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During the Vice Presidentâ€™s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution.
â€śSome of the things will be short term wins, some of them we know will be longer term wins,â€ť said McPheron. â€śBut we have to be working on them today.â€ť
I'm very positive about this industry despite the challenges, despite the issues,â€ť Vilsack said at a conference sponsored by Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group. â€śI want you to know that I'm committed, that the administration is committed. You cannot let one decision . . . slow the process downâ€ť
â€śThis is an opportunity for producers to think strategically about the farm, its cash flow, its exposure to risk, and the means available to manage the risk,â€ť he said. â€śThe confluence of a lower price environment and the farm program decision provides a meaningful opportunity to consider your objectives for the farm.â€ť
The farm still offers apple tours, but it has expanded its educational offerings to the point where 15,000 youngsters annually participate in four different tours.
the country is seeing "growing numbers of very small and very large farms and declining numbers of mid-sized farms."
Kok said the focus should be â€śqualityâ€ť no-till, which means using cover crops, buffer strips, crop rotation and paying attention to detail.
Ohio AgrAbility conducts on-site assessments for the worker to determine how he or she performs their job and helps find solutions that will meet their needs. Often those solutions involve some form of assistive technology
Daniel Dayton and Erika Gutierrez of Old Milburnie Farm near Knightdale helped lead one of the forums on small farms building relationships with restaurants and farmers markets.
"We are seeing a small amount that being one to one and a half pounds per acre of material coming off. It's because we have 4.3 million acres of agriculture production that that adds up to some significant amounts that we need to work on," says Greg LaFarge
With farmers, the cover-crop and fertilizer school pushes are seen as just a start. A bill enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Gov. John Kasich in June mandated training classes for many farmers and the establishment of a certification in fertilizer application.