News & Events

'Fantasy' of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.

Farm bill foes find trouble of their own

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.

Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs

Published Sep. 12, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop — known as custom work — you’ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.

Ohio fertilizer rule about education, awareness

Published Sep. 12, 2014

WAUSEON, Ohio — The rules are changing on how Ohio’s farmers can apply fertilizer to their fields — and many farmers are OK with that.

Ohio farmers engage in on-farm nutrient research

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Henry County grain farmer Todd Hesterman is one of several who have opened their farms to on-farm research. At the end of one of his soybean fields are two water monitoring stations that measure tile flow, and automatically collect samples for nutrient analysis.

Down on the Schappacher Farm

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Visitors come out to look for the "perfect" pumpkin from the farm's 15-acre pumpkin patch or find their way through the eight-acre corn maze. The farm also offers tractor rides, a petting zoo and other fruits of the Schappacher family's labors.

Willard welcomes new wheat mill

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Star of the West Milling Company, of Frankenmuth, Mich., is set to build a mill in Willard, in southern Huron County, that will have the ability to produce one million pounds of flour a day.

How drones could limit fertilizer flow into Lake Erie

Published Sep. 10, 2014

OFBF's Dr. Larry Antosch on PBS NEWSHOUR

Reporters discuss how, and why, they cover agriculture

Published Sep. 10, 2014

The moderator of the panel discussion, KQED Radio reporter/anchor Rachael Myrow, described the agriculture beat as "the intersection between fashion, health and politics."

USDA: Farm sector debt ratios remain near post-1970 lows

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Even with the expected slowdown in asset growth, the sector's financial position remains strong due to the historically low level of debt relative to assets and equity.

What Size Farm Is Best for the Planet?

Published Sep. 10, 2014

Author Tamar Haspel will be our guest on Town Hall Ohio Sep. 20 & 21.

U.S. House passes bill to roll back Clean Water rules

Published Sep. 10, 2014

“The agencies’ attempt to expand their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act will have serious consequences for the nation’s economy, threaten jobs and restrict landowners to make decisions about their property,” said Gibbs, R-Lakeville, a co-sponsor and chairman of the subcommittee that held hearings on the bill.

Study shows few differences between organic, conventional dairy

Published Sep. 9, 2014

“While there are differences in how cows are treated on organic farms, health outcomes are similar to conventional dairies,” said Mike Gamroth, co-author of the study and professor emeritus in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Farm Science Review to focus on new technologies, innovation

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Information on new agricultural technologies and innovation awaits farmers who plan to attend this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

An Akron startup is bringing drone technology down on the farm

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Farmers, it turns out, need a surer assessment of the height and the health of their crops. Unseen pests and weeds can hobble those racing rows of corn. It's not easy to inspect hundreds of acres of soybeans near the full bloom of harvest.

City of Green looks for someone to run historic farm Read more: http://www.cant

Published Sep. 9, 2014

They plan to lease the Levi Hartong farmstead at the southern tip of the park, near Mount Pleasant Road, to anyone interested in turning it into a working farm again.
“We’re looking for some very creative folks,” said Valerie Wolford, the city’s communications coordinator.
The Hartong Farm is the only site in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

More Farm Data Isn't the Real Point

Published Sep. 9, 2014

The whole point of measuring data is to get information that helps you make better decisions – so you can change what you're doing to get a different result. But if you aren't making changes based on what you discover from your data, why are you taking measurements in the first place?