The online planner offers multiple building dimensions, exterior features, paint colors and interior options.Read More
Ten members of Ohio media toured the three farms participating in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network during a Farm Bureau sponsored media tour May 11.
The group learned details about the conservation practices being tested in an effort to reduce phosphorus and sediment in the Blanchard River Watershed and throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin.
“I would argue that no other group has done more to help address the issue,” said OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp to reporters from the Toledo Blade, The Plain Dealer, ag media and others before the group set out on a bus to tour the demonstration farms. “You will see the creative activity and the breadth of activity happening in our space today.”
Above, members of the media ask questions at Kellogg Farms.
The first stop on the media tour was to Kellogg Farms in Forest, owned and operated by Bill and Shane Kellogg. The farm consists of 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans and of those, 305 acres are committed to the network. Subsurface nutrient placement – shallow incorporation of fertilizer placed right where the future crop needs it rather than broadcast application – is one of several conservation practices on the farm, including the use of cover crops.
“If you can keep the dirt on the field the fertilizer stays there, too,” Shane Kellogg told the group.
Next stop was Kurt Farms in Dunkirk, owned and operated by Chris Kurt. The farm is 470 acres of corn and soybeans, and 168 acres are in the network. Along with edge-of-field monitoring equipment, a two-stage ditch and phosphorus removal beds are part of the practices being done on the farm.
The two-stage drainage ditch on Kurt Farms, left, and the phosphorus bed at the edge of the field, right.
The tour ended at Stateler Farm in McComb, owned and operated by Duane and Anthony Stateler. The long-time pork producers also farm corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres along with operating a 7,200 head wean-to-finish swine operation. The Statelers have committed 243 acres to the network. Variable rate manure application is just one of several conservation practices being tested on the farm.
Each farmer spoke to reporters not only about his own role in testing these conservation practices but also about what inspired them to become a participating demo farm.
“We ask ourselves, are we doing things right and how can we do things better?” said Anthony Stateler.
Members of the media took note, with stories about the work Farm Bureau members are doing to support water quality efforts immediately published in various news outlets, including Farm and Dairy, Toledo Blade and WTOL, the CBS news affiliate in Toledo.
The Blanchard Demo Farms project is made possible through a five-year, $1 million agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio Farm Bureau. OFBF collaborated with stakeholders in Hardin and Hancock counties, as well as other partners, in identifying the farms and farmers who are participating in the demonstration sites.
Farm Bureau is an incredible organization that has given me countless professional development opportunities in addition to advocating for all sizes and types of farmers.
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
Through its policies it brings together people in the agricultural community and invests in building vibrant communities that support agriculture.Future employees, leaders
If you have issues with local planning or have legal questions, someone at the Farm Bureau has the answer for you, or they’ll connect you with someone who does.Hansen's Greenhouse
As a member of Farm Bureau, I am glad that this organization takes action when necessary to protect and advance agriculture.Policy Development
The Grand Champion Market Barrow exhibited by Nick Adams from Mercer County sold for a record $66,000.Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau and the Union County Farm Bureau recently filed an amicus brief in a case with potential impacts to farmland preservation programs.Read More
This ‘value first’ approach aims to build membership with programs and services with direct member input and feedback to staff.Read More
A local farmer donated 90 bushels of soft winter wheat as a gift to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.Read More
Landowners should have the right to challenge and make sure that a taking is necessary and that it’s limited to what is actually necessary so that the law is upheld.Read More
Reflecting on the first session of AgriPOWER, I feel excited, inspired, and open.Read More
USDA’s Risk Management Agency is expanding double crop insurance opportunities in nearly 1,500 counties, including 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties, where double cropping is viable.Read More