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Custom farming rates going up, but so are the costs

Published Sep. 12, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop — known as custom work — you’ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.

Farm bill foes find trouble of their own

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.

'Fantasy' of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.

Chipotle's wrong -- fast food isn't going away (not yet, at least)

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Chipotle (CMG) has never wanted to be a traditional fast-food restaurant. It's wanted to be viewed as better -- in terms of quality, ingredients, taste, supplier practices and just about everything else.

Ohio Farmers Union wants farmers part of Lake Erie solution

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The Ohio Farmers Union will bring together scientists and agricultural experts in late September in a forum on seeking solutions for the annual algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie. OFU President Joe Logan said it’s important for farmers to acknowledge their part in Lake Erie’s woes.

EPA sued — again — to force decision on pesticide

Published Sep. 12, 2014

More than four years ago, environmental groups asked a federal court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to ban a widely used pesticide that scientists have linked to illnesses in children. They settled the case in November 2011 after the EPA said it would make a decision within a year. On Wednesday, the same organizations filed a lawsuit, asking for a firm deadline.

Ohio awarded $8.3 million from feds to protect agricultural land

Published Sep. 12, 2014

OHIO — After requesting $18 million from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Ohio landowners and farmland protection organizations received $8.3 million in funding.

USDA sued over poultry rule

Published Sep. 12, 2014

The group Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court to stop the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.

Farmers on board to limit area’s phosphorus runoff Read more at http://www.toled

Published Sep. 15, 2014

With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.

1st Fertilizer Application Certification Class underway in Fulton Co.

Published Sep. 15, 2014

"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge