News & Events

Ohio allocates more funding to address water quality issues

Published Aug. 20, 2014

In response to the water challenges recently faced in the city of Toledo, Gov. John R. Kasich and members of his Cabinet announced major new multi-agency initiatives that make available significant resources to local communities and the agriculture community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water supplies.

Ohio peach crop wiped out by harsh winter, spring

Published Aug. 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state. This year's harsh winter devastated Ohio's peach crop.

Organic labeling rules tightened

Published Aug. 21, 2014

USDA’s National Organic Program has tightened the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word “organic” or its variants on the labeling of packaged food products.

Research confirms feed can be carrier of PEDv

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread rapidly throughout the U.S. swine industry. Initially, contaminated feed was proposed as a risk factor for PEDv; however, data were not available to support this theory. Research conducted by Pipestone Veterinary Services and South Dakota State University now confirms that feed can be a carrier of the virus.

Retiring Ohio Holstein editor helped ‘bridge the gap’

Published Aug. 21, 2014

POLK, Ohio — There’s no substitute for experience, and that’s especially true when it comes to telling the story of dairy farmers. Esther Welch, who recently retired as editor of Ohio (Holstein) News, had the experience of being a lifelong farmer, a mother and wife, and an accomplished writer.

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge's eligibility guidelines updated

Published Aug. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Scientists Try to Build a Tomato That Grows 24 Hours a Day

Published Aug. 22, 2014

In a study published recently in Nature, scientists in the Netherlands believe they’ve isolated a gene that will help tomato plants overcome the sleepy time and push them closer to 24 hours of productivity.

Sherrod Brown seeking conservation money for Ohio

Published Aug. 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hopes a provision he put in the latest farm bill will help Ohio obtain millions of dollars of additional conservation funds designed to help the state fight harmful algal blooms.

Soybean aphid update

Published Aug. 25, 2014

For the most part, soybean aphids have been a problem only in odd numbered years. Several other states have broken this two-year cycle, but it has held in Ohio for over 10 years. Recently, we have been noticing the presence of soybean aphids in soybean, mostly in the northern and central part of the state.

Trend continues for limited supply of U.S. feeder cattle

Published Aug. 25, 2014

For the fifth consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) “Cattle on Feed” report showed a year on year decline

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA over CAFOs

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA as well as the Ohio Department of Agriculture are saying these agencies violated the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit filed in federal court all boils down to waste permits for concentrated animal farms and the issue of who is allowed to issue them.

U.S. loses COOL WTO challenge

Published Aug. 25, 2014

The United States has lost its latest attempt to defend the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law, according to individuals familiar with the World Trade Organization final ruling on the case, which was brought by Mexico and Canada.

Will ACRE trigger payment for the 2013 crop?

Published Aug. 21, 2014

There are no doubt many questions about decisions involved with the 2014 Farm Bill, but farmers are still currently enrolled in programs from the previous farm bill, including the Average Crop Revenue Program (ACRE).