News & Events

70 years later, farm leaders, private sector share Borlaug’s dream

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Farmers, and farmer-led organizations, have called for the public and private sectors to work together to develop production solutions that will improve yields and provide long-term investment returns.

Are the price rallies justified?

Published Oct. 22, 2014

Many traders were concerned that the early rallies were just short covering and that when the funds were done buying their short positions back the market would return to test lows in the market. Why were they concerned by this?

Big data and big agriculture

Published Oct. 10, 2014

farms are heavily reliant on small improvements in operational efficiencies and processes in order to increase crop yields, manage risk, and create greater profit.

Changes to Ohio’s antlerless deer permits

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The Ohio antlerless deer permits may not be the bargain they have been in recent years. In fact, they are completely worthless in more than a few counties.

CoBank says farm incomes will drop thanks to larger harvests, rising interest ra

Published Oct. 14, 2014

“The changing market conditions will likely spur shifts in farmland values, rental rates, balance sheets and the competitive landscape,” said Leonard Sahling, director of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.

Don’t farm averages

Published Oct. 10, 2014

For all the headlines about precision agriculture, the majority of nutrient applications are still the same blend applied across every acre.

Farm Bureau cautions landowners to be wary of pipeline deals

Published Oct. 14, 2014

Land-owners should ask themselves numerous questions before signing an easement to allow an oil or natural-gas pipeline to be built across their property, a representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau said Monday.
Among those questions are these: What is the type and purpose of the pipeline? What is its diameter? And what is its distance?

Farm family's loss serves as reminder of harvest dangers

Published Oct. 13, 2014

His father was working alone when he apparently went into the grain bin because the corn had stopped flowing. Although it's not clear exactly what happened, Beck suspects a hollow space had formed under the top crust, an effect known as bridging.

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

Published Oct. 15, 2014

It is no secret that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that the large-scale investment in agriculture, with its high yield seeds and fertilizers, is the surest path out of poverty and hunger. Not everyone is so sure, though.

Get 'into the dirt': More young people start farms

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Two years ago, Kate McNellis was earning a six-figure salary as a New York City fashion designer, cranking out cutting-edge styles for Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor and Kohl's. Today, the 36-year-old is a fledgling vegetable farmer in New York state's far less frenetic Hudson Valley, hoping to clear a few thousand dollars next year as she begins to build her business.

Getting late to plant wheat

Published Oct. 21, 2014

“If we experience a frost or freeze in November or December with late-planted wheat, the crops could see some problems,” she said. “But if the weather holds in November and December, the wheat should be fine.

Grain storage bags could be an option for large corn harvest

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Klein Ileleji, a grain post-harvest technology expert at Purdue University, said potential users should be aware that the bags, which can measure up to 12 feet in diameter and 328 feet in length, require careful site preparation, regular monitoring for moisture content and temperature, and special tools for loading and unloading.

Grape farmers count heavy loss of vines from polar vortex

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Depending on the variety grown, Ohio’s vineyards counted grape losses between 29 percent and 97 percent this summer, according to the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center.

High farm taxes spur Ohio formula review

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau announced this week it plans to ramp up its annual examination of the Current Agricultural Use Value tax formula after many farmers expressed outrage about large tax bills.

Is the CAUV grass greener?

Published Oct. 23, 2014

even though it may look pretty good initially, the grass really may not be so green outside of CAUV. And, if we fail to tread lightly in this political quest for greener grasses, we may just find that the fence is stronger and we can’t get back in to where the grass was pretty green in the first place.

Keeping Small Towns Alive In Tight Farm Times

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Farm incomes are down. That means farmers and their families may have less money to spend when they buy gas, groceries, parts or anything else on Main Street or elsewhere around their small towns. And, it's starting to hit those small towns ha

Local farm service brings drone use to area

Published Oct. 22, 2014

TMK Bakersville, which has owned its own drone for about a year, is at the forefront of drone use in the area. Agronomists, or plant and soil scientists who study how to improve growing crops, at the County Road 97 site near Newcomerstown have been using a drone for field scouting for no charge at farms in Coshocton, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields

Published Oct. 23, 2014

No till farming shows promise in dry regions but causes lower yields in cold, moist areas

Nonfood biofuel is new frontier in ethanol

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest as the industry worries that they might also be the last — at least in the United States.

Ohio CAUV tax rates: What goes up, must go up some more

Published Oct. 22, 2014

While it is unlikely that legislative change will take place prior to property tax bills coming due in January, efforts to re-examine the CAUV formula have ramped up at the state level, according to Amy Milam, director of legal education at the Ohio Farm Bureau

Part I: Interstate pipelines planned in Ohio

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The bottom line is that Ohio landowners should prepare for pipeline construction, and that means being aware of what pipelines are being considered.

Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“As oil prices pull down it does have a tendency to put downside pressure of all energy inputs,” said Bob Young, senior economist with The American Farm Bureau Federation. “Whether that be for the direct purchase of energy to run the tractor, to heat the barns or the house and even fertilizer prices will be affected if prices stay this low or lower for the next several months.”

Record corn, soybean harvest could hurt farm economy

Published Oct. 21, 2014

About 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn are expected as harvest winds up this fall, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

Star of the West bringing soft red wheat mill to Ohio - See more at: http://www.

Published Oct. 10, 2014

The Star of the West Milling Co., headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., announced last month it will begin construction on a second Ohio mill, in Willard, this fall. The mill, which is targeted for completion by fall of 2016, will be able to produce 10,000 cwt. of flour per day, all of which will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

Study links hundreds of small Ohio quakes to fracking

Published Oct. 15, 2014

The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

U.S. infrastructure important for future of ag

Published Oct. 13, 2014

According to the study, although the U.S. is still the dominant country in the world soybean market, the U.S. market share of soybean world trade is declining.

Unaltered Ohio soybeans are a prized crop globally

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“In the past, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan beans have been incredibly popular with the Japanese market. We have better protein content,” said Larry Holloway, general manager of the DeLong operations in Kirby, about 6 miles west of Upper Sandusky.

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 17, 2014

USDA is announcing several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way:

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” said Vilsack. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort.

Vilsack says bioproducts complement ag, create a new economy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Long before he made his way to the podium at the Bioproducts World Showcase Oct. 7, in Columbus, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was already in close conversation with most of the companies and researchers who attended the inaugural event.

With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa

Published Oct. 21, 2014

Iowa, the quintessence of heartland America, is undergoing an economic transformation that is challenging its rural character — and, inevitably, its political order.

Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture - See more at: ht

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The 2012 Census of Agriculture notes that nearly one million women are working America’s lands. That’s nearly a third of our nation’s farmers. These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.

World Food Prize Conference Talks Ebola in Africa, Agriculture in China

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ebola crisis is the hot topic at this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. And while many African leaders attended this year’s symposium, being held in downtown Des Moines, Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, chose to remain in his country to help oversee relief efforts. But Thursday morning, President Koroma addressed a large crowd over webcam.