News & Events

Opting out: Farm bill exempts more organic farmers from checkoffs

Published Jan. 14, 2015

There are 22 national research and promotion checkoff programs. The USDA estimates the organic exemption has freed up $13.6 million for the organic sector, which produces an estimated $35 billion in annual sales, according to the USDA.

Plan targets farmers to reduce Lake Erie algae

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The agriculture department will rank the applications based on what farms are most likely to have the biggest impact on reducing runoff. The department has been working with university scientists and soil experts to determine what areas they should target.

Power Show Ohio reformats itself for exhibitors

Published Jan. 16, 2015

his year’s show begins on Thursday this year and not Friday. The show will run from Jan. 29 and continues Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

Precision ag workshop

Published Jan. 16, 2015

The more data farmers and producers can access regarding their fields, the better they can make decisions regarding how to manage their farm operations, experts say.

Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Classes typically run about three hours, Hoover said. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with standard operating procedure templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts and a certificate of participation.

SOTU & agriculture

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Like most State of the-Union addresses, Tuesday’s message from President Barack Obama to Congress had only a few comments that seem to affect farmers and ranchers directly. To Bob Stallman, the Texas farmer and cattleman who is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, some of the President’s remarks were encouraging and others were worrisome

Sowing the Internet of Things into agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Merge that data with satellite data already being collected by the government, and the department, Valivullah said, will be able to make unprecedented contributions to precision agriculture. "By applying precision agriculture and big data we can increase productivity by another 10 percent to 30 percent and make farmers more profitable," he said.

State-of-the-art soil

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Amid the brown clods of dirt are small black particles — remnants of charcoal fragments that were mixed into the soil two years ago. Flanner thinks that this carbon-rich material, known as biochar, has helped the crops to thrive,

Tax filing on the farm: Tips for 2015

Published Jan. 23, 2015

The first area that Miller suggested filers pay particular attention to this year is equipment repairs, and whether or not those repairs can be capitalized.

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Grandin told National Journal after her speech that there is no way to monitor every ranch and farm. But she has already told retailers that she believes they could conduct random audits of farms and ranches that would stop some of the egregious practices she is seeing. Grandin said she hopes to avoid government regulation. Activists are bound to use her words to call for more regulation.

The economic impact of Section 179

Published Jan. 14, 2015

The measure, known as Section 179, included the purchases of farm equipment, which caused a bit of a holiday shopping rush at implement dealers across the country.

The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Big data continues to be a hot discussion topic within the agricultural community. New technology and services are continuing to come online to help farmers. In the past two years, the advancement of wireless technology and telematics solutions have simplified the transmission of data between agricultural machinery

The Future of Agriculture May Be Moving Indoors

Published Jan. 19, 2015

General Electric (NYSE: GE ) played a central role in the first plant, producing LEDs that could be used to grow crops while using less power than fluorescent lights. And with the plant's success this probably won't be the last we hear of LED farming.

TPA again getting support from agriculture

Published Jan. 27, 2015

TPA defines U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the president to follow throughout the negotiation process. Once negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets an up or down vote — without amendments — on it. Congress has granted TPA to every president since 1974,

Traits, global trade politics and Ohio farms intertwined

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Crop biotechnology is widely viewed as a vital component in a future agriculture that can meet exploding global food demand with ever dwindling resources. But, there are very powerful political forces being directed at and employed by end users that are effectively limiting that potential.

Will Des Moines water lawsuit change farming rules?

Published Jan. 19, 2015

A Des Moines utility's plan to sue three northwest counties for polluting central Iowa's drinking water supply may have broad ramifications for state and U.S. farmers, who environmentalists complain have been too slow to embrace meaningful conservation practices

You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The reason is simple. It is costing egg producers $40 per chicken to comply with the new cage rule. It comes to $2 million for a small operation involving 50,000 chickens. A number of out-of-state producers in places such as Iowa and Ohio that have real winters in order to comply have also had to add heating. More space means chickens aren’t staying warm simply from body heat