Fast Track--Again

Published Jun. 24, 2015

By the smallest margin possible, the Senate Tuesday approved one more step toward giving President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or fast track, that could speed up negotiations for a 12-nation trade deal later this year.

Recent rains keep farmers on sidelines

Published Jul. 2, 2015

“Sunshine and dry weather would be appreciated statewide,” reads the last sentence of Monday’s Ohio Crop Weather Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Great Lakes Region.

Raw weather starting to move prices

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Old beans have rallied almost 70 cents since the recent low at 9.20-1/2 on May 26. The new crop bounce is even more dramatic, taking only a week to gain almost 65 cents. The high Monday was $9.60. July corn futures gained almost 14 cents in a week, adding to the high this morning

Putin extends ban on agriculture products

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that a current ban on dairy products, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit from the U.S., European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway will remain in effect until June 24, 2016

Produce growers hold summer field day in Wayne County

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Rob Leeds, of OSU Extension in Delaware County, said the customer in front of you is the most important person at that time — not the one on the phone or the others in the crowd.

Poultry show ban can be handled in a variety of ways at fairs

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The poultry show ban will likely be handled differently by fairs all season long. Hopefully it can be viewed as a good learning experience for the affected exhibitors at every cancelled event for the year. “This is educational because with livestock you never know what you are going to get,” Black said. “This is real life.

Post subsidiary sues egg farm alleging breach of contract

Published Jun. 24, 2015

A food supplier claims an Iowa egg farm breached a contract after bird flu disrupted the supply of eggs. Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of Brentwood-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday alleging Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms in Corwith is in breach of a Jan. 27, 2014, contract.

Ohio Supreme Court: Which Dormant Mineral Act applies?

Published Jul. 2, 2015

The Dormant Mineral Act governs the ownership rights of minerals that have been severed from the surface lands. It establishes conditions and procedures by which the ownership of mineral rights are preserved with the mineral holder or abandoned to the owner of the surface lands.

No-till method helps farmers, can clog roads

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The farming method leaves corn stalks and other plant debris on the field surfaces, which then washes away with rain water, right into the roadways, drainage ditches and catch basins.
“It plugs up the culverts or different crossings where the water might flow,” said Dave Louth, roadway engineer at the Allen County Engineer’s Office.

New funding available for northwest Ohio farmers to help protect water quality

Published Jul. 1, 2015

Amid the flooded fields of northwest Ohio in late June, officials from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced $17.5 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Meat and dairy to eclipse biofuel in agriculture demand - FAO/OECD

Published Jul. 2, 2015

Changing diets in emerging countries will boost global demand for meat and dairy products in the next 10 years, shifting grain supply towards livestock feed as use of crop-based biofuel is curbed by lower oil prices, the FAO and OECD said.

Local farmer traveling to Asia

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Highland County farmer Nathan Brown has been selected as one of just 10 farmers in the United States to travel to St. Louis, China and Vietnam in order to learn more about the soy checkoff program and see where their soybeans go in other nations.

Huge Potential for 3D Printing In Agriculture

Published Jun. 23, 2015

“Take, for example, a broken part,” he said. With a 3D printer you could digitally scan that part, feed that information to the printer which would produce a replacement on the spot and likely in less time than it would take for a farmer to drive to a supplier and get the part . . .if it were available.

Hearing shows bipartisan momentum on national food labeling efforts

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumer

FSA planting dates

Published Jul. 2, 2015

Producers are reminded of the annual acreage reporting requirements that must be met prior to receiving program benefits.

Food engineer named World Agriculture Prize laureate

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Singh became recognized for a body of research in areas such as energy conservation, freezing preservation, postharvest technology and mass transfer in food processing. His research on airflow in complex systems helped design innovative systems for the rapid cooling of strawberries

Flower-farm open house touts ‘local,’ sustainable

Published Jun. 29, 2015

“People are sharing what they know so that that information can be taken and be used elsewhere and promote any successful farming practices,” she said.

Flooding, rain causes problems for corn growers in Ohio

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Continuing rain that kept growers from replanting fields washed out by prior rains also has caused concern that there won't be time to replant.

Financial assistance available for Ohio for gypsum

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Ohio’s state NRCS technical staff recently adopted an interim practice standard providing guidelines for how gypsum can be incorporated as part of various conservation programs including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Farm-vertising: How Fast-Food Chains Have Gone Small to Sell Big

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Call it farm-vertising. These ads promise to demonstrate that fast food isn’t the product of a global industrial complex shipping food in to a central processing kitchen and then trucking products out to the McDonald’s on the corner. They would have use believe that it’s our friendly neighborhood grocer buying from local backyards who is responsible for our Big Macs.

Farm-Sector Earnings Plunge

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but nine states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output

Farm Waste and Animal Fats Will Help Power a United Jet

Published Jul. 2, 2015

For years, biofuels have been seen as an important part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And airlines, with their concentration around airports and use of the same kind of fuel, have been seen as a promising customer in a biofuels industry that has struggled to gain traction.

European wheat traders learn about research at OARDC Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by C

Published Jul. 1, 2015

A delegation of foreign wheat purchasers and traders visited the research being done at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, June 26.

Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program begins

Published Jul. 1, 2015

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016.

Crops will see effect of wet summer start

Published Jun. 30, 2015

Northwest Ohio experienced a downpour over the weekend that capped off an especially rainy June and area farmers are feeling the impact.

Crops not handling rain well

Published Jul. 1, 2015

Persistent rains throughout most of Ohio during the latter two-thirds of June have done a real number on corn and soybean fields. The crops, which just two weeks ago were mostly in good condition, are now considered only fair, with a rising percentage in poor shape.

Corn remains a local staple after two centuries

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Corn is not only the largest single crop grown today, but was one of the first grown by the settlers in the early 19th century. Then, corn was primarily used as either food or livestock feed. Today, about one fourth of the field corn grown in Fairfield County is consumed as livestock feed.

City elementary students enlightened at Farm Day

Published Jun. 26, 2015

United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties and the Clark County Farm Bureau hosted 167 second- and third-graders from the Springfield City School District at the event, which started four years ago.

Brothers hit on one of many ways to share info about agriculture

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Greg Peterson, a Saline County, Kan., farmer, is part of the YouTube sensation known as the Peterson Farm Brothers, along with his brothers, Nathan and Kendal.

Appeals court agrees duck ownership violates law

Published Jun. 30, 2015

Ohio’s Fifth District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that a West Lafayette veteran violated village law by owning ducks he deemed therapeutic.

Algorithms to help farmers battle the drought

Published Jun. 23, 2015

The same kinds of algorithms that analyze the human genome can analyze a farmer’s field to save water.

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

Published Jun. 24, 2015

In my assessment, the period from 2007 to 2012 was an economic aberration and the periods prior and post 2007 to 2012 may be more the normal standard

Agriculture educators: an endangered species.

Published Jun. 25, 2015

Katie Hagemann, Tevis Mott, Elizabeth Babcock and Travis Meyers say more agriculture teachers are needed to replace those retiring or leaving the profession. They themselves began teaching within the past few years after earning degrees in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Ag groups welcome TPA signing

Published Jun. 30, 2015

President Barack Obama signed fast track trade legislation Monday that most farm groups hope will lead to lower tariffs on U.S. ag exports to Pacific Rim nations and Europe.

Activist scientists call for public agroecological research funding

Published Jul. 1, 2015

A group of scientists have issued a statement calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize agroecology—the science of managing agricultural lands and minimizing the impact on the environment—when funding agricultural research.

A Salute to the Women of Agriculture

Published Jun. 26, 2015

God bless the ladies who play such an important role on farms and ranches across the country, raising families, food, fiber and energy.

695K signatures delivered for Ohio pot farm proposal

Published Jul. 2, 2015

The proposal would create 10 pot farms across Ohio for commercial marijuana production and allow individuals older than 21 to grow the crop for personal use