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COLUMBUS ‚ÄĒ Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, according to Ohio Farm Bureau (OBF) Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold.
COLUMBUS ‚ÄĒ Seeing an Ohio soybean crop being sprayed with herbicide in July used to be as likely as a summer snowfall on the same field. But concerns that such late-season applications of herbicides like dicamba and 2,4-D could become more common has led to the development of the Ohio Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR).
On a Monday in mid-July, Adam Sturm is manning the register at his grocery store. He's got local summer squash, some deep hued organic eggplant and a bevy of colorful heirloom tomatoes. And inside, Sturm has grits, eggs and more. Sturm's truck houses Adam's Mobile Market, his 5-month old local food venture. The market carries fresh local products from six local farms.
Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, said Senate Bill 334 is designed to address many of the liability and regulatory challenges that affect the state‚Äôs agritourism industry. ‚ÄúAgritourism welcomes visitors to take part in operations on a farm; these activities can range from participating in a hayride to picking your own apples,‚ÄĚ she said.
Because of the presence of this noxious weed, the land has yet to be entered into the CRP, and the landowner cannot receive the CRP payment. The farming operation has been working for many months trying to remove this weed from the land, by killing it, removing it, and waiting to see if there is more germination.‚ÄĚ
The small farm exemption came under fire in 2013 when OSHA began inspecting and issuing citations to farming operations. In 2011, OSHA issued a guidance memorandum to its inspectors asserting that on-farm grain storage and handling was not part of the ‚Äúfarming operation‚ÄĚ and that OSHA had the authority to inspect such facilities and enforce its rules and regulations,
WAUSEON, Ohio ‚ÄĒ The flat land and fertile fields of northwest Ohio are an ideal place to grow corn and soybeans and graze cattle. One farmer has decided it‚Äôs also ideal for goats.
BUCYRUS ‚ÄĒ Although a deadly virus continues to impact pigs across Ohio as fair season ramps up, one of Crawford County‚Äôs largest livestock producers recently was successful at eradicating the disease.
An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.
The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State University‚Äôs College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The 2014 Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey found that the rates paid to farm workers and machinery operators for custom farm work have increased thanks in part to increased supply costs and the agriculture industry boom in recent years,
Two years ago, farmers in the four-county Toledo metro area collected more than $10.5 million in direct payments from the federal government, a subsidy program that had become increasingly seen as a poor use of taxpayer money. Starting this year, those payments disappear.
The city wants to spread its wastewater sludge on farm fields rather than burn it and dump it into landfills. To do that, Columbus will spend $3.2 million to design storage tanks to hold the sludge.
An old city park on the Maumee River could soon become a demonstration site ‚ÄĒ complete with a farm field ‚ÄĒ to show the beneficial alternative uses of material dredged from the Toledo harbor shipping channel.
Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth. Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices.
Simply put, for the majority of the world‚Äôs youth, agriculture simply isn‚Äôt seen as being ‚Äúcool‚ÄĚ or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay-off‚ÄĒand little room for career advancement.
The UC-Davis report found that direct costs to agriculture total about $1.5 billion (which include revenue losses of $1 billion and $0.5 billion in additional pumping costs). This net revenue loss is about 3% of the state's total agricultural value.
More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers' plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council's Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.
Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game with an even closer-to-the-source experience by offering chef-prepared meals using food hooked, foraged or shot by their guests.
As more neighborhoods integrate urban gardens and food forests into their communities, the question of food safety inevitably arises. While many organizers may not consider food safety a top logistical concern when planning a food forest, what types of food safety concerns do food forests need to address?
Even though spring was chilly and wet, crops in Ohio have bounced back from delayed starts. Crops have flourished during the summer months, so much so that record amounts may be attained.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told farmers and agribusinesses on a trip to Missouri last week that agriculture essentially has ‚Äėnothing to worry about‚Äô and that ‚Äėnothing will change‚Äô with the proposed Clean Water Act rule. Yet many of the 204,416 public comments submitted so far to regulations.gov on the rule suggest the agency has a ways to go to convince the industry.
Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners for the 2014 ‚ÄúAgriculture is Cool‚ÄĚ visual arts contest.
WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University‚Äôs McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative‚Äôs StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Individuals will be able to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States.
As some of the biggest U.S. agribusiness firms report earnings this week, analysts will weigh prospects for another massive U.S. corn crop and a likely record haul of soybeans, thanks to benevolent weather this summer, with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures setting up the best growing conditions in years.