News & Events

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Published Jul. 9, 2014

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. Could this be about to change? New European Union rules now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods.

Why Big Ag is the Real American Agriculture

Published Jul. 14, 2014

This is a place where Michael Pollan and Dr. Oz have never been and represents farming on a scale they have never conceived. This is farming that produces the food that most people eat, but farming that is far removed from the concepts most consumers hold of how their food is produced and of the people who produce it.

What Could Climate Change Mean for Agriculture?

Published Jul. 15, 2014

The recent paper Impact of Climate Change on the Water Cycle and Implications for Agriculture has tipped higher latitude areas for more rain in winter and summer.

Wayne farm tour is lesson in agventure

Published Jul. 9, 2014

CHIPPEWA TWP., Ohio -- Community members saw examples of new farming practices that might encourage young people to farm when they toured Wayne County's Willow Spring Farm and Rittman Orchard an Farm Market on Tuesday morning. The AgVenture Tour, hosted by the Wayne Economic Development Council, and consisted of representatives from local government agencies, businesses and banks.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists

Published Jul. 9, 2014

A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

Sweet corn making its way to markets at last

Published Jul. 16, 2014

he wait for sweet corn proved longer than usual this year because of the harsh winter. With fields frozen, planting was delayed, said Mike Hogan, extension educator in agriculture and natural resources for the Ohio State University Extension in Franklin County.

St. Paris native celebrates 15 years of farm animal advocacy

Published Jul. 9, 2014

ST. PARIS — After witnessing an unsettling incident with a pig in a high school class, St. Paris native Nathan Runkle decided to devote his life to animal rights, founding the Mercy For Animals organization at the age of 15.
This year, the organization itself turned 15 years old.

Six Surprises About the State of the American Farm

Published Jul. 17, 2014

you'll want to turn to the latest Census of Agriculture (COA). Chances are you've never heard of it, but this comprehensive report, released every five years by the USDA, tracks the trendlines and changes affecting our farms and farmers, issuing a 700-page data set that offers a snapshot of American agriculture in a given year.

Sinclair To Partner With Ohio State On Drone Programs

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Sinclair Community College in Dayton has announced a partnership with Ohio State University on its unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone program. Farming is expected to be the first major field for the expansion of commercial drone use.

Sellmans encouraging to young farm families like themselves

Published Jul. 15, 2014

Members of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals visited the farm of Russ and Mendy Sellman in rural Galion as part of its summer outreach program

Seeking to avoid the boom and bust cycle of Ohio oil and gas

Published Jul. 18, 2014

Boom, then bust. It’s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry. And it’s an underlying concern for Ohio communities currently experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isn’t inescapable, say Ohio State University Extension experts. They have received funding to help eastern Ohio communities.

Precision Agriculture day slated for Aug. 5

Published Jul. 14, 2014

The event will focus on combines, precision harvest technology, grain handling, and data collection. Participants will hear from industry professionals in a variety of fields, including academia and law enforcement.

OSU Extension celebrates 100 years

Published Jul. 21, 2014

NEWARK — Persistent rain and dreary skies could not dampen the determination of visitors to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension.

Once a niche, local foods becoming big business

Published Jul. 16, 2014

Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

On-farm grain storage offers farmers higher profit potential and flexibility

Published Jul. 18, 2014

Given opportunities for higher return on investment and more flexibility at harvest, experts said on-farm grain storage can be a key component of any farmer’s grain marketing plan.

Ohioans take part in National Day of Action for meaningful immigration reform

Published Jul. 10, 2014

“We are very concerned that, in an overall picture, our food supply is at risk,” said Bill Dodd, President of Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association and Owner of Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst, OH. “At least 80% of the workers in my industry are migrant workers and in many cases undocumented.”

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale gas drilling

Published Jul. 9, 2014

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates.

Ohio sheep producers eligible for FSA help with Cache Valley Virus

Published Jul. 8, 2014

COLUMBUS — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Ohio was recently approved to accept Cache Valley Virus (CVV) as a qualifying disease for the FSA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

Ohio inmates gardening for a difference

Published Jul. 18, 2014

PORTSMOUTH -- Prison inmates of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility have been known to work together and complete community service projects that benefit various area organizations. Most recently, the inmates have grown flats of flowers through their agriculture group and donated them to various gardens operated through the Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Ohio Fruit Farmers Feeling the Impact of the Polar Vortex

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Lynd fruit farm in Pataskala is just wrapping up their berry season. Blackberries did not make it through the cold temperatures, but blueberries, red raspberries, and black raspberries did survive. Other fruit that did not survive anywhere in Ohio were the peaches.

OHIO FARMERS GETTING FOOD TO 'HUNGRY PEOPLE'

Published Jul. 21, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio -- As the world population increases, so do the challenges for the agricultural industry, according to Philip Shull, an agricultural counselor for the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service. The Wooster native, most recently posted at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, described the challenges when he spoke at a Wooster Kiwanis meeting.

OHIO CATTLE RANCHERS REBUILDING HERDS

Published Jul. 18, 2014

High prices, unrelenting demand and decent weather have Ohio’s cattle herds once again on the rise. Buckeye ranchers added 2 percent to their stock this year over last, one of the few states to do so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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).

Obama's EPA chief calls farm bureau worries hogwash

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Calling some assertions about the rule "silly" and "ludicrous," McCarthy said her trip to Missouri is part of a broader campaign to reassure the agriculture community and "set the record straight." "I'm hoping this trip helps us ditch the myths and misinformation" about the rule, she said.

Most Crops Looking Nice and Green

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Midsummer in the Midwest. Corn tassels, soybeans bloom, wheat matures and all is right with the world. If you’re lucky. If your fields with wet feet dried out in time for the plants to bounce back. If the hail and wind missed your neck of the woods. It’s all about luck.