News & Events

Farm loans keep rising in U.S. grain belt as cash squeeze tightens

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The Fed survey, conducted the first week of February, showed non-real estate farm loans were $8.1 billion higher than the same time a year earlier. The outlook for another year of near-record harvests should keep cash flows tight in coming months, it said.

Farm Bureau Calls for Renewed, Reliable Grain Inspection Standards

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“Our grain inspection system has earned worldwide recognition as being reliable and impartial,” Winkles said. But U.S. grain trade was jeopardized when a labor dispute led to the shutdown of grain inspection services out of the Port of Vancouver last summer.

At helm of Ohio Cattlemen’s, Elizabeth Harsh works to ‘be fearless daily

Published Apr. 23, 2015

“You can never over-communicate,” she said. “You make the extra call to make sure someone understands a program.”

Historical perspective of planting corn in April

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The data also show that in most years, even those with slow starts due to persistent cold weather in April, 60 percent or more of corn acres were planted by May 10, which is within the optimal planting date window.

Oregon considers limits on livestock antibiotics

Published Apr. 27, 2015

If the legislation passes, Oregon would be the first in the nation to mandate stricter rules on livestock antibiotics.

Obama administration is taking on agriculture’s role in climate change

Published Apr. 27, 2015

The broad suite of policies includes targeting livestock related emissions — by increasing anaerobic digestion, making sure there are roofs to contain some methane emissions, and also changing grazing habits so as to preserve more carbon in soils — the reforestation of fire or pest-damaged areas, and much more.

U.S. Ups Fight Against Agricultural Espionage

Published Apr. 27, 2015

The case comes as U.S. law-enforcement officials say they are conducting a broader examination of corporate espionage targeting U.S. agriculture companies, including multiple cases of possible theft of seeds, pesticides and other farm products.

Learning about agriculture Harvard students visit the Midwest

Published Apr. 27, 2015

Students from Harvard’s Kennedy School spent their spring break on Farm Trek 2015, a trip designed to help them better understand where their food comes from, the intricacies of the farm bill and familiarize them with challenges the agricultural community faces in the future.

Nitrogen management

Published Apr. 27, 2015

With a slow start to spring corn planting, we also do not have our pre-plant nitrogen on yet in many cases. For both economical and environmental reasons it is better to wait to apply, so this may be a win-win.

Avian flu hits more farms in Iowa, Minnesota

Published Apr. 28, 2015

In addition, H5N2 has surfaced on another turkey farm in southern Ontario, while poultry workers associated with outbreaks in Minnesota are receiving an antiviral drug as a precaution.

Vilsack wants national debate on climate change, GMOs

Published Apr. 28, 2015

Vilsack, 64, argues that politicians and interest groups from both right-wing and left-wing are taking political positions that are dangerous for the country. He also said his mission is to prompt presidential candidates to talk about both issues

Corn Planting Catching Up As Weather Window Opens Further

Published Apr. 28, 2015

Monday's weekly USDA-NASS Crop Progress report shows farmers have 19% of the nation's corn crop in the ground. That's a 10% jump over last week but remains 6% behind the normal pace.

Farm-Raised Food Is Steps Away From Your Front Door

Published Apr. 29, 2015

The place is called Agritopia. It's a suburban neighborhood with more than 450 Craftsman-style homes that are built entirely around a working farm. Such communities have been dubbed "agrihoods."

Ohio farmers, itching to plant, watch markets continue lower

Published Apr. 29, 2015

Now we are looking at prices that have us wondering if there will be profit in farming with any but the best crop yields. Now we are agonizing about forward contracting corn and beans, and wondering when to pull the plug on needed corn sales. Now we are wondering if some of our price-inflated inputs will ever get cheaper again.

Lower crop prices, formula changes, point to lower CAUV values in the future

Published Apr. 29, 2015

Owners of Agricultural land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property tax program in the 24 counties that are experiencing a reappraisal or triennial update in 2015 (payable in 2016) will see the highest CAUV values in history, . However, lower crop prices and changes made to the CAUV formula by the Ohio Department of Taxation point to lower CAUV values in the future.

Ag Committees request emergency avian flu assistance

Published Apr. 30, 2015

Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., made the request in an open letter also copied to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Poultry producers should step up biosecurity

Published Apr. 30, 2015

The avian influenza virus that has swept across western and northcentral states is still a few hundred miles from Ohio and Pennsylvania. But experts are preparing for what could soon be in our part of the country, affecting domestic flocks and wild fowl.

Still great potential with drones in ag

Published Apr. 30, 2015

For all the good they do, new technologies are not without risk, Farm Bureau told regulators. Farmers and ranchers need to be able to manage these tools safely and should be assured that their farm data is secure and cannot be used unfairly against them

How big data is revolutionizing farming

Published Apr. 30, 2015

“The reason we started 640 was there was a tremendous amount of data being left out in the field,” says Rupp, who grew up on a farm in Iowa and, post-Motorola, worked on GPS systems for tractors at Moline-based Deere. “What we wanted to do was get that data up into the cloud so we can do analytics and help that farmer become a better farmer.”

Farm manager's notebook: Reasonable cash rents ahead?

Published May. 1, 2015

The big operator cash rent bump is often twice the $50 to $75 margin you referenced. These players are losing millions at current commodity price levels

Trade Agreements Still Face Hurdles

Published May. 1, 2015

“I think a lot of it depends on the President and whether or not he’s able to allay some of the fears that people have with regards to trade,” Roberts said, referring to opposition from labor unions and other groups close to Democratic members of Congress.

OFBF talks CAUV in Mansfield

Published May. 1, 2015

The value of Ohio farmland, and property tax increases on it, were discussed Thursday at the Mansfield Kiwanis Club meeting. The guest speaker was Amy Milam, Director of Legal Education for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

International trade helps Ohio and Cleveland

Published May. 1, 2015

More than one in five Ohio jobs across all sectors depends upon international trade. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio's agricultural exports alone reached an estimated $4.4 billion in 2013. This boosted farm prices and income, while supporting about 33,300 jobs

Farmers looking forward to warm, dry weather

Published May. 1, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau spokesman Seth Teter said the rainy April slowed the central Ohio farming industry a bit but should cause no major problems. “People are waiting for the ground to dry out,” he said. “Once the temperature rises, the soil will dry out fast and furious. There will be plenty time to get crops planted.”

Farmers continue borrowing on persistently lower farm incomes

Published May. 5, 2015

According to the authors, the total volume of non-real estate farm loans in February was $8.1 billion more than in the same period in 2014. This was driven by increased borrowing for current operating expenses and livestock purchases.