News & Events

Hord: From 10 pigs to livestock empire

Published Sep. 2, 2014

For five generations, the Hord family's business has been growing, changing and flourishing. The multimillion-dollar farm operation, which includes Hord Livestock Inc. and Hord Family Farms, began with just ten pigs.

Silage harvest timing

Published Aug. 28, 2014

Corn development has accelerated with the recent warm temperatures. Silage harvest has begun in some parts of Ohio with earlier planting dates. Proper harvest timing is critical because it ensures the proper dry matter content required for high quality preservation, which in turn results in good animal performance and lower feed costs.

U.S. Farm Incomes Forecast to Fall

Published Aug. 28, 2014

Federal forecasters projected net farm income would slide to $113.2 billion from an estimated $131.3 billion in 2013, which was the highest since 1973 on an inflation-adjusted basis.

Farm Bill Has Become a Midterm Flash Point

Published Aug. 27, 2014

Democrats in at least five other battleground states in this year's tight contest to determine control of the Senate are highlighting their support for the bill while many GOP candidates are saying Congress missed an opportunity to overhaul costly food-stamp and farm programs.

Coalition: Collaboration needed to address water issues

Published Aug. 27, 2014

HwO is a uniquely diverse group of stakeholders from conservation, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture, public health and others. The group, launched publicly in July, is developing a 20- to 30-year management strategy to address water issues for Ohio. One priority issue is toxic algae.

Ohio peach crop wiped out

Published Aug. 27, 2014

The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says the peach crop is a disaster this year. Bill Dodd says all but a few fruit farms along the Ohio River were wiped.

Kasich touts farming in Fayette County

Published Aug. 27, 2014

“Farming is…I think it’s a value system,” said Kasich, a Republican. “You reap what you sow. It’s about faith…faith in the fact that the good Lord through our hard work will give us bountiful harvests. You have to have faith. You go through the good years, you go through the bad years. And you just keep going

U.S. loses COOL WTO challenge

Published Aug. 25, 2014

The United States has lost its latest attempt to defend the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law, according to individuals familiar with the World Trade Organization final ruling on the case, which was brought by Mexico and Canada.

Trend continues for limited supply of U.S. feeder cattle

Published Aug. 25, 2014

For the fifth consecutive month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) “Cattle on Feed” report showed a year on year decline

Lake Erie: challenges ahead, but progress being made

Published Aug. 25, 2014

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — There’s good news on the shores of Lake Erie and across the one-third or so of Ohio that drains into the lake. While the lake continues to be in the spotlight for water quality issues and toxic algae, there’s also an unprecedented amount of action being taken — from farmers and residents, to landscapers and municipalities, as well as state and federal government leaders.

Soybean aphid update

Published Aug. 25, 2014

For the most part, soybean aphids have been a problem only in odd numbered years. Several other states have broken this two-year cycle, but it has held in Ohio for over 10 years. Recently, we have been noticing the presence of soybean aphids in soybean, mostly in the northern and central part of the state.

Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Faced with the perennial challenges of producing crops on low organic matter soils, Nate and Paul Andre, of Andre Farms LLC, began looking for some solutions to boost productivity on the Fulton County farm. Taking materials destined for landfills and composting them to produce fertilizer seemed like a good solution for the farm.

Nominations sought for Ohio women's agriculture hall of fame

Published Aug. 25, 2014

REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio First Lady's office and the Ohio Department of Agriculture are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards.

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge's eligibility guidelines updated

Published Aug. 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Abundant crops but leaner profits predicted for farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Aug. 24--Call it a case of a job done too well. U.S. corn farmers are raising what's expected to be the biggest haul on record -- and are to suffer financially because of it.

Licking County egg farm helps plan solution for traffic

Published Aug. 25, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — Trillium Farms has applied to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to add more than 2 million chickens to its egg farm about 3 miles north of here. A decade ago, the residents of northwestern Licking County would have reacted to that news with anger and anxiety.

Ohio peach crop wiped out by harsh winter, spring

Published Aug. 25, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state. This year's harsh winter devastated Ohio's peach crop.

Scientists Try to Build a Tomato That Grows 24 Hours a Day

Published Aug. 22, 2014

In a study published recently in Nature, scientists in the Netherlands believe they’ve isolated a gene that will help tomato plants overcome the sleepy time and push them closer to 24 hours of productivity.

Farmers claim to be ‘doing their part’

Published Aug. 22, 2014

LIMA — A farmer from Paulding County says that farmers are just as interested in finding solutions causing algae outbreaks in some of Ohio’s waterways

Organic labeling rules tightened

Published Aug. 21, 2014

USDA’s National Organic Program has tightened the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word “organic” or its variants on the labeling of packaged food products.

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

Published Aug. 21, 2014

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) - California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Iowa panel votes to toughen livestock farm rules

Published Aug. 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa commission that oversees water quality approved increased inspections for livestock farms on Tuesday over the raucous protests of environmentalists who wanted much tougher rules.

2014 Farm Bill dairy margin protection program meeting set

Published Aug. 21, 2014

WOOSTER -- A meeting to explain the 2014 Farm Bill dairy program is scheduled for Sept. 15 in Wooster. The program begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.

Drought has California debating its unregulated pumping

Published Aug. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

Will ACRE trigger payment for the 2013 crop?

Published Aug. 21, 2014

There are no doubt many questions about decisions involved with the 2014 Farm Bill, but farmers are still currently enrolled in programs from the previous farm bill, including the Average Crop Revenue Program (ACRE).