News & Events

Cool weather slowing development and facilitating diseases

Published Aug. 1, 2014

The cool weather makes for a great trip to the fair and successful corn pollination, but below normal summer temperatures can adversely affect crops.

USDA Reports Strong U.S. Corn, Soy, Wheat Exports

Published Aug. 1, 2014

Export sales last week of new-crop U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat topped expectations as lower prices and an improving Chinese economy likely attracted buyers.

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

Published Aug. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.

Lawmakers pushing for good trade deal for ag

Published Aug. 1, 2014

Nearly one-third of the U.S. House urged the White House to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement without countries that prove unwilling to fully open their markets to all U.S. agricultural products.

Holding on to a quality agricultural work force

Published Aug. 1, 2014

As the saying goes, “good help is hard to find.” That is especially true when it comes to hiring and retaining quality employees that embrace the anything-but-a-desk-job, far from glamorous, tiring and dirty jobs in agriculture.

Appeals court upholds country of origin labeling

Published Aug. 1, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — A U.S. appeals court has upheld an earlier decision by the federal government to require meat packages to be labeled according to where the meat originated.

Homemade food sold through cottage-food law

Published Aug. 1, 2014

In Ohio, a variety of foods found at farmers markets and roadside stands are sold without license or inspection. These products are known as “cottage foods.”

Local crops blooming

Published Jul. 31, 2014

In Ross County, soybeans are blooming and much of the corn crop is full-tasseled, Garman said. Vegetables also appear to be thriving, he said, referring to the quality of produce local farmers have been selling at his feed store several days per week this summer.

Ohio foodbank program an option for growers

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program, and they are turning a profit in the process.

General Mills to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“However, given that nearly two-thirds of General Mills’ GHG emissions and 99 percent of water use throughout our value chain occur upstream of our direct operations, primarily in agriculture, we’ve also been focused on advancing sustainable agriculture,” John Church, General Mills’ executive vice president of supply chain operations, said in a blog post