News & Events

Senators urge USDA, HHS to keep lean meat in Dietary Guidelines

Published Mar. 13, 2015

In February, a panel of nutrition experts - the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) - released a report suggesting a healthy diet consisted of lower quantities of lean meat, inflaming meat and livestock groups eager to defend their products

U.S. exports at risk as bird flu hits heart of poultry country

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, and other major countries imposed new import restrictions on Thursday after a virulent form of bird flu was found at the heart of America’s poultry region.

Farm In A Box Can Grow As Much Lettuce As An Acre Of Land

Published Mar. 13, 2015

In an area roughly the size of two back-to-back parking spaces, the CropBox—housed in a recycled shipping container—can grow the same amount of lettuce as an acre of land. If you want to grow more in the same tiny footprint, you can stack as many as five of the shipping containers on top of one another.

USDA Pegs Rail Losses at a Half-Billion Dollars

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Upper Midwest farmers lost about $570 million on sales of soybeans, wheat, and corn last year because of painful rail delays that began with the bumper 2013 harvest and persisted into fall 2014. The snarl-up could lead to closer federal monitoring of railroads

Ohio EPA probing rash of farm manure spills into waterways

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Most of the spills reported to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have been linked to farmers who had put livestock waste on frozen and snow-covered fields. The spills come at a time when state lawmakers are moving toward banning the practice in the state’s agriculture belt.

Decline in Migrant Farm Workforce Drives Technology

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"We don't have nearly as many young people coming into the system," said Yuma-area farm manager Matt McGuire, giving one reason for the decline. He said many young people are going to college, eschewing hard labor for higher-paying work.

Farm groups push back as EPA finalizes water rule

Published Mar. 17, 2015

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. rule and what impact it will have on farmers, ranchers and rural America.

Discovery holds promise for gene therapy and agriculture

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"Our research provides crucial insights into how we might improve the environmental adaptation of plants, including the yields of crop species. It also has the potential to advance gene therapies that are being researched to address ageing and diseases, including cancer."

Ohio farmers get face-to-face time with federal leaders

Published Mar. 17, 2015

Between March 18 and March 20, Ohio Farm Bureau leaders and farmers representing their county bureaus are scheduled to meet with numerous people including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Agricultural Committee members Ohio Congressmen Bob Gibbs and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as well as leaders of Japan and New Zealand’s embassies.

Proposed hog farm raises a stink in Van Wert County

Published Mar. 17, 2015

They’re worried about the smell and possible health risks a hog farm could bring. The farm’s developer said it has the regulations in place to ensure safety and minimize odor.