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Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Ohio farmers encouraged to practice ‘quality’ no-till

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Kok said the focus should be “quality” no-till, which means using cover crops, buffer strips, crop rotation and paying attention to detail.

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.

Ohio Farmers Union wants farmers part of Lake Erie solution

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The Ohio Farmers Union will bring together scientists and agricultural experts in late September in a forum on seeking solutions for the annual algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie. OFU President Joe Logan said it’s important for farmers to acknowledge their part in Lake Erie’s woes.

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.

OSU Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Published Sep. 17, 2014

During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
“Some of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,” said McPheron. “But we have to be working on them today.”

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."

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.

The decline of the small American family farm in one chart

Published Sep. 17, 2014

the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."

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.

USDA sued over poultry rule

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.

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.

White House committed to ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says Read more:

Published Sep. 17, 2014

I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,” Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. “I want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process down”

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.

Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”