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U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of cattle in the United States has fallen dramatically, but just how much may surprise you. As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the cattle report published July 25 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It’s the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.

U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

Published Jul. 25, 2014

(Reuters) - As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.

USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 -- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural infrastructure, an investment Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called both a “historic investment” and a “great first effort.”

USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Corn Condition Unchanged

Published Jul. 22, 2014

U.S. corn remained at 76% good to excellent, while soybean's improved one point to 73% in USDA's weekly crop progress and condition report on Monday.

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is continuing to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.

What’s happening with hops in Ohio

Published Jul. 25, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — In terms of both production and economic opportunity, hops growing is hot in Ohio. However, crop threats like spider mites and outbreaks of diseases like downy mildew in some areas have both growers and researchers perplexed.

Wheat harvest yields increase

Published Jul. 25, 2014

Farmers in the region aren’t planting as much wheat as in years past, but those who did enjoyed “a good harvest” this month with strong yields and no plant disease, reports Ed Lentz, agriculture/natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension.

Woman forced to relocate flock of chickens

Published Jul. 25, 2014

After discovering how factory-farmed chickens are handled, Jenny Durbin decided to raise her own chickens. Now, the village of Silverton is threatening to take away her source of eggs and the family of birds to which she's become so close