News & Events

NCGA's 2015 'World of Corn' report details corn crop statistics

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The report shows that U.S. corn farmers surpassed many records in 2014, growing the largest crop on record, at 14.2 billion bushels, with a record national average yield of 171.0 bushels per acre.

OFBF Ag Day at the Capital looks at state budget, other 2015 priorities

Published Feb. 26, 2015

“2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer — the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,” said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president

Ohio dairy farmers share advice on farm succession

Published Feb. 27, 2015

Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.

Paying Farmers Not to Farm? Not Exactly

Published Mar. 6, 2015

So taxpayers aren't paying farmers not to farm, but rather to farm differently. And after 25 years, farmers large and small are finally getting the message.

PETA, ACLU file lawsuit on behalf of Ohio teacher

Published Mar. 5, 2015

School board fired teacher for Facebook comments about animals on dairy farms.

Pitching farm life: Brenda Hastings takes dairy industry in an all new direction

Published Mar. 5, 2015

“We wanted to expand our reach,” Hastings said of the dairy’s May through October group, school and day camp agritourism events such as “Cow Tales Adventures” and the “Milk From Cow to Bottle Tour.” “We started the agritourism not knowing what we were doing,” Hastings admitted

Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will sow this spring and risking years-long legal battles with landlords.

Sabotage at farm leaves 320,000 chickens dead

Published Mar. 5, 2015

Late last month, someone broke in, cut off ventilators, boosted the temperature controls and wiped out all but a few hundred chickens.

Some progress at Ohio tax department CAUV meeting; still more questions

Published Mar. 6, 2015

While a CAUV is determined by a number of factors, including yield, crop price and production costs, a lower capitalization rate results in a higher property value.

Starting them young in agriculture

Published Mar. 2, 2015

“We need to do a good job educating kids about what’s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when they’re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,” said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.