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AFBF hosting free business training seminars

Published Oct. 27, 2014

“Finding the Money to Grow Your Business” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will focus on how to define your business and revenue model and how to raise capital.

AFBF Releases Legal Analysis on EPA's Waters of the U.S. Q&A

Published Oct. 31, 2014

AFBF suggests also that the rule is contrary to two Supreme Court rulings. The group is currently running a "Ditch the Rule" campaign to urge farmers to read the fine print of the proposed rule. EPA is continuing to take public comment on the rule on the Federal Register. WOTUS comments will be accepted until Nov. 14.

Ag secretary announces funding to strengthen rural businesses and cooperatives

Published Oct. 24, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in Ohio and 26 other states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. The announcement culminates a week in which the department has been highlighting products that are Made In Rural America.

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: Agriculture’s ‘Moneyball’

Published Oct. 27, 2014

site-specific variables on a farmer’s field such as planting population, the type of seed hybrid planted, soil topography and fertilizer usage, on top of old metrics, provide better indicators to develop a “prescription” for farmers to use on their individual crop ground to determine what to grow, how to grow it and when to harvest.

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.

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in Ohio captive deer

Published Oct. 27, 2014

The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Millersburg and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations.

Chronic wasting disease found at Ohio deer farm

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The first case of chronic wasting disease in Ohio was confirmed Thursday from a single buck on a deer farm in Holmes County.

Elevator shortage puts farmers in a pinch

Published Oct. 31, 2014

More than 550 million pounds of corn and soybeans are being rerouted to grain elevators across southeastern Ohio after the August explosion at Coshocton Grain Co. Now, 900 Ohio farmers must find new buyers, some as far as 80 miles from their farms.

Experts savage on farm bill

Published Oct. 27, 2014

Smith and 10 other Land Grant ag economists — most of who are AAEA “Distinguished Fellows” — take a hard, unobstructed look at the $100-billion-per-year 2014 law and come away deeply unimpressed.

Fall is a great time to sample for soybean cyst nematode

Published Oct. 24, 2014

There is still much to learn about the evolution and management of soybean cyst nematode (SCN). For now, though, one of the best on farm approaches for addressing this potentially costly problem is to sample fields.

Farm Journal Media Buys Kiplinger Agriculture Letter

Published Oct. 31, 2014

For Kiplinger, the newsletter stood out in the company's stable of personal finance brands, but clearly aligns with Farm Journal Media's ag market focus. Effective with the deal, the newsletter will be renamed The Agriculture Letter and current editor Ed Maixner, who will be retiring at the end of this year, will serve as a consultant with Farm Journal Media.

Farm succession: Start early, be honest

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Farm succession does not happen overnight, warns Kirkpatrick. It’s complicated and has many facets, including transfer of labor, management, skills, assets, debts and income.

First Columbiana and Stark Farm Bureaus’ Farm Frenzy brings family fun

Published Oct. 24, 2014

ALLIANCE — Expertly climbing from the cab of a John Deere silage chopper, 2-year-old Linden Fannin was all business at the Columbiana and Stark County Farm Bureaus’ first Farm Frenzy event Oct. 18, held at the Mile Branch Grange in Alliance.

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.

Harvest delays increase odds of yield loss for corn growers

Published Oct. 31, 2014

Weather-related delays caused many growers to choose to let corn dry in the field, but the longer the corn sits, the greater potential it has for yield loss, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist

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.

Leading voice on agriculture fights to keep job

Published Oct. 31, 2014

Peterson, 70, a founder of the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats, chaired the Agriculture Committee for four years until Republicans took control of the House in 2011. He worked closely with its Republican chairman, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, to shape the 2014 farm bill and nail down votes from both parties to get it approved.

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.

Mapping U.S. Agriculture

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Agricultural data are valuable for analysis, and thanks to the Census of Agriculture and other surveys, NASS has plenty of data available. As a cartographer, however, I obviously prefer to present the data in map form. A map gives anyone a chance to visualize data for multiple geographic areas as a cohesive image, providing a graphic overview of the agricultural phenomena

Negotiating the pipeline easement your farm can live with forever

Published Oct. 30, 2014

“The worst place in the world to sign anything is on the hood of your pickup truck,” said Arnold.

New book delves into ‘Depolarizing Food and Agriculture’

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A new book, Depolarizing Food and Agriculture: An Economic Approach, takes a look at the origins, validity, consequences, and potential resolution of the different and often opposing stances taken by groups involved in the food business.

New field guide available for Ohio crops

Published Oct. 27, 2014

a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development. The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Ohio State University Extension eStore or ordered from OSU Extension county offices.

New tool allows users to visualize, analyze agriculture data

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the U.S.

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

Ohio farmers brace for jump in property taxes

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Some local farmers are concerned that a tax assessment formula that has been friendly to farmers for decades may lead to an increase in property taxes in the next few years — maybe even resulting in taxes more than doubling for some people.

Ohio ranch wins 13 world horn champions

Published Oct. 24, 2014

BARNESVILLE — Dickinson Cattle Company of Barnesville won 13 World and Expo Horn Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., ending with the fiercest of competition on Oct. 18. The final measuring was in the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. These are the world’s two largest cattle competitions.

Ohio State Fair to require DNA submission and electronic identification

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The Ohio State Fair Beef Department has adopted new protocols for identifying market beef animals beginning with the 2015 Fair, July 29 through Aug. 9.

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.”

Pork industry launches new common audit

Published Oct. 24, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public.

Quarter Horse Congress signs new 10-year deal to stay at state fairgrounds

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The All American Quarter Horse Congress will stay at the state fairgrounds for the next decade, state Agriculture Director David Daniels said.

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.

Teams from Ohio State and China exchange visits to gain knowledge

Published Oct. 24, 2014

Ohio State’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, working in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, welcomed six visitors to Ohio State as part of the U.S. government’s U.S.-China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program.

Tobacco farmers lose longtime safety net

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco price-fixing system.

U.S.-EU trade agreement could benefit agriculture

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and European Union could benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers in a major way, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office. U.S. farm groups have varying takes on the agreement, which is targeted for completion next year.

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.

Unbuilt wind farm project sold

Published Oct. 24, 2014

PAULDING — Northwest Ohio may not have seen the end of new wind farms in the area. The Times Bulletin has learned that the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Blue Creek and Latty townships of Paulding County has changed hands

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.

Vet school adds luster to Ohio State

Published Oct. 31, 2014

OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine ranks fifth among the nation’s 28 veterinary medical schools, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate-school list. This makes it the highest-ranking college at Ohio State.

Wheat-for-corn switch sweeps U.S. in bid for break even

Published Oct. 28, 2014

U.S. growers will seed the most winter wheat since 2007, according to a Bloomberg survey of 12 analysts.

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.