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World Food Prize Conference Talks Ebola in Africa, Agriculture in China

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ebola crisis is the hot topic at this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. And while many African leaders attended this year’s symposium, being held in downtown Des Moines, Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, chose to remain in his country to help oversee relief efforts. But Thursday morning, President Koroma addressed a large crowd over webcam.

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.

Wet October weather ahead

Published Oct. 9, 2014

We expect to see above normal rainfall for the rest of October. There is a greater than 80% chance of exceeding two inches of rain in the next two weeks over most of Ohio which is high for this time of the year. Normal rainfall is about an inch the next two weeks.

Vilsack says bioproducts complement ag, create a new economy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Long before he made his way to the podium at the Bioproducts World Showcase Oct. 7, in Columbus, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was already in close conversation with most of the companies and researchers who attended the inaugural event.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Published Oct. 9, 2014

A resolution to a three-year impasse in the national beef checkoff enhancement work group suggested by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack may do more harm than good, according to members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

USDA taking steps to address resistant weeds

Published Oct. 17, 2014

USDA is announcing several of the steps it is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way:

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.

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. infrastructure important for future of ag

Published Oct. 13, 2014

According to the study, although the U.S. is still the dominant country in the world soybean market, the U.S. market share of soybean world trade is declining.

Study links hundreds of small Ohio quakes to fracking

Published Oct. 15, 2014

The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Star of the West bringing soft red wheat mill to Ohio - See more at: http://www.

Published Oct. 10, 2014

The Star of the West Milling Co., headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., announced last month it will begin construction on a second Ohio mill, in Willard, this fall. The mill, which is targeted for completion by fall of 2016, will be able to produce 10,000 cwt. of flour per day, all of which will be dedicated to milling soft red winter wheat.

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.

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Pumpkin patches overgrown with good quality pumpkins

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Last year, across Ohio, farmers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins and produced more than $15 million worth of pumpkins, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.”

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.

New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Keeping Small Towns Alive In Tight Farm Times

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Farm incomes are down. That means farmers and their families may have less money to spend when they buy gas, groceries, parts or anything else on Main Street or elsewhere around their small towns. And, it's starting to hit those small towns ha

High farm taxes spur Ohio formula review

Published Oct. 17, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau announced this week it plans to ramp up its annual examination of the Current Agricultural Use Value tax formula after many farmers expressed outrage about large tax bills.

Grape farmers count heavy loss of vines from polar vortex

Published Oct. 15, 2014

Depending on the variety grown, Ohio’s vineyards counted grape losses between 29 percent and 97 percent this summer, according to the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center.

Grain storage bags could be an option for large corn harvest

Published Oct. 10, 2014

Klein Ileleji, a grain post-harvest technology expert at Purdue University, said potential users should be aware that the bags, which can measure up to 12 feet in diameter and 328 feet in length, require careful site preparation, regular monitoring for moisture content and temperature, and special tools for loading and unloading.

Getting late to plant wheat

Published Oct. 21, 2014

“If we experience a frost or freeze in November or December with late-planted wheat, the crops could see some problems,” she said. “But if the weather holds in November and December, the wheat should be fine.

Get 'into the dirt': More young people start farms

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Two years ago, Kate McNellis was earning a six-figure salary as a New York City fashion designer, cranking out cutting-edge styles for Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor and Kohl's. Today, the 36-year-old is a fledgling vegetable farmer in New York state's far less frenetic Hudson Valley, hoping to clear a few thousand dollars next year as she begins to build her business.

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

Published Oct. 15, 2014

It is no secret that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that the large-scale investment in agriculture, with its high yield seeds and fertilizers, is the surest path out of poverty and hunger. Not everyone is so sure, though.