News & Events

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Why fewer U.S. cows means higher costs for leather bags

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Beef lovers aren’t the only ones with sticker shock from the shrinking U.S. cattle herd. Fewer cows also mean tighter supply of hides used in luxury-car upholstery, handbags, shoes and dog collars.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Honey bee habitat: Ohio funding available in early 2015

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Some Midwestern farmers can get a share of $4 million from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health of honey bees; however; Ohio farmers will have to wait a little longer for funding.
The federal assistance announced in the Midwest will provide support to farmers to implement conservation practices that will provide food sources for honey bees.

Doylestown, Shreve tree farms help send Ohio trees to troops overseas

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Christmas tree growers and other volunteers prepared 100 firs and pines Thursday as part of an annual effort to spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas. Amy Galehouse from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, a longtime coordinator of and contributor to the annual effort, said the trees should reach Army troops stationed in Kuwait in time for Thanksgiving.

Acorn poisoning is a threat to cattle and sheep herds

Published Nov. 14, 2014

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout. Acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

Utica Shale helps family save Carroll County farm, transforms rural Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Carroll County — southeast of Canton and about an hour’s drive from Akron — remains the No. 1 drilling hot spot in Ohio with 282 wells that are producing, another 83 that have been drilled, 13 that are being drilled and 62 more that have been permitted. Those 440 Utica wells surpass the total for any other Ohio county, and that number could reach 2,000 before the boom ends.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 13, 2014

This year, the presidential flock is being raised by Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Communities of Columbus, Ohio are using urban agriculture to promote sustainable development and increase access to locally grown food.

Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels

Published Nov. 13, 2014

We would do better to help consumers understand their part in the agricultural process, and not just assuage convenience-driven demands by certifying products as “natural” through a disembodied label.

It's a Great Time to Plan 2015 On-Farm Research

Published Nov. 13, 2014

"Harvest provides a great opportunity to think through production-related questions and determine what practices and inputs should be evaluated next year,"

Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Roberts also noted that he has not yet been elected chairman, and he said it would be premature to talk about his committee agenda until he is chosen and has discussed priorities with the rest of his panel's members, both Republican and Democratic.

The Importance of Farm Broadcasting in Reaching America’s 3.2 Million Farmers -

Published Nov. 13, 2014

The role of farm broadcasting, ag radio, and television is just as important today as it was when I was a child listening on my family farm in Illinois. Even with advances in technology, farm broadcasting remains a vital tool for communicating with producers today

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

Ohio links with national program to promote veterans' ag products

Published Nov. 12, 2014

In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced its Ohio Proud program will partner with a national program that certifies agricultural products produced by veterans and those still serving in the military.
The partnership will link the national Homegrown by Heroes program to the state's Ohio Proud program.

No-till conference to address top issues

Published Nov. 12, 2014

With issues concerning water quality a high priority in Ohio, managing fertilizer and planting cover crops are some of the ways farmers can help improve the condition of the state’s water, according to experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. That will be the focus of the Dec. 3 Ohio No-Till Conference.

Farmland preservation programs have changed, but same focus

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The state and federal farmland preservation programs continue to preserve land in Ohio — albeit in slightly different way.

Agriculture Is seeking middle ground between organic and conventional farming

Published Nov. 10, 2014

As the Agriculture Department and farmers have watched the organics industry boom, the agency is working to find a middle ground between the needs of conventional and organic farmers.

Pardon me: Ohio farm to present presidential turkey

Published Nov. 10, 2014

A 76-year-old family-owned Ohio farm is raising the National Thanksgiving Turkey that’s expected to be presented to President Barack Obama in just a few weeks.

Hill elected to Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors

Published Nov. 10, 2014

Lowell Hill, of De Graff, Ohio, is one of four farmers elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America to the board of directors of the $20 billion financial services cooperative that serves Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents.

Ohio farmers see big jump in property taxes

Published Nov. 10, 2014

Ohio farmers are seeing big increases in their property taxes and, like the weather they curse and embrace, there's not much they can do about it. Recent reappraisals by county auditors have increased taxes on some farm parcels as much as 400 percent at a time when grain prices have plummeted.

Gallia Farm Bureau earns national award

Published Nov. 10, 2014

The Gallia County Farm Bureau recently received a national award that recognizes it for community involvement and local activities — an award in which only 24 counties in the United States receive each year.

Hord purchases grain elevator

Published Nov. 10, 2014

When Ken Comstock closed his Caledonia Farm Supply earlier this fall it was the end of an era, but it’s also begun a new one. While the grain elevator in Marion County has since been sold for private storage, Comstock’s elevator in Denmark, an unincorporated village on Ohio 95 in Morrow County, has been purchased by Hord Livestock of Bucyrus.