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2014 Farm Bill dairy margin protection program meeting set

Published Aug. 21, 2014

WOOSTER -- A meeting to explain the 2014 Farm Bill dairy program is scheduled for Sept. 15 in Wooster. The program begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.

Abundant crops but leaner profits predicted for farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Aug. 24--Call it a case of a job done too well. U.S. corn farmers are raising what's expected to be the biggest haul on record -- and are to suffer financially because of it.

AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday.

Agriculture Department gives Ohio emergency money to fight algae blooms

Published Aug. 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday sent $2 million to Ohio to fight farm runoff that contributes to algae blooms. The USDA's Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide the money to farmers who plant cover crops that fight erosion.

Animals for Life Foundation awards grants

Published Aug. 20, 2014

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected three projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2014 fiscal year. This year’s AFL grant application process resulted in a record number of applicants.

Area farmers hear 2014 Farm Bill updates

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — On Tuesday, an Ohio State University professor began the conversation with area producers about their Farm Bill program choices for the 2014-18 crop years during a meeting held at Defiance College.

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

Published Aug. 21, 2014

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) - California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Coalition: Collaboration needed to address water issues

Published Aug. 27, 2014

HwO is a uniquely diverse group of stakeholders from conservation, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, agriculture, public health and others. The group, launched publicly in July, is developing a 20- to 30-year management strategy to address water issues for Ohio. One priority issue is toxic algae.

Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production

Published Aug. 25, 2014

Faced with the perennial challenges of producing crops on low organic matter soils, Nate and Paul Andre, of Andre Farms LLC, began looking for some solutions to boost productivity on the Fulton County farm. Taking materials destined for landfills and composting them to produce fertilizer seemed like a good solution for the farm.

County, egg farm cooperate for site improvements

Published Aug. 20, 2014

NEWARK – Representatives of the county and Trillium Farm Holdings LLC are working together to control truck traffic and road wear at egg farm facilities in the county’s northwestern corner.

Drones on the farm: What are the laws?

Published Aug. 20, 2014

While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Drought has California debating its unregulated pumping

Published Aug. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

Farm Bill Has Become a Midterm Flash Point

Published Aug. 27, 2014

Democrats in at least five other battleground states in this year's tight contest to determine control of the Senate are highlighting their support for the bill while many GOP candidates are saying Congress missed an opportunity to overhaul costly food-stamp and farm programs.

Farm Policy Facts unveils new interactive map highlighting state ag contribution

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Agriculture is vital and every state plays a unique role in feeding, fueling and clothing our nation. Farm Policy Facts is pleased to unveil a new interactive map highlighting state-specific agriculture contributions across America.

Farmers claim to be ‘doing their part’

Published Aug. 22, 2014

LIMA — A farmer from Paulding County says that farmers are just as interested in finding solutions causing algae outbreaks in some of Ohio’s waterways

Farmers report: Growing season is bouncing back

Published Aug. 20, 2014

A harsh winter and cold spring has caused a host of issues for farmers this year, but local growers report that their yields are bouncing back in the best way.

Farmers: We can help reduce algae without regulation

Published Aug. 21, 2014

FREMONT – Regulating how much fertilizer farmers can spread on their fields shouldn't be necessary to stop toxic algae on Lake Erie, farming officials said.
They can reduce the phosphorous from fertilizer getting into Lake Erie and feeding the algae through voluntary conservation practices, said Tadd Nicholson, executive director for the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.

Federal funding headed to NW Ohio to improve water quality

Published Aug. 20, 2014

Bill Myers and his family members have been growing beans, corn, alfalfa hay and wheat on their 2,000 acres since the 1800's at Myers Farms in Oregon. The Lucas County Farm Bureau president commonly plants cover crop in his fields. The practice keeps nutrient-rich soil in the fields, and prevents fertilizer run-off into the water system.

Hord: From 10 pigs to livestock empire

Published Sep. 2, 2014

For five generations, the Hord family's business has been growing, changing and flourishing. The multimillion-dollar farm operation, which includes Hord Livestock Inc. and Hord Family Farms, began with just ten pigs.

Iowa panel votes to toughen livestock farm rules

Published Aug. 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa commission that oversees water quality approved increased inspections for livestock farms on Tuesday over the raucous protests of environmentalists who wanted much tougher rules.

Kasich touts farming in Fayette County

Published Aug. 27, 2014

“Farming is…I think it’s a value system,” said Kasich, a Republican. “You reap what you sow. It’s about faith…faith in the fact that the good Lord through our hard work will give us bountiful harvests. You have to have faith. You go through the good years, you go through the bad years. And you just keep going

Lake Erie: challenges ahead, but progress being made

Published Aug. 25, 2014

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — There’s good news on the shores of Lake Erie and across the one-third or so of Ohio that drains into the lake. While the lake continues to be in the spotlight for water quality issues and toxic algae, there’s also an unprecedented amount of action being taken — from farmers and residents, to landscapers and municipalities, as well as state and federal government leaders.

Licking County egg farm helps plan solution for traffic

Published Aug. 25, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — Trillium Farms has applied to the Ohio Department of Agriculture to add more than 2 million chickens to its egg farm about 3 miles north of here. A decade ago, the residents of northwestern Licking County would have reacted to that news with anger and anxiety.

Local farmers gather to discuss phosphorus runoff, cover crops

Published Aug. 20, 2014

DEFIANCE — Approximately 100 local farmers gathered Thursday evening to discuss what many northwest Ohio residents have been talking about for weeks — the recent Toledo water crisis.

Manure and expedited certification process included in new Ohio bill addressing

Published Aug. 20, 2014

n response to the recent drinking water ban in Toledo, three senators from Ohio’s Lake Erie counties have introduced SB 356 to expand and accelerate fertilizer certification legislation passed earlier this year. Senators Brown, Cafaro and Turner’s proposal would add “manure” to the definition of “fertilizer” for purposes of the fertilizer certification program enacted this May in SB 150.