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The opening of the Project Liberty ethanol plant in northern Iowa last week kicks off an effort to have commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol.
"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge
Public comments may be closed on EPA's worker protection plan for pesticide exposure, but the American Farm Bureau remains concerned that the EPA has failed to provide tangible benefits from the proposal beyond what current pesticide rules provide.
Farmers, it turns out, need a surer assessment of the height and the health of their crops. Unseen pests and weeds can hobble those racing rows of corn. It's not easy to inspect hundreds of acres of soybeans near the full bloom of harvest.
Chipotle (CMG) has never wanted to be a traditional fast-food restaurant. It's wanted to be viewed as better -- in terms of quality, ingredients, taste, supplier practices and just about everything else.
They plan to lease the Levi Hartong farmstead at the southern tip of the park, near Mount Pleasant Road, to anyone interested in turning it into a working farm again.
â€śWeâ€™re looking for some very creative folks,â€ť said Valerie Wolford, the cityâ€™s communications coordinator.
The Hartong Farm is the only site in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The increase in this yearâ€™s CAUV update is largely due to significant increases in crop prices and a simultaneous decrease in interest rates. These two factors simply mean that agricultural land in Ohio has a much higher value now than it did three to six years ago. Regardless, these changes are dictated by the workings of the CAUV formula and not by any action of the General Assembly.
SALEM, Ohio â€” If youâ€™re paying someone else to plant or harvest your crop â€” known as custom work â€” youâ€™ll probably pay a little more this year than usual. Rates are up for everything from planting to harvesting, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University, with results released in July.
Visitors come out to look for the "perfect" pumpkin from the farm's 15-acre pumpkin patch or find their way through the eight-acre corn maze. The farm also offers tractor rides, a petting zoo and other fruits of the Schappacher family's labors.
More than four years ago, environmental groups asked a federal court to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to ban a widely used pesticide that scientists have linked to illnesses in children. They settled the case in November 2011 after the EPA said it would make a decision within a year. On Wednesday, the same organizations filed a lawsuit, asking for a firm deadline.
Daniel Dayton and Erika Gutierrez of Old Milburnie Farm near Knightdale helped lead one of the forums on small farms building relationships with restaurants and farmers markets.
â€śThis is an opportunity for producers to think strategically about the farm, its cash flow, its exposure to risk, and the means available to manage the risk,â€ť he said. â€śThe confluence of a lower price environment and the farm program decision provides a meaningful opportunity to consider your objectives for the farm.â€ť
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who put the House Agriculture Committee through legislative hell over a two-year period, lost his primary in June and is gone from Congress.
Information on new agricultural technologies and innovation awaits farmers who plan to attend this yearâ€™s Farm Science Review Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.
With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and The Ohio State University (OSU) have announced they are beginning to offer training courses for the new Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program.
OFBF's Dr. Larry Antosch on PBS NEWSHOUR
The insecurity of not knowing where the next meal is coming from and other hunger issues will be the focus of a statewide conference, the first annual Ohio Hunger Dialogue, Sept. 26 and 27 at Walsh University.
The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.
The whole point of measuring data is to get information that helps you make better decisions â€“ so you can change what you're doing to get a different result. But if you aren't making changes based on what you discover from your data, why are you taking measurements in the first place?
He said the work is similar to the military in many ways â€“ requiring hard physical labor, demanding a lot of self-reliance, and giving him a sense of community service. But thereâ€™s an added benefit: being outside and alone for hours at a time has given Wood the space to cope with the anxiety and stress that came with seeing so much death and destruction in the war.
Ohio AgrAbility conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology
OHIO â€” After requesting $18 million from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Ohio landowners and farmland protection organizations received $8.3 million in funding.
Kok said the focus should be â€śqualityâ€ť no-till, which means using cover crops, buffer strips, crop rotation and paying attention to detail.
Henry County grain farmer Todd Hesterman is one of several who have opened their farms to on-farm research. At the end of one of his soybean fields are two water monitoring stations that measure tile flow, and automatically collect samples for nutrient analysis.