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'Natural,' 'Organic,' 'Free-Range' Meal, But You Don't Know what that means

Published Sep. 26, 2014

More trendy restaurants are serving food that seems easier on the environment, but customers often aren't quite sure what they're getting. Does a "grass-fed" steak differ from "pasture-raised"? Can seafood really be described as "organic"?

4 horses die in Northeast Ohio from eastern equine encephalitis; no human cases

Published Sep. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least four horses in Northeast Ohio have died from eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can also infect humans, Ohio's state veterinarian announced Tuesday.

Abfalls named Ohio Farm Bureau 2014 Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Kelly and Michelle Abfall of Albany have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2014 Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

Ag economist advice: Hold on to your grain, if possible

Published Sep. 19, 2014

“I think we are in the era of $3.50-$4 corn and $9.50-$10 soybeans,” Roberts said.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Published Sep. 19, 2014

That broad application of an ag-based education is a growing trend, according to Jill Tyson, coordinator of prospective student services at OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Agriculture industry has history of making political donations

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The agriculture industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, has given nearly $3.1 million to political candidates, parties and ballot issues in Ohio since 2010, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization Follow the Money, which tracks campaign contributions and industry influence.

Algae, phosphorus control hot topics at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 18, 2014

At a luncheon this week during the Ohio State University Farm Science Review, an annual agriculture trade show held near London, McPheron outlined work that’s already begun to address the root causes of the pollution.

Algal bloom meeting

Published Sep. 29, 2014

Experts, including Reutter, say phosphorus runoff from farmland is a cause of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie and other lakes. In August, toxins from a bloom in western Lake Erie led to a two-day drinking water ban in Toledo.

Area farmers seeing steep drop in corn prices

Published Sep. 22, 2014

Ohio corn farmers have seen record prices for their product in recent years, but a boom in supply and high prices for fertilizer and other necessities this year is projected to lead to tumbling profits.

Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Climate aid needed for 500 million small farmers - researchers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture at FSR

Published Sep. 18, 2014

“Agriculture is for everyone, but many people don’t realize just how important women are to an operation’s success,” she said. “They’re the wife, the finance person, the mother, the go-fer, the shuttle-bus driver. “They’re also often the owner-operator, and have been the largest growing segment of the food/ag business sector.that.”

Facing Likely Defeat, EPA Abandons Key Farm Case in West Virginia

Published Sep. 23, 2014

“EPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesn’t quite know how to deal with that,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Both AFBF and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined the suit on the side of Alt.

Factors affecting corn dry down in the field

Published Sep. 23, 2014

Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen used, and use of foliar fungicides all affect the rate of dry down and grain moisture at harvest.

Farm Groups Stick With Senate Republicans Despite Farm Bill Opposition

Published Sep. 19, 2014

Some of the state farm bureaus have also given less weight to views on the farm bill in their midterm endorsements because the current legislation will last until 2019. The Iowa Farm Bureau's questionnaire for statewide candidates this year didn't include a single question about the farm bill because it had already passed, said Bell.

Farm to table’s dirty little secret

Published Sep. 30, 2014

Even though the latest industry estimates value local food sales at $7 billion annually, three-quarters of small farmers have sales below $50,000 a year. While the farm to table movement has brought a slew of new customers to farmers like Smith, sales volumes are often too low to translate into living wages.

Farmers markets booming

Published Sep. 22, 2014

The number of farmers markets in Ohio has tripled since 2004, to 311, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That follows a national trend of more than 100 percent growth in the number of markets in the past decade.

Fire destroys empty barn at Croton egg farm

Published Sep. 23, 2014

The fire was reported just after noon, according to the Licking County sheriff’s office. According to police and fire scanner traffic, at least 23 units had responded to the facility in northwest Licking County and contained the fire to one building that was to house chickens.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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

Meeting Ohio agriculture’s need for drone training

Published Sep. 30, 2014

A recent survey of members of the Ohio Agribusiness Association shows that Ohio and agricultural businesses need to train employees to use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, for precision agriculture to provide more value for customers and potentially increase profitability

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.