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More trendy restaurants are serving food that seems easier on the environment, but customers often aren't quite sure what they're getting. Does a "grass-fed" steak differ from "pasture-raised"? Can seafood really be described as "organic"?
COLUMBUS, Ohio â€” At least four horses in Northeast Ohio have died from eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can also infect humans, Ohio's state veterinarian announced Tuesday.
Kelly and Michelle Abfall of Albany have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federationâ€™s (OFBF) 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
â€śI think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,â€ť Roberts said.
That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSUâ€™s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.
At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work thatâ€™s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.
Experts, including Reutter, say phosphorus runoff from farmland is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. In August, toxins from a bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.
Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.
Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.
Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
â€śAgriculture is for everyone, but many people donâ€™t realize just how important women are to an operationâ€™s success,â€ť she said. â€śTheyâ€™re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. â€śTheyâ€™re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.â€ť
â€śEPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesnâ€™t quite know how to deal with that,â€ť AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Both AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined the suit on the side of Alt.
Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen used, and use of foliar fungicides all affect the rate of dry down and grain moisture at harvest.
Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.
Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.
The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.
The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriffâ€™s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.
â€śI think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,â€ť Mr. FitzGerald said.
He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his familyâ€™s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, to which the United States contributes, aims to deepen and broaden mitigation research through collaboration and data sharing.
â€śThe Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,â€ť Maxwell says. â€śIt does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.â€ť
Bryan Humphreys, who will be starting his new role as Executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council on Oct. 1
A recent survey of members of the Ohio Agribusiness Association shows that Ohio and agricultural businesses need to train employees to use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, for precision agriculture to provide more value for customers and potentially increase profitability
Vilsack announced the online tools which will help farmers select whether ARC or PLC coverage provides the best risk management option for their operations under future scenarios. . The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.