News & Events

Pig disease hiking ham prices

Published Dec. 22, 2014

If you haven't purchased a spiral-cut half ham for the holidays yet, be prepared for a bit of sticker shock when you do. Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of piglets in 32 states, including Ohio, since it was first found in the U.S. last year, and as a result, the amount of hogs sent to slaughter is down by about 5 percent.

Ohio farmers voice concern over flood-control plan

Published Dec. 22, 2014

The head of an agency overseeing a plan to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River in northwestern Ohio says a firsthand look at the area has helped him understand the problem.

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

USDA releases additional Actual Production History information

Published Dec. 22, 2014

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has released additional details of the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion program designed to give crop producers relief from severe weather and drought.

Climate change will require major transformation in farming system to tackle dra

Published Dec. 19, 2014

By mid-century the world needs to plan major transformations of its agriculture systems that respond to not just one but various climate change scenarios, says a study highlighting the serious nature of the climate impacts.

Ohio pork farmers donate 10,000 pounds of ham to Ohioans

Published Dec. 19, 2014

The Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) donated 10,000 pounds of hams to their Northeast Ohio neighbors, through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, was on hand to greet recipients and show gratitude for the protein-packed donation to her constituents.

Ohioans can rub elbows with sustainable farming experts

Published Dec. 19, 2014

It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February.

Urban farming brings fresh to the dinner table

Published Dec. 19, 2014

Urban farming is becoming more popular in Youngstown. It is where everyday people grow fresh vegetables in their own backyard and sell them. Katie Phibbs and her husband Tom are doing just that. The Phibbs are the brains behind The Lettuce People.

Predator problems plaguing livestock in Ohio

Published Dec. 18, 2014

In recent years, Ohio has put forth incredible efforts to expand and enhance the abundant natural areas in the state and the wildlife that resides therein. This has innumerable benefits, but it can also lead to some challenges for agriculture

Propane: No one wants another 2014

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education and Research Council, has been very vocal about getting propane consumers to fill their tanks as soon as possible to avoid any weather-related difficulties this winter.