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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.
The Social Media Farmer of the Year Award recognizes farmers that have incorporated social media, digital media and Internet strategies to achieve business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and overall elevating the industry.
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.
The Open Agriculture Data Alliance, or OADA, will also seek to set standards on data privacy and security, among the top concerns of farmers gathering and sharing increasingly deep pools of data from high tech farm machines armed with global positioning technology and wireless data transfer capability.
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.
The majority of us in agriculture work with at least some family on the farm. There are a lot of advantages and benefits that come from working with family – but there's a lot of risk too. And you open yourself up to a lot of unnecessary risk if you fail to operate the farm as a business.
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.