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2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat.

3Bar Biologics developing beneficial bacteria for farmers’ fields

Published Jan. 16, 2015

In contrast, McSpadden Gardener had patented the DNA sequence he performed on a bacteria – native to Ohio soil – that helps plants take up phosphorous, fight pathogens and withstand harsh conditions like drought.

Agricultural shippers benefiting from improved U.S. railroads

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Agriculture producers who depend on freight trains to move their harvest have managed to avoid the major rail gridlock that plagued farmers across much of the region last winter and into the spring.

Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Average diesel prices for 2015 are forecast to be about $1 lower than last year.

American agriculture remains a driving force behind America's success

Published Jan. 21, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion – or nearly a five percent share – to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.

California’s Scrambled Eggs

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West.

Captive Deer Hunting Operations Under Scrutiny In Rural America

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Deer farmers and preserve managers argue that their operations provide a boon to rural economies that are strapped for ways to make a living. Ohio, for instance, is home to between 500 and 550 facilities that breed deer or host private hunts,

Corn and soybean output set records in Ohio in 2014, but prices suffered

Published Jan. 15, 2015

It’s no secret that Ohio grows a lot of corn and soybeans most years, but 2014 was something else. Aided by mild weather for most of the growing season, soybeans broke both yield and harvest records in Ohio, mirroring a national record for the crop.

Crop Quest reviews major trends in agriculture

Published Jan. 20, 2015

Sometimes looking at the big picture doesn't seem to be very relevant as we prepare for this year's upcoming crop. But, it does help us see where we are going, or where we should be focusing our attention.

Digital down on the farm: CropZilla raises $300,000

Published Jan. 16, 2015

It's a predictive modeling system to plant seeds, chemical applications, machinery and labor field by field, and can estimate the financial implications of switching equipment or adjusting a work force.

Drone to be used for Ohio college’s agriculture program

Published Jan. 26, 2015

The drone will fly out of the Springfield Municipal Airport and must remain at or below 400 feet above ground level. It will collect sensor data during planting and harvest seasons. That data will be processed and analyzed by students in the school’s precision agriculture program and then shared with the farmers.

Farm Bureau Delegates Set Public Policy Positions for 2015

Published Jan. 14, 2015

“Our delegates are the men and women growing the food and fiber for our nation and much of the rest of the world every day,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “They have made great strides over the last decades in improving their environmental performance, in adopting cutting edge technologies and taking actions to make sure they can pass their farms and ranches on to the next generation.”

Farm land prices remain high in Marion County

Published Jan. 19, 2015

"What's happening is (farmers) have their children and grandchildren starting to farm with some of these farm groups," Boblenz said. "It used to be one or two people invested in these farm operations. Now, you have several sons and grandkids," and they have to increase their farm land to provide for the livelihoods of each.

Football Buckeyes had a great season off the field with help from a local farm

Published Jan. 13, 2015

All of the food waste collected from the stadium is transported to Price Farms Organics, a composting facility in Delaware, Ohio. The waste is sorted, composted and eventually turned into a mulch called, “Stadium Scarlet,” and is available for customers to purchase at their facility on Warrensburg Road.

Get the 2014 Farm Bill details, make the right decision

Published Jan. 13, 2015

According to Schnitkey and Westhoff, there are essentially three real choices that a farmer makes under the 2014 farm bill.

Help wanted: 8 reasons to pursue a career in agriculture

Published Jan. 15, 2015

While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need.

In the Age of Viral Video, Livestock Farms Must Embrace Transparency

Published Jan. 13, 2015

“[We’re] pushing animal production to the point that we’re starting to have trouble with animal biology. We need to look at what is optimal, not what’s maximum,” she added, pointing to an increase in lame or emaciated dairy cows showing up at slaughtering facilities.

Location and quality driving current land values

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Location and quality of land continue to be main drivers of prices for a given tract of land. The lower supply of land for sale and the continued demand for agricultural land is maintaining general stability of the land market.

Location, quality are key drivers of farmland prices as values stabilize

Published Jan. 21, 2015

"While lower grade land has seen drops in value near 15% from recent highs, top quality crop and grazing land still bring solid prices as owner operators and investors seek to expand their operations with the most productive land," said Randy Dickhut, AFM, Vice President of Real Estate Operations of Farmers National Company.

Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting offers practical, profitable approach

Published Jan. 14, 2015

In a panel discussion about operating costs and budgeting, local tax accountant Raymond Miller and Marlin Yoder, a produce grower from Indiana, challenged growers to do a better job of keeping records and tracking costs related to their business.

New Farm Maps Offer In-Depth Picture of Global Agriculture

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Two new maps released Friday (Jan. 16) considerably improve estimates of the amount of land farmed in the world — one map reveals the world's agricultural lands to a resolution of 1 kilometer,

New research on millennials in agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

We talked to the next generation of farmers, students, ag educators and millennials who play supporting roles in agriculture.

Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference

Published Jan. 20, 2015

The 2015 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference will feature topics related to the trends, technology and tradition in agriculture Feb. 4-5, as well as a keynote address from Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), during OABA’s Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting on Feb. 4.

Ohio dairy farms prepared after extreme cold of last winter

Published Jan. 20, 2015

A glance at farms across the state saw all manners of livestock operations affected, though few as much as Ohio’s dairy farmers.

Ohio farmers could benefit from Obama's Cuba policy

Published Jan. 15, 2015

Ohio farmers already export some soybeans and corn to Cuba under a narrow exemption to the five-decade trade embargo. The exemption, passed by Congress in 2001, allows American businesses to sell food and agricultural products to Cuba with restrictions.