News & Events

Farmers report: Growing season is bouncing back

Published Aug. 20, 2014

A harsh winter and cold spring has caused a host of issues for farmers this year, but local growers report that their yields are bouncing back in the best way.

Research confirms feed can be carrier of PEDv

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread rapidly throughout the U.S. swine industry. Initially, contaminated feed was proposed as a risk factor for PEDv; however, data were not available to support this theory. Research conducted by Pipestone Veterinary Services and South Dakota State University now confirms that feed can be a carrier of the virus.

Manure shouldn't be regulated like human waste

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Livestock manure is a nutrient-packed resource that should not be categorized, classified or regulated in the same way as human waste, according to Dr. Pius Ndegwa, Washington State University Biological Systems Engineering School associate professor and livestock manure specialist.

Farm Policy Facts unveils new interactive map highlighting state ag contribution

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Agriculture is vital and every state plays a unique role in feeding, fueling and clothing our nation. Farm Policy Facts is pleased to unveil a new interactive map highlighting state-specific agriculture contributions across America.

Animals for Life Foundation awards grants

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected three projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2014 fiscal year. This year’s AFL grant application process resulted in a record number of applicants.

Manure and expedited certification process included in new Ohio bill addressing

Published Aug. 20, 2014

n response to the recent drinking water ban in Toledo, three senators from Ohio’s Lake Erie counties have introduced SB 356 to expand and accelerate fertilizer certification legislation passed earlier this year. Senators Brown, Cafaro and Turner’s proposal would add “manure” to the definition of “fertilizer” for purposes of the fertilizer certification program enacted this May in SB 150.

Area farmers hear 2014 Farm Bill updates

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — On Tuesday, an Ohio State University professor began the conversation with area producers about their Farm Bill program choices for the 2014-18 crop years during a meeting held at Defiance College.

Ohio allocates more funding to address water quality issues

Published Aug. 20, 2014

In response to the water challenges recently faced in the city of Toledo, Gov. John R. Kasich and members of his Cabinet announced major new multi-agency initiatives that make available significant resources to local communities and the agriculture community to help further strengthen protections for Lake Erie water quality and local drinking water supplies.

Agriculture Department gives Ohio emergency money to fight algae blooms

Published Aug. 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday sent $2 million to Ohio to fight farm runoff that contributes to algae blooms. The USDA's Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide the money to farmers who plant cover crops that fight erosion.

Federal funding headed to NW Ohio to improve water quality

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Bill Myers and his family members have been growing beans, corn, alfalfa hay and wheat on their 2,000 acres since the 1800's at Myers Farms in Oregon. The Lucas County Farm Bureau president commonly plants cover crop in his fields. The practice keeps nutrient-rich soil in the fields, and prevents fertilizer run-off into the water system.

AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday.

Local farmers gather to discuss phosphorus runoff, cover crops

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — Approximately 100 local farmers gathered Thursday evening to discuss what many northwest Ohio residents have been talking about for weeks — the recent Toledo water crisis.

County, egg farm cooperate for site improvements

Published Aug. 20, 2014

NEWARK – 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 county’s northwestern corner.

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

Published Aug. 20, 2014

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).

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA over CAFOs

Published Aug. 13, 2014

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.

Sherrod Brown seeking conservation money for Ohio

Published Aug. 13, 2014

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.

County extension agent works to help farmers in China

Published Aug. 13, 2014

OTTAWA — 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.

Farm bill offers important tools to help survive low prices

Published Aug. 13, 2014

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.

U.S. meat exports continue record pace

Published Aug. 12, 2014

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).

USDA forecasts record-high corn and soybean production in 2014

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Washington – 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.

Feral swine still causing problems in rural Ohio

Published Aug. 12, 2014

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.

Wildflowers planted to boost Ohio bee population

Published Aug. 12, 2014

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.

Vermont's AG challenges GMO lawsuit

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Vermont’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, Vermont’s law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.

Farming closer to home gaining popularity

Published Aug. 12, 2014

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.

Appetite for locally grown food behind rise in farmers markets

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Reflecting the nation’s increased appetite for locally grown food, the number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled during the last 10 years, with Ohio’s more than 300 markets ranking behind only California, New York and Michigan, according to a report released this month.