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California drought stings bees, honey supplies

Published Aug. 21, 2014

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) - California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Organic labeling rules tightened

Published Aug. 21, 2014

USDA’s National Organic Program has tightened the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word “organic” or its variants on the labeling of packaged food products.

Farmers claim to be ‘doing their part’

Published Aug. 22, 2014

LIMA — A farmer from Paulding County says that farmers are just as interested in finding solutions causing algae outbreaks in some of Ohio’s waterways

Scientists Try to Build a Tomato That Grows 24 Hours a Day

Published Aug. 22, 2014

In a study published recently in Nature, scientists in the Netherlands believe they’ve isolated a gene that will help tomato plants overcome the sleepy time and push them closer to 24 hours of productivity.

Ohio peach crop wiped out by harsh winter, spring

Published Aug. 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state. This year's harsh winter devastated Ohio's peach crop.

Licking County egg farm helps plan solution for traffic

Published Aug. 25, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — Trillium Farms has applied to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to add more than 2 million chickens to its egg farm about 3 miles north of here. A decade ago, the residents of northwestern Licking County would have reacted to that news with anger and anxiety.

Abundant crops but leaner profits predicted for farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Aug. 24--Call it a case of a job done too well. U.S. corn farmers are raising what's expected to be the biggest haul on record -- and are to suffer financially because of it.

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge's eligibility guidelines updated

Published Aug. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Nominations sought for Ohio women's agriculture hall of fame

Published Aug. 25, 2014

REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio First Lady's office and the Ohio Department of Agriculture are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.

Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Faced with the perennial challenges of producing crops on low organic matter soils, Nate and Paul Andre, of Andre Farms LLC, began looking for some solutions to boost productivity on the Fulton County farm. Taking materials destined for landfills and composting them to produce fertilizer seemed like a good solution for the farm.