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‘Fast Track’ Trade Bill Taps Tension in Ohio

Published Apr. 20, 2015

That prospect excites sixth-generation Ohio farmer Matt Bell. “When we’re successful, we buy new equipment, buy new vehicles,” said Mr. Bell, who raises corn and soybeans to feed about 1,000 sows and their offspring at his farm west of Columbus.

About Corn Planting 'Go-time' for the Midwest

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The optimal planting window for corn is just starting to open, according to recent reports, and though some farmers are not worrying about that window just yet, there's reason to believe it could be a stretch for farmers at least in a large swatch of the Corn Belt to hit that window just right, Mowers says.

At helm of Ohio Cattlemen’s, Elizabeth Harsh works to ‘be fearless daily

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“You can never over-communicate,” she said. “You make the extra call to make sure someone understands a program.”

Avian flu hits more farms in Iowa, Minnesota

Published Apr. 28, 2015

In addition, H5N2 has surfaced on another turkey farm in southern Ontario, while poultry workers associated with outbreaks in Minnesota are receiving an antiviral drug as a precaution.

Bill to define protected waters ruffles feathers

Published Apr. 20, 2015

Last week, for example, Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ashland) and colleague Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would block a rule proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to define more precisely which of the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands are covered under the federal Clean Water Act of 1972.

Corn Planting Catching Up As Weather Window Opens Further

Published Apr. 28, 2015

Monday's weekly USDA-NASS Crop Progress report shows farmers have 19% of the nation's corn crop in the ground. That's a 10% jump over last week but remains 6% behind the normal pace.

Farm Bureau Calls for Renewed, Reliable Grain Inspection Standards

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“Our grain inspection system has earned worldwide recognition as being reliable and impartial,” Winkles said. But U.S. grain trade was jeopardized when a labor dispute led to the shutdown of grain inspection services out of the Port of Vancouver last summer.

Farm groups urge Senate to follow House and repeal estate tax

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Agricultural groups said the estate tax is harmful to producers who have much of their assets tied up in land and equipment, and don't have significant cash available to pay a tax following an individual's death. They warn that some producers must sell some or all of their operation to pay the tax

Farm loans keep rising in U.S. grain belt as cash squeeze tightens

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The Fed survey, conducted the first week of February, showed non-real estate farm loans were $8.1 billion higher than the same time a year earlier. The outlook for another year of near-record harvests should keep cash flows tight in coming months, it said.

Gaps between the farm and city life

Published Apr. 20, 2015

This is one of the reasons Farm Bureau has expanded membership to include the non-farmer population. In an effort to address both farm and consumer interests and for the benefit of both, the bureau is taking a proactive step toward educating others about the business of farming and agriculture and is providing a forum for clarity and understanding among the groups.

Historical perspective of planting corn in April

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The data also show that in most years, even those with slow starts due to persistent cold weather in April, 60 percent or more of corn acres were planted by May 10, which is within the optimal planting date window.

Learning about agriculture Harvard students visit the Midwest

Published Apr. 27, 2015

Students from Harvard’s Kennedy School spent their spring break on Farm Trek 2015, a trip designed to help them better understand where their food comes from, the intricacies of the farm bill and familiarize them with challenges the agricultural community faces in the future.

Nitrogen management

Published Apr. 27, 2015

With a slow start to spring corn planting, we also do not have our pre-plant nitrogen on yet in many cases. For both economical and environmental reasons it is better to wait to apply, so this may be a win-win.

Obama administration is taking on agriculture’s role in climate change

Published Apr. 27, 2015

The broad suite of policies includes targeting livestock related emissions — by increasing anaerobic digestion, making sure there are roofs to contain some methane emissions, and also changing grazing habits so as to preserve more carbon in soils — the reforestation of fire or pest-damaged areas, and much more.

Oregon considers limits on livestock antibiotics

Published Apr. 27, 2015

If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics.

THIRSTY ALMONDS? AGRICULTURE GROUPS DEFEND THE NUT DURING DROUGHT

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The backlash against California almond growers’ high water consumption during a period of drought is reaching a crescendo, leading two industry trade groups to boost their messaging. They point out that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

U.S. Ups Fight Against Agricultural Espionage

Published Apr. 27, 2015

The case comes as U.S. law-enforcement officials say they are conducting a broader examination of corporate espionage targeting U.S. agriculture companies, including multiple cases of possible theft of seeds, pesticides and other farm products.

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Authorities have confirmed H5N2 outbreaks at nearly 40 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, including 26 in Minnesota. All were turkey operations except for one chicken farm in Wisconsin. On Thursday, officials said four more Minnesota farms and two more in Wisconsin had been struck.

Vilsack says pleased with Farm Bill sign-up, results likely in May

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Grain farmers have had to choose between two options, a price-average formula called Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or a fixed-price formula, Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers have to commit for the full five years of the farm bill.

Vilsack wants national debate on climate change, GMOs

Published Apr. 28, 2015

Vilsack, 64, argues that politicians and interest groups from both right-wing and left-wing are taking political positions that are dangerous for the country. He also said his mission is to prompt presidential candidates to talk about both issues