News & Events

Vilsack longest-serving USDA chief in nearly 50 years

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The former Iowa governor, who will surpass former President Bill Clinton's longtime agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, has been in the position since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Lawmakers looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere started moving legislation yesterday that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

USDA: Corn, soybean harvest nearing its end

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Corn and soybean harvest officially entered the homestretch in the last few days -- for many, not quite as soon as they'd prefer on account of the blast winter temperatures and precipitation over the weekend -- and it's likely to wrap up given one more small weather window, farmers and analysts say.

MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Ohio MarketMaker currently hosts one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry-related data in the country. The web-based program contains demographic, food consumption and business data that users can search to find products to buy, or find a place to sell their products.

American Farm Bureau not Buying WOTUS Clarification

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Policy Communications Director Will Rodger with American Farm Bureau says, if passed, all it would take for a farmer to be in violation of the Clean Water Act is something as simple as a small amount of fertilizer or dust into the dry bed of an intermittent stream.

Why Animal Welfare ‘FARM’ Audits Had to Be Made Mandatory

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Last month, the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors voted that participation be made mandatory, with a compliance date of Dec. 31, 2016. Farms will now have to have a FARM audit done once every three years.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.

Push to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S.’s largest agricultural trade group, isn’t pushing for Mr. Obama to act without Congress, saying such a move would hurt the effort to pass more durable changes to the immigration system through laws.

Farm Bureau Challenges EPA Authority Over States to Enforce TMDLs

Published Nov. 20, 2014

On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Farm Budget Blowout That Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The farm bill's new programs were meant to cost the taxpayer less by replacing a nearly two-decade-old scheme of direct cash payments to farmers, which were about $5 billion a year and were made regardless of need.

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Farming's influence has come not from large increases in acres planted but from enormous increases in farm productivity, the two teams note. According to one of the two studies, fertilizers, improved crop breeds, and better irrigation have been roughly twice as influential as the fertilizing effect of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Ohio turkey farmers narrow down choice birds for presidential pardon

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Cooper Farm, located in Boehner's 8th District and led by campaign supporter Gary Cooper, will furnish the fine fowl that will serve as America’s top bird. Gary Cooper was selected to chair the National Turkey Federation. In keeping with the 66-year tradition, the NTF head supplies the annual national turkey to the President.

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

While he stopped short of a full endorsement, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa this week said the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s recommendations to modernize the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula have a good deal of merit.

Farm Interests Ready for Immigration Bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

President Obama's executive actions on immigration may alleviate some pressure in the short-term for some agricultural workers, but long-term assurance is needed for employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner said Thursday.

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

Published Nov. 21, 2014

the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's biggest farmer organization, said it does not expect the president's plan to help U.S. farmers deal with the labor shortage. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This order will not change that.

Shipping delays pile on more harvesting woes

Published Nov. 21, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the number of railcars hauling grain is up from last year by 15 percent, but some grain elevators say otherwise. Some have speculated the oil and gas industry is to blame for some of the backlog, which has increased by 13 percent since 2013.

AFBF pushing to restore tax provisions

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Agriculture is overwhelmingly united in its support of Section 179 and bonus depreciation, which provide flexible means for farm and ranch businesses to write off and deduct business expenses. Letters of support have been sent by groups from around the country, including the Broad Tax Extender Coalition. The coalition’s letter has been signed by more than 500 organizations.

USDA Begins Producer Signup For Farm Law Crop Coverage

Published Nov. 24, 2014

While most producers are expected to wait until much closer to the March 31 deadline, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that sign up for the 2014 farm law's crop coverage safety net program has begun

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers

Published Nov. 24, 2014

More than half of all field workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Labor Department, and many farmer groups estimate the share to be higher than 70%

For a job with a future, look to agriculture

Published Nov. 24, 2014

According to a report released in October at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, there’s a great need now for young agricultural professionals.
The report includes a detailed analysis of enrollment and workforce trends in six agriculture fields:

Precision Agriculture Taking Root With Drones, AgBio Technology

Published Nov. 24, 2014

Emerging technologies that give farmers ways to make precise, targeted responses to crop stresses are expected to figure prominently in the efforts to make farming more productive and efficient.