News & Events

Acreage report FSA deadlines approaching

Published Jul. 3, 2014

July 15, 2014, is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. This includes reporting all Burley Tobacco, Cabbage (Planted 3/19/14-5/31/14), Corn, Grain Sorghum, Hybrid Corn Seed, Spring Oats, Popcorn, Potatoes, Soybeans, Sugar Beets, Tomatoes and all other crops.

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.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create Right to Farm

Published Jul. 11, 2014

farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops.

Aquaculture offers significant potential for growth in Ohio

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Current and future fish farmers who have attended aquaculture programming taught by researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences say the techniques they learned not only increased their overall knowledge of the industry but also increased their confidence to work in this industry, according to a recent survey.

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.

Big Agriculture Looks to Africa

Published Jul. 7, 2014

In its July edition, NatGeo’s Joel K. Bourne Jr. points a wide lens at the issues raised by the creation of giant agricultural developments in sub-Saharan Africa, including some of the potential benefits as well as the likely pitfalls.

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.

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.

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.

Debate grows Missouri around right-to-farm measure as election approaches

Published Jul. 7, 2014

"Every industry gets regulated by governments -- including agriculture -- as they should be," Hurst said. "But no other industry is facing this, sort of, public attempt to do the sort of things that regulatory agencies with scientists and experts should be doing, and instead we're doing it by spending millions of dollars on political campaigns.

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

EPA report says E. coli levels too high in Upper Scioto watershed

Published Jul. 8, 2014

State scientists found high levels of E. coli, phosphorus and other pollutants at nearly every test point in the tributaries that feed the Scioto River northwest of Columbus. More water quality stories can be found at ofb.ag/ohwater

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.

Farm life for kids sets the stage for a healthy life

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Now, any parent knows that it is not always the easiest option to get their children to go outdoors. Today’s clever television shows, electronic games and gadgets galore and the frosty appeal of air conditioning on a hot summer day are quite inviting for both adults and children.

Farmers fear EPA intrusion

Published Jul. 7, 2014

But Bill Ommert, a retired farmer in Huron County, said the change is far more than a clarification and is an attempt by the federal EPA to increase its authority. “We need to quite honestly rein in the federal EPA,” he said. “They have no supervision, no control.”

Farmers the focus of start of 30 Mile Meal month

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Supporting the local farmer is one part of the annual 30 Mile Meal month celebrated each July in Athens County. The first part of the month is dedicated to the local farmer, as “Farmer Appreciation Week.”

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?"

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.

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.

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.

House Panel Reviews Farm Bill Crop Insurance, Commodity Policies

Published Jul. 11, 2014

The hearing focused on reforms to the commodity title, repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.

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.

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.

Imagine powering homes, cars with farm waste

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Scientists used farm waste to grow a type of algae that can be turned into a biofuel. Researchers say it can replace diesel to run cars, trucks and planes. It can also be used in place of oil in your home's boiler.

Insect farms: Investors see big profits in thinking small

Published Jul. 3, 2014

Work on the world's largest fly farm has begun in South Africa after the European firm behind the project won much-needed funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed beyond academic theory to a commercial venture.