News & Events

Hord: From 10 pigs to livestock empire

Published Sep. 2, 2014

For five generations, the Hord family's business has been growing, changing and flourishing. The multimillion-dollar farm operation, which includes Hord Livestock Inc. and Hord Family Farms, began with just ten pigs.

Small vs. large: Which size farm is better for the planet?

Published Sep. 3, 2014

Ultimately, we all vote with our wallets, every day. The best way to get an environmentally sound system that grows healthful food is to buy healthful food from environmentally sound farms. And it doesn’t have to be farm stand kale. It could be frozen peas.

Record Crops Spur Exits From Agriculture Investment Funds

Published Sep. 3, 2014

After taking in more money than precious metals or energy funds during the first five months of 2014, exchange-traded products backed by agriculture had a net outflow for the year of $57.7 million as of Aug. 29, down 2.9 percent,

Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Published Sep. 3, 2014

"If they can't buy more equipment, we are going to have to start laying off people," said Berry, who represents Unverferth Manufacturing, that makes and markets, among other things, tillage, hay and grain handling equipment.

Long-term trial compares organic and conventional agriculture

Published Sep. 3, 2014

“The available technology was more important in determining the differences between conventional and organic system yields than agroecological effects.”

Nebraska Governor calls EPA 'enemy of agriculture'

Published Sep. 3, 2014

"Whether it has been the EPA's past clandestine flights over Nebraska to spy on livestock feeding operations, or their move to try and regulate individual farmer's properties now through Waters of the U.S., or their foolish move earlier this year to try to change the RFS (Renewable Fuels Standard), the EPA is the biggest regulation problem that Nebraska farmers and ranchers face."

Chef takes farm-to-table tips on road

Published Sep. 3, 2014

“The easiest way to create good food in your house is to buy vegetables and produce from around where you happen to live,” he said.

Fertilizer certification training sites named

Published Sep. 4, 2014

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and The Ohio State University (OSU) have announced they are beginning to offer training courses for the new Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program.

More veterans look to farming

Published Sep. 4, 2014

He said the work is similar to the military in many ways – requiring hard physical labor, demanding a lot of self-reliance, and giving him a sense of community service. But there’s an added benefit: being outside and alone for hours at a time has given Wood the space to cope with the anxiety and stress that came with seeing so much death and destruction in the war.

OSHA Updates Small Farm Exemption Memo

Published Sep. 4, 2014

In a guideline it issued, OSHA recognizes that postharvest activities integral to farming operations, including drying and storing grain, are exempt from regulations if the farm has 10 or fewer employees, consistent with current law.

Hunger issues, which affect one in six households in Ohio, focus of conference

Published Sep. 4, 2014

The insecurity of not knowing where the next meal is coming from and other hunger issues will be the focus of a statewide conference, the first annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue, Sept. 26 and 27 at Walsh University.

AFBF Has Lingering Concerns About EPA's Worker Protection Proposal

Published Sep. 5, 2014

Public comments may be closed on EPA's worker protection plan for pesticide exposure, but the American Farm Bureau remains concerned that the EPA has failed to provide tangible benefits from the proposal beyond what current pesticide rules provide.

Crop prices and interest rates drive CAUV increase

Published Sep. 5, 2014

The increase in this year’s CAUV update is largely due to significant increases in crop prices and a simultaneous decrease in interest rates. These two factors simply mean that agricultural land in Ohio has a much higher value now than it did three to six years ago. Regardless, these changes are dictated by the workings of the CAUV formula and not by any action of the General Assembly.

More Farm Data Isn't the Real Point

Published Sep. 9, 2014

The whole point of measuring data is to get information that helps you make better decisions – so you can change what you're doing to get a different result. But if you aren't making changes based on what you discover from your data, why are you taking measurements in the first place?

City of Green looks for someone to run historic farm Read more: http://www.cant

Published Sep. 9, 2014

They plan to lease the Levi Hartong farmstead at the southern tip of the park, near Mount Pleasant Road, to anyone interested in turning it into a working farm again.
“We’re looking for some very creative folks,” said Valerie Wolford, the city’s communications coordinator.
The Hartong Farm is the only site in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

An Akron startup is bringing drone technology down on the farm

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Farmers, it turns out, need a surer assessment of the height and the health of their crops. Unseen pests and weeds can hobble those racing rows of corn. It's not easy to inspect hundreds of acres of soybeans near the full bloom of harvest.

Farm Science Review to focus on new technologies, innovation

Published Sep. 9, 2014

Information on new agricultural technologies and innovation awaits farmers who plan to attend this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

How drones could limit fertilizer flow into Lake Erie

Published Sep. 10, 2014

OFBF's Dr. Larry Antosch on PBS NEWSHOUR

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.

Down on the Schappacher Farm

Published Sep. 11, 2014

Visitors come out to look for the "perfect" pumpkin from the farm's 15-acre pumpkin patch or find their way through the eight-acre corn maze. The farm also offers tractor rides, a petting zoo and other fruits of the Schappacher family's labors.

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 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.

Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs

Published Sep. 12, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop — known as custom work — you’ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.

Farm bill foes find trouble of their own

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.

'Fantasy' of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.

Chipotle's wrong -- fast food isn't going away (not yet, at least)

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Chipotle (CMG) has never wanted to be a traditional fast-food restaurant. It's wanted to be viewed as better -- in terms of quality, ingredients, taste, supplier practices and just about everything else.

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.

EPA sued — again — to force decision on pesticide

Published Sep. 12, 2014

More than four years ago, environmental groups asked a federal court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to ban a widely used pesticide that scientists have linked to illnesses in children. They settled the case in November 2011 after the EPA said it would make a decision within a year. On Wednesday, the same organizations filed a lawsuit, asking for a firm deadline.

Ohio awarded $8.3 million from feds to protect agricultural land

Published Sep. 12, 2014

OHIO — After requesting $18 million from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Ohio landowners and farmland protection organizations received $8.3 million in funding.

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.

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff Read more at http://www.toled

Published Sep. 15, 2014

With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.

1st Fertilizer Application Certification Class underway in Fulton Co.

Published Sep. 15, 2014

"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge

Farm Aid event in Raleigh benefits local farmers, nonprofit groups

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Daniel Dayton and Erika Gutierrez of Old Milburnie Farm near Knightdale helped lead one of the forums on small farms building relationships with restaurants and farmers markets.

Ohio AgrAbility Program improving quality of life on the farm

Published Sep. 15, 2014

Ohio AgrAbility conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology

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.