News & Events

AFBF President Stallm won't seek re-election

Published Jul. 15, 2015

"It is time to hand over the reins of leadership," said Stallman, a Texas cattle and rice producer. "While the presidential gavel will change hands, what defines Farm Bureau will remain the same: our grassroots strength and our commitment to strengthening America's agricultural and rural communities."

How Do the New USDA Initiatives Incorporate Climate Smart Agriculture

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry initiative expects to reduce U.S. emissions by 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, similar to taking 25 million cars off the road.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request. The bulk of the measure, however, contains $123.3 billion mandatory funding. The text of the bill won't be released until Thursday.

Near-record rains compromising wheat, corn and beans

Published Jul. 15, 2015

According to the National Weather Service, June was among the wettest on record across northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Sweet and hot products get top honors in Ohio food innovation contest

Published Jul. 15, 2015

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) sponsored this year's contest, asking food entrepreneurs and chefs to submit written applications, which are scored for their product's concept.

Drought Is the Mother of Invention on the Farm

Published Jul. 16, 2015

Growers are quicker to invest in modern water-saving technologies, once a hard sell

Projected 2015 net income on a 1,500-acre grain farm

Published Jul. 16, 2015

For a 1,500 acre grain farm, net income is projected at $7,450 in 2015, down from $103,500 in 2014.

Webinar series to focus on drone use in agriculture

Published Jul. 16, 2015

A 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts the UAS global market to reach $140 billion over the next decade. The report also said that agriculture would make up 80 percent of the potential commercial market for the devices.

Cover Crop Users Expand Acres

Published Jul. 16, 2015

For the third year in a row, the survey of farmers has shown that cover crops improve corn and soybean yields while providing a host of other benefits. The survey of more than 1,200 farmers revealed that cover crops boosted 2014 corn yields by an average of 3.7 bushels per acre (2.1 %) and soybeans by 2.2 bushels per acre (4.2 %).

Ag items in Ohio budget

Published Jul. 16, 2015

In general, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was also pleased with the state budget. “With most budgets it is a mixed bag. You see some really positive things and there are some items you would’ve hoped to see taken care of that did not get taken care of,” said Brandon Kern, OFBF director of state policy.

Rain in Ohio leads to more crops in poor shape

Published Jul. 17, 2015

Farmers reported on Monday that 22 percent of their corn is in very poor to poor condition; ditto for soybeans, according to the latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region.

3 Stocks to Watch in Agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Eating is mandatory, which is why these three agriculture related stocks are worth watching.

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

Interdependence is good for local agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Crop farmers and fruit growers work together with pesticide and fertilizer suppliers and applicators and follow the weatherman’s predictions.

Four Land Trends Worth Watching

Published Jul. 21, 2015

This is an interesting time to talk agricultural real estate, because we're starting to see the ripple effects of lower commodity prices. Here are four trends we're noticing based on conversations with our real estate friends.

Rainy summer damages Ohio's farming economy

Published Jul. 21, 2015

a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are being drowned out.

Grain Movement: Midwest corn goes to Southeast markets

Published Jul. 21, 2015

What corn is available is being shipped to the southeast to either poultry producers or ethanol plants. That remains the best market for August and first-half September positions. However, that market should close in a few weeks when corn harvest starts in that region.

Jindal Touts Smaller Government At Forum

Published Jul. 22, 2015

When asked what he would do to help the next generation of farmers, he said, “We need a full repeal of the death tax, the so-called estate tax.” It shouldn’t be hard for a farmer to pass the business to the next generation, he said. “Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.

Rickenbacker OK’d for animal transport

Published Jul. 22, 2015

Livestock now can get a lift overseas via Rickenbacker Airport. For farmers who are in the animal-exporting business — like the one who shipped 20 pygmy goats to Kuwait last month — this is good news. Rickenbacker recently became one of roughly 25 of the nation’s 550 airports to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transport animals.

Mercer County pig farm to combine facilities, seeks permit to operate

Published Jul. 24, 2015

A pig farm in Fort Recovery is seeking a permit to operate, as it is consolidating three facilities to operate as one.

A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate could literally offer tax breaks for all kind

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, plans to introduce a bill soon that would create a 50 percent refundable income tax credit for livestock owners or producers who invest in manure storage facilities.

House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 24, 2015

An Ohio company is partnering with the city of Indianapolis to build a $1.2 million hydroponic farm that will grow organic vegetables in a retrofitted warehouse.