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Winter slashes Ohio’s bee population

Published Apr. 24, 2014

“A combination of insecticides, mites and diseases are all coming together,” said Reed Johnson, an entomology professor at Ohio State University who studies the effects of pesticides on bees.

Will fertilizer-certification program cut algae blooms?

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Some think the bill establishing the program does not go far enough to deal with the thick algae problems in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys, Buckeye Lake and elsewhere. But supporters call it a good first step toward reducing the phosphorus runoff from farms, a leading cause of the algae blooms

WASDE eases low price concerns

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter,

Walmart's organic push could alter California agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The push by the country's largest grocer shows that organics is not just a passing fancy for the rich, say experts, who predict that mainstream demand will induce the largest farm state in the nation to rev up its organic production.

Vilsack: Agriculture unfairly blamed for climate change

Published Apr. 23, 2014

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that agriculture tends to take the brunt of criticism about climate change, but the industry contributes only 9 percent of the greenhouse gases blamed for a warming planet.