News & Events

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

Published Apr. 1, 2015

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, only 37 percent of the general public say GE foods are safe, while 88 percent of scientists say they are.

Video shows drone herding sheep on Irish farm

Published Apr. 1, 2015

Irish farmer Declan Brennan has found the most unlikely kind of sheepdog – a drone. Brennan operated a Yuneec Q500 drone to herd his flock of sheep at Herondale, his Carlow, Ireland farm. In a YouTube video viewers can get a bird’s-eye view of the flock being ushered around the lush farmland by the drone.

USDA Planting Intentions Report: Record soybean acres, less corn

Published Apr. 1, 2015

U.S. soybean growers intend to plant an estimated record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, up 1 percent from the previous record set in 2014.
Driven by expectations of lower prices and returns in 2015, U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.2 million acres in 2015, down 2 percent from last year and down 6 percent from 2013.

USDA farm bill program selection deadline is coming

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Farmers have until the end of the day on March 31 to elect which USDA farm program they want to participate in for the five-year life of the new 2014 Farm Bill. The choices are Agriculture Risk Coverage-County, Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual or Price Loss Coverage. March 31 also is the deadline for landowners to reallocate base acres and update their FSA program yields,

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

Too early to condemn farm bill for high costs Read more: http://www.politico.co

Published Mar. 26, 2015

First, for the decade from fiscal year 2015 through 2024, mandatory government spending for agriculture — including conservation and crop insurance programs — is expected to average substantially less than the average for the prior two decades.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

Published Mar. 26, 2015

"On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation's economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe.

Rickenbacker International Airport offers new option for shipping animals intern

Published Mar. 30, 2015

Ohio leads the nation in the export of animal genetics including germplasm, embryos and live animals. And, of course, those genetics have to get to their destination somehow. The business of transporting animals internationally is wrought with complexities and global scale hassles of every kind, but the potential future benefits to Ohio agriculture through genetic exports are significant.

Proposed Rule Stops Payments To Nonactive Farm Managers

Published Mar. 27, 2015

According to USDA some operations are able to have an unlimited number of farm managers who can get payments from farm safety net programs. Now, USDA wants non-family joint ventures or partnerships to document that managers contribute 500 hours annually to managing the operation.

Ohio legislature approves new nutrient bill

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-District 12, said the bill is “all about making sure that whether the water comes from Grand Lake St. Marys or Lake Erie, that we have healthy clean water, and at the same time making sure that we protect and preserve Ohio’s number one industry — agriculture.”