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Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.
Direct sales from farms in the form of farmers’ markets and on-site stores are a growing trend in Ohio and mean more money in farmers’ pockets, said Heather Neikirk, agriculture and natural resources educator at Ohio State University’s Stark County Extension Office.
The Social Media Farmer of the Year Award recognizes farmers that have incorporated social media, digital media and Internet strategies to achieve business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and overall elevating the industry.
I have often thought that, if any animal on the farm could talk, it should be the farm dog. The dog is always around the action and would always know what is going on where.
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
"Who’s winning? I would say flat out that advocates for alternative agriculture have won out," he said. "Their ideas are dominant. It is hard to find anyone willing to stand up for traditional agriculture. Most of them come to my classes with their minds made up
Don’t wait until a threat has revealed itself to begin preparing for it, readying a response and getting acquainted with other likely players that will need to respond, from law enforcement to public health officials to citizen volunteers.
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
, "if my ultimate customer says this is what I know and want — and that's a very dicey observation ... is it smart for me to say, eh, you aren't qualified to know what I do, so I'm just going to tell you to take a hike?"
Under the law signed today, anyone caught making secret video recordings of agricultural operations could face a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The legislation refers to "the crime of interference with agricultural production."
Among other provisions, the Office of Farm to Fork would promote healthy food access, especially in underserved communities, and seek collaborations between public health agencies, farmers and other parties.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has angered some farm groups by producing a satirical television series that criticizes industrial farming practices. Farmers say its portrayal of farming is misleading.
Although the 2013-2014 has been one of the roughest winters in many years, Anderson doesn’t feel there is enough evidence to say climate change is triggering the extreme weather.
Recent data suggests an 11 percent decrease in the amount of food-borne illnesses attributable to products that FSIS is responsible for, Vilsack said, without specifying the period over which that declined had occurred.
Today, people are more likely to be influenced by what their connections are recommending and talking about. Many people are connecting (and reconnecting) through social media.
Farmer No. 1 works with her parents and siblings to care for the pigs on their farm. The family provides the animals with around-the-clock care.
Farmer No. 2 tends to her 650 sows in climate-controlled barns. Her farm continues to expand.
Over all, healthy food has become more politically popular because of efforts to combat childhood obesity and diabetes and a growing national interest in the farm-to-table movement promoted by the first lady, Michelle Obama, and other national figures.
While the recently passed farm bill represents a first for Congress since 2008, it will be several more months until the rules are fleshed out to put it into operation.
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers take hives to the upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
"During World War II, there were victory gardens so that people could have fresh produce because the production of food was going to the war efforts. And those gardens, by the way, still exist today. It's taken an evolution, and it's different now than it was in the past,
Video from USDA Outlook Forum - featuring young farmers.
On the surface, it seems simple. Why can’t there just be a label on the food product letting the consumer know if it contains GM ingredients? Shouldn’t the consumer have the right to decide what is in the food they buy?
This week, the governors of New York and Connecticut—both Democrats—announced they would move around federal funds to prevent food stamp cuts in their respective states.
Apples are resilient and can withstand the freezing temperatures in winter. However, there is one crop Sage is worried about -- peaches. Peaches typically grow better in warmer climates.
Our operation and many farms across the Buckeye State and nation are feeling the crippling labor crisis facing the American agriculture. Although there are immigrants who are eager to accept American farm jobs, our current immigration system makes it very difficult for growers and producers to hire the foreign-born workers they need.
For the first time, the federal government plans to regulate how food is marketed in public schools, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reduce the allure of unhealthy foods to the nation’s children.
These plans, which aim to protect against low farm income based on historical Internal Revenue Service filings of Form 1040 (Schedule F), haven't gotten much respect or attention since they were introduced in 1999.
Voluntary controls to prevent phosphorus overloads on Western Lake Erie and massive algal blooms are not working, said U.S. chair Lana Pollack of the International Joint Commission at a Thursday morning media conference.
If you're intrigued by the idea of buying farm shares, often called CSA shares (community-supported agriculture), here's what you need to know.
A major concern shared by the panel was: how can I manage my landlord relationships proactively? With arrangements moving from primarily share crop agreements a generation ago to the cash rent leases that prevail today, there's a lot of change around how landlords and tenants are dealing with one another.
The bill, known as the “Tax Reform Act of 2014, also seeks a more generous “inflation-adjusted” standard deduction for individuals of $11,000 and $22,000 for married couples. The tax credit for a child would increase from the current $1,000, to $1,500.
Lower feed costs may spark a livestock industry renaissance and return to profitability, a team of Purdue University ag economists said Monday. "It’s not just the start of a good year for the animal industry, but an era," ag economist Chris Hurt said during a webinar hosted by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.
Bankers surveyed said that despite the slowdown, farmers remained active buyers in farm real estate markets, as referenced by the share of farmers buying farmland, which has grown from an average of 63% in 2007 to 76% in 2013. Most purchased land to farm it themselves.
Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show.
Mary Thathcher, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, said it looks like the commodity title will be implemented this year, with sign-up for some of the programs by late summer and into fall. Most crop insurance programs will not be implemented until at least the 2015 crop year.
Ohio is outpacing the nation in the increasing value of its crops. We are losing fewer farms than the national average, and our agricultural acreage has remained steady or increased slightly while the countrywide picture is still showing losses.
Instead of reading the legislation to mean that OSHA cannot enforce against farms, OSHA instead sought out means to get around this provision—and they found one.
OSHA had fined the farm $132,000 for violations. Previously, OSHA said the grain bins on the farm, which employs one person, were not part of farm operations and thus were not exempt from regulation.
Portman, of Cincinnati, said the question that needs asked is, “How many people are pulling the wagon versus how many people are in the wagon?”
We have heard many people say that winter irrigation is a bad idea. Some say the irrigation equipment will freeze and break, others say the plants will be damaged if sprayed with water in the winter
"Get ready to ramp up prescription agriculture," Catlett says. That’s because such technology could very well usher in a new autonomous means of easy and instant soil sampling.
“We’re looking at 2.5 to 3.5 percent increases over what we saw in 2013,” Ricky Volpe, an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said during his agency’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in late February.
Obama's praise for Stabenow has been privately echoed by farm leaders, who initially viewed her as an urban liberal senator interested only in autos and cherries
The litigation comes after members of Congress rejected a provision drafted by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King that would have prevented states from regulating agricultural products from other states that met USDA or FDA standards. King specifically argued that California’s egg law was unconstitutionally attempting to regulate interstate commerce.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation county presidents are getting the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress this week on the organization’s annual journey to D.C. to talk about these and other issues.
Grain futures turned choppy as traders try to evaluate whether the crisis in Ukraine will have a lasting impact on prices.
USDA has its hands full implementing new agriculture programs, Vilsack tells farmers at the 2014 Commodity Classic