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Barry Ward, production business management leader for Ohio State University Extension, has calculated some average breakeven prices for corn and soybeans based on input costs for 2014.
The package, which includes a modification of the severance tax based on actual well economics, would enhance the state’s regulatory framework, increase funding for the Ohio Geological Survey and address the issue of plugging idle and orphan wells from historical production.
After adjusting for inflation, the net farm income is expected to be the highest since 1973, largely reflecting several expected higher year-end crop inventories as a result of the record corn harvest, USDA said.
Vilsack said the study shows farmers and ranchers are reducing nitrogen pollution by 48.6 million pounds each year and reducing phosphorus by 7.1 million pounds.
Recently, I was joined on a call by the Executive Vice-President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Jack Fisher, and the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, to discuss this important partnership.
Man’s use of fertilizer has radically changed the soil he farms, according to a study of the American prairie conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado. The soil’s fertility could collapse because of the damage done to the range of microbes that play a vital, but little studied, role in the soil.
EPA released their proposed volume requirements for 2014 and what they did was they set the fuel-blending requirement overall for total renewable fuels to 15.52 billion gallons which was one billion gallons less than 2013 and about 2.6 billion gallons below what was set within the Renewable Fuels Standard law.
Babcock said corn prices would drop about 5% as a result of reduced mandates, or about 25 cents per bushel. Corn production would fall by about 100 million bushels, and ethanol production would drop by about 11% from reduced mandates.
the Senate’s new Agricultural Risk Coverage plan backed by the Corn Belt is looking much more costly than first advertised. This feeds a growing resentment among Southern lawmakers who complain of the Midwest’s false piety — even as the region stands to collect more in government payments while enjoying uncapped subsidies on crop insurance.
Ohio cropland value rose 12 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,600 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for OSU Extension
“We would take a small part of the Farm Bill and simply renew it for three months or so to make sure milk prices don’t skyrocket because of some technicality in the law from 75 years ago.”
One of the testimonies came from Stark County farmer Mark Thomas. He brings a unique side of the conversation to the table being both a livestock and grain producer. Thomas and his family milk about 400 cows and farm around 2,000 acres. Thomas, along with Delaware County farmer John Davis, represented the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association
Mitch McConnell appeared before Kentucky’s most influential agricultural group on Saturday to explain his vote against a proposed new farm bill,
Bearish corn market news is everywhere these days, but in the long run lower corn prices will help rebuild export demand and reinvigorate the livestock sector, several ag economists said.
With December 2014 corn futures trading around $4.50 and November 2014 soybeans around $11.50, revenue protection crop insurance guarantees will likely be set at levels below cost of production, thrusting other risk management tools into the limelight.
For the 2013-2014 corn marketing year, hogs are offering an estimated $6.85 per bushel if the profits from hog production are assigned to the value of corn.
How well has insurance covered the cash plus land cost of producing corn and soybeans since 1980?
Occasionally, farm stock is shot by hunters, Fitz said. He remembers a horse from an Amish farm that was shot with an arrow and a horse in Franklin County shot with a bullet when a hunter missed a deer.
"When will they (Senate Democrats) learn to say 'yes' to common ground?" Boehner, an Ohio Republican, asked rhetorically. At nearly the same moment, the four lead farm bill negotiators claimed to have made "great progress" toward a framework after a one-hour meeting.
Urban farms, those small-scale efforts to raise chickens, goats and vegetables in urban settings, are making Michigan Farm Bureau leaders nervous as they arrive in town for their 93rd Annual Meeting this week.
it’s a whole new world already compared to the last enacted bill in 2008, which passed by veto-proof margins and was helped along then by added money for nutrition and continued direct cash payments to farmers.
The legislation is one of several items lawmakers hope to cross off their to-do list in the coming weeks, including a new budget agreement, a defense authorization bill and the confirmation of top Obama administration appointees.
House Republicans and Senate Democrats are far apart on the issue, with the GOP aiming to cut $40 billion in funds over 10 years. Democrats’ number is $4 billion. The White House’s report sharply criticizes the House bill, saying it would completely eliminate access to SNAP for 3.8 million low-income people next year.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that Congress may need to pass a one-month extension of the 2008 farm bill to make sure milk prices don’t rise.
he Senate is not in session this week, but all conferees have been told they may be summoned to Washington for an open conference meeting on the bill on Wednesday. A Cochran spokesman said that whether the meeting takes place this week or not, "The principals continue to talk and are having substantive discussions.
The Report shows that over half (56 per cent) of the companies reviewed in 2013 had published formal farm animal welfare policies (compared to 46 per cent in 2012) and 41 per cent (compared with just 26 per cent in 2012) had published objectives and targets for farm animal welfare.
Two cargoes of corn shipped to China were rejected over the weekend. This created a kerfuffle in the markets, resulting in a quick drop in prices of corn, with soybeans and wheat following.
Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavored mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast — all without eggs.
Lower oilseed and grain prices have prompted a bevy of overseas buying. Corn prices have fallen to a three-year low, amidst huge and better than expected harvest reports.
When times get tough, producers with strong management skills rise to the top. Sure, you know all about producing great yields, with the latest technology. But how do your business practices measure up? Do you have what it takes not only to survive, but to prosper in uncertain times?
Kicking the Farm Bill down the road means we continue to invest in a backward agriculture policy.
The nonprofit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy “a cognitively complex, autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned.
Rep. King’s farm bill provision – which is attached to the House version of the bill but not the Senate version – says no state has the right to regulate food production in other states.
the report argues that improving monitoring of small-scale forest clearing that currently evades the government's satellite-based deforestation detection system could help address the 70 percent of Amazon deforestation presently caused by smallholders.