News & Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,"

Lawmakers may prohibit manure on frozen fields to combat algae

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Lawmakers looking for ways to deal with toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and elsewhere started moving legislation yesterday that seeks to stop farms in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen fields.

MarketMaker links producers and potential buyers

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Ohio MarketMaker currently hosts one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry-related data in the country. The web-based program contains demographic, food consumption and business data that users can search to find products to buy, or find a place to sell their products.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio turkey farmers narrow down choice birds for presidential pardon

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Cooper Farm, located in Boehner's 8th District and led by campaign supporter Gary Cooper, will furnish the fine fowl that will serve as America’s top bird. Gary Cooper was selected to chair the National Turkey Federation. In keeping with the 66-year tradition, the NTF head supplies the annual national turkey to the President.

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.

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.

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.

Push to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S.’s largest agricultural trade group, isn’t pushing for Mr. Obama to act without Congress, saying such a move would hurt the effort to pass more durable changes to the immigration system through laws.

Shipping delays pile on more harvesting woes

Published Nov. 21, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the number of railcars hauling grain is up from last year by 15 percent, but some grain elevators say otherwise. Some have speculated the oil and gas industry is to blame for some of the backlog, which has increased by 13 percent since 2013.

The Farm Budget Blowout That Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

The farm bill's new programs were meant to cost the taxpayer less by replacing a nearly two-decade-old scheme of direct cash payments to farmers, which were about $5 billion a year and were made regardless of need.

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

USDA: Corn, soybean harvest nearing its end

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Corn and soybean harvest officially entered the homestretch in the last few days -- for many, not quite as soon as they'd prefer on account of the blast winter temperatures and precipitation over the weekend -- and it's likely to wrap up given one more small weather window, farmers and analysts say.

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.

Vilsack longest-serving USDA chief in nearly 50 years

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The former Iowa governor, who will surpass former President Bill Clinton's longtime agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, has been in the position since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009

Why Animal Welfare ‘FARM’ Audits Had to Be Made Mandatory

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Last month, the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors voted that participation be made mandatory, with a compliance date of Dec. 31, 2016. Farms will now have to have a FARM audit done once every three years.

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.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

While he stopped short of a full endorsement, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa this week said the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s recommendations to modernize the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula have a good deal of merit.