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Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture - See more at: ht

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The 2012 Census of Agriculture notes that nearly one million women are working America’s lands. That’s nearly a third of our nation’s farmers. These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.

With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa

Published Oct. 21, 2014

Iowa, the quintessence of heartland America, is undergoing an economic transformation that is challenging its rural character — and, inevitably, its political order.

Wheat-for-corn switch sweeps U.S. in bid for break even

Published Oct. 28, 2014

U.S. growers will seed the most winter wheat since 2007, according to a Bloomberg survey of 12 analysts.

Vet school adds luster to Ohio State

Published Oct. 31, 2014

OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine ranks fifth among the nation’s 28 veterinary medical schools, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate-school list. This makes it the highest-ranking college at Ohio State.

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” said Vilsack. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort.

Unbuilt wind farm project sold

Published Oct. 24, 2014

PAULDING — Northwest Ohio may not have seen the end of new wind farms in the area. The Times Bulletin has learned that the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Blue Creek and Latty townships of Paulding County has changed hands

Unaltered Ohio soybeans are a prized crop globally

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“In the past, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan beans have been incredibly popular with the Japanese market. We have better protein content,” said Larry Holloway, general manager of the DeLong operations in Kirby, about 6 miles west of Upper Sandusky.

U.S.-EU trade agreement could benefit agriculture

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and European Union could benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers in a major way, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office. U.S. farm groups have varying takes on the agreement, which is targeted for completion next year.

Tobacco farmers lose longtime safety net

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco price-fixing system.

Teams from Ohio State and China exchange visits to gain knowledge

Published Oct. 24, 2014

Ohio State’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, working in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, welcomed six visitors to Ohio State as part of the U.S. government’s U.S.-China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program.

Record corn, soybean harvest could hurt farm economy

Published Oct. 21, 2014

About 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn are expected as harvest winds up this fall, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

Quarter Horse Congress signs new 10-year deal to stay at state fairgrounds

Published Oct. 24, 2014

The All American Quarter Horse Congress will stay at the state fairgrounds for the next decade, state Agriculture Director David Daniels said.

Pork industry launches new common audit

Published Oct. 24, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — After 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board announces that a new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) and is available to the public.

Plunging oil market is good news and bad news for farmers

Published Oct. 20, 2014

“As oil prices pull down it does have a tendency to put downside pressure of all energy inputs,” said Bob Young, senior economist with The American Farm Bureau Federation. “Whether that be for the direct purchase of energy to run the tractor, to heat the barns or the house and even fertilizer prices will be affected if prices stay this low or lower for the next several months.”

Part I: Interstate pipelines planned in Ohio

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The bottom line is that Ohio landowners should prepare for pipeline construction, and that means being aware of what pipelines are being considered.

Ohio State Fair to require DNA submission and electronic identification

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The Ohio State Fair Beef Department has adopted new protocols for identifying market beef animals beginning with the 2015 Fair, July 29 through Aug. 9.

Ohio ranch wins 13 world horn champions

Published Oct. 24, 2014

BARNESVILLE — Dickinson Cattle Company of Barnesville won 13 World and Expo Horn Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., ending with the fiercest of competition on Oct. 18. The final measuring was in the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. These are the world’s two largest cattle competitions.

Ohio farmers brace for jump in property taxes

Published Oct. 30, 2014

Some local farmers are concerned that a tax assessment formula that has been friendly to farmers for decades may lead to an increase in property taxes in the next few years — maybe even resulting in taxes more than doubling for some people.

Ohio CAUV tax rates: What goes up, must go up some more

Published Oct. 22, 2014

While it is unlikely that legislative change will take place prior to property tax bills coming due in January, efforts to re-examine the CAUV formula have ramped up at the state level, according to Amy Milam, director of legal education at the Ohio Farm Bureau

Nonfood biofuel is new frontier in ethanol

Published Oct. 20, 2014

The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest as the industry worries that they might also be the last — at least in the United States.

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields

Published Oct. 23, 2014

No till farming shows promise in dry regions but causes lower yields in cold, moist areas

New tool allows users to visualize, analyze agriculture data

Published Oct. 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) now offers the Ag Census Web Maps application, a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the U.S.

New field guide available for Ohio crops

Published Oct. 27, 2014

a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development. The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Ohio State University Extension eStore or ordered from OSU Extension county offices.

New book delves into ‘Depolarizing Food and Agriculture’

Published Oct. 30, 2014

A new book, Depolarizing Food and Agriculture: An Economic Approach, takes a look at the origins, validity, consequences, and potential resolution of the different and often opposing stances taken by groups involved in the food business.

Negotiating the pipeline easement your farm can live with forever

Published Oct. 30, 2014

“The worst place in the world to sign anything is on the hood of your pickup truck,” said Arnold.