News & Events

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

Published Oct. 9, 2014

he 2014 Farm Bill offers multiple options for a crop production safety net, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, and the Individual ARC Program. Of those three, which do you think is best suited for most farms in Ohio?

Farm taxes could spike in Ohio

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Amy Milam of the Ohio Farm Bureau says economic factors during the recent recession are, in fact, causing some higher tax bills this year. And her organization hopes to do something about that.

Pumpkin patches overgrown with good quality pumpkins

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Last year, across Ohio, farmers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins and produced more than $15 million worth of pumpkins, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Craft beer brewers and drinkers create farming opportunities for Ohio hops

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Estimates from Ohio State University Extension say we spend $30 million for hops each year, getting ours shipped in from Europe (England, France, Germany) and the Pacific Northwest. Not only is the money going out of state, it also doesn't make much of a local flavor statement.

Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

Ohio Celebrates National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11

Published Oct. 7, 2014

“We know that participation in 4-H activities has a long-lasting impact on youth,” said Tom Archer, state 4-H leader. “A Tufts University study showed that 4-H members are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities and two times more likely to participate in science programs.”

USDA announces farm bill dates

Published Oct. 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Harvest still in early stages, but progress being made

Published Oct. 7, 2014

The combines were rolling in many places by midweek, ahead of weekend rain showers and a dramatic shift in temperatures, that saw some areas experience their first frost warning of the season.