News & Events

Western Ohio Century Farm keeps family and agriculture as priorities

Published Jun. 25, 2015

A commitment to family and agriculture chronicle the rich 190-year history of the Good-Woodruff Farm of Champaign County that started with a unique tale of love and perseverance

Local farmer traveling to Asia

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Highland County farmer Nathan Brown has been selected as one of just 10 farmers in the United States to travel to St. Louis, China and Vietnam in order to learn more about the soy checkoff program and see where their soybeans go in other nations.

Raw weather starting to move prices

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Old beans have rallied almost 70 cents since the recent low at 9.20-1/2 on May 26. The new crop bounce is even more dramatic, taking only a week to gain almost 65 cents. The high Monday was $9.60. July corn futures gained almost 14 cents in a week, adding to the high this morning

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

Published Jun. 24, 2015

In my assessment, the period from 2007 to 2012 was an economic aberration and the periods prior and post 2007 to 2012 may be more the normal standard

Senate Advances Fast Track--Again

Published Jun. 24, 2015

By the smallest margin possible, the Senate Tuesday approved one more step toward giving President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or fast track, that could speed up negotiations for a 12-nation trade deal later this year.

Post subsidiary sues egg farm alleging breach of contract

Published Jun. 24, 2015

A food supplier claims an Iowa egg farm breached a contract after bird flu disrupted the supply of eggs. Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of Brentwood-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday alleging Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms in Corwith is in breach of a Jan. 27, 2014, contract.

Financial assistance available for Ohio for gypsum

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Ohio’s state NRCS technical staff recently adopted an interim practice standard providing guidelines for how gypsum can be incorporated as part of various conservation programs including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Huge Potential for 3D Printing In Agriculture

Published Jun. 23, 2015

“Take, for example, a broken part,” he said. With a 3D printer you could digitally scan that part, feed that information to the printer which would produce a replacement on the spot and likely in less time than it would take for a farmer to drive to a supplier and get the part . . .if it were available.

Algorithms to help farmers battle the drought

Published Jun. 23, 2015

The same kinds of algorithms that analyze the human genome can analyze a farmer’s field to save water.

Farm-Sector Earnings Plunge

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but nine states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output

Poultry show ban can be handled in a variety of ways at fairs

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The poultry show ban will likely be handled differently by fairs all season long. Hopefully it can be viewed as a good learning experience for the affected exhibitors at every cancelled event for the year. “This is educational because with livestock you never know what you are going to get,” Black said. “This is real life.

Hearing shows bipartisan momentum on national food labeling efforts

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumer

Soil Compaction May Fuel Smaller Implements

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Deep tillage often used in the Midwest can only mitigate deep compaction down to 16 inches. The trend toward larger equipment drives compaction levels down below that. Compaction concerns with fully autonomous 50- to 60-horsepower tractors would decrease.

No-till method helps farmers, can clog roads

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The farming method leaves corn stalks and other plant debris on the field surfaces, which then washes away with rain water, right into the roadways, drainage ditches and catch basins.
“It plugs up the culverts or different crossings where the water might flow,” said Dave Louth, roadway engineer at the Allen County Engineer’s Office.

OFBF pushing for changes to CAUV

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Brandon Kern, director of State Policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau (OFBF) says two changes are being recommended. One would remove non-farm influences from the formula, the second would strengthen environmental stewardship.

Extended flooding from Tropical Storm Bill remnants could drown soybeans

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93 percent of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.

Skill tests beefed up for fowl-raising youths

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Cancellation of the Ohio State Fair poultry shows won’t be an entire bust for youngsters raising fowl to display. To help ease the disappointment, fair officials have expanded the annual poultry skillathon competition and are offering higher cash prizes to the winners.

House Passes Stand-Alone TPA

Published Jun. 19, 2015

By a vote of 218 to 208, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, or fast track, Thursday, which would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a Pacific trade deal that can’t be amended by Congress.
The narrow victory follows a stunning defeat last week, when Democrats killed a measure to provide assistance to displaced workers known as Trade Adjustment Assistance

WOTUS proposal 'worse than before': Farm Bureau

Published Jun. 19, 2015

For example, a fact list put out by EPA and the Corps of Engineers says, “The Clean Water Rule does not regulate land use.” Stallman and Farm Bureau analysts say the rule is all about regulating land use.

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Kleckner's leadership with the Farm Bureau began at age 26 when he was elected president of the Floyd County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Kleckner became the vice president of IFBF and in 1975 was elected president of IFBF. Kleckner served as IFBF president for 10 years, while also serving on the AFBF board of directors. In 1986, he was elected president of AFBF and served seven two-year terms.

1st Midwest turkey farm affected by bird flu resumes production

Published Jun. 19, 2015

The farm’s turkeys started dying in late February, and on March 4 the USDA identified the culprit as the H5N2 virus, All 44,000 birds there died from the virus or were culled to prevent its spread. Since then, more than 200 flocks have been affected, costing chicken and turkey producers nearly 47 million birds.