News & Events

No-till method helps farmers, can clog roads

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The farming method leaves corn stalks and other plant debris on the field surfaces, which then washes away with rain water, right into the roadways, drainage ditches and catch basins.
“It plugs up the culverts or different crossings where the water might flow,” said Dave Louth, roadway engineer at the Allen County Engineer’s Office.

Soil Compaction May Fuel Smaller Implements

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Deep tillage often used in the Midwest can only mitigate deep compaction down to 16 inches. The trend toward larger equipment drives compaction levels down below that. Compaction concerns with fully autonomous 50- to 60-horsepower tractors would decrease.

Hearing shows bipartisan momentum on national food labeling efforts

Published Jun. 22, 2015

Titled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food,” the hearing provided members with an opportunity to learn about the role genetic engineering plays in our nation’s food supply. Additionally, the hearing delved into state-specific labeling regulations and their potential impact on interstate commerce and consumer

Poultry show ban can be handled in a variety of ways at fairs

Published Jun. 22, 2015

The poultry show ban will likely be handled differently by fairs all season long. Hopefully it can be viewed as a good learning experience for the affected exhibitors at every cancelled event for the year. “This is educational because with livestock you never know what you are going to get,” Black said. “This is real life.

Farm-Sector Earnings Plunge

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but nine states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday. Farm earnings fell 22.4% in the first quarter, which Commerce attributed primarily to lower livestock output

Algorithms to help farmers battle the drought

Published Jun. 23, 2015

The same kinds of algorithms that analyze the human genome can analyze a farmer’s field to save water.

Huge Potential for 3D Printing In Agriculture

Published Jun. 23, 2015

“Take, for example, a broken part,” he said. With a 3D printer you could digitally scan that part, feed that information to the printer which would produce a replacement on the spot and likely in less time than it would take for a farmer to drive to a supplier and get the part . . .if it were available.

Financial assistance available for Ohio for gypsum

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Ohio’s state NRCS technical staff recently adopted an interim practice standard providing guidelines for how gypsum can be incorporated as part of various conservation programs including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Post subsidiary sues egg farm alleging breach of contract

Published Jun. 24, 2015

A food supplier claims an Iowa egg farm breached a contract after bird flu disrupted the supply of eggs. Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of Brentwood-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday alleging Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms in Corwith is in breach of a Jan. 27, 2014, contract.

Senate Advances Fast Track--Again

Published Jun. 24, 2015

By the smallest margin possible, the Senate Tuesday approved one more step toward giving President Barack Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or fast track, that could speed up negotiations for a 12-nation trade deal later this year.

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

Published Jun. 24, 2015

In my assessment, the period from 2007 to 2012 was an economic aberration and the periods prior and post 2007 to 2012 may be more the normal standard

Raw weather starting to move prices

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Old beans have rallied almost 70 cents since the recent low at 9.20-1/2 on May 26. The new crop bounce is even more dramatic, taking only a week to gain almost 65 cents. The high Monday was $9.60. July corn futures gained almost 14 cents in a week, adding to the high this morning

Local farmer traveling to Asia

Published Jun. 24, 2015

Highland County farmer Nathan Brown has been selected as one of just 10 farmers in the United States to travel to St. Louis, China and Vietnam in order to learn more about the soy checkoff program and see where their soybeans go in other nations.

Western Ohio Century Farm keeps family and agriculture as priorities

Published Jun. 25, 2015

A commitment to family and agriculture chronicle the rich 190-year history of the Good-Woodruff Farm of Champaign County that started with a unique tale of love and perseverance

TPA On Its Way to Obama

Published Jun. 25, 2015

The Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as fast track legislation, Wednesday by a vote of 60-38, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The bipartisan bill that still was opposed by most Democrats will allow the Obama administration to wrap up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Agriculture educators: an endangered species.

Published Jun. 25, 2015

Katie Hagemann, Tevis Mott, Elizabeth Babcock and Travis Meyers say more agriculture teachers are needed to replace those retiring or leaving the profession. They themselves began teaching within the past few years after earning degrees in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

U.S. Corn, Soybean Ratings Drop Further

Published Jun. 25, 2015

On Monday, the government’s Crop Condition Report rated the U.S. soybean good/excellent rating dropped from 67% a week ago to 65%. The USDA pegged the crop as 90% planted vs. a 95% five-year average. Also, 84% of the U.S. soybean crop has emerged vs. an 87% five-year average. For corn, the U.S. crop rating fell to 71% good/excellent from 74% a year ago.

Southern Ohio FFA’ers addressing local hunger needs

Published Jun. 25, 2015

If you happened to drive by Zane Trace High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, during May, you might have seen members of the ZT FFA chapter busy constructing raised beds, transplanting seedlings, carting topsoil or building chicken coops.

Produce growers hold summer field day in Wayne County

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Rob Leeds, of OSU Extension in Delaware County, said the customer in front of you is the most important person at that time — not the one on the phone or the others in the crowd.

A Salute to the Women of Agriculture

Published Jun. 26, 2015

God bless the ladies who play such an important role on farms and ranches across the country, raising families, food, fiber and energy.

Food engineer named World Agriculture Prize laureate

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Singh became recognized for a body of research in areas such as energy conservation, freezing preservation, postharvest technology and mass transfer in food processing. His research on airflow in complex systems helped design innovative systems for the rapid cooling of strawberries

Putin extends ban on agriculture products

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that a current ban on dairy products, meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit from the U.S., European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway will remain in effect until June 24, 2016

Tom Vilsack on the Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Published Jun. 26, 2015

"Trade agreements are a driving force behind expanded U.S. exports, which means U.S. companies can provide more, better paying jobs. Last year, American agricultural exports grew to a record $152.5 billion, and the past six years represent the strongest in history for U.S. agricultural trade. Still, ninety-five percent of the world's consumers live outside of our borders.

City elementary students enlightened at Farm Day

Published Jun. 26, 2015

United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties and the Clark County Farm Bureau hosted 167 second- and third-graders from the Springfield City School District at the event, which started four years ago.

Flower-farm open house touts ‘local,’ sustainable

Published Jun. 29, 2015

“People are sharing what they know so that that information can be taken and be used elsewhere and promote any successful farming practices,” she said.