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New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture

Published Sep. 18, 2014

hey simulated the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century and found that two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.

Exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture at FSR

Published Sep. 18, 2014

“Agriculture is for everyone, but many people don’t realize just how important women are to an operation’s success,” she said. “They’re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. “They’re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.”

Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 18, 2014

At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

Ag economist advice: Hold on to your grain, if possible

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,” Roberts said.

Farm Groups Stick With Senate Republicans Despite Farm Bill Opposition

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.

Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Published Sep. 19, 2014

That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

FitzGerald: Phosphorus a toxic substance

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,” Mr. FitzGerald said.

Agriculture industry has history of making political donations

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.

Humane Society responds to ‘anti agriculture’ claim

Published Sep. 22, 2014

“The Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,” Maxwell says. “It does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.”

Area farmers seeing steep drop in corn prices

Published Sep. 22, 2014

Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.

Farmers markets booming

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.

Fire destroys empty barn at Croton egg farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriff’s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.

Facing Likely Defeat, EPA Abandons Key Farm Case in West Virginia

Published Sep. 23, 2014

“EPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesn’t quite know how to deal with that,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Both AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined the suit on the side of Alt.

Technology, Infrastructure Reduce Food Waste on the Farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Andrew Dunham, who is the fifth generation of his family to farm this land, says what little edible material accumulates that doesn’t get off the farm, is put back into the soil as part of a compost pile.

Factors affecting corn dry down in the field

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen used, and use of foliar fungicides all affect the rate of dry down and grain moisture at harvest.

Abfalls named Ohio Farm Bureau 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Kelly and Michelle Abfall of Albany have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Ohio farmers help schools enhance math and science programs

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Ohio school districts have received $125,000 in grants this year from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program partners with farmers to support rural public school districts with innovative approaches to teaching math and science.

Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pa. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962 and it's still smoldering away underground. The place is a steaming wasteland—one that may hold a key to feeding the world. Friesen is on a hunt for a microbe that has an unusual ability that may help farmers grow more crops.

Senator visits wine country to assess polar vortex damage

Published Sep. 24, 2014

GENEVA — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with local wine grape growers on Tuesday to assess the devastating effects of winter’s polar vortex on the region.
The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area’s wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

4 horses die in Northeast Ohio from eastern equine encephalitis; no human cases

Published Sep. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least four horses in Northeast Ohio have died from eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can also infect humans, Ohio's state veterinarian announced Tuesday.

Climate aid needed for 500 million small farmers - researchers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).