News & Events

Agriculture: More than food for thought in 2016 presidential race

Published Mar. 24, 2015

U.S. agriculture and the American farmer are misunderstood, taken for granted and, too often, under attack.

Breaking the ‘grass ceiling’: East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference draws 13

Published Apr. 1, 2015

“Mainstream, it’s still men in agriculture,” said Christine Kendle, OSU Extension family and consumer sciences educator in Tuscarawas County and conference planner. “I think women are taking a more active role in their family business, and that empowerment is really neat.”

Consider breaking your farm into multiple entities

Published Apr. 1, 2015

If you consider separate entities in your operation, you might find that the transition to the next generation gets easier. One common idea is for Mom and Dad to retire from active participation in the farm, but retain ownership of the land and buildings, and charge the farming business annual rent that provides them with an income in retirement.

Corn, soybean-growing pair have no offseason on the farm

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It could be any morning between December and April at Davis Farms. It’s cold, and there’s work to be done. There isn’t much downtime during the “off” season.

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%.

Doing business with your local farmer - ODA Dir. Daniels

Published Mar. 26, 2015

When you have forward-thinking producers along with good soil and climate, a good location and infrastructure, sound regulations, along with research and education, good things are bound to happen. This balance has led to Ohio’s wildly successful food and agriculture industry, which directly and indirectly touches everyone.

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Published Mar. 24, 2015

the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya is encouraging small producers to introduce nitrogen-fixing cover crops -- such as beans planted between rows of the staple corn crop -- as a replacement for costly chemical fertilizer out of a bag. In addition, these crops can help prevent water erosion, allowing farmers to still fare well during low rainfall years.

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Not satisfied with its efforts to protect Big Oil’s control over the domestic fuel market, the Goodlatte letter seeks to strengthen the death grip on the U.S. ethanol industry by also prohibiting the USDA from expending any trade promotion resources for ethanol expor

Farm data: Risk and reward

Published Mar. 24, 2015

Is the data that is collected from planters and combines accurate? Is it easy to use? Who sees it? Can this farm data be used by outsiders to manipulate markets? Can it be sold?

Lake Erie algae relief years away

Published Mar. 30, 2015

what’s causing the algae blooms is a complicated mix of problems that have been blamed on farmers, changing weather patterns, aging wastewater systems, leaking septic tanks and invasive species in the lake.