News & Events

House passes GMO food labeling bill

Published Aug. 3, 2015

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, H.R. 1599, which passed 275 to 150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Driving the cows, a lost farm pleasantry

Published Aug. 3, 2015

The child had ample time to do some thinking because likely he was by himself — hence no cellphone or Internet.

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over TPP carve-outs

Published Aug. 3, 2015

Expected to cover 40 percent of the global economy, a strong, market-opening TPP could be the catalyst for expanded U.S.-manufactured exports and improved competitiveness for decades to come

Farmers National: 2015 is Key for Land Market

Published Aug. 3, 2015


“Harvest results of 2015 will make it a pivotal year, which could impact the land market for several years,” said Randy Dickhut, AFM, vice president of real estate operations at Farmers National Company.

Senators call on Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to help finance algae bloom clean

Published Aug. 3, 2015

The request was made in response to news of a huge toxic algae bloom forming in the lake's Western basin, and reports of harmful algae bacteria beginning to show up at water facilities in Toledo and other coastal communities.

'Superfruits' could offer Ohio growers alternative income source

Published Jul. 31, 2015

based on research trials of elderberry, aronia berry and Chinese goji berry plants at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, the berries are a viable option for Ohio growers.

Better weather hasn’t helped crops

Published Jul. 31, 2015

“Warmer temperatures spurred crop development. Precipitation was lighter and less frequent, and sunny weather favored wheat harvest and baling of straw and hay,” the Great Lakes regional office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its latest Ohio crop weather report.

Farming in the Sky: Inside a Wall Street-Backed Vertical Farm

Published Jul. 31, 2015

Vertical farming isn’t new. The concept—growing crops indoors in stacked layers— has actually been around for over a decade, but it’s only now becoming more prevalent in the United States as well as a hot new area for big investors.

US AI outbreak made worse by poor farm auditing

Published Jul. 31, 2015

Many of the turkey farms affected by H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the US this year had biosecurity in place, but the protocols were not being audited properly, according to an updated epidemiological study by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis).

Farmers needed for Field Water Quality Monitoring Project

Published Jul. 30, 2015

Ohio State University Extension is asking farmers in the Maumee River Basin to help with a water monitoring research project looking at Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) losses from fields.