News & Events

Case Farms faces $861,000 in fines

Published Aug. 17, 2015

A U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation of the Ohio poultry processing facility operated by Case Farms Processing Inc. found that the company was aware of the dangers, but continued to expose workers to serious and potentially fatal injuries.

USDA putting $63 million in loans, grants for renewable energy projects

Published Aug. 17, 2015

Roughly $63 million in loans and grants are being put into 264 new renewable energy and energy efficiency projects via the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), according to recent reports.

No fan of CAUV

Published Aug. 25, 2015

We find that a contributing force behind the spread of use-value assessment has been the secular trend toward urbanization across all 50 states. Urbanization is associated with increased demand for land, which drives up land values for land in close proximity to urban areas, even if that land is not currently developed

Deere Earnings Expect Weakness In Agricultural Equipment Demand To Continue

Published Aug. 25, 2015

Deere expects its fiscal 2015 net sales to decline 21%, compared to its previous guidance of a 19% decline.

State board to rule on Huron County wind farm

Published Aug. 25, 2015

Last year, the board approved an application to build the Greenwich Windpark in Greenwich. The project involves 25 wind turbines, about 490 feet high, with rotor diameters of up to 383 feet. The project would cover 4,650 acres of land from 26 landowners

Legislators, businesses oppose tighter regulations on ozone emissions

Published Aug. 25, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten ozone regulations has come under the scrutiny of small business and manufacturing groups who say it is a federal overreach that will hurt Ohio’s economy.

U.S. Farm Income to Fall to Lowest Level in Nine Years

Published Aug. 26, 2015

Net farm income will drop to $58.3 billion from $91.1 billion in 2014, marking the largest percentage decline since 1983, including when figures are adjusted for inflation. The projected decrease would mark the second consecutive drop after incomes reached nominal record highs in 2013, according to the USDA.

Farm broadcaster: Activists, misinformation trouble for agriculture

Published Aug. 26, 2015

Samuelson, a legendary longtime farm broadcaster, told a large group of Bayer Museum of Agriculture supporters that animal-rights activists and opponents of genetically modified organisms are a threat to the farming world.

Precision Agriculture Eats Data, CPU Cycles: It's A Perfect Fit For Cloud Servic

Published Aug. 26, 2015

One look at a chart of corn yields, which have increased four-fold since the early 50′s, shows that farmers are marching to their own version of Moore’s Law.

Hart: Expect low corn, soybean prices this year and next year

Published Aug. 26, 2015

There is a lot of uncertainty about what the "too many shades of green" U.S. corn and soybean crops will yield, but Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart said it doesn't really matter.

McDonald’s, Tyson Sever Ties to Poultry Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

Published Aug. 28, 2015

McDonald’s Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group on Thursday released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death.

USDA expands whole-farm safety net coverage

Published Aug. 28, 2015

USDA on Thursday said it is expanding its Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance option to all counties in the U.S. for 2016, while also making changes to expand coverage for beginning, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers.

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Farm

Published Aug. 28, 2015

Run by Ron LeMay, who headed Sprint’s wireless division until 2003, the company has created a platform to help farmers rent out their unused equipment to growers who may be hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the differences in peak harvest seasons.

Tom Vilsack on Updated Forecast for U.S. Agricultural Exports

Published Aug. 28, 2015

"The strong pace of American agricultural exports continues. Fiscal years 2015 and 2016 exports are forecast to be the third- and fourth-highest on record, respectively. Bulk export volumes are expected to rise in fiscal year 2016 and reach near record levels, and horticultural and livestock product exports are also expected to be higher.

Congressional staffers get ground-level look at agriculture

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The goal of the three-day event is to give staffers a better understanding of how farmers and agricultural businesses are faring — and how they are affected by decisions made in Washington. It’s something that’s become increasingly important, with food gaining more attention on the national landscape

Lawmakers hold hearing on agricultural education in Ohio

Published Aug. 28, 2015

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee heard testimony in Wooster Wednesday at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. Organizations appearing before the committee included Ohio State, Wilmington College, Anthony Wayne High School, the Ohio Soybean Council, and the Ohio Ecological and Farm Association.