News & Events

U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of cattle in the United States has fallen dramatically, but just how much may surprise you. As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the cattle report published July 25 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It’s the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.

Fairs play a crucial role in education and future food production

Published Jul. 30, 2014

Fairs play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

Published Jul. 30, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.

Crops look great, but some concerns remain

Published Jul. 30, 2014

The excessive rains of this past spring and earlier this summer have become but a memory for Ohio's agricultural producers, as drier, cooler weather this month has allowed for consistent bouts of fieldwork. And the state's crops have benefited from the improved conditions as well.

Remember the Polar Vortex? Ohio’s grape and peach growers sure do

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — After enduring the coldest winter in 20 years, many grape and tree growers in Ohio and western Pennsylvania predicted their summer crop would be greatly diminished. Producers are finding plants that are black and dead, and some that are trying to survive, but will most likely still die.

High corn yields drop price, have far-reaching effect on market

Published Jul. 29, 2014

DAYTON — Near-perfect weather conditions are creating a predicted bumper crop for Ohio corn farmers, but the high yields this year and from last year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years. The drop is bad for farmers but consumers can expect lower food prices, experts said. Meat prices likely will decline because the price of the feed for the animals is lower.

Organic certification cost recovery for Ohio farms

Published Jul. 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it will receive $478,600 to help growers and handlers of organic agricultural products recover part of the cost of their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification.

Kudzu heading north as climate changes

Published Jul. 29, 2014

As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the United States more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, is creeping northward, wrapping itself around smokestacks in Ohio, overwhelming Illinois backyards and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada.

Pickaway County farmland will revert to the wild as Bartley Preserve

Published Jul. 29, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands.