News & Events

Hite to chair agriculture panel again

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Hite will be serving his third term as Agriculture Committee chairman, and will be serving as Finance Subcommittee on Education chairman for the first time.

Food Dialogues: Consumers demand appropriate farm animal care

Published Jan. 29, 2015

Farm animal care doesn't just impact farmers – it's an issue that has expanded to concern consumers, food suppliers and animal welfare advocates, panelists participating in Wednesday's Food Dialogues presentation agreed.

Farm Operating Loans on the Rise -- Fed

Published Jan. 29, 2015

A couple of years ago, farm lending for big-ticket purchases -- fueled by high grain prices and farm incomes -- was strong while operating loans were scraping the floor. Corn and soybean farmers were making a lot of money and turning around and reinvesting it in their businesses through capital purchases.
Now, the opposite is true.

Farm land prices remain high in Marion County

Published Jan. 19, 2015

"What's happening is (farmers) have their children and grandchildren starting to farm with some of these farm groups," Boblenz said. "It used to be one or two people invested in these farm operations. Now, you have several sons and grandkids," and they have to increase their farm land to provide for the livelihoods of each.

Exotic animals seized from area; judge later orders them returned

Published Jan. 29, 2015

A Wood County Common Pleas Court judge issued a handwritten order on Wednesday, directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture to return the exotic animals that agents had tranquilized and seized hours earlier from the farm off Fremont Pike

Ethanol Will Face RFS Threat

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Corn ethanol had dodged the latest bullet in Congress, but attempts to weaken or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard are likely to be attached to must-pass legislation in Congress all year.

EPA Angers Farmers Again

Published Jan. 29, 2015

On the same day when leaders of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association were complaining about the EPA’s two-year delay in issuing ethanol and biodiesel blending levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the EPA announced a decision that critics say will make it easier for biodiesel plants in Argentina to export to the U.S.

Drone to be used for Ohio college’s agriculture program

Published Jan. 26, 2015

The drone will fly out of the Springfield Municipal Airport and must remain at or below 400 feet above ground level. It will collect sensor data during planting and harvest seasons. That data will be processed and analyzed by students in the school’s precision agriculture program and then shared with the farmers.

Crop Quest reviews major trends in agriculture

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Sometimes looking at the big picture doesn't seem to be very relevant as we prepare for this year's upcoming crop. But, it does help us see where we are going, or where we should be focusing our attention.

Conservancy sponsors land preservation program

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Black Swamp Conservancy will serve as an organization for Ohio’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. As a non-profit land trust, the conservancy is dedicated to protecting and conserving natural and agricultural lands in northwest Ohio.

Cash Rent Tug-of-War

Published Jan. 30, 2015

Brace yourself! The tug-of-war over 2015 cash rent rates is a battle of steely nerves. At this point, there isn’t much slack in the rope between high rents and low crop prices

Captive Deer Hunting Operations Under Scrutiny In Rural America

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Deer farmers and preserve managers argue that their operations provide a boon to rural economies that are strapped for ways to make a living. Ohio, for instance, is home to between 500 and 550 facilities that breed deer or host private hunts,

California’s Scrambled Eggs

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West.

Bumper crop of urban farming can be found in Ohio

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Urban agriculture can include anything from community vegetable gardens run by non-profit groups, to for-profit companies producing anything from gourmet salad greens to mushrooms, he said.

American agriculture remains a driving force behind America's success

Published Jan. 21, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion – or nearly a five percent share – to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.

Agriculture's discussion of rail service issues continues

Published Jan. 30, 2015

With the impacts of rail service hiccups still evident, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday heard from ag industry leaders in a hearing to examine both the past performance of rail and areas of needed improvement

Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Average diesel prices for 2015 are forecast to be about $1 lower than last year.

Ag Census Great Tool For Research, Policy Development

Published Jan. 28, 2015

The census is really useful in terms of defining what the industry works like, what the various sectors of the industry look like, and thereby helping us to understand the environment that we’re making policy in and trying to operate in.

2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat.