News & Events

Farm income, farmland values weaken in Midwest, Mid-South

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“Due to some concern about the fall harvest and the recent dip in livestock prices, agricultural bankers have a rather dour view of farm income prospects in the fourth quarter of 2015,” the report said, noting a projected fourth quarter index value of 23.

Ohio tree farm sends Christmas firs to troops oversees

Published Nov. 13, 2015

Owner Mike Wertz first got involved with Operation Evergreen in 2002. The project sends freshly cut trees to military personnel serving overseas. The effort is part of The Ohio Christmas Tree Association. In its 20th year, it continues to spread Christmas cheer to American troops at home and abroad at various locations around the world.

OSU Economist: Trans-Pacific Partnership would boost U.S agriculture

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“TPP is the largest regional free trade agreement that has been struck in the past two decades,” said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State’s Andersons Professor of International Trade and an economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Taking a closer look at energy generation investment on the farm

Published Nov. 13, 2015

“Regardless of the strides we have made in energy efficiency, it will not offset the increasing global demand for energy. On average the U.S. represents around 4% of the world’s population, yet consumes just over 18% of world’s total energy.

Safety net payments issued in Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Steven Maurer announced that as of Nov. 3 approximately 66,718 Ohio farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill have begun receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year

Ohio constitutional review panel wants to move quickly on redistricting reform f

Published Nov. 13, 2015

The goal is to present the General Assembly a proposal for congressional districts similar to one voters approved overwhelmingly Nov. 3 that amended the process in the Ohio Constitution for drawing districts for the Ohio House and Senate. The plan, on the ballot as Issue 1, was intended to bolster fairness and lessen the impact of politics.

Green innovation: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

For Spread, the next stage of it vegetable factory development will emphasize the role of robots in the agricultural effort. The purpose of the change is to create cleaner, safer crops by significantly reducing key bacteria sources from much of the process — namely, germ-prone humans.

U.S. agriculture secretary visits Cuba to promote trade

Published Nov. 16, 2015

Vilsack on Wednesday became the third U.S. Cabinet secretary to visit Cuba this year, holding a series of meetings with Cuban officials on topics like fruit and vegetable export certification and field inspections aimed at laying the groundwork for future agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba.

Grassley: High hopes for TPP on agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2015

The new market access for U.S. agricultural products is good news. On pork, Japan would eliminate duties on 80 percent of tariffs, and the gate price mechanism that has been a barrier in the past would be significantly improved.

Trafficking: In Florida's tomato fields, a fight for ethical farm labor grows

Published Nov. 17, 2015

For most of Immokalee’s field hands, blatant wage abuses and physical cruelty have largely vanished from the tomato rows. Workers hope to use 'fair food' labels to spread those reforms to rest of America's farmland.