News & Events

Willard welcomes new wheat mill

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Star of the West Milling Company, of Frankenmuth, Mich., is set to build a mill in Willard, in southern Huron County, that will have the ability to produce one million pounds of flour a day.

Down on the Schappacher Farm

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Visitors come out to look for the "perfect" pumpkin from the farm's 15-acre pumpkin patch or find their way through the eight-acre corn maze. The farm also offers tractor rides, a petting zoo and other fruits of the Schappacher family's labors.

Ohio farmers engage in on-farm nutrient research

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Henry County grain farmer Todd Hesterman is one of several who have opened their farms to on-farm research. At the end of one of his soybean fields are two water monitoring stations that measure tile flow, and automatically collect samples for nutrient analysis.

Ohio fertilizer rule about education, awareness

Published Sep. 12, 2014

WAUSEON, Ohio — The rules are changing on how Ohio’s farmers can apply fertilizer to their fields — and many farmers are OK with that.

Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs

Published Sep. 12, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop — known as custom work — you’ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.

Farm bill foes find trouble of their own

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.

'Fantasy' of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.

Chipotle's wrong -- fast food isn't going away (not yet, at least)

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Chipotle (CMG) has never wanted to be a traditional fast-food restaurant. It's wanted to be viewed as better -- in terms of quality, ingredients, taste, supplier practices and just about everything else.

Ohio Farmers Union wants farmers part of Lake Erie solution

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The Ohio Farmers Union will bring together scientists and agricultural experts in late September in a forum on seeking solutions for the annual algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie. OFU President Joe Logan said it’s important for farmers to acknowledge their part in Lake Erie’s woes.

EPA sued — again — to force decision on pesticide

Published Sep. 12, 2014

More than four years ago, environmental groups asked a federal court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to ban a widely used pesticide that scientists have linked to illnesses in children. They settled the case in November 2011 after the EPA said it would make a decision within a year. On Wednesday, the same organizations filed a lawsuit, asking for a firm deadline.