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THIRSTY ALMONDS? AGRICULTURE GROUPS DEFEND THE NUT DURING DROUGHT

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The backlash against California almond growers’ high water consumption during a period of drought is reaching a crescendo, leading two industry trade groups to boost their messaging. They point out that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Authorities have confirmed H5N2 outbreaks at nearly 40 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, including 26 in Minnesota. All were turkey operations except for one chicken farm in Wisconsin. On Thursday, officials said four more Minnesota farms and two more in Wisconsin had been struck.

Gaps between the farm and city life

Published Apr. 20, 2015

This is one of the reasons Farm Bureau has expanded membership to include the non-farmer population. In an effort to address both farm and consumer interests and for the benefit of both, the bureau is taking a proactive step toward educating others about the business of farming and agriculture and is providing a forum for clarity and understanding among the groups.

‘Fast Track’ Trade Bill Taps Tension in Ohio

Published Apr. 20, 2015

That prospect excites sixth-generation Ohio farmer Matt Bell. “When we’re successful, we buy new equipment, buy new vehicles,” said Mr. Bell, who raises corn and soybeans to feed about 1,000 sows and their offspring at his farm west of Columbus.

Bill to define protected waters ruffles feathers

Published Apr. 20, 2015

Last week, for example, Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ashland) and colleague Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would block a rule proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to define more precisely which of the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands are covered under the federal Clean Water Act of 1972.

Farm loans keep rising in U.S. grain belt as cash squeeze tightens

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The Fed survey, conducted the first week of February, showed non-real estate farm loans were $8.1 billion higher than the same time a year earlier. The outlook for another year of near-record harvests should keep cash flows tight in coming months, it said.

Farm Bureau Calls for Renewed, Reliable Grain Inspection Standards

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“Our grain inspection system has earned worldwide recognition as being reliable and impartial,” Winkles said. But U.S. grain trade was jeopardized when a labor dispute led to the shutdown of grain inspection services out of the Port of Vancouver last summer.

At helm of Ohio Cattlemen’s, Elizabeth Harsh works to ‘be fearless daily

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“You can never over-communicate,” she said. “You make the extra call to make sure someone understands a program.”

Historical perspective of planting corn in April

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The data also show that in most years, even those with slow starts due to persistent cold weather in April, 60 percent or more of corn acres were planted by May 10, which is within the optimal planting date window.