News & Events

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

Hord purchases grain elevator

Published Nov. 10, 2014

When Ken Comstock closed his Caledonia Farm Supply earlier this fall it was the end of an era, but it’s also begun a new one. While the grain elevator in Marion County has since been sold for private storage, Comstock’s elevator in Denmark, an unincorporated village on Ohio 95 in Morrow County, has been purchased by Hord Livestock of Bucyrus.

Honey bee habitat: Ohio funding available in early 2015

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Some Midwestern farmers can get a share of $4 million from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help improve the health of honey bees; however; Ohio farmers will have to wait a little longer for funding.
The federal assistance announced in the Midwest will provide support to farmers to implement conservation practices that will provide food sources for honey bees.

Hill elected to Farm Credit Mid-America Board of Directors

Published Nov. 10, 2014

Lowell Hill, of De Graff, Ohio, is one of four farmers elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America to the board of directors of the $20 billion financial services cooperative that serves Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents.

Gallia Farm Bureau earns national award

Published Nov. 10, 2014

The Gallia County Farm Bureau recently received a national award that recognizes it for community involvement and local activities — an award in which only 24 counties in the United States receive each year.

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

Farmland preservation programs have changed, but same focus

Published Nov. 12, 2014

The state and federal farmland preservation programs continue to preserve land in Ohio — albeit in slightly different way.

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.