News & Events

Rural Economy Feeling More of Ag's Pain as Crop Revenues Flounder -- Fed

Published May. 19, 2015

Through 2014, growth in per capita personal income was notably smaller in states most heavily concentrated in crop production. For example, per capita personal income expanded less than 1.0% in Iowa and South Dakota and declined slightly in Nebraska. These growth rates were significantly weaker than the national average of 3.9% from 2013 to 2014.

Ohio Legislature may boost farm tourism

Published May. 12, 2015

Roughly 50,000 American farms and ranches have tourist or family-entertainment side-businesses: “pick-your-own” days; petting zoos; B&Bs;. Government statistics show these are boosting farm incomes 20 percent or so. But, Brandon Kern of the Ohio Farm Bureau says there are issues.

Official: Laws a start, but more needed to stop algae

Published May. 22, 2015

New laws meant to stop farm runoff from feeding Lake Erie toxic algae are a start in getting rid of the green slime, a farming official said.

NE Ohio farmers market cracks Top 50 in U.S., federal grant for food justice

Published May. 19, 2015

Produce Perks and Carrot Cash, two programs that help those on food stamps get half-price discounts at farmers markets, just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting more than $152,000 to expand the programs in Ohio, with Ohio State University Extension and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition overseeing the program for the entire state.

More changes may be on tap for property taxes

Published May. 21, 2015

The farm bureau is also seeking changes in the capitalization rate portion of the tax formula, said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The recommendations challenge some assumptions currently in the formula, including the idea that farmland becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down and a second assumption that farmland is held for only five years.

Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology 'Revolution' In Industrial A

Published May. 21, 2015

The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive

Judge questions whether ‘right to farm’ covers GMOs

Published May. 21, 2015

Oregon farmers contesting a county's ban on GMOs were in court Wednesday to argue that the ordinance is prohibited by the state's "right to farm" law.

Is It Time to Table Farm-to-Table?

Published May. 21, 2015

It feels particularly misleading when excessive earnestness is a cover for fatally unimaginative, formulaic food. Transparency about sourcing and insisting on food raised to ethical standards is laudable: every chef and restaurant owner and shopper outside Brooklyn and Berkeley should think about it. But purity and moral superiority are not excuses for not knowing how to cook.

Increased woodland taxes irk Ohio farmers

Published May. 18, 2015

Until 2010, agricultural woodland was valued at a minimum of $100 per acre for tax purposes. In 2011, the state doubled that value and last year it jumped to $230. Taxes are assessed on that value on a county-by-county basis.

Important crop insurance deadline nears for Ohio and Indiana producers

Published May. 14, 2015

he USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.