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Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Nobody knows the shortcomings of the organic standard, or GMO corn, or no-till, better than the farmer who has put it into practice. But the farther you get from the farm, the louder the voices get.

Webinar series to focus on drone use in agriculture

Published Jul. 16, 2015

A 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts the UAS global market to reach $140 billion over the next decade. The report also said that agriculture would make up 80 percent of the potential commercial market for the devices.

Walker's conservative stance extends to agriculture

Published Jul. 14, 2015

Walker's style and policy agenda has earned him admirers and detractors in agriculture. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau thinks he's been good for farmers

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

USDA preps for next round of bird flu

Published Jul. 14, 2015

Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, shared the risk of the disease re-emerging in the fall or spring is “significant” but also said many changes have already been put into place or will be the next time around.

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.

The question most farms still have about the future

Published Jul. 14, 2015

what's going to happen with the family farm in the future? There are times when neither generation is clear about the plan – maybe even the most central thing of all: who's going to be involved in the farm in the future?

Sweet and hot products get top honors in Ohio food innovation contest

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) sponsored this year's contest, asking food entrepreneurs and chefs to submit written applications, which are scored for their product's concept.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.

Sculptors start buttering up an Ohio icon for the 2015 fair

Published Jul. 14, 2015

The sculptors start by building wooden and steel frames to support the weight of the butter. From 55-pound blocks, sculptors slice the butter into manageable loaves and layer it to cover the frames.

Rickenbacker OK’d for animal transport

Published Jul. 22, 2015

Livestock now can get a lift overseas via Rickenbacker Airport. For farmers who are in the animal-exporting business — like the one who shipped 20 pygmy goats to Kuwait last month — this is good news. Rickenbacker recently became one of roughly 25 of the nation’s 550 airports to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transport animals.

Rainy summer damages Ohio's farming economy

Published Jul. 21, 2015

a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are being drowned out.

Rain in Ohio leads to more crops in poor shape

Published Jul. 17, 2015

Farmers reported on Monday that 22 percent of their corn is in very poor to poor condition; ditto for soybeans, according to the latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region.

Projected 2015 net income on a 1,500-acre grain farm

Published Jul. 16, 2015

For a 1,500 acre grain farm, net income is projected at $7,450 in 2015, down from $103,500 in 2014.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 24, 2015

An Ohio company is partnering with the city of Indianapolis to build a $1.2 million hydroponic farm that will grow organic vegetables in a retrofitted warehouse.

Near-record rains compromising wheat, corn and beans

Published Jul. 15, 2015

According to the National Weather Service, June was among the wettest on record across northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Multi-year losses spur concern

Published Jul. 24, 2015

The recent corn-soybean price rally offered growers across the nation a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it won’t erase the string of negative returns the industry is accumulating, lenders and financial consultants tell DTN.

Midwest state ag leaders discuss agriculture issues, make recommendations

Published Jul. 14, 2015

MASDA is comprised of the state agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors from North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Mercer County pig farm to combine facilities, seeks permit to operate

Published Jul. 24, 2015

A pig farm in Fort Recovery is seeking a permit to operate, as it is consolidating three facilities to operate as one.

Jindal Touts Smaller Government At Forum

Published Jul. 22, 2015

When asked what he would do to help the next generation of farmers, he said, “We need a full repeal of the death tax, the so-called estate tax.” It shouldn’t be hard for a farmer to pass the business to the next generation, he said. “Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

Interdependence is good for local agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Crop farmers and fruit growers work together with pesticide and fertilizer suppliers and applicators and follow the weatherman’s predictions.

Innovation, technology in agriculture discussed at Summit

Published Jul. 27, 2015

There is also innovation in agriculture, and Colorado State University President Tony Frank said there is probably no other industry that has changed more during a time period than agriculture

How Do the New USDA Initiatives Incorporate Climate Smart Agriculture

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry initiative expects to reduce U.S. emissions by 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, similar to taking 25 million cars off the road.

House Votes To Stop GMO Labeling

Published Jul. 27, 2015

as supporters of the bill in Congress pointed out, so far, there isn’t any safety risk from, GMO foods, sometimes also called GE foods, for genetically engineered

House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.

Grain Movement: Midwest corn goes to Southeast markets

Published Jul. 21, 2015

What corn is available is being shipped to the southeast to either poultry producers or ethanol plants. That remains the best market for August and first-half September positions. However, that market should close in a few weeks when corn harvest starts in that region.

Genetically modified seeds are changing agriculture

Published Jul. 27, 2015

“It’s made raising a healthy crop easier,” said Davis, who farms 3,600 acres of corn and soybeans in Delaware County. “We can do it non-GMO, but we’d need more pesticide and labor. (GMOs) make it a lot easier on the farmer. “We all want safe, economical food, and this is how we can do it for the masses.”

Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather pattern

Four Land Trends Worth Watching

Published Jul. 21, 2015

This is an interesting time to talk agricultural real estate, because we're starting to see the ripple effects of lower commodity prices. Here are four trends we're noticing based on conversations with our real estate friends.

Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

Published Jul. 24, 2015

After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42). The 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.

Drought Is the Mother of Invention on the Farm

Published Jul. 16, 2015

Growers are quicker to invest in modern water-saving technologies, once a hard sell

Cover Crop Users Expand Acres

Published Jul. 16, 2015

For the third year in a row, the survey of farmers has shown that cover crops improve corn and soybean yields while providing a host of other benefits. The survey of more than 1,200 farmers revealed that cover crops boosted 2014 corn yields by an average of 3.7 bushels per acre (2.1 %) and soybeans by 2.2 bushels per acre (4.2 %).

County Farm Bureaus team up to support Flying Horse Farms

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Morrow, Delaware and Richland County Farm Bureaus are collaborating to host the Second Annual Flying Horse Farms – Grow it. Know it. Give it. The event treats guests to chef prepared, locally sourced dinner at the camp. All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.

Bird flu vaccine developed for chickens

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

Ag items in Ohio budget

Published Jul. 16, 2015

In general, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was also pleased with the state budget. “With most budgets it is a mixed bag. You see some really positive things and there are some items you would’ve hoped to see taken care of that did not get taken care of,” said Brandon Kern, OFBF director of state policy.

AFBF President Stallm won't seek re-election

Published Jul. 15, 2015

"It is time to hand over the reins of leadership," said Stallman, a Texas cattle and rice producer. "While the presidential gavel will change hands, what defines Farm Bureau will remain the same: our grassroots strength and our commitment to strengthening America's agricultural and rural communities."

A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate could literally offer tax breaks for all kind

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, plans to introduce a bill soon that would create a 50 percent refundable income tax credit for livestock owners or producers who invest in manure storage facilities.

3 Stocks to Watch in Agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Eating is mandatory, which is why these three agriculture related stocks are worth watching.