News & Events

Farm-Raised Fish Must Double to Meet Growing Global Demand

Published Jun. 26, 2014

By 2030, the World Bank expects that 70 percent of the demand for fish will come from Asia. A recent report led by the World Resources Institute finds that global fish production needs to more than double by the middle of the century to meet that demand.

Proposed Water Rules Could 'Take' Farm And Ranch Land

Published Jun. 26, 2014

He says producers are concerned the EPA could require permits for daily farm tasks which have to done in a timely manner to be effective.

Agriculture security lawsuit heard in federal court

Published Jun. 26, 2014

The law makes it illegal to film in an agriculture facility without permission from the owners, and to lie in order to get a job at an agriculture facility.

Chipotle's Australian Beef Imports Anger Texas Agricultural Industry

Published Jun. 26, 2014

The opposition came to a head June 16 when Texas Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples cried foul over the burrito chain’s new plan to buy grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef from Australia. Chipotle says it can’t find enough beef in the U.S. that meets its standards, so it has to go overseas.

Wearable Technology for Agriculture – Google Glass

Published Jun. 26, 2014

The areas of highest interest for agricultural applications for Glass are in field related activities like crop scouting, agronomist/consultants use, remote equipment maintenance, animal handling and identification.

USDA announces new support for beginning farmers

Published Jun. 26, 2014

“New and beginning farmers are the future of American agriculture,” Harden said. “The average age of an American farmer is 58 and rising, so we must help new farmers get started if America is going to continue feeding the world and maintain a strong agriculture economy. The new policies announced today will help give beginning farmers the financial security they need to succeed.

Evolution Ag plans $5 million headquarters in Union County

Published Jun. 26, 2014

The company, which owns five farm-equipment dealerships, broke ground yesterday on a 15-acre dealership site and corporate headquarters in eastern Union County, north of Dublin. Doug Loudenslager, one of the owners of Evolution Ag, said the new location will serve six counties and give the dealership room to grow.

Crawford Co. farm museum an 'asset to our fairgrounds and to our community'

Published Jun. 27, 2014

The Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Show is underway at the Crawford County Fairgrounds and will run through Saturday. The show kicked off Thursday with a pork chop dinner and kiddie tractor pull. The 14th annual show is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Crawford Antique Farm Machinery Association.

HSUS pushes cage ban in Massachusetts

Published Jun. 27, 2014

Animal welfare activists say a bill that would force farmers to use cages big enough to let farm animals to turn around is a simple act of anti-cruelty, but farmers say the bill is simply a tool further a national legislative agenda because the problem doesn't exist in Massachusetts.

DuPont Cuts Outlook on Weakness in Agriculture Segment

Published Jun. 27, 2014

Sales of corn seed, among DuPont's biggest agricultural products, slowed as U.S. farmers planted more soybeans this spring, leaving the company with unsold corn seed that led to larger-than-expected write-downs, executives said Thursday

The Agriculture Secretary Sees a Smart (Phone) Solution to GMO Labeling Fight

Published Jun. 27, 2014

The F.D.A. and U.S.D.A. could help coordinate the compilation of information. That way you wouldn’t create a misimpression about the safety of a product, which could happen depend on how something was labeled.

Farmers, lawmakers divided on 'Right to Farm'

Published Jun. 30, 2014

The official ballot language reads: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?"

The roots of the agriculture-EPA rift

Published Jun. 30, 2014

In the past few years alone, the EPA has been criticized for a series of proposals that would have hurt the agricultural community, including one that would have regulated dust in rural areas and another last November that would reduce the amount of renewable fuels, much of it from corn, required to be blended into the country's gasoline supply.

Young Agricultural Professionals tour Rus-Men Farms

Published Jun. 30, 2014

Married, single, some with children and some without, more than 100 Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals were in the area Saturday for an agricultural tour.

Peterson is new Ohio State Fair choir director

Published Jun. 30, 2014

Jon Peterson, who is a music professor at Malone University. Peterson was named the new choir director in March and has spent the past few months reviewing applications and selecting about 200 members who will sing in the choir.

USDA Announces More Crop Insurance Changes

Published Jul. 1, 2014

The provisions allow producers to have enterprise units for irrigated and non-irrigated crops, give farmers and ranchers the ability to purchase different levels of coverage for a variety of irrigation practices, provide guidance on conservation compliance, implement protections for native sod and provide adjustments to historical yields following significant disasters, USDA said.

Are farm land values headed for a downturn?

Published Jul. 1, 2014

There was a 13.0% increase in average U.S. farm land values from mid-year 2012 to mid-year 2013, which followed a 14.5% increase in U.S. farm land values a year earlier.

Global Agriculture Trends: Are We Actually Using Less Land? - See more at: http:

Published Jul. 1, 2014

I found that, while the global food supply per person has increased over the last 15 years, we have simultaneously decreased the total amount of land we’re using to produce it.

Acres and Grain Stocks reports bring out the bear

Published Jul. 1, 2014

Two obvious things stand out with these numbers. First, with soybean stocks higher than expected it continues to give support to ideas that the 2013 soybean production number will be revised upward later this fall.

Growers plant record soybean crop

Published Jul. 1, 2014

Farmers planted 84.8 million acres of soybeans, which was 11 percent more than last year’s 76.5 million acres. Among the states that planted record amounts of the crop were Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Cost of July 4th Picnic Up Slightly, But Still Under $6

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Farm Bureau's informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, or $5.87 per person. That's about a 5% increase compared to a year ago.

California universities to start sustainable agriculture programs

Published Jul. 2, 2014

The program gives the university a voice in global policy discussions about how to grow food in the face of severe drought and rising temperatures, said Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security chief who took over as president of the 10-campus system last year.

Flooding a problem for Ohio farmers

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Most of Ohio and western Pa. received 5 to 10 inches for June, or between 125-200 percent of normal rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

How does flooding affect corn?

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Like people, if plants can’t breathe, they can’t survive for long. Flooding interrupts the breathing and photosynthetic processes of plants. Obviously, plants which are completely covered by water are at higher risk than those which are partially submerged.

EPA's Latest Foe: Congress

Published Jul. 3, 2014

More than 260 representatives and senators now oppose EPA's proposed expansion of the CWA. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have introduced a bill to block EPA from issuing the rule, which would expand EPA's authority over wetlands, creeks, possibly stock ponds and ditches.