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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.

3Bar Biologics developing beneficial bacteria for farmers’ fields

Published Jan. 16, 2015

In contrast, McSpadden Gardener had patented the DNA sequence he performed on a bacteria – native to Ohio soil – that helps plants take up phosphorous, fight pathogens and withstand harsh conditions like drought.

Agricultural shippers benefiting from improved U.S. railroads

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Agriculture producers who depend on freight trains to move their harvest have managed to avoid the major rail gridlock that plagued farmers across much of the region last winter and into the spring.

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.

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.

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.

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,

Corn and soybean output set records in Ohio in 2014, but prices suffered

Published Jan. 15, 2015

It’s no secret that Ohio grows a lot of corn and soybeans most years, but 2014 was something else. Aided by mild weather for most of the growing season, soybeans broke both yield and harvest records in Ohio, mirroring a national record for the crop.

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.

Digital down on the farm: CropZilla raises $300,000

Published Jan. 16, 2015

It's a predictive modeling system to plant seeds, chemical applications, machinery and labor field by field, and can estimate the financial implications of switching equipment or adjusting a work force.

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.

Farm Bureau Delegates Set Public Policy Positions for 2015

Published Jan. 14, 2015

“Our delegates are the men and women growing the food and fiber for our nation and much of the rest of the world every day,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “They have made great strides over the last decades in improving their environmental performance, in adopting cutting edge technologies and taking actions to make sure they can pass their farms and ranches on to the next generation.”

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.

Help wanted: 8 reasons to pursue a career in agriculture

Published Jan. 15, 2015

While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need.

Location and quality driving current land values

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Location and quality of land continue to be main drivers of prices for a given tract of land. The lower supply of land for sale and the continued demand for agricultural land is maintaining general stability of the land market.

Location, quality are key drivers of farmland prices as values stabilize

Published Jan. 21, 2015

"While lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15% from recent highs, top quality crop and grazing land still bring solid prices as owner operators and investors seek to expand their operations with the most productive land," said Randy Dickhut, AFM, Vice President of Real Estate Operations of Farmers National Company.

Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting offers practical, profitable approach

Published Jan. 14, 2015

In a panel discussion about operating costs and budgeting, local tax accountant Raymond Miller and Marlin Yoder, a produce grower from Indiana, challenged growers to do a better job of keeping records and tracking costs related to their business.

New Farm Maps Offer In-Depth Picture of Global Agriculture

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Two new maps released Friday (Jan. 16) considerably improve estimates of the amount of land farmed in the world — one map reveals the world's agricultural lands to a resolution of 1 kilometer,

New research on millennials in agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

We talked to the next generation of farmers, students, ag educators and millennials who play supporting roles in agriculture.

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference

Published Jan. 20, 2015

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

Ohio dairy farms prepared after extreme cold of last winter

Published Jan. 20, 2015

A glance at farms across the state saw all manners of livestock operations affected, though few as much as Ohio’s dairy farmers.

Ohio farmers could benefit from Obama's Cuba policy

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Ohio farmers already export some soybeans and corn to Cuba under a narrow exemption to the five-decade trade embargo. The exemption, passed by Congress in 2001, allows American businesses to sell food and agricultural products to Cuba with restrictions.

Ohio House panel to hold water quality hearing

Published Jan. 27, 2015

An Ohio House committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday to discuss water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The hearing by the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is being held early Thursday afternoon at a farm in Van Wert in western Ohio

Ohio maple producers learn of new grading system

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The grading system is a proposal of the International Maple Syrup Institute and seeks a unified grading system that will help unite everyone from producers to consumers. It includes a color class that is also based on flavor, and specific criteria related to quality, labels and production.

Ohio’s agriculture-linked deposit program seeks applicants

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The program allows agribusinesses to apply for an interest-rate reduction on new or existing loans or lines of credit up to $150,000.

Opting out: Farm bill exempts more organic farmers from checkoffs

Published Jan. 14, 2015

There are 22 national research and promotion checkoff programs. The USDA estimates the organic exemption has freed up $13.6 million for the organic sector, which produces an estimated $35 billion in annual sales, according to the USDA.

Plan targets farmers to reduce Lake Erie algae

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The agriculture department will rank the applications based on what farms are most likely to have the biggest impact on reducing runoff. The department has been working with university scientists and soil experts to determine what areas they should target.

Power Show Ohio reformats itself for exhibitors

Published Jan. 16, 2015

his year’s show begins on Thursday this year and not Friday. The show will run from Jan. 29 and continues Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

Precision ag workshop

Published Jan. 16, 2015

The more data farmers and producers can access regarding their fields, the better they can make decisions regarding how to manage their farm operations, experts say.

Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Classes typically run about three hours, Hoover said. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with standard operating procedure templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts and a certificate of participation.

SOTU & agriculture

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Like most State of the-Union addresses, Tuesday’s message from President Barack Obama to Congress had only a few comments that seem to affect farmers and ranchers directly. To Bob Stallman, the Texas farmer and cattleman who is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, some of the President’s remarks were encouraging and others were worrisome

Sowing the Internet of Things into agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Merge that data with satellite data already being collected by the government, and the department, Valivullah said, will be able to make unprecedented contributions to precision agriculture. "By applying precision agriculture and big data we can increase productivity by another 10 percent to 30 percent and make farmers more profitable," he said.

State-of-the-art soil

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Amid the brown clods of dirt are small black particles — remnants of charcoal fragments that were mixed into the soil two years ago. Flanner thinks that this carbon-rich material, known as biochar, has helped the crops to thrive,

Tax filing on the farm: Tips for 2015

Published Jan. 23, 2015

The first area that Miller suggested filers pay particular attention to this year is equipment repairs, and whether or not those repairs can be capitalized.

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

Published Jan. 14, 2015

Grandin told National Journal after her speech that there is no way to monitor every ranch and farm. But she has already told retailers that she believes they could conduct random audits of farms and ranches that would stop some of the egregious practices she is seeing. Grandin said she hopes to avoid government regulation. Activists are bound to use her words to call for more regulation.

The economic impact of Section 179

Published Jan. 14, 2015

The measure, known as Section 179, included the purchases of farm equipment, which caused a bit of a holiday shopping rush at implement dealers across the country.

The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Big data continues to be a hot discussion topic within the agricultural community. New technology and services are continuing to come online to help farmers. In the past two years, the advancement of wireless technology and telematics solutions have simplified the transmission of data between agricultural machinery

The Future of Agriculture May Be Moving Indoors

Published Jan. 19, 2015

General Electric (NYSE: GE ) played a central role in the first plant, producing LEDs that could be used to grow crops while using less power than fluorescent lights. And with the plant's success this probably won't be the last we hear of LED farming.

TPA again getting support from agriculture

Published Jan. 27, 2015

TPA defines U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the president to follow throughout the negotiation process. Once negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets an up or down vote — without amendments — on it. Congress has granted TPA to every president since 1974,

Traits, global trade politics and Ohio farms intertwined

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Crop biotechnology is widely viewed as a vital component in a future agriculture that can meet exploding global food demand with ever dwindling resources. But, there are very powerful political forces being directed at and employed by end users that are effectively limiting that potential.

Will Des Moines water lawsuit change farming rules?

Published Jan. 19, 2015

A Des Moines utility's plan to sue three northwest counties for polluting central Iowa's drinking water supply may have broad ramifications for state and U.S. farmers, who environmentalists complain have been too slow to embrace meaningful conservation practices

You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The reason is simple. It is costing egg producers $40 per chicken to comply with the new cage rule. It comes to $2 million for a small operation involving 50,000 chickens. A number of out-of-state producers in places such as Iowa and Ohio that have real winters in order to comply have also had to add heating. More space means chickens aren’t staying warm simply from body heat