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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dairy and agriculture economists and policy experts with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will hold meetings across the state as part of an effort to help farmers learn more about the 2014 farm bill and how it can impact dairy producers.
Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right. That's what unofficially happened in Missouri on Tuesday when voters approved the so-called "right to farm" in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution.
Experts say one of the contributing factors to the algal blooms is phosphorous run off from farm fields, but a number of local farmers are using technology to cut down on that run off. 13abc's Lissa Guyton toured an Ottawa County farm today that's been on the cutting edge of cutting back on fertilizer use.
The Athens-based Appalachian Center for Economic Networks has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as one of 10 rural enterprise agencies to receive a grant to support job growth and business development in rural communities.
Farmers at the Resilient Agriculture Conference Wednesday at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, were urged to take steps to increase the sustainability and resilience of their operations as a hedge against the increasing risks of variable and unpredictable weather.
A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae proliferation isn't a mystery â€” it's crop runoff. And local farmers are on the defensive.
In November 2013, a group of activists hoping to prevent future algae blooms in Lake Erie suggested that Ohio find ways to reduce phosphorus runoff by 40%, although further action wasnâ€™t taken on the matter. Now, after Toledoâ€™s city-wide water ban, groups are urging that the reductions begin.
Ohioâ€™s political leaders are calling for more studies to find out why the algal blooms are increasing and how to control them. A number of environmental groups say itâ€™s time for strict regulations on the agriculture industry. But how much of a role do the farms play? Researchers already know some of the answers, yet there are still many unknowns.
Itâ€™s not unusual for farmers to harness the power of the sun to grow their crops. However, the Richardson family of Richardson Farms has taken that concept a step further. The Richardsons installed an energy-saving solar panel system on a barn roof in July at their family-owned farm in Lafayette Township.
It has become a common occurrence in eastern Ohio to see oil and gas related pipelines being installed through pastures and crop fields. While many sections of these lines are installed and reseeded to the farmerâ€™s satisfaction, some are not.
COLUMBUS â€” Boom, then bust. Itâ€™s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And itâ€™s an underlying concern for Ohio communities experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isnâ€™t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension.
Reflecting the nationâ€™s increased appetite for locally grown food, the number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled during the last 10 years, with Ohioâ€™s more than 300 markets ranking behind only California, New York and Michigan, according to a report released this month.
An increasing number of customers is turning to Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which customers can subscribe to a local farm for fresh produce from a familiar face.
Vermontâ€™s Attorney General William Sorrell asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss the lawsuit brought by food manufacturer trade associations to invalidate Act 120, Vermontâ€™s law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflower seeds in the median along State route 207 in Ross County, located in southern Ohio. Once the flowers have grown, the nectar and pollen will attract bees and hopefully help to boost the bee population.
The feral swine that have been invading Ohio in recent year can weigh up to 200 pounds and cause significant destruction to crops and property. They can also be dangerous.
Washington â€“ U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report. Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn.
U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Farmers already seeing corn and soybeans prices plummet as the markets expect bountiful harvests. There are some potential safety nets that might help protect them financially, two Purdue University agricultural economists said.
OTTAWA â€” Jim Hoorman, assistant professor with Ohio State University Extension and Putnam County Extension educator, is working with farmers in China on improving their water, land and air.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hopes a provision he put in the latest farm bill will help Ohio obtain millions of dollars of additional conservation funds designed to help the state fight harmful algal blooms.
Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA as well as the Ohio Department of Agriculture are saying these agencies violated the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit filed in federal court all boils down to waste permits for concentrated animal farms and the issue of who is allowed to issue them.
While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
NEWARK â€“ Representatives of the county and Trillium Farm Holdings LLC are working together to control truck traffic and road wear at egg farm facilities in the countyâ€™s northwestern corner.
DEFIANCE â€” Approximately 100 local farmers gathered Thursday evening to discuss what many northwest Ohio residents have been talking about for weeks â€” the recent Toledo water crisis.