News & Events

Using ag grants to achieve on-farm objectives

Published Aug. 31, 2015

Producers who want to add sustainable agriculture practices to their farm operations may be able to use grant funds to do so – if they know where to look and how to write a winning grant proposal, according to an educator with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University

Why gender roles are becoming obsolete in agriculture

Published Aug. 31, 2015

“On the farm, I wasn’t just daddy’s little girl, I insisted on doing just as much as my brother. I wanted to be treated just like the boys and would not have it any other way. It doesn’t matter if you just got home from gymnastics or the salon, when you return to the farm and it’s time for chores, all bets are off

Industry leaders collaborate on privacy and security principles for farm data

Published Aug. 31, 2015

It’s a new world where privacy and profits collide. And the rules and regulations regarding who has access to data, how it’s stored, for what purposes it’s used, and when and with whom it can be shared simply aren’t keeping up with the technology.

Lawmakers hold hearing on agricultural education in Ohio

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard testimony in Wooster Wednesday at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. Organizations appearing before the committee included Ohio State, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm Association.

Congressional staffers get ground-level look at agriculture

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The goal of the three-day event is to give staffers a better understanding of how farmers and agricultural businesses are faring — and how they are affected by decisions made in Washington. It’s something that’s become increasingly important, with food gaining more attention on the national landscape

Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Published Aug. 28, 2015

"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Farm

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Run by Ron LeMay, who headed Sprint’s wireless division until 2003, the company has created a platform to help farmers rent out their unused equipment to growers who may be hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the differences in peak harvest seasons.

USDA expands whole-farm safety net coverage

Published Aug. 28, 2015

USDA on Thursday said it is expanding its Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance option to all counties in the U.S. for 2016, while also making changes to expand coverage for beginning, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers.

McDonald’s, Tyson Sever Ties to Poultry Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

Published Aug. 28, 2015

McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death.

Hart: Expect low corn, soybean prices this year and next year

Published Aug. 26, 2015

There is a lot of uncertainty about what the "too many shades of green" U.S. corn and soybean crops will yield, but Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart said it doesn't really matter.