News & Events

Wildflowers planted to boost Ohio bee population

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflower seeds in the median along State route 207 in Ross County, located in southern Ohio. Once the flowers have grown, the nectar and pollen will attract bees and hopefully help to boost the bee population.

Vilsack: Farmers Urged to Support Sustainable Farming

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Farmers at the Resilient Agriculture Conference Wednesday at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, were urged to take steps to increase the sustainability and resilience of their operations as a hedge against the increasing risks of variable and unpredictable weather.

Vermont's AG challenges GMO lawsuit

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss the lawsuit brought by food manufacturer trade associations to invalidate Act 120, Vermont’s law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.

USDA forecasts record-high corn and soybean production in 2014

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Washington – U.S. soybean producers are expected to produce a record 3.82 billion bushels in 2014, up 16 percent from last year according to the Crop Production report. Growing conditions were conducive for corn growers who are also expected to produce a record-high crop at 14.0 billion bushels of corn.

U.S. meat exports continue record pace

Published Aug. 12, 2014

U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA over CAFOs

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Two Wood County residents suing the Ohio and US EPA as well as the Ohio Department of Agriculture are saying these agencies violated the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit filed in federal court all boils down to waste permits for concentrated animal farms and the issue of who is allowed to issue them.

Solar energy benefits Medina County farmers

Published Aug. 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for farmers to harness the power of the sun to grow their crops. However, the Richardson family of Richardson Farms has taken that concept a step further. The Richardsons installed an energy-saving solar panel system on a barn roof in July at their family-owned farm in Lafayette Township.

Sherrod Brown seeking conservation money for Ohio

Published Aug. 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hopes a provision he put in the latest farm bill will help Ohio obtain millions of dollars of additional conservation funds designed to help the state fight harmful algal blooms.

Project helping Ohio communities avert bust after shale boom

Published Aug. 12, 2014

COLUMBUS — Boom, then bust. It’s a scenario often played out in local economies heavily reliant on one type of industry, especially in the energy sector. And it’s an underlying concern for Ohio communities experiencing a boom in shale oil and gas development. But the cycle isn’t inescapable, say community development specialists with Ohio State University Extension.

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Published Aug. 11, 2014

In November 2013, a group of activists hoping to prevent future algae blooms in Lake Erie suggested that Ohio find ways to reduce phosphorus runoff by 40%, although further action wasn’t taken on the matter. Now, after Toledo’s city-wide water ban, groups are urging that the reductions begin.