News & Events

World’s Largest Organic Rooftop Farm Powered 100% by Renewables Opens in Chicago

Published Nov. 25, 2015

“With more than $1 billion in venture capital invested in the city in 2014, Chicago continues to emerge as the country’s newest hot spot for innovation and growing companies,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

USDA pushes link between schools, and local farmers, ranchers

Published Nov. 18, 2015

USDA is working to help schools buy more local fresh foods from farmers and ranchers with the release of nearly $5 million in grants for 74 projects in 39 states. In the release, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, notes: “Farm to school programs work – for schools, for producers and for communities

USDA Forecasts 38% Drop in Farm Income

Published Nov. 25, 2015

Net U.S. farm income will drop 38% this year to $55.9 billion, the lowest level in more than a decade, reflecting depressed crop prices and softening dairy and hog markets, federal forecasters said Tuesday.

U.S. agriculture secretary visits Cuba to promote trade

Published Nov. 16, 2015

Vilsack on Wednesday became the third U.S. Cabinet secretary to visit Cuba this year, holding a series of meetings with Cuban officials on topics like fruit and vegetable export certification and field inspections aimed at laying the groundwork for future agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

Trafficking: In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows

Published Nov. 17, 2015

For most of Immokalee’s field hands, blatant wage abuses and physical cruelty have largely vanished from the tomato rows. Workers hope to use 'fair food' labels to spread those reforms to rest of America's farmland.

Thanksgiving Dinner Up a Tad, to Just Over $50

Published Nov. 20, 2015

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.

Rodale Institute Director: Healthy Soils, Healthy Food

Published Nov. 24, 2015

"No matter what system you have, adding cover crops to the system makes it look like magic. There is no easier way to improve yields by cover crops," he says.

Ohio State ag dean Bruce McPheron to serve as interim provost

Published Nov. 19, 2015

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake has named Bruce McPheron interim executive vice president and provost, effective Dec. 2. For the last three years, McPheron has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Published Nov. 20, 2015

The Ohio Senate has passed its version of legislation aimed at protecting farmers who offer pick-your-own vegetables, hayrides and other activities to the visiting public from civil litigation stemming from injuries on their premises.

Ohio lawmakers seek additional CAUV changes

Published Nov. 24, 2015

The bills, known as H.B. 398 and S.B. 246, call for an amendment to the capitalization rate that would provide a more accurate agriculture value by excluding appreciation and equity buildup. And both bills also seek to protect farmers who are investing in conservation practices