News & Events

Local wine grape growers suffering after tough winter

Published Apr. 14, 2014

He estimated that “at least half” of his 2014 grape crop on 19 acres at the two locations has been destroyed, and that will heavily impact wine production in 2015 and 2016.

More beekeepers, but fewer bees

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Barker and Duncan, along with beekeepers everywhere, have strong opinions about what could be causing so many honeybees to die off every year.

Will fertilizer-certification program cut algae blooms?

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Some think the bill establishing the program does not go far enough to deal with the thick algae problems in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys, Buckeye Lake and elsewhere. But supporters call it a good first step toward reducing the phosphorus runoff from farms, a leading cause of the algae blooms

2014 Farm Bill means big changes for agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Though Direct Payments have often been maligned in their nearly two-decade history, they were an efficient means of providing assistance that empowered farm families to manage their risk as they saw fit. But direct payments have been eliminated in order to execute a 30% cut to the Commodity Title

Walmart's organic push could alter California agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The push by the country's largest grocer shows that organics is not just a passing fancy for the rich, say experts, who predict that mainstream demand will induce the largest farm state in the nation to rev up its organic production.

WASDE eases low price concerns

Published Apr. 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter,

Today's Farms Better Positioned to Withstand Economic Fallout

Published Apr. 15, 2014

While debt use and leverage varies widely, most farm businesses are better prepared to handle unexpected changes in farm income or interest rates than they were in the 1990s – hopefully poised to avoid any similar situations to the 1980s farm economy fallout.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Published Apr. 15, 2014

In 2011, methane from livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a report that United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization released Friday. That's more than synthetic fertilizer or deforestation. Methane from livestock rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2011.

Daniels presented with Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio-WV Youth Assn

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Daniels is a strong supporter of Jr. Livestock Exhibitions at county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair, which teach 4-H and FFA youth about responsible food animal production and leadership skills.

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

Published Apr. 16, 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%.

Indoor agriculture a growing sector in the industry

Published Apr. 16, 2014

“Abandoned warehouses and industrial areas can be great locations for them,” said Nicola Kerslake, an organizer for an upcoming national indoor agriculture conference. Kerslake says the urban indoor farming sector is growing by 15-20 percent a year.

Small Farm Conference gives glimpse at crop management

Published Apr. 16, 2014

More than a hundred farmers showed up at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center , for the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference. The event offered small farm owners a number of educational programs and included nearly 30 different workshops.

Soybean Checkoff program referendum

Published Apr. 16, 2014

Soybean producers who are interested in having a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate. To be eligible to participate, producers must certify and provide documentation that shows that they produced soybeans and paid an assessment on the soybeans during the period of Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013.

10TV video: Beef Prices On The Rise As Demand Soars

Published Apr. 16, 2014

OFBF members Barb and Phil Watts are beef cattle farmers. They sell about 2000 head of cattle every year from their Licking County farm. They both agree that a growing worldwide demand for beef and less supply at home, have led to higher beef prices.

Far off? Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt Read more here: htt

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter – and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products

Agriculture Is a Man's World? Not on My Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

A farmer is required to be a person capable of wearing many hats -- from accountant to nurse to scientist to engineer. A farmer's head is full of so much information, and also full of contacts, for those questions that they can't answer. A farmer knows how to make the best out of a sticky situation, and knows when to call in reinforcements.

USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Far

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities.

Killer pig virus hits Ohio hog farmers hard

Published Apr. 17, 2014

We’re telling farmers to enact strict biosecurity measures on their farms to keep their herds safe,” Ms. Hawkins said. “Since there isn’t a treatment, there isn’t a cure, if that strain hits the baby barn, they’re pretty much wiped out. We’ve seen 90 to 100 percent mortality rates for pigs under 10 days old,” she said.

Earthquake link triggers tougher drilling permit conditions

Published Apr. 17, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is creating new, stronger permit conditions for deep oil or gas drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity.

Animals are a special part of the farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Most people are not privileged to raise farm animals, but a cat, dog, fish or bird can fulfill a need.

Death on the Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

American farmers are a dying breed, in part because they’re killing themselves at a shocking rate

The Making of 'Farmland,' Ag's Newest Documentary

Published Apr. 18, 2014

The film, which hits selected theatres May 1, focuses on the lives of young farmers in six different food production areas. It is billed as a glimpse into the farmers' "high-risk, high-reward" jobs.

Vilsack is a good Agriculture Secretary, but fizzled as a presidential hopeful

Published Apr. 18, 2014

“We are not realizing our fullest potential in American agriculture because there is not the certainty of workforce that a lot of producers need,” he said. “It's an unfortunate and tragic circumstance. It’s costing jobs; it's costing income; and it’s really the kind of situation that's totally preventable.”

Farmland documentary shows the truth: Farming is not easy

Published Apr. 18, 2014

I want you to go to the movies and take a nonfarm friend or relative. On second thought, make that a carload of nonfarm friends. Buy their tickets, their popcorn and their overpriced fountain drinks. It will be the best investment you will make this year. Trust me.