News & Events

AFBF pushing to restore tax provisions

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Agriculture is overwhelmingly united in its support of Section 179 and bonus depreciation, which provide flexible means for farm and ranch businesses to write off and deduct business expenses. Letters of support have been sent by groups from around the country, including the Broad Tax Extender Coalition. The coalition’s letter has been signed by more than 500 organizations.

Ag Credit assists NRCS with cover crop signs

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Ag Credit is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide metal signs to be placed in cover crop fields funded by NRCS's special Environmental Quality Incentives Programs cover crop project.

American Farm Bureau not Buying WOTUS Clarification

Published Nov. 19, 2014

Policy Communications Director Will Rodger with American Farm Bureau says, if passed, all it would take for a farmer to be in violation of the Clean Water Act is something as simple as a small amount of fertilizer or dust into the dry bed of an intermittent stream.

Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Farming's influence has come not from large increases in acres planted but from enormous increases in farm productivity, the two teams note. According to one of the two studies, fertilizers, improved crop breeds, and better irrigation have been roughly twice as influential as the fertilizing effect of rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Bird flu on British farm may be linked to Dutch, German cases

Published Nov. 17, 2014

The head of the World Animal Health Organization told Reuters on Monday that the outbreaks could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds.

Burger chains hit hard by record-high ground beef prices

Published Nov. 26, 2014

The price of lean ground beef has increased about 26 percent over the past two years, and could rise as much as another 10 percent in 2015. Restaurants may have just one choice as they look to combat that inflation. “Promote an LTO chicken breast sandwich,” said John Barone, president of Market Vision Inc.

Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision

Published Nov. 17, 2014

“Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young family in the starter-home development that replaced it. His project kind of happened, with plot twists and serendipity, much like life itself.

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.

China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia

Published Nov. 17, 2014

All dairy tariffs, which can be as high as 20 percent, will be removed within four to 11 years, the Australian government said today. Duties of 12 percent to 25 percent on beef will be removed over nine years and tariffs of 10 percent on live animal exports will be eliminated within four years,

Cleveland Hunger Network partners with new omega-fats initiative

Published Nov. 18, 2014

For the past 5 years, Plant Kingdom Bakery, a Lyndhurst-based “snackery”, has been on-hand with Hemp seed foods and information at community festivals and farmers markets. Owner Jeremy Koosed claims to have discussed the subject of Hemp for nutrition with hundreds of thousands of people.

Coshocton brings home bacon with Kraft 300-job expansion

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Next year, the Coshocton Kraft facility will become the company's sole bacon manufacturer, a designation that brings with it 300 manufacturing jobs, a $40 million investment and hope for an area that's seen the loss of almost half of its manufacturing positions since 2000.

Dairy program deadline looms

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Ohio USDA Farm Service Agency officials have asked ag organizations to help spread the word about the fast approaching deadline for dairy producers to sign up for the new dairy program. Dec. 5 is the deadline.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Diverging views on climate change

Published Nov. 17, 2014

Focusing on the causes of climate change, however, is likely to polarize the agricultural community and lead to inaction, said study co-author Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology at Iowa State University. To foster productive dialogue, she said, scientists and climatologists need to “start from the farmer’s perspective.”

Farm bill offers honeybee, livestock and farm-raised fish producers protection

Published Nov. 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013.

Farm Bureau Challenges EPA Authority Over States to Enforce TMDLs

Published Nov. 20, 2014

On Tuesday, lawyers representing American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau began presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. At issue is whether U.S. EPA has the authority to mandate specific means and timeframes to achieve Total Maximum Daily Load goals for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

Published Nov. 21, 2014

the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's biggest farmer organization, said it does not expect the president's plan to help U.S. farmers deal with the labor shortage. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This order will not change that.

Farm Interests Ready for Immigration Bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

President Obama's executive actions on immigration may alleviate some pressure in the short-term for some agricultural workers, but long-term assurance is needed for employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner said Thursday.

Farmers influencing markets buy holding tight to 2014 crop

Published Nov. 19, 2014

For years I have written that farmer selling was a factor in moving prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat. This fall it played a major role in in the price rally that took place. Corn prices have also moved higher this fall by nearly 70 cents. Basis levels did not see the deep depression or retreat many had expected with record production.

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers

Published Nov. 24, 2014

More than half of all field workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Labor Department, and many farmer groups estimate the share to be higher than 70%

Farmers, ag technology providers reach agreement on data privacy

Published Nov. 14, 2014

A coalition of major farm organizations, including American Farm Bureau, and agriculture technology providers announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services to boost the productivity, efficiency and profitability of American agriculture.

Field of weeds: Could agriculture crisis crop up from herbicide resistance?

Published Nov. 17, 2014

A weed in the field’s going to take moisture, going to take sunlight, nutrients away from the plants surrounding it. And that’s why we have to keep clean fields.

For a job with a future, look to agriculture

Published Nov. 24, 2014

According to a report released in October at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, there’s a great need now for young agricultural professionals.
The report includes a detailed analysis of enrollment and workforce trends in six agriculture fields:

Free workshops offered on developing nutrient management plans

Published Nov. 18, 2014

Four workshops designed to teach Certified Crop Advisers how to help farmers develop nutrient management plans will be offered by agronomists with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

Published Nov. 26, 2014

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.