News & Events

In Ohio cow country, he’s making cheese from a herd of goats

Published Jul. 23, 2014

WAUSEON, Ohio — The flat land and fertile fields of northwest Ohio are an ideal place to grow corn and soybeans and graze cattle. One farmer has decided it’s also ideal for goats.

Ohio State Fair butter sculptures honor state’s history

Published Jul. 23, 2014

The Ohio State Fair butter surprise this year? A multitude of sculptures depicting the symbols and signs associated with Ohio, including a cardinal, a ladybug and a carnation.

Pipeline to carry natural-gas liquids from Ohio to Texas moving forward

Published Jul. 23, 2014

Plans for a pipeline to carry natural-gas liquids from Ohio to the Gulf Coast are progressing.

Mobile market brings local fruits, veggies to your door

Published Jul. 23, 2014

On a Monday in mid-July, Adam Sturm is manning the register at his grocery store. He's got local summer squash, some deep hued organic eggplant and a bevy of colorful heirloom tomatoes. And inside, Sturm has grits, eggs and more. Sturm's truck houses Adam's Mobile Market, his 5-month old local food venture. The market carries fresh local products from six local farms.

Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

Published Jul. 23, 2014

The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

OFB expert: Beware of liabilities when purchasing a gas well

Published Jul. 25, 2014

COLUMBUS — Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, according to Ohio Farm Bureau (OBF) Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold.

What’s happening with hops in Ohio

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — In terms of both production and economic opportunity, hops growing is hot in Ohio. However, crop threats like spider mites and outbreaks of diseases like downy mildew in some areas have both growers and researchers perplexed.

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 -- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural infrastructure, an investment Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called both a “historic investment” and a “great first effort.”

AFBF's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge highlights entrepreneurship

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Individuals will be able to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States.

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Published Jul. 25, 2014

Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth. Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices.

U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

Published Jul. 25, 2014

(Reuters) - As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.

Woman forced to relocate flock of chickens

Published Jul. 25, 2014

After discovering how factory-farmed chickens are handled, Jenny Durbin decided to raise her own chickens. Now, the village of Silverton is threatening to take away her source of eggs and the family of birds to which she's become so close

Wheat harvest yields increase

Published Jul. 25, 2014

Farmers in the region aren’t planting as much wheat as in years past, but those who did enjoyed “a good harvest” this month with strong yields and no plant disease, reports Ed Lentz, agriculture/natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension.

Strong week for new crop soybean, corn sales

Published Jul. 25, 2014

USDA reports combined old and new crop corn, soybean, and soybean meal export sales for the week ending July 17 were larger than expected, while soybean oil and wheat were within pre-report estimates. Shipments of soybeans and wheat were more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for their respective marketing years, but corn fell short of its mark.

Ag is Cool winners announced

Published Jul. 25, 2014

Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2014 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest.

PED virus still a threat for hogs this fair season

Published Jul. 25, 2014

The summer weather has succeeded in slowing the devastating spread of PED virus, but it has not been stopped.

Abundant Grain Ripples Through U.S. Farm Industry

Published Jul. 28, 2014

As some of the biggest U.S. agribusiness firms report earnings this week, analysts will weigh prospects for another massive U.S. corn crop and a likely record haul of soybeans, thanks to benevolent weather this summer, with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures setting up the best growing conditions in years.

Is my farm exempt? OSHA confusion continues

Published Jul. 28, 2014

The small farm exemption came under fire in 2013 when OSHA began inspecting and issuing citations to farming operations. In 2011, OSHA issued a guidance memorandum to its inspectors asserting that on-farm grain storage and handling was not part of the “farming operation” and that OSHA had the authority to inspect such facilities and enforce its rules and regulations,

Sec Vilsack on rural America

Published Jul. 28, 2014

“I think it’s important for the folks to understand that there’s great profit opportunity and business opportunity in rural America. We’re about 75 percent of the land mass in the United States. The vast majority of America is located in rural areas. It’s where most of our food comes from, a lot of our water.

Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

Published Jul. 28, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers and machinery operators for custom farm work have increased thanks in part to increased supply costs and the agriculture industry boom in recent years,

Mobile slaughter on rise in U.S

Published Jul. 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 20 mobile units are in operation around the country. Units from Texas to Alaska butcher birds, cows, pigs and other animals as the market for locally produced food has grown from a beachhead of hippie co-ops and health food stores to Whole Foods Market Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co.

How Google Glass Can Be the Next Big Thing for Agriculture

Published Jul. 29, 2014

Imagine being able to look at a cotton crop, taking field notes and snapping pictures, sending videos of exactly what you're looking at to experts, or dictating notes, all hands-free.A Georgia based company has developed IntelliScout, an application that uses Google Glass to make it easier for the crop scouts to log any issues they find, without having to pull out a camera or even a smartphone.

Northwest Ohio farmers wade through farm bill at forum

Published Jul. 29, 2014

BOWLING GREEN — The Ohio Farmer’s Union held a Farm Bill Implementation Forum on Friday at Bowling Green State University to help area farmers wade through the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill.

Pickaway County farmland will revert to the wild as Bartley Preserve

Published Jul. 29, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Nestled among acres of rolling Pickaway County farmland, the newly christened Bartley Preserve stands out. The property, formerly owned by the List family, contains slopes and ridges created by glaciers, allowing rare and endangered plants to thrive in seasonal wetlands.

Kudzu heading north as climate changes

Published Jul. 29, 2014

As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the United States more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, is creeping northward, wrapping itself around smokestacks in Ohio, overwhelming Illinois backyards and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada.