News & Events

Fairs play a crucial role in education and future food production

Published Jul. 30, 2014

Fairs play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.

U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Published Jul. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of cattle in the United States has fallen dramatically, but just how much may surprise you. As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to the cattle report published July 25 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It’s the lowest inventory for July 1 since the series began in 1973.

OSHA updates small farm exemption memo

Published Jul. 31, 2014

he Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) formally clarified that it cannot regulate family farms with 10 or fewer employees. In a guideline issued, OSHA recognizes that postharvest activities integral to farming operations, including drying and storing grain, are exempt from regulations if the farm has 10 or fewer employees, consistent with current law.

Top business leaders, farm group urge Congress to act on immigration

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“American families are demanding locally grown vegetables and I want to provide that to them,” Thiel says in the ad by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the American Farm Bureau Federation. “So, please, tell Congress we need immigration reform now.”

Changes are coming to FSA programs

Published Jul. 31, 2014

The 2014 farm bill brought changes. The DCP/ACRE program, that paid direct payments, was eliminated. Our MILC Dairy program is being replaced. The NAP program is being made into a buy up program which I believe is good. Crop insurance is subject to sodbuster/swamp buster rules.

Ag Lender Poll: 2014 Farm Bill Changes to have Neutral Impact on Farm Financials

Published Jul. 31, 2014

"The poll reflects the reality that grain commodity prices are lower compared to last year, which will likely have some negative impact on profitability for crop producers this year," said Jerry Lehnertz, vice president, lending for AgriBank. "On the flip side, most crop producers have entered this lower commodity price environment with strong overall financial positions."

Agriculture must redefine GMO conversation

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“In general, we find a large and growing number of consumers who stigmatize GMOs,” said David Just, co-director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. “This stigma has long been a factor in Europe, and we see the same pattern emerging in the United States.”

General Mills to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture

Published Jul. 31, 2014

“However, given that nearly two-thirds of General Mills’ GHG emissions and 99 percent of water use throughout our value chain occur upstream of our direct operations, primarily in agriculture, we’ve also been focused on advancing sustainable agriculture,” John Church, General Mills’ executive vice president of supply chain operations, said in a blog post

Ohio foodbank program an option for growers

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program, and they are turning a profit in the process.