News & Events

Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Classes typically run about three hours, Hoover said. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with standard operating procedure templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts and a certificate of participation.

Plan targets farmers to reduce Lake Erie algae

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The agriculture department will rank the applications based on what farms are most likely to have the biggest impact on reducing runoff. The department has been working with university scientists and soil experts to determine what areas they should target.

Payments to farmers may exceed farm bill’s expectations

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office weighed in this week with a revised baseline that shows annual payments to farmers could average $4.8 billion over the next decade — a nearly 50 percent increase over what CBO had predicted less than a year ago after passage of the 2014 farm bill

Ohio’s agriculture-linked deposit program seeks applicants

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The program allows agribusinesses to apply for an interest-rate reduction on new or existing loans or lines of credit up to $150,000.

Ohio septic system regulations overhauled

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Ohio Department of Health reports that nearly 31 percent of all septic systems in Ohio are failing. A failing system could indicate a number of problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the homeowner will have to replace the entire system

Ohio maple producers learn of new grading system

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The grading system is a proposal of the International Maple Syrup Institute and seeks a unified grading system that will help unite everyone from producers to consumers. It includes a color class that is also based on flavor, and specific criteria related to quality, labels and production.

Ohio lawmakers, farmers call for ‘sound science’ in water quality rules

Published Jan. 30, 2015

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held their first public hearing of the year Jan. 29, where they fielded public comment about new legislation to help control nutrient runoff from farmers’ fields.

Ohio House panel to hold water quality hearing

Published Jan. 27, 2015

An Ohio House committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday to discuss water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The hearing by the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is being held early Thursday afternoon at a farm in Van Wert in western Ohio

Ohio farmer brings a bit of the west to the Midwest

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Owl Creek Farm began in 2011, as Ruter took nearly 430 acres and began to populate them with bison from Colorado and Indiana. Fast forward to 2015, and Ruter has 64 head and plans to have about 80 by September.

Ohio dairy farms prepared after extreme cold of last winter

Published Jan. 20, 2015

A glance at farms across the state saw all manners of livestock operations affected, though few as much as Ohio’s dairy farmers.