News & Events

Ohio Department of Agriculture Confiscates Marion Tigers

Published Oct. 6, 2015

Hawkins says the animals will be cared for at the state's temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg, until a sanctuary that meets state requirements can be identified.

Ohio farm families recognized for their conservation efforts

Published Oct. 1, 2015

Presenting the awards, Michael Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water, said the farmers of today face a multitude of challenges, from weather challenges, to changes in technology and the most recent issues dealing with water quality.

Pumpkin growers experience challenges

Published Oct. 5, 2015

Stan Smith, program assistant for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension office in Lancaster, said many pumpkin farms have struggled this year from heavy rainfall and disease.


Published Oct. 8, 2015

Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.

Trans-Pacific Partnership could boost ag trade

Published Oct. 8, 2015

“We’re going to be able to sell more products, more services, American agriculture, American manufacturing — we’re going to be able to get those to markets, and American companies that produce here in the United States are not going to be disadvantaged, relative to these markets” Obama said.

US strengthens rules to protect farm workers from pesticides

Published Sep. 29, 2015

The changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard should reduce the risk of injury and illnesses from contact with pesticides on farms and in forests, nurseries and greenhouses, according to officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Labor.

USDA infographics showcase women in agriculture

Published Sep. 29, 2015

The overall effort is led by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who announced the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network in February. The network is the centerpiece of USDA's women in ag programs, and is designed to "support and engage women across all areas of agriculture and to foster professional partnerships between women with shared backgrounds, interests, and professional goals

USDA lists 100 top agriculture co-ops for 2015

Published Oct. 8, 2015

"The nation's co-ops are essential to the U.S. economy and to rural America," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "The income they generate is reinvested or returned to members who spend it in their local communities. USDA is proud to continue its support of the cooperative movement."

Who would own Ohio pot farms?

Published Sep. 29, 2015

More than 20 investors, mostly from Ohio, have purchased or placed options to purchase the 10 farms that will be the only places, if voters pass Issue 3, to cultivate the commercial crop. Three farms will be in Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties.