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Key findings include an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the United States totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, up 33% ($97.4 billion) from 2007. The number of farms and land in farms were down slightly, but held steady.
Direct sales from farms in the form of farmers’ markets and on-site stores are a growing trend in Ohio and mean more money in farmers’ pockets, said Heather Neikirk, agriculture and natural resources educator at Ohio State University’s Stark County Extension Office.
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I have often thought that, if any animal on the farm could talk, it should be the farm dog. The dog is always around the action and would always know what is going on where.
I had the opportunity to represent Trumbull County Farm Bureau at Ag Day at the Capital on Feb. 19. This event is a statewide effort conducted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation on behalf of its nearly 200,000 active and associate members. T
"Who’s winning? I would say flat out that advocates for alternative agriculture have won out," he said. "Their ideas are dominant. It is hard to find anyone willing to stand up for traditional agriculture. Most of them come to my classes with their minds made up
Don’t wait until a threat has revealed itself to begin preparing for it, readying a response and getting acquainted with other likely players that will need to respond, from law enforcement to public health officials to citizen volunteers.
Coffee, together with sugar, stands out with its double digit gains but also the grain sector — led by soybeans and wheat — have recovered, the latter from a 3.5-year low.
Some farmers are leery about the new technology. They worry their data might be sold to commodities traders, wind up in the hands of rival farmers or give more leverage to giant seed companies that are among the most enthusiastic sellers of data-driven planting advice. The companies vow not to misuse the information.
, "if my ultimate customer says this is what I know and want — and that's a very dicey observation ... is it smart for me to say, eh, you aren't qualified to know what I do, so I'm just going to tell you to take a hike?"