News & Events

Ohio lawmakers, farmers call for ‘sound science’ in water quality rules

Published Jan. 30, 2015

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held their first public hearing of the year Jan. 29, where they fielded public comment about new legislation to help control nutrient runoff from farmers’ fields.

Cash Rent Tug-of-War

Published Jan. 30, 2015

Brace yourself! The tug-of-war over 2015 cash rent rates is a battle of steely nerves. At this point, there isn’t much slack in the rope between high rents and low crop prices

Agriculture's discussion of rail service issues continues

Published Jan. 30, 2015

With the impacts of rail service hiccups still evident, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday heard from ag industry leaders in a hearing to examine both the past performance of rail and areas of needed improvement

U.S., Mexico Increasingly Competing for Farm Labor

Published Jan. 30, 2015

The majority of hired farmworkers in the U.S., estimated at around 1 million, are Mexican, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, Mexican migrants account for 90% of hired workers, according to independent estimates. But the pool of Mexican agricultural workers is steadily declining

Ohio septic system regulations overhauled

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Ohio Department of Health reports that nearly 31 percent of all septic systems in Ohio are failing. A failing system could indicate a number of problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the homeowner will have to replace the entire system

Exotic animals seized from area; judge later orders them returned

Published Jan. 29, 2015

A Wood County Common Pleas Court judge issued a handwritten order on Wednesday, directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture to return the exotic animals that agents had tranquilized and seized hours earlier from the farm off Fremont Pike

EPA Angers Farmers Again

Published Jan. 29, 2015

On the same day when leaders of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association were complaining about the EPA’s two-year delay in issuing ethanol and biodiesel blending levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the EPA announced a decision that critics say will make it easier for biodiesel plants in Argentina to export to the U.S.

Farm Operating Loans on the Rise -- Fed

Published Jan. 29, 2015

A couple of years ago, farm lending for big-ticket purchases -- fueled by high grain prices and farm incomes -- was strong while operating loans were scraping the floor. Corn and soybean farmers were making a lot of money and turning around and reinvesting it in their businesses through capital purchases.
Now, the opposite is true.

Food Dialogues: Consumers demand appropriate farm animal care

Published Jan. 29, 2015

Farm animal care doesn't just impact farmers – it's an issue that has expanded to concern consumers, food suppliers and animal welfare advocates, panelists participating in Wednesday's Food Dialogues presentation agreed.

Payments to farmers may exceed farm bill’s expectations

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office weighed in this week with a revised baseline that shows annual payments to farmers could average $4.8 billion over the next decade — a nearly 50 percent increase over what CBO had predicted less than a year ago after passage of the 2014 farm bill