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Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat.
In contrast, McSpadden Gardener had patented the DNA sequence he performed on a bacteria â€“ native to Ohio soil â€“ that helps plants take up phosphorous, fight pathogens and withstand harsh conditions like drought.
The census is really useful in terms of defining what the industry works like, what the various sectors of the industry look like, and thereby helping us to understand the environment that weâ€™re making policy in and trying to operate in.
Agriculture producers who depend on freight trains to move their harvest have managed to avoid the major rail gridlock that plagued farmers across much of the region last winter and into the spring.
Average diesel prices for 2015 are forecast to be about $1 lower than last year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the agricultural industry along with other related-industries contributed $800 billion â€“ or nearly a five percent share â€“ to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012.
Urban agriculture can include anything from community vegetable gardens run by non-profit groups, to for-profit companies producing anything from gourmet salad greens to mushrooms, he said.
Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state itâ€™s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West.
Deer farmers and preserve managers argue that their operations provide a boon to rural economies that are strapped for ways to make a living. Ohio, for instance, is home to between 500 and 550 facilities that breed deer or host private hunts,
Black Swamp Conservancy will serve as an organization for Ohioâ€™s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. As a non-profit land trust, the conservancy is dedicated to protecting and conserving natural and agricultural lands in northwest Ohio.