News & Events

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Published Dec. 16, 2014

he number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.

USDA Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

Published Dec. 16, 2014

The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work alongside or cooperatively with people

USDA Announces 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Speakers

Published Dec. 9, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and European Commissioner of Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will engage in a far-ranging roundtable discussion on agriculture. Dr. Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will address "Food, Foreign Policy and International Order."

Urban farming brings fresh to the dinner table

Published Dec. 19, 2014

Urban farming is becoming more popular in Youngstown. It is where everyday people grow fresh vegetables in their own backyard and sell them. Katie Phibbs and her husband Tom are doing just that. The Phibbs are the brains behind The Lettuce People.

U.S., Cuba Changes Could Advance Ag Trade

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Farm groups supported the move, suggesting it could advance export opportunities for agricultural goods like soy, wheat and corn

Strategies for managing profit in agriculture during a down cycle

Published Dec. 17, 2014

When “hunker down” strategies are being implemented, the farmer is like a player on the basketball court. He or she must be receptive to coaching and in some cases critique and tough love. Farmers who are successful in the down cycles are those who select alternative strategies, execute them with their lender, and then monitor results.

Propane: No one wants another 2014

Published Dec. 18, 2014

Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education and Research Council, has been very vocal about getting propane consumers to fill their tanks as soon as possible to avoid any weather-related difficulties this winter.

Predator problems plaguing livestock in Ohio

Published Dec. 18, 2014

In recent years, Ohio has put forth incredible efforts to expand and enhance the abundant natural areas in the state and the wildlife that resides therein. This has innumerable benefits, but it can also lead to some challenges for agriculture

Politics surround veto of gestation stall ban in New Jersey

Published Dec. 8, 2014

In a mix of pre-presidential politics, animal rights agendas and celebrity star power, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of pig gestation stalls in New Jersey.

Ohioans can rub elbows with sustainable farming experts

Published Dec. 19, 2014

It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February.