News & Events

10TV video: Beef Prices On The Rise As Demand Soars

Published Apr. 16, 2014

OFBF members Barb and Phil Watts are beef cattle farmers. They sell about 2000 head of cattle every year from their Licking County farm. They both agree that a growing worldwide demand for beef and less supply at home, have led to higher beef prices.

2014 Farm Bill means big changes for agriculture

Published Apr. 14, 2014

Though Direct Payments have often been maligned in their nearly two-decade history, they were an efficient means of providing assistance that empowered farm families to manage their risk as they saw fit. But direct payments have been eliminated in order to execute a 30% cut to the Commodity Title

Agriculture Is a Man's World? Not on My Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

A farmer is required to be a person capable of wearing many hats -- from accountant to nurse to scientist to engineer. A farmer's head is full of so much information, and also full of contacts, for those questions that they can't answer. A farmer knows how to make the best out of a sticky situation, and knows when to call in reinforcements.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack orders federal response to PEDv

Published Apr. 22, 2014

The federal order is designed to enhance biosecurity and health of the domestic swine herd in order to maintain movement of pigs in the United States and slow the spread of the disease, which is estimated to have killed upwards of 5 million pigs.

Animals are a special part of the farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Most people are not privileged to raise farm animals, but a cat, dog, fish or bird can fulfill a need.

Canal system, innovations boosted agriculture

Published Apr. 21, 2014

To solve the economic crisis in Ohio, the state devised a plan to build a canal system to connect the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Lake Erie was the natural connector to the New York Erie Canal. The new canal system would provide a way for crops and other goods produced in Ohio to be transported in bulk and at minimum cost to the population centers in the East.

Congressmen try to rescue GMOs

Published Apr. 10, 2014

Two Congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would replace state-level GMO labeling laws with a federal requirement for a Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of genetically modified food ingredients that would likely prevent those ingredients from appearing on labels if FDA deems them safe.

Daniels presented with Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio-WV Youth Assn

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Daniels is a strong supporter of Jr. Livestock Exhibitions at county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair, which teach 4-H and FFA youth about responsible food animal production and leadership skills.

Death on the Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

American farmers are a dying breed, in part because they’re killing themselves at a shocking rate

Death on the Farm

Published Apr. 23, 2014

For decades, farmers across the country have been dying by suicide at higher rates than the general population. The exact numbers are hard to determine, mainly because suicides by farmers are under-reported (they may get mislabeled as hunting or tractor accidents, advocates for prevention say) and because the exact definition of a farmer is elusive.

Demand-Heavy WASDE report Provides Initial Market Spike

Published Apr. 10, 2014

USDA officials now estimate a slightly higher price range for corn moving into the next month; Last month, the price ranged from $4.25 to $4.75/bushel, but based on the surge in demand and corresponding tightening of carryout, that range was bumped Wednesday to $4.40 to $4.80/bushel.

Earthquake link triggers tougher drilling permit conditions

Published Apr. 17, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is creating new, stronger permit conditions for deep oil or gas drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity.

Far off? Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt Read more here: htt

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter – and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

Published Apr. 16, 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%.

Farmland documentary shows the truth: Farming is not easy

Published Apr. 18, 2014

I want you to go to the movies and take a nonfarm friend or relative. On second thought, make that a carload of nonfarm friends. Buy their tickets, their popcorn and their overpriced fountain drinks. It will be the best investment you will make this year. Trust me.

Full 2012 Census of Agriculture to be released May 2

Published Apr. 22, 2014

“It will contain data down to the county level. The preliminary result just had national and state level data. This will be county level data for all of the items that were in the questionnaire,” Picanso said.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Published Apr. 15, 2014

In 2011, methane from livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a report that United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization released Friday. That's more than synthetic fertilizer or deforestation. Methane from livestock rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2011.

Geopolitical Skirmishes Trigger Energy/Ag Chain Supply Concerns

Published Apr. 21, 2014

However, the vulnerability of the agriculture and energy sectors to emerging geopolitical events is rapidly overshadowing the impact of weather as a growing topic of concern.

Hearing sought on egg farm expansion idea

Published Apr. 23, 2014

Trillium Farm Holdings LLC wants to expand at 9300 Croton Road, north of Johnstown, and has applied to the department for permission, according to department spokesman Brett Gates. That permit, if granted, would allow the farm to add up to 2.49 million chickens

House passes nutrient management legislation

Published Apr. 10, 2014

“The legislation’s reasonable approach shows that a clean environment and profitable farming can go hand in hand,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Indoor agriculture a growing sector in the industry

Published Apr. 16, 2014

“Abandoned warehouses and industrial areas can be great locations for them,” said Nicola Kerslake, an organizer for an upcoming national indoor agriculture conference. Kerslake says the urban indoor farming sector is growing by 15-20 percent a year.

John Deere economist expects ‘new era’ of agriculture

Published Apr. 21, 2014

An era of precision farming is at hand, and many technologies will be used to make managing farms a more exact science.

Killer pig virus hits Ohio hog farmers hard

Published Apr. 17, 2014

We’re telling farmers to enact strict biosecurity measures on their farms to keep their herds safe,” Ms. Hawkins said. “Since there isn’t a treatment, there isn’t a cure, if that strain hits the baby barn, they’re pretty much wiped out. We’ve seen 90 to 100 percent mortality rates for pigs under 10 days old,” she said.

Local wine grape growers suffering after tough winter

Published Apr. 14, 2014

He estimated that “at least half” of his 2014 grape crop on 19 acres at the two locations has been destroyed, and that will heavily impact wine production in 2015 and 2016.

Marion County soybean grower is a young ag leader

Published Apr. 10, 2014

The younger Rhoades was recognized by the Ohio Soybean Association in March when he was named a winner of the 2014 Beck’s Young Farm Leader program. As a recipient, he could potentially win an expense-paid trip to the Commodity Classic, which will be held in Phoenix.