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Boost your farm business relationships

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Everything goes back to the golden rule, "Treat others how you would like to be treated," he says. Are you doing your best to act on it? Here are some ways to evaluate and improve business relationships:

Many conservation options available for Ohio farmers

Published Mar. 2, 2015


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding is available for farmers in Ohio’s portion of the Great Lakes watershed to apply conservation practices that improve water and soil quality or provide wildlife habitat.

Starting them young in agriculture

Published Mar. 2, 2015

“We need to do a good job educating kids about what’s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when they’re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,” said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.

Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Shortages of farm labor will likely persist in the long term regardless of possible changes to immigration law, according to an agricultural economist.

Will you pay to harness farm data?

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Say there's a company that's employing a team of experts to harness weather data, allowing you to plug in your fields and crops and planting conditions. The company isn't trying to sell you insurance, seed or equipment. You pay a subscription and your farm data doesn't get sold down the line.

Ohio dairy farmers share advice on farm succession

Published Feb. 27, 2015

Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.

Farming for employment: How agriculture affects American jobs

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to the data and Secretary Vilsack, “More than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products.”

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to surveys, about half of all farmworkers in the country lack legitimate documents and live in what's often described as a "shadow world," without legal rights. The farmers who employ those workers, meanwhile, are deeply ambivalent about this situation.

OFBF Ag Day at the Capital looks at state budget, other 2015 priorities

Published Feb. 26, 2015

“2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer — the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,” said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs — including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state — have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.