News & Events

A New Network for Women in Agriculture

Published Feb. 20, 2015

To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA’s Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture.

AFBF helps feed the hungry

Published Feb. 24, 2015

The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty of food they produce.

Agriculture Giants Boost Cybersecurity to Shield Farm Data

Published Feb. 20, 2015

Companies including Monsanto Co. and Deere & Co. are investing more in cybersecurity as the farming business grows more datacentric, with satellite-steered tractors and algorithm-driven planting services expanding across the U.S. Farm Belt, executives said at an industry event Thursday.

AGRICULTURE HAS A SCIENCE PROBLEM

Published Feb. 25, 2015

The most comprehensive answer may be, as Vilsack said in an interview, "Science, like everything else, evolves."

Agriculture Must Be Central to Climate Deal, Experts Say

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms — these are some of the effects that climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in developing countries, are on the front lines

Are Farmland Cash Rents Going to Fall or Not?

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Last week's USDA Ag Outlook Forum painted a picture of a corn market that could remain in the $3.50- to $4-per-bushel range for a while. Years, even. That sort of price range doesn't bode particularly well for sustained strength in farmland rents, with farmers feeling the squeeze created by the divergence of falling grain prices and land prices that have yet to fall too much.

As one generation ages, some prepare the next to take over the family farm

Published Feb. 23, 2015

What’s most important when planning for a transition of ownership is having a family meeting, said Don Schreiber, director of the Advanced Consulting Group at Nationwide Financial.

As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Published Feb. 16, 2015

At farm shows across the country, drones have become as ubiquitous as John Deere tractors. The Colorado Farm Show earlier this year included an informational session, telling farmers both the technical and legal challenges ahead.

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs — including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state — have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.

Breakthrough in varieties make organic apples easier to grow in Ohio

Published Feb. 17, 2015

apples grown in our soils and shaped by our weather happen to taste better. If we could buy organic versions more easily, we could also support our local farm economy.