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‘Fast Track’ Trade Bill Taps Tension in Ohio

Published Apr. 20, 2015

That prospect excites sixth-generation Ohio farmer Matt Bell. “When we’re successful, we buy new equipment, buy new vehicles,” said Mr. Bell, who raises corn and soybeans to feed about 1,000 sows and their offspring at his farm west of Columbus.

‘Ohio Signature Beef’ promoted

Published Apr. 7, 2015

By adding value, the farmer becomes a price maker rather than a price taker.
Surveys show consumers are spending only 10 percent of their income on food and are willing to pay more for specially grown products

About Corn Planting 'Go-time' for the Midwest

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The optimal planting window for corn is just starting to open, according to recent reports, and though some farmers are not worrying about that window just yet, there's reason to believe it could be a stretch for farmers at least in a large swatch of the Corn Belt to hit that window just right, Mowers says.

AFBF offers “Learn About Livestock” barn banners

Published Apr. 7, 2015

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s newest product, “Learn About Livestock” barn banners, was developed for use at fairs and livestock shows. The banners feature key information about major livestock species related to production, lifecycle, the environment, how farmers care for animals and safety

Agriculture's Quiet Impact on the Beer Industry

Published Apr. 9, 2015

it’s easy to forget the dedicated farmers who grow the millions of pounds of barley and hops used to make the 200 million barrels of beer produced in the U.S. every year.

Air emissions can be solid waste; RCRA lawsuit a warning for ag

Published Apr. 14, 2015

U.S. District Court in Ohio has determined air pollutants can float through the air and land on the ground and become solid waste. The court said "…the release into the air of a substance in 'particle form' via a stack, which is then deposited onto the ground in particle form, and enters the groundwater, constitutes disposal of solid waste."

Bill to define protected waters ruffles feathers

Published Apr. 20, 2015

Last week, for example, Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ashland) and colleague Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) introduced a bill in the U.S. House that would block a rule proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to define more precisely which of the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands are covered under the federal Clean Water Act of 1972.

CONSERVATIVES DEVELOP PATHWAY FOR FREE-MARKET AGRICULTURE

Published Apr. 14, 2015

Americans for Limited Government Foundation (ALG) is releasing a study explaining how government regulations and tax pressures on the U.S. agriculture industry reduce America’s international competitiveness.

Drought Drys Up Calif. Farm Jobs

Published Apr. 14, 2015

But the drought forced California farmers to fallow 500,000 acres of land in 2014. And the number could double in 2015, experts say.

Farm assets threaten long-term care, Medicaid coverage

Published Apr. 10, 2015

“Long-term health care costs seem to be growing, and without preplanning, Medicaid often isn’t a good fallback for many farmers due to the wealth tied to land ownership,” said Hall, who is also an assistant professor for OSU Extension.