News & Events

Agriculture: More than food for thought in 2016 presidential race

Published Mar. 24, 2015

U.S. agriculture and the American farmer are misunderstood, taken for granted and, too often, under attack.

Corn, soybean-growing pair have no offseason on the farm

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It could be any morning between December and April at Davis Farms. It’s cold, and there’s work to be done. There isn’t much downtime during the “off” season.

Decline in Migrant Farm Workforce Drives Technology

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"We don't have nearly as many young people coming into the system," said Yuma-area farm manager Matt McGuire, giving one reason for the decline. He said many young people are going to college, eschewing hard labor for higher-paying work.

Discovery holds promise for gene therapy and agriculture

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"Our research provides crucial insights into how we might improve the environmental adaptation of plants, including the yields of crop species. It also has the potential to advance gene therapies that are being researched to address ageing and diseases, including cancer."

Doing business with your local farmer - ODA Dir. Daniels

Published Mar. 26, 2015

When you have forward-thinking producers along with good soil and climate, a good location and infrastructure, sound regulations, along with research and education, good things are bound to happen. This balance has led to Ohio’s wildly successful food and agriculture industry, which directly and indirectly touches everyone.

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Published Mar. 24, 2015

the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya is encouraging small producers to introduce nitrogen-fixing cover crops -- such as beans planted between rows of the staple corn crop -- as a replacement for costly chemical fertilizer out of a bag. In addition, these crops can help prevent water erosion, allowing farmers to still fare well during low rainfall years.

Farm data: Risk and reward

Published Mar. 24, 2015

Is the data that is collected from planters and combines accurate? Is it easy to use? Who sees it? Can this farm data be used by outsiders to manipulate markets? Can it be sold?

Farm groups push back as EPA finalizes water rule

Published Mar. 17, 2015

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. rule and what impact it will have on farmers, ranchers and rural America.

Farm In A Box Can Grow As Much Lettuce As An Acre Of Land

Published Mar. 13, 2015

In an area roughly the size of two back-to-back parking spaces, the CropBox—housed in a recycled shipping container—can grow the same amount of lettuce as an acre of land. If you want to grow more in the same tiny footprint, you can stack as many as five of the shipping containers on top of one another.

Ohio EPA probing rash of farm manure spills into waterways

Published Mar. 13, 2015

Most of the spills reported to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have been linked to farmers who had put livestock waste on frozen and snow-covered fields. The spills come at a time when state lawmakers are moving toward banning the practice in the state’s agriculture belt.