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2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat.

Ag Census Great Tool For Research, Policy Development

Published Jan. 28, 2015

The census is really useful in terms of defining what the industry works like, what the various sectors of the industry look like, and thereby helping us to understand the environment that we’re making policy in and trying to operate in.

Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Average diesel prices for 2015 are forecast to be about $1 lower than last year.

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

American agriculture remains a driving force behind America's success

Published Jan. 21, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion – or nearly a five percent share – to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.

Bumper crop of urban farming can be found in Ohio

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Urban agriculture can include anything from community vegetable gardens run by non-profit groups, to for-profit companies producing anything from gourmet salad greens to mushrooms, he said.

California’s Scrambled Eggs

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West.

Captive Deer Hunting Operations Under Scrutiny In Rural America

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Deer farmers and preserve managers argue that their operations provide a boon to rural economies that are strapped for ways to make a living. Ohio, for instance, is home to between 500 and 550 facilities that breed deer or host private hunts,

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

Conservancy sponsors land preservation program

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Black Swamp Conservancy will serve as an organization for Ohio’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. As a non-profit land trust, the conservancy is dedicated to protecting and conserving natural and agricultural lands in northwest Ohio.