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Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted the hangout, a web-based conference call, focusing on new or beginning farmers and the "changing face of agriculture" – a tagline heard several times during the USDA Ag Outlook Forum held last week.
The proposal, formerly known as the “ag-gag” bill, was significantly changed in a Senate committee in a way that satisfied animal rights activists and representatives of the news media. In its original form, the bill would have made felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms
Dewey Hall’s acreage is on the sub-continental divide, connecting the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Its watershed drains both north and south. Heading south, its waters flow into Little Killbuck Creek and eventually to the Walhonding and Muskingum rivers and on to the Ohio River. The northerly flow heads to the Black River, a direct path to central Lake Erie.
Farming is known to be an industry where it is all too common to be 'cash poor and asset rich'. Knowing the level of one's cash cushion is always prudent and will be paramount as we deal with lower margin levels. Lenders typically use one or more of these liquidity measures when assessing the financial position of a potential borrower.
“The impact of these changes would extend far beyond producers and would affect their lenders, processors, and other key suppliers,” said Brian Kuehl, Director of Federal Affairs for Kennedy and Coe. “Producers will no longer have these funds available to buy tractors and combines, or invest in labor and other inputs.
The dairy herd was estimated at 267,000 head for January, down 4,000 from a year earlier. In terms of the number of licensed dairy herds, Ohio lost 130 herds from 2012 through 2013, dropping to 2,930.
Registered users can create maps and provide details of their sensitive locations, which can then be searched by pesticide applicators. The voluntary registry is for organic crops, livestock and forage, as well as for pesticide-sensitive locations including but not limited to: apiaries, fish farms, nurseries, orchards, greenhouses
Among other provisions, the Office of Farm to Fork would promote healthy food access, especially in underserved communities, and seek collaborations between public health agencies, farmers and other parties.
Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.
A major concern shared by the panel was: how can I manage my landlord relationships proactively? With arrangements moving from primarily share crop agreements a generation ago to the cash rent leases that prevail today, there's a lot of change around how landlords and tenants are dealing with one another.
For the first time, the federal government plans to regulate how food is marketed in public schools, part of first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to reduce the allure of unhealthy foods to the nation’s children.
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers take hives to the upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
Although the 2013-2014 has been one of the roughest winters in many years, Anderson doesn’t feel there is enough evidence to say climate change is triggering the extreme weather.
Lower feed costs may spark a livestock industry renaissance and return to profitability, a team of Purdue University ag economists said Monday. "It’s not just the start of a good year for the animal industry, but an era," ag economist Chris Hurt said during a webinar hosted by Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.
Ohio is outpacing the nation in the increasing value of its crops. We are losing fewer farms than the national average, and our agricultural acreage has remained steady or increased slightly while the countrywide picture is still showing losses.
Apples are resilient and can withstand the freezing temperatures in winter. However, there is one crop Sage is worried about -- peaches. Peaches typically grow better in warmer climates.
Bankers surveyed said that despite the slowdown, farmers remained active buyers in farm real estate markets, as referenced by the share of farmers buying farmland, which has grown from an average of 63% in 2007 to 76% in 2013. Most purchased land to farm it themselves.
"Get ready to ramp up prescription agriculture," Catlett says. That’s because such technology could very well usher in a new autonomous means of easy and instant soil sampling.
This week, the governors of New York and Connecticut—both Democrats—announced they would move around federal funds to prevent food stamp cuts in their respective states.
Video from USDA Outlook Forum - featuring young farmers.
We have heard many people say that winter irrigation is a bad idea. Some say the irrigation equipment will freeze and break, others say the plants will be damaged if sprayed with water in the winter
Voluntary controls to prevent phosphorus overloads on Western Lake Erie and massive algal blooms are not working, said U.S. chair Lana Pollack of the International Joint Commission at a Thursday morning media conference.