News & Events

You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The reason is simple. It is costing egg producers $40 per chicken to comply with the new cage rule. It comes to $2 million for a small operation involving 50,000 chickens. A number of out-of-state producers in places such as Iowa and Ohio that have real winters in order to comply have also had to add heating. More space means chickens aren’t staying warm simply from body heat

Will Des Moines water lawsuit change farming rules?

Published Jan. 19, 2015

A Des Moines utility's plan to sue three northwest counties for polluting central Iowa's drinking water supply may have broad ramifications for state and U.S. farmers, who environmentalists complain have been too slow to embrace meaningful conservation practices

What Is a CSA and Why You Should Join One

Published Jan. 28, 2015

It’s a win-win for consumers and growers because consumers get delicious, fresh and mostly, if not all, organic produce throughout the growing season, and growers have the financial support from their customers at the beginning of the season.

U.S., Mexico Increasingly Competing for Farm Labor

Published Jan. 30, 2015

The majority of hired farmworkers in the U.S., estimated at around 1 million, are Mexican, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, Mexican migrants account for 90% of hired workers, according to independent estimates. But the pool of Mexican agricultural workers is steadily declining

TPA again getting support from agriculture

Published Jan. 27, 2015

TPA defines U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the president to follow throughout the negotiation process. Once negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets an up or down vote — without amendments — on it. Congress has granted TPA to every president since 1974,

The Future of Agriculture May Be Moving Indoors

Published Jan. 19, 2015

General Electric (NYSE: GE ) played a central role in the first plant, producing LEDs that could be used to grow crops while using less power than fluorescent lights. And with the plant's success this probably won't be the last we hear of LED farming.

The evolution of digital agriculture and considerations today

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Big data continues to be a hot discussion topic within the agricultural community. New technology and services are continuing to come online to help farmers. In the past two years, the advancement of wireless technology and telematics solutions have simplified the transmission of data between agricultural machinery

Tax filing on the farm: Tips for 2015

Published Jan. 23, 2015

The first area that Miller suggested filers pay particular attention to this year is equipment repairs, and whether or not those repairs can be capitalized.

Sowing the Internet of Things into agriculture

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Merge that data with satellite data already being collected by the government, and the department, Valivullah said, will be able to make unprecedented contributions to precision agriculture. "By applying precision agriculture and big data we can increase productivity by another 10 percent to 30 percent and make farmers more profitable," he said.

SOTU & agriculture

Published Jan. 23, 2015

Like most State of the-Union addresses, Tuesday’s message from President Barack Obama to Congress had only a few comments that seem to affect farmers and ranchers directly. To Bob Stallman, the Texas farmer and cattleman who is president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, some of the President’s remarks were encouraging and others were worrisome

Schedule set for on-farm food safety training programs for fruits and vegetables

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Classes typically run about three hours, Hoover said. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with standard operating procedure templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts and a certificate of participation.

Plan targets farmers to reduce Lake Erie algae

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The agriculture department will rank the applications based on what farms are most likely to have the biggest impact on reducing runoff. The department has been working with university scientists and soil experts to determine what areas they should target.

Payments to farmers may exceed farm bill’s expectations

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office weighed in this week with a revised baseline that shows annual payments to farmers could average $4.8 billion over the next decade — a nearly 50 percent increase over what CBO had predicted less than a year ago after passage of the 2014 farm bill

Ohio’s agriculture-linked deposit program seeks applicants

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The program allows agribusinesses to apply for an interest-rate reduction on new or existing loans or lines of credit up to $150,000.

Ohio septic system regulations overhauled

Published Jan. 29, 2015

The Ohio Department of Health reports that nearly 31 percent of all septic systems in Ohio are failing. A failing system could indicate a number of problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the homeowner will have to replace the entire system

Ohio maple producers learn of new grading system

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The grading system is a proposal of the International Maple Syrup Institute and seeks a unified grading system that will help unite everyone from producers to consumers. It includes a color class that is also based on flavor, and specific criteria related to quality, labels and production.

Ohio lawmakers, farmers call for ‘sound science’ in water quality rules

Published Jan. 30, 2015

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held their first public hearing of the year Jan. 29, where they fielded public comment about new legislation to help control nutrient runoff from farmers’ fields.

Ohio House panel to hold water quality hearing

Published Jan. 27, 2015

An Ohio House committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday to discuss water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The hearing by the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is being held early Thursday afternoon at a farm in Van Wert in western Ohio

Ohio farmer brings a bit of the west to the Midwest

Published Jan. 28, 2015

Owl Creek Farm began in 2011, as Ruter took nearly 430 acres and began to populate them with bison from Colorado and Indiana. Fast forward to 2015, and Ruter has 64 head and plans to have about 80 by September.

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 cattlemen honor Buchy, Sutherlys with top awards

Published Jan. 28, 2015

More than 275 attended the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting and banquet Jan. 24 at the Nationwide Conference Center in Lewis Center, on the outskirts of Columbus.

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.

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.

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,

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.