News & Events

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.

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.

Gallia Farm Bureau earns national award

Published Nov. 10, 2014

The Gallia County Farm Bureau recently received a national award that recognizes it for community involvement and local activities — an award in which only 24 counties in the United States receive each year.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

Farmland preservation programs have changed, but same focus

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The state and federal farmland preservation programs continue to preserve land in Ohio — albeit in slightly different way.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.

Farm Bureau Challenges EPA Authority Over States to Enforce TMDLs

Published Nov. 20, 2014

On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Farm Bill's Whole-Farm Insurance a Safety Net for Diversified Farms

Published Nov. 7, 2014

The new policy, available for the 2015 crop year in most states, allows fruit and vegetable growers and organic farmers and ranchers, among others, to insure between 50 to 85% of their whole farm revenue, USDA said.

Doylestown, Shreve tree farms help send Ohio trees to troops overseas

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Christmas tree growers and other volunteers prepared 100 firs and pines Thursday as part of an annual effort to spread some holiday cheer to military men and women serving overseas. Amy Galehouse from Galehouse Tree Farms in Doylestown, a longtime coordinator of and contributor to the annual effort, said the trees should reach Army troops stationed in Kuwait in time for Thanksgiving.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Consumers Must Pay More Attention to Agriculture, and Less Attention to Labels

Published Nov. 13, 2014

We would do better to help consumers understand their part in the agricultural process, and not just assuage convenience-driven demands by certifying products as “natural” through a disembodied label.

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia

Published Nov. 17, 2014

All dairy tariffs, which can be as high as 20 percent, will be removed within four to 11 years, the Australian government said today. Duties of 12 percent to 25 percent on beef will be removed over nine years and tariffs of 10 percent on live animal exports will be eliminated within four years,

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.

Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision

Published Nov. 17, 2014

“Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young family in the starter-home development that replaced it. His project kind of happened, with plot twists and serendipity, much like life itself.

Bird flu on British farm may be linked to Dutch, German cases

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The head of the World Animal Health Organization told Reuters on Monday that the outbreaks could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds.

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Farming's influence has come not from large increases in acres planted but from enormous increases in farm productivity, the two teams note. According to one of the two studies, fertilizers, improved crop breeds, and better irrigation have been roughly twice as influential as the fertilizing effect of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

American Farm Bureau not Buying WOTUS Clarification

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Policy Communications Director Will Rodger with American Farm Bureau says, if passed, all it would take for a farmer to be in violation of the Clean Water Act is something as simple as a small amount of fertilizer or dust into the dry bed of an intermittent stream.

Agriculture Is seeking middle ground between organic and conventional farming

Published Nov. 10, 2014

As the Agriculture Department and farmers have watched the organics industry boom, the agency is working to find a middle ground between the needs of conventional and organic farmers.

Acorn poisoning is a threat to cattle and sheep herds

Published Nov. 14, 2014

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout. Acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

10 Urban Agriculture Projects Making a Difference in Columbus, Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Communities of Columbus, Ohio are using urban agriculture to promote sustainable development and increase access to locally grown food.