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Farmers call them "flying rats" or "deer with wings." They gather by the tens of thousands every year about this time to graze on sprouting winter wheat, rye, alfalfa, and barley. They're voracious, persistent, and dirty, leaving behind a trail of droppings.
Opponents of a proposed ban on crops in Jackson County using genetically modified organisms have been raising money from farm bureaus and other agricultural interests from around the country.
At 959 pages, the "Agriculture Act of 2014" is hardly a quick read. But it includes a new feature, Agriculture Risk Coverage, that could provide corn and soybean farmers with an important cushion for at least the next two years.
The number of very small and very large farms both dropped, while the number of farms between 50 and 500 acres grew.
Of the estimated 11.7 million people without legal residency status, about 100,000 call Ohio home — nearly double the 55,000 reported in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
According to Dee Jepsen, a state safety leader for the Ohio State University Extension, an average of 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture every year. During the past 10 years, three Ohio deaths were the result of engulfment in grain bins.
There are four primary factors affecting profitability: crop price, production costs, yield level and crop quality (as it affects price). But which of these factors does the grower have significant control over?
With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, crop producers can choose among the three crop safety net options: (1) Price Loss Coverage (PLC) — a target price program; (2) county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) — a county revenue program, and (3) individual ARC — an individual farm revenue program.
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden hosted the hangout, a web-based conference call, focusing on new or beginning farmers and the "changing face of agriculture" – a tagline heard several times during the USDA Ag Outlook Forum held last week.
The proposal, formerly known as the “ag-gag” bill, was significantly changed in a Senate committee in a way that satisfied animal rights activists and representatives of the news media. In its original form, the bill would have made felons out of whistleblowers exposing unethical or illegal activities on industrial farms