News & Events

Farmland documentary shows the truth: Farming is not easy

Published Apr. 18, 2014

I want you to go to the movies and take a nonfarm friend or relative. On second thought, make that a carload of nonfarm friends. Buy their tickets, their popcorn and their overpriced fountain drinks. It will be the best investment you will make this year. Trust me.

Vilsack is a good Agriculture Secretary, but fizzled as a presidential hopeful

Published Apr. 18, 2014

“We are not realizing our fullest potential in American agriculture because there is not the certainty of workforce that a lot of producers need,” he said. “It's an unfortunate and tragic circumstance. It’s costing jobs; it's costing income; and it’s really the kind of situation that's totally preventable.”

The Making of 'Farmland,' Ag's Newest Documentary

Published Apr. 18, 2014

The film, which hits selected theatres May 1, focuses on the lives of young farmers in six different food production areas. It is billed as a glimpse into the farmers' "high-risk, high-reward" jobs.

Death on the Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

American farmers are a dying breed, in part because they’re killing themselves at a shocking rate

Animals are a special part of the farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Most people are not privileged to raise farm animals, but a cat, dog, fish or bird can fulfill a need.

Earthquake link triggers tougher drilling permit conditions

Published Apr. 17, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is creating new, stronger permit conditions for deep oil or gas drilling near faults or areas of past seismic activity.

Killer pig virus hits Ohio hog farmers hard

Published Apr. 17, 2014

We’re telling farmers to enact strict biosecurity measures on their farms to keep their herds safe,” Ms. Hawkins said. “Since there isn’t a treatment, there isn’t a cure, if that strain hits the baby barn, they’re pretty much wiped out. We’ve seen 90 to 100 percent mortality rates for pigs under 10 days old,” she said.

USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets for U.S. Agriculture through 2014 Far

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities.

Agriculture Is a Man's World? Not on My Farm

Published Apr. 17, 2014

A farmer is required to be a person capable of wearing many hats -- from accountant to nurse to scientist to engineer. A farmer's head is full of so much information, and also full of contacts, for those questions that they can't answer. A farmer knows how to make the best out of a sticky situation, and knows when to call in reinforcements.

Far off? Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt Read more here: htt

Published Apr. 17, 2014

Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter – and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products