News & Events

USDA announces $30 million available to develop new food and ag products

Published May. 11, 2015

VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or additional uses for already developed product lines. Military veterans, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and ranchers; operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher cooperatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value chain projects are given special priority

What happens to your farm if something happens to you?

Published May. 12, 2015

It's difficult to know why the farmer hadn't sat down to work through an estate and succession plan for his farm. I suppose it may be similar to the reasons many of us put off legacy planning; we feel like we're too young, or we're too busy with other things on the farm.

Agriculture to be fertile ground for job-seeking grads

Published May. 12, 2015

U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs.

Ohio Legislature may boost farm tourism

Published May. 12, 2015

Roughly 50,000 American farms and ranches have tourist or family-entertainment side-businesses: “pick-your-own” days; petting zoos; B&Bs;. Government statistics show these are boosting farm incomes 20 percent or so. But, Brandon Kern of the Ohio Farm Bureau says there are issues.

Farm Bureau Kicks Off 2015 Photo Contest

Published May. 14, 2015

Photo submissions will be used to accurately portray today’s agriculture and the safe practices of farmers and ranchers, and also for future publications, promotions and social media by AFBF and related companies. All photos submitted must exemplify safe practices on the farm or ranch

House approves bill to withdraw Waters of the U.S. proposed rule

Published May. 14, 2015

Agriculture groups have been concerned about the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' proposal as they are concerned it could lead to additional water regulations that make it difficult to continue farming and ranching effectively. Others are concerned that the proposal may infringe on private landowners' rights.

Demand Increases for High-Skilled Jobs in Agriculture

Published May. 14, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the demand is high for jobs in agriculture. A new study shows there are about 60,000 job openings across the country each year, but only 35,000 graduates to fill them.

Biofuels Ads Target White House

Published May. 14, 2015

Starting today, you’ll find ads supporting a strong renewable fuel standard posted on websites that cover Washington politics, including Politico. It’s an effort by Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels groups, to influence the White House ahead of an expected June 1 announcement by EPA on ethanol and biodiesel blending levels for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Agriculture needs Trade Promotion Authority

Published May. 14, 2015

Trade equals jobs, a secure currency and money in the bank. In agriculture alone, in 2014, exports equaled $152 billion. That’s a lot of economic activity—a lot of jobs that could be lost if TPA is not passed.

Important crop insurance deadline nears for Ohio and Indiana producers

Published May. 14, 2015

he USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.

Bill would allow wine sales at farmers markets

Published May. 18, 2015

The proposal would create a new permit, which would cost $100 annually, so wine makers could sell bottles and offer two-ounce samples. To obtain a permit, at least 51 percent of the fruit in the wine sold must from Ohio.

Increased woodland taxes irk Ohio farmers

Published May. 18, 2015

Until 2010, agricultural woodland was valued at a minimum of $100 per acre for tax purposes. In 2011, the state doubled that value and last year it jumped to $230. Taxes are assessed on that value on a county-by-county basis.

Defending animal agriculture: Saving the family farm

Published May. 19, 2015

What came next left their heads spinning. They opened their mail to find they were being sued. Not only the Broshears, but the county and every single individual on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Urban farmers say it's time they got their own research farms

Published May. 19, 2015

He says urban farmers aren't looking to grow one crop for a commodity market, but enough crops to replace a trip to the grocery store or to fill a small farm box for customers. They need to know a little about a lot of varieties in order to make the most of small growing spaces

How much hay are you losing in storage?

Published May. 19, 2015

Ohio farmers produced some 1.12 million acres of hay in 2011, Grimes said. At an average of about 2.5 tons per acre, this yielded a total production of 2.7 million tons of hay in 2011 used to support several types of ruminant animals, including beef, dairy, goats, horses and lambs, he said.

Why 2015 is the year agriculture drones take off

Published May. 19, 2015

For the first time agriculture drones will legally be able to gather widespread data across an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together for the first time—and ideally make a profit in the process.

WTO Rules Against COOL

Published May. 19, 2015

“The Appellate Body maintained the panel's conclusions that the amended COOL measure increases the record-keeping burden for imported livestock entailed by the original COOL measure,” the WTO said Monday

Rural Economy Feeling More of Ag's Pain as Crop Revenues Flounder -- Fed

Published May. 19, 2015

Through 2014, growth in per capita personal income was notably smaller in states most heavily concentrated in crop production. For example, per capita personal income expanded less than 1.0% in Iowa and South Dakota and declined slightly in Nebraska. These growth rates were significantly weaker than the national average of 3.9% from 2013 to 2014.

NE Ohio farmers market cracks Top 50 in U.S., federal grant for food justice

Published May. 19, 2015

Produce Perks and Carrot Cash, two programs that help those on food stamps get half-price discounts at farmers markets, just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting more than $152,000 to expand the programs in Ohio, with Ohio State University Extension and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition overseeing the program for the entire state.

Economist predicts bright future for oil- and gas-producing region

Published May. 19, 2015

Through the end of 2014, increases in U.S. crude oil and natural gas production served only to offset losses in South Sudan, Libya and parts of Iraq, Felmy said. Now that surpluses from OPEC nations are back online, he added, there would be a 4-5 percent increase in production worldwide.

Google Ventures leads $15M investment in big data for farmers

Published May. 20, 2015

Farmers Business Network is the brainchild of Charles Baron, a former program lead of energy innovation and geothermal projects at Google. For $500 a year farmers can contribute to and access FBN’s giant store of farming data that tells them which products and methods deliver the highest yields for a specific crop in a given location

White House pollinator plan looks for decrease in honeybee losses

Published May. 20, 2015

Research has found that potential causes for pollinator losses could be as varied as pesticide exposure, including neonicotinoids found in seed treatments; pests; poor diets; changing farm and hive management practices; limited habitat or forage; and others

Growing Degree Days Keeping Up Despite Cool, Damp Weather -- USDA

Published May. 20, 2015

Though Monday's USDA Crop Progress report showed another big week of planting progress, it certainly wasn't a dry week, with anywhere from .5 inch to 2 inches of rain falling through the Corn Belt and heavier amounts up to 4 inches in the Dakotas and northern Corn Belt, according to Tuesday's USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.

Visionary leaders in Ohio’s farm community to be honored in Ag Hall of Fame

Published May. 20, 2015

The OAC will induct William J Haddad of Danville, the late Don Loudenslager of Morral, Roy Loudenslager of Marion, and Gerald (Gary) Mast of Millersburg into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center.

High beef prices may take sizzle from summer cookouts

Published May. 20, 2015

Even more, every cut of cow is priced near record highs set late last year, and it’s all thanks to forces set in motion in 2008 when drought gripped Western ranches.