News & Events

More than 100 turn out for OSU small farm conference’s Wooster debut

Published Apr. 1, 2015

The conference included a wide array of vendors, from finance and equipment to food programs. Throughout the day, Extension educators gave presentations on equally varied topics, including sessions on both production and marketing various commodities, to farm safety issues, and leveraging state and federal funding.

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

Published Apr. 1, 2015

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, only 37 percent of the general public say GE foods are safe, while 88 percent of scientists say they are.

Breaking the ‘grass ceiling’: East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference draws 13

Published Apr. 1, 2015

“Mainstream, it’s still men in agriculture,” said Christine Kendle, OSU Extension family and consumer sciences educator in Tuscarawas County and conference planner. “I think women are taking a more active role in their family business, and that empowerment is really neat.”

Video shows drone herding sheep on Irish farm

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Irish farmer Declan Brennan has found the most unlikely kind of sheepdog – a drone. Brennan operated a Yuneec Q500 drone to herd his flock of sheep at Herondale, his Carlow, Ireland farm. In a YouTube video viewers can get a bird’s-eye view of the flock being ushered around the lush farmland by the drone.

USDA Planting Intentions Report: Record soybean acres, less corn

Published Apr. 1, 2015

U.S. soybean growers intend to plant an estimated record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, up 1 percent from the previous record set in 2014.
Driven by expectations of lower prices and returns in 2015, U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres in 2015, down 2 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2013.

Consider breaking your farm into multiple entities

Published Apr. 1, 2015

If you consider separate entities in your operation, you might find that the transition to the next generation gets easier. One common idea is for Mom and Dad to retire from active participation in the farm, but retain ownership of the land and buildings, and charge the farming business annual rent that provides them with an income in retirement.

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%.

Lake Erie algae relief years away

Published Mar. 30, 2015

what’s causing the algae blooms is a complicated mix of problems that have been blamed on farmers, changing weather patterns, aging wastewater systems, leaking septic tanks and invasive species in the lake.

Rickenbacker International Airport offers new option for shipping animals intern

Published Mar. 30, 2015

Ohio leads the nation in the export of animal genetics including germplasm, embryos and live animals. And, of course, those genetics have to get to their destination somehow. The business of transporting animals internationally is wrought with complexities and global scale hassles of every kind, but the potential future benefits to Ohio agriculture through genetic exports are significant.

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.