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- Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting
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- Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting
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USDA will not have crop production estimates in December. Don’t be surprised that the final U.S. corn yield in January continues to increase. A well known axiom for grains is that big crops get bigger.
When it comes to trust, we know that consumers are skeptical of large organizations, whether farms or food companies. Consumers increasingly believe that mass production creates more opportunity for error, that industrialized food production is inherently impersonal, and that big companies will put profits ahead of public interest
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a press call discussing the report, said it will likely serve as "ammunition" to get the work done on a new farm bill. Legislators from the House and Senate began talks to agree on a joint version of the bill Oct. 30.
After adjusting for inflation, the net farm income is expected to be the highest since 1973, largely reflecting several expected higher year-end crop inventories as a result of the record corn harvest, USDA said.
The proposed rule change would limit the number of agricultural businesses that can use cash accounting, requiring many to shift to the accrual method of accounting. This move is opposed by many agricultural groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Farm Financial Standards Council.
A growing number of farm bankers and economists interviewed at a Chicago Federal Reserve conference and the American Bankers ag meeting in Minneapolis this month warned farmers to brace for change in the coming year.
The nation’s largest meat producer says it has terminated its contract with an Oklahoma farm after NBC News showed the company undercover video of workers on the farm kicking, hitting and throwing pigs and slamming piglets into the ground.
If you go out to the Great Plains today, it's pretty easy to find the past. A way of life that included family farms and farm houses all over the area. Photographer Nancy Warner grew up visiting her grandparents' place
Congress is coming off a nine-month extension of the farm bill that expired Sept. 30 — a temporary extension brought about when the House and Senate could not agree on a final bill a year ago. Jack Fisher, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, said the expiration of that extension has farmers living “on borrowed time.”
University of Illinois Farm Management Specialist Gary Schnitkey makes the observation that the significantly lower guarantees expected for the 2014 crop demonstrates the inappropriate nature for crop insurance to be the lone safety net for agriculture.
“For the first time in human history, income will have a greater influence than population growth on food security,” said Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics. “While the global population is estimated to jump from 7 billion people to 9 billion in the next four decades, the rate of population growth rate is slowing.
Babcock said corn prices would drop about 5% as a result of reduced mandates, or about 25 cents per bushel. Corn production would fall by about 100 million bushels, and ethanol production would drop by about 11% from reduced mandates.
Whether budget negotiators will be able to tap into the farm bill's savings is a point of contention, however. Some key lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) say the farm-bill savings should be on top of whatever the budget negotiations produce.
Ohio cropland value rose 12 percent this year, with bare cropland averaging $5,600 an acre, said Barry Ward, production business management leader for OSU Extension
Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their reason involves perhaps the most underappreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer. Specifically, the FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure.
Reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) show the development of Ohio’s mineral resources in 2012 produced more than $2.7 billion worth of geologic commodities, including increases in the extracted amount of oil, natural gas, limestone, sand and gravel.
A mural painted 14 years ago to promote agriculture has fallen victim to the elements, said one of the owners of the barn that serves as the eye-catching artwork’s canvas. High winds knocked down the rear of the structure on the south side of Ohio 309, about a mile west of Ohio 37, in western Marion County on Nov. 17.
Bearish corn market news is everywhere these days, but in the long run lower corn prices will help rebuild export demand and reinvigorate the livestock sector, several ag economists said.
With December 2014 corn futures trading around $4.50 and November 2014 soybeans around $11.50, revenue protection crop insurance guarantees will likely be set at levels below cost of production, thrusting other risk management tools into the limelight.
For the 2013-2014 corn marketing year, hogs are offering an estimated $6.85 per bushel if the profits from hog production are assigned to the value of corn.
the coalition expressed concerns about the impact of proposed rules on farmers and businesses that an additional comment period could help alleviate. The group pointed to specific concerns about the rule, including: -The testing frequency required for certain agricultural waters; -Restrictions placed on the usage of biological soil amendments; -Compliance issues at mixed-use facilities;
The Lamb 509 short course is designed to help producers increase sales and improve their financial bottom line through hands-on training in the value-determining factors that influence prices received for market lambs and lamb products,
How well has insurance covered the cash plus land cost of producing corn and soybeans since 1980?
Urban farms, those small-scale efforts to raise chickens, goats and vegetables in urban settings, are making Michigan Farm Bureau leaders nervous as they arrive in town for their 93rd Annual Meeting this week.
it’s a whole new world already compared to the last enacted bill in 2008, which passed by veto-proof margins and was helped along then by added money for nutrition and continued direct cash payments to farmers.