News & Events

'Farm Factor' feeding more than food to local consumers

Published Jul. 22, 2014

A hunger for food is something that will always be a part of our ever-growing society, but what is recently being added to the appetite of many consumers is a hunger of knowledge concerning where their food is coming from. The Ross County Farm Bureau is satisfying both cravings with their yearly Farm Factor event, a four-course progressive meal served on four different farms in the county.

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Published Jul. 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ‚ÄĒ The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

A new approach to farmer data

Published Jul. 16, 2014

One aspect of American agriculture that has been demonized over the past year is the collection of data. It grabbed many no-so-accepting headlines when the questions arose about not only what the data may be used for and who can use the data, but also who actually owns the data. One company that is taking an industry-changing approach is Climate Corporation.

Abundant Grain Ripples Through U.S. Farm Industry

Published Jul. 28, 2014

As some of the biggest U.S. agribusiness firms report earnings this week, analysts will weigh prospects for another massive U.S. corn crop and a likely record haul of soybeans, thanks to benevolent weather this summer, with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures setting up the best growing conditions in years.

AFBF's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge highlights entrepreneurship

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University‚Äôs McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative‚Äôs StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Individuals will be able to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States.

Ag is Cool winners announced

Published Jul. 25, 2014

Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2014 ‚ÄúAgriculture is Cool‚ÄĚ visual arts contest.

Ag Sees Clean Water Act Gap

Published Jul. 17, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told farmers and agribusinesses on a trip to Missouri last week that agriculture essentially has ‚Äėnothing to worry about‚Äô and that ‚Äėnothing will change‚Äô with the proposed Clean Water Act rule. Yet many of the 204,416 public comments submitted so far to regulations.gov on the rule suggest the agency has a ways to go to convince the industry.

April showers didn’t stop Ohio crops

Published Jul. 16, 2014

Even though spring was chilly and wet, crops in Ohio have bounced back from delayed starts. Crops have flourished during the summer months, so much so that record amounts may be attained.

As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

Published Jul. 17, 2014

As more neighborhoods integrate urban gardens and food forests into their communities, the question of food safety inevitably arises. While many organizers may not consider food safety a top logistical concern when planning a food forest, what types of food safety concerns do food forests need to address?

Banking on farm-to-table trend: You kill it, hotels cook it

Published Jul. 21, 2014

Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game with an even closer-to-the-source experience by offering chef-prepared meals using food hooked, foraged or shot by their guests.