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Trade equals jobs, a secure currency and money in the bank. In agriculture alone, in 2014, exports equaled $152 billion. Thatâ€™s a lot of economic activityâ€”a lot of jobs that could be lost if TPA is not passed.
U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs.
The study estimates that demand in agriculture and life science-related fields will be strongest for plant scientists, water-resource scientists and engineers, farm animal veterinarians, and precision ag and pest control specialists, among other positions.
A water quality effort and the Farm Science Review at The Ohio State University received a $1 million boost from Beckâ€™s Hybrids, to be contributed over the next five years in monetary and in-kind support.
The proposal would create a new permit, which would cost $100 annually, so wine makers could sell bottles and offer two-ounce samples. To obtain a permit, at least 51 percent of the fruit in the wine sold must from Ohio.
Starting today, youâ€™ll find ads supporting a strong renewable fuel standard posted on websites that cover Washington politics, including Politico. Itâ€™s an effort by Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels groups, to influence the White House ahead of an expected June 1 announcement by EPA on ethanol and biodiesel blending levels for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The drivers are really fairly simple. It's productivity and profitability. On the productivity side, we're expecting the global population to reach 9 billion by the year 2050. And in order to feed that population we're going to have to increase agricultural productivity by roughly 25 percent before 2050
What came next left their heads spinning. They opened their mail to find they were being sued. Not only the Broshears, but the county and every single individual on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the demand is high for jobs in agriculture. A new study shows there are about 60,000 job openings across the country each year, but only 35,000 graduates to fill them.
Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks.
Through the end of 2014, increases in U.S. crude oil and natural gas production served only to offset losses in South Sudan, Libya and parts of Iraq, Felmy said. Now that surpluses from OPEC nations are back online, he added, there would be a 4-5 percent increase in production worldwide.
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A letter sent to senators said the amendment proposed by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., â€śwould most likely killâ€ť the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Farmers Business Network is the brainchild of Charles Baron, a former program lead of energy innovation and geothermal projects at Google. For $500 a year farmers can contribute to and access FBNâ€™s giant store of farming data that tells them which products and methods deliver the highest yields for a specific crop in a given location
Though Monday's USDA Crop Progress report showed another big week of planting progress, it certainly wasn't a dry week, with anywhere from .5 inch to 2 inches of rain falling through the Corn Belt and heavier amounts up to 4 inches in the Dakotas and northern Corn Belt, according to Tuesday's USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
Even more, every cut of cow is priced near record highs set late last year, and itâ€™s all thanks to forces set in motion in 2008 when drought gripped Western ranches.
Agriculture groups have been concerned about the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' proposal as they are concerned it could lead to additional water regulations that make it difficult to continue farming and ranching effectively. Others are concerned that the proposal may infringe on private landowners' rights.
Ohio farmers produced some 1.12 million acres of hay in 2011, Grimes said. At an average of about 2.5 tons per acre, this yielded a total production of 2.7 million tons of hay in 2011 used to support several types of ruminant animals, including beef, dairy, goats, horses and lambs, he said.
he USDAâ€™s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.
Until 2010, agricultural woodland was valued at a minimum of $100 per acre for tax purposes. In 2011, the state doubled that value and last year it jumped to $230. Taxes are assessed on that value on a county-by-county basis.
It feels particularly misleading when excessive earnestness is a cover for fatally unimaginative, formulaic food. Transparency about sourcing and insisting on food raised to ethical standards is laudable: every chef and restaurant owner and shopper outside Brooklyn and Berkeley should think about it. But purity and moral superiority are not excuses for not knowing how to cook.
Oregon farmers contesting a county's ban on GMOs were in court Wednesday to argue that the ordinance is prohibited by the state's "right to farm" law.
The startup is among a growing number of companies in North America designing new products and systems specifically for the cultivation of cannabis, a finicky crop that needs a precise balance of light, moisture and water to thrive
The farm bureau is also seeking changes in the capitalization rate portion of the tax formula, said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for the Ohio Farm Bureau. The recommendations challenge some assumptions currently in the formula, including the idea that farmland becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down and a second assumption that farmland is held for only five years.
Produce Perks and Carrot Cash, two programs that help those on food stamps get half-price discounts at farmers markets, just got a big boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting more than $152,000 to expand the programs in Ohio, with Ohio State University Extension and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition overseeing the program for the entire state.