News & Events

Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.

Craft beer brewers and drinkers create farming opportunities for Ohio hops

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Estimates from Ohio State University Extension say we spend $30 million for hops each year, getting ours shipped in from Europe (England, France, Germany) and the Pacific Northwest. Not only is the money going out of state, it also doesn't make much of a local flavor statement.

New tools to assist with farm bill decisions for dairy

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A new website is up and running to allow dairy farmers to sign up for meetings statewide on the intricacies of the dairy programs in new farm bill. Training for the meetings is provided in part by experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Pumpkin patches overgrown with good quality pumpkins

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Last year, across Ohio, farmers harvested 6,100 acres of pumpkins and produced more than $15 million worth of pumpkins, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farm taxes could spike in Ohio

Published Oct. 8, 2014

Amy Milam of the Ohio Farm Bureau says economic factors during the recent recession are, in fact, causing some higher tax bills this year. And her organization hopes to do something about that.

Farm bill straight talk from a farmer

Published Oct. 9, 2014

he 2014 Farm Bill offers multiple options for a crop production safety net, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, and the Individual ARC Program. Of those three, which do you think is best suited for most farms in Ohio?

Rain getting in way of harvest

Published Oct. 9, 2014

hio farmers were running a bit behind schedule, and that was before this week's precipitation, with 12 percent of the state's corn harvested, behind 16 percent on the five-year average, the USDA said. Soybeans were at 21 percent harvested by Sunday, slightly behind the five-year average of 23 percent.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Published Oct. 9, 2014

A resolution to a three-year impasse in the national beef checkoff enhancement work group suggested by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack may do more harm than good, according to members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Wet October weather ahead

Published Oct. 9, 2014

We expect to see above normal rainfall for the rest of October. There is a greater than 80% chance of exceeding two inches of rain in the next two weeks over most of Ohio which is high for this time of the year. Normal rainfall is about an inch the next two weeks.

Don’t farm averages

Published Oct. 10, 2014

For all the headlines about precision agriculture, the majority of nutrient applications are still the same blend applied across every acre.