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Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.
Direct sales from farms in the form of farmers’ markets and on-site stores are a growing trend in Ohio and mean more money in farmers’ pockets, said Heather Neikirk, agriculture and natural resources educator at Ohio State University’s Stark County Extension Office.
Farming is known to be an industry where it is all too common to be 'cash poor and asset rich'. Knowing the level of one's cash cushion is always prudent and will be paramount as we deal with lower margin levels. Lenders typically use one or more of these liquidity measures when assessing the financial position of a potential borrower.
I have often thought that, if any animal on the farm could talk, it should be the farm dog. The dog is always around the action and would always know what is going on where.
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
"Who’s winning? I would say flat out that advocates for alternative agriculture have won out," he said. "Their ideas are dominant. It is hard to find anyone willing to stand up for traditional agriculture. Most of them come to my classes with their minds made up
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
Under the law signed today, anyone caught making secret video recordings of agricultural operations could face a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The legislation refers to "the crime of interference with agricultural production."
Among other provisions, the Office of Farm to Fork would promote healthy food access, especially in underserved communities, and seek collaborations between public health agencies, farmers and other parties.
Farmers call them "flying rats" or "deer with wings." They gather by the tens of thousands every year about this time to graze on sprouting winter wheat, rye, alfalfa, and barley. They're voracious, persistent, and dirty, leaving behind a trail of droppings.
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted the hangout, a web-based conference call, focusing on new or beginning farmers and the "changing face of agriculture" – a tagline heard several times during the USDA Ag Outlook Forum held last week.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has angered some farm groups by producing a satirical television series that criticizes industrial farming practices. Farmers say its portrayal of farming is misleading.
Although the 2013-2014 has been one of the roughest winters in many years, Anderson doesn’t feel there is enough evidence to say climate change is triggering the extreme weather.
Today, people are more likely to be influenced by what their connections are recommending and talking about. Many people are connecting (and reconnecting) through social media.
At 959 pages, the "Agriculture Act of 2014" is hardly a quick read. But it includes a new feature, Agriculture Risk Coverage, that could provide corn and soybean farmers with an important cushion for at least the next two years.
While the recently passed farm bill represents a first for Congress since 2008, it will be several more months until the rules are fleshed out to put it into operation.
The proposal, formerly known as the “ag-gag” bill, was significantly changed in a Senate committee in a way that satisfied animal rights activists and representatives of the news media. In its original form, the bill would have made felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms
Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers take hives to the upper Midwest in the summer for bees to gather nectar and pollen for food, then truck them in the spring to California and other states to pollinate everything from almonds to apples to avocados.
"During World War II, there were victory gardens so that people could have fresh produce because the production of food was going to the war efforts. And those gardens, by the way, still exist today. It's taken an evolution, and it's different now than it was in the past,
Video from USDA Outlook Forum - featuring young farmers.
This week, the governors of New York and Connecticut—both Democrats—announced they would move around federal funds to prevent food stamp cuts in their respective states.
According to Dee Jepsen, a state safety leader for the Ohio State University Extension, an average of 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture every year. During the past 10 years, three Ohio deaths were the result of engulfment in grain bins.
Apples are resilient and can withstand the freezing temperatures in winter. However, there is one crop Sage is worried about -- peaches. Peaches typically grow better in warmer climates.
Of the estimated 11.7 million people without legal residency status, about 100,000 call Ohio home — nearly double the 55,000 reported in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.