News & Events

Wheat price manipulation complaint filed

Published Apr. 13, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Mondel?z Global LLC with manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and wheat futures.

Vilsack says pleased with Farm Bill sign-up, results likely in May

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Grain farmers have had to choose between two options, a price-average formula called Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or a fixed-price formula, Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers have to commit for the full five years of the farm bill.

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Authorities have confirmed H5N2 outbreaks at nearly 40 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, including 26 in Minnesota. All were turkey operations except for one chicken farm in Wisconsin. On Thursday, officials said four more Minnesota farms and two more in Wisconsin had been struck.

THIRSTY ALMONDS? AGRICULTURE GROUPS DEFEND THE NUT DURING DROUGHT

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The backlash against California almond growers’ high water consumption during a period of drought is reaching a crescendo, leading two industry trade groups to boost their messaging. They point out that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

Terminating cover crops

Published Apr. 13, 2015

“To get the best kill on cereal rye and ryegrass, it must be actively growing,” said Beck’s Hybrids Agronomist Alex Johnson. “If your neighbors are mowing grass, that’s a good sign that the cover crops are ready to be sprayed.”

Silicon Valley Firms Plant Roots in Farm Belt

Published Apr. 9, 2015

The money involved in U.S. food startups is still small compared with Internet companies. But venture-capital investment in agriculture and food soared 54% to $486 million last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource

Scientists, agriculture experts explore ways to produce more food with low pollu

Published Apr. 10, 2015

He calls it a "Mo Fo Lo Po": more food, low pollution.

Precision Agriculture Develops Better Farm Managers

Published Apr. 10, 2015

Speakers say precision technology improves profitability and, perhaps more importantly, promotes environmental stewardship

Ohio State researcher committed to the science of animal health

Published Apr. 9, 2015

In May, she will receive one of her highest honors to date, the 2015 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, for her work on viral diseases of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health.

Ohio poultry at risk for a potent strain of avian influenza

Published Apr. 9, 2015

Though it is not present in Ohio, poultry owners should still be on high alert for signs of a novel strain of avian influenza capable of completely wiping out entire commercial flocks, exhibition birds and backyard poultry.