News & Events

'Farm Factor' feeding more than food to local consumers

Published Jul. 22, 2014

A hunger for food is something that will always be a part of our ever-growing society, but what is recently being added to the appetite of many consumers is a hunger of knowledge concerning where their food is coming from. The Ross County Farm Bureau is satisfying both cravings with their yearly Farm Factor event, a four-course progressive meal served on four different farms in the county.

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Published Jul. 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

2014 Farm Bill meetings

Published Jul. 14, 2014

Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 Farm Bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from industry experts during meetings scheduled for August 18, 19 and September 16 who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture.

A new approach to farmer data

Published Jul. 16, 2014

One aspect of American agriculture that has been demonized over the past year is the collection of data. It grabbed many no-so-accepting headlines when the questions arose about not only what the data may be used for and who can use the data, but also who actually owns the data. One company that is taking an industry-changing approach is Climate Corporation.

Ag Sees Clean Water Act Gap

Published Jul. 17, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told farmers and agribusinesses on a trip to Missouri last week that agriculture essentially has ‘nothing to worry about’ and that ‘nothing will change’ with the proposed Clean Water Act rule. Yet many of the 204,416 public comments submitted so far to regulations.gov on the rule suggest the agency has a ways to go to convince the industry.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create Right to Farm

Published Jul. 11, 2014

farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops.

Amid border crisis, farm groups call for immigration reform

Published Jul. 14, 2014

On July 9, a national group that included Ohio farmers and business leaders, took part in the National Day of Action for Immigration Reform — an effort to remind Washington lawmakers and the media about the importance of immigrant labor at U.S. farms.

April showers didn’t stop Ohio crops

Published Jul. 16, 2014

Even though spring was chilly and wet, crops in Ohio have bounced back from delayed starts. Crops have flourished during the summer months, so much so that record amounts may be attained.

As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

Published Jul. 17, 2014

As more neighborhoods integrate urban gardens and food forests into their communities, the question of food safety inevitably arises. While many organizers may not consider food safety a top logistical concern when planning a food forest, what types of food safety concerns do food forests need to address?

Banking on farm-to-table trend: You kill it, hotels cook it

Published Jul. 21, 2014

Farm-to-table meals have become so popular that hotels are now getting in the game with an even closer-to-the-source experience by offering chef-prepared meals using food hooked, foraged or shot by their guests.

Boost of chicken consumption in U.S.

Published Jul. 23, 2014

More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers' plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council's Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.

Calif. drought brings greatest agriculture water loss

Published Jul. 17, 2014

The UC-Davis report found that direct costs to agriculture total about $1.5 billion (which include revenue losses of $1 billion and $0.5 billion in additional pumping costs). This net revenue loss is about 3% of the state's total agricultural value.

Can agriculture appeal to today's youth? It can by emphasizing jobs.

Published Jul. 17, 2014

Simply put, for the majority of the world’s youth, agriculture simply isn’t seen as being “cool” or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay-off—and little room for career advancement.

City park could show benefits of river dredgings

Published Jul. 16, 2014

An old city park on the Maumee River could soon become a demonstration site — complete with a farm field — to show the beneficial alternative uses of material dredged from the Toledo harbor shipping channel.

Columbus to spread more wastewater sludge on farm fields

Published Jul. 23, 2014

The city wants to spread its wastewater sludge on farm fields rather than burn it and dump it into landfills. To do that, Columbus will spend $3.2 million to design storage tanks to hold the sludge.

Compensatory loss emphasis of new farm bill

Published Jul. 22, 2014

Two years ago, farmers in the four-county Toledo metro area collected more than $10.5 million in direct payments from the federal government, a subsidy program that had become increasingly seen as a poor use of taxpayer money. Starting this year, those payments disappear.

Custom farm work rates rising in Ohio

Published Jul. 23, 2014

The rates custom farm workers are paid in Ohio are rising, according to a new statewide survey of Ohio growers, farm workers and machinery operators completed by agricultural economists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Drones could be used to spy on farms

Published Jul. 21, 2014

An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Hord Livestock pigs now virus-free

Published Jul. 21, 2014

BUCYRUS — Although a deadly virus continues to impact pigs across Ohio as fair season ramps up, one of Crawford County’s largest livestock producers recently was successful at eradicating the disease.

House Panel Reviews Farm Bill Crop Insurance, Commodity Policies

Published Jul. 11, 2014

The hearing focused on reforms to the commodity title, repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.

In Ohio cow country, he’s making cheese from a herd of goats

Published Jul. 23, 2014

WAUSEON, Ohio — The flat land and fertile fields of northwest Ohio are an ideal place to grow corn and soybeans and graze cattle. One farmer has decided it’s also ideal for goats.

Legal issues with Palmer amaranth cropping up in Ohio

Published Jul. 17, 2014

Because of the presence of this noxious weed, the land has yet to be entered into the CRP, and the landowner cannot receive the CRP payment. The farming operation has been working for many months trying to remove this weed from the land, by killing it, removing it, and waiting to see if there is more germination.”

Legislation designed to boost Ohio agritourism

Published Jul. 15, 2014

Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, said Senate Bill 334 is designed to address many of the liability and regulatory challenges that affect the state’s agritourism industry. “Agritourism welcomes visitors to take part in operations on a farm; these activities can range from participating in a hayride to picking your own apples,” she said.

Mobile market brings local fruits, veggies to your door

Published Jul. 23, 2014

On a Monday in mid-July, Adam Sturm is manning the register at his grocery store. He's got local summer squash, some deep hued organic eggplant and a bevy of colorful heirloom tomatoes. And inside, Sturm has grits, eggs and more. Sturm's truck houses Adam's Mobile Market, his 5-month old local food venture. The market carries fresh local products from six local farms.

ODA is spreading the word on sensitive crops

Published Jul. 18, 2014

COLUMBUS — Seeing an Ohio soybean crop being sprayed with herbicide in July used to be as likely as a summer snowfall on the same field. But concerns that such late-season applications of herbicides like dicamba and 2,4-D could become more common has led to the development of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR).