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Yield and attendance results from the 2014 Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“The 2014 Farm Science Review was bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Gamble, Review manager. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees about their show experience, and we’re very pleased with our attendance numbers this week.”

Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pa. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962 and it's still smoldering away underground. The place is a steaming wasteland—one that may hold a key to feeding the world. Friesen is on a hunt for a microbe that has an unusual ability that may help farmers grow more crops.

White House committed to ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack says Read more:

Published Sep. 17, 2014

I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,” Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. “I want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process down”

USDA Rolls Out Details of 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Options

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Producers may navigate to the USDA FSA website to review online tools designed in partnership with the University of Missouri, the University of Illinois and Texas A&M that will populate based on different selection scenarios. The two choices will be either Price Loss Coverage – which includes either an individual or county yield option – and Agricultural Risk Coverage.

USDA allows commercialization of Enlist

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The Enlist traits are part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough weeds. USDA’s decision applies to the Enlist corn, Enlist soybean and Enlist E3 soybean traits.

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Published Sep. 29, 2014

The local food movement has been one of the fastest growing segments of the business, as consumers seek to know more about where, how and by whom their food is grown

The decline of the small American family farm in one chart

Published Sep. 17, 2014

the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."

Technology, Infrastructure Reduce Food Waste on the Farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Andrew Dunham, who is the fifth generation of his family to farm this land, says what little edible material accumulates that doesn’t get off the farm, is put back into the soil as part of a compost pile.

Sustainable agriculture: What’s it mean to you?

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The buzz word has been making its rounds through the agriculture industry for quite some time now, taking on new meanings and interpretations by the day. According to a recent global study, consumers and farmers don’t quite see eye to eye when it comes to their take on the definition regarding agricultural practices

Start the Conversation: Let’s Talk About Animal Agriculture

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Modeled after quick-reference subject-area cards found in bookstores, the single-page, front and back laminated cards feature questions, answers and suggested strategies for meaningful discussion.

Senator visits wine country to assess polar vortex damage

Published Sep. 24, 2014

GENEVA — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with local wine grape growers on Tuesday to assess the devastating effects of winter’s polar vortex on the region.
The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area’s wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

OSU Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Published Sep. 17, 2014

During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
“Some of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,” said McPheron. “But we have to be working on them today.”

Ohio Students learn about business of farming

Published Sep. 25, 2014

“It’s really a business,” he told the students. “You have to be an extremely good business (person) today to be a farmer.” This week is the second time local middle school students visited Devine Farms to participate in “Cool Beans — It’s SOYence,” an educational program developed by the Ohio Soybean Council.

Ohio farmers help schools enhance math and science programs

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Ohio school districts have received $125,000 in grants this year from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program partners with farmers to support rural public school districts with innovative approaches to teaching math and science.

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 19, 2014

This year’s winners, representing the five soil and water conservation districts in the state, were Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture

Published Sep. 18, 2014

hey simulated the impact of climate change on agricultural production over the course of the 21st century and found that two-thirds of all land potentially suitable for agricultural use is already under cultivation.

New Generation of GM Crops Puts Agriculture in a ‘Crisis Situation’

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Food safety activists have promised to fight the crops—corn and soybeans designed to tolerate multiple herbicides—in court. They and many scientists argue that these crops will harm environmental and possibly human health. The companies that make them say they’re providing a much-needed tool to fight the growing scourge of herbicide-resistant weeds.

More ARC details released

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Vilsack announced the online tools which will help farmers select whether ARC or PLC coverage provides the best risk management option for their operations under future scenarios. . The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Lynd Fruit Farm teaches students about farming

Published Sep. 17, 2014

The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.

Humphreys excited to “serve and benefit” Ohio’s pork producers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Bryan Humphreys, who will be starting his new role as Executive Vice President of the Ohio Pork Council on Oct. 1

Humane Society responds to ‘anti agriculture’ claim

Published Sep. 22, 2014

“The Humane Society of the United States is not trying to eliminate animal agriculture,” Maxwell says. “It does believe there are certain corporate industrialized ag policies and practices that are just inhumane.”

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Published Sep. 26, 2014

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, to which the United States contributes, aims to deepen and broaden mitigation research through collaboration and data sharing.

Former Ohio Rep. Traficant dies from injuries sustained in farm accident

Published Sep. 29, 2014

He was gravely injured Tuesday when a tractor flipped over on him at his family’s farm, near Youngstown, Ohio.

FitzGerald: Phosphorus a toxic substance

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think you can ban the use of certain fertilizers, coming up with segregation systems where fertilizers are used is a possibility, too. You have to go where the science leads you,” Mr. FitzGerald said.