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Ohio Students learn about business of farming

Published Sep. 25, 2014

“It’s really a business,” he told the students. “You have to be an extremely good business (person) today to be a farmer.” This week is the second time local middle school students visited Devine Farms to participate in “Cool Beans — It’s SOYence,” an educational program developed by the Ohio Soybean Council.

Climate aid needed for 500 million small farmers - researchers

Published Sep. 25, 2014

Small-scale farmers need better access to crop insurance and weather information to boost resilience, said Bruce Campbell, an ecologist who leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

4 horses die in Northeast Ohio from eastern equine encephalitis; no human cases

Published Sep. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least four horses in Northeast Ohio have died from eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can also infect humans, Ohio's state veterinarian announced Tuesday.

Senator visits wine country to assess polar vortex damage

Published Sep. 24, 2014

GENEVA — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown met with local wine grape growers on Tuesday to assess the devastating effects of winter’s polar vortex on the region.
The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area’s wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

Why tiny microbes mean big things for farming

Published Sep. 24, 2014

Last February, Maren Friesen drove eight hours across snow-covered plains to Centralia, Pa. A fire ignited a seam of coal below the town in 1962 and it's still smoldering away underground. The place is a steaming wasteland—one that may hold a key to feeding the world. Friesen is on a hunt for a microbe that has an unusual ability that may help farmers grow more crops.