News & Events

1st Midwest turkey farm affected by bird flu resumes production

Published Jun. 19, 2015

The farm’s turkeys started dying in late February, and on March 4 the USDA identified the culprit as the H5N2 virus, All 44,000 birds there died from the virus or were culled to prevent its spread. Since then, more than 200 flocks have been affected, costing chicken and turkey producers nearly 47 million birds.

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.

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.

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

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.

Brothers hit on one of many ways to share info about agriculture

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Greg Peterson, a Saline County, Kan., farmer, is part of the YouTube sensation known as the Peterson Farm Brothers, along with his brothers, Nathan and Kendal.

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.

Corn remains a local staple after two centuries

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Corn is not only the largest single crop grown today, but was one of the first grown by the settlers in the early 19th century. Then, corn was primarily used as either food or livestock feed. Today, about one fourth of the field corn grown in Fairfield County is consumed as livestock feed.

Extended flooding from Tropical Storm Bill remnants could drown soybeans

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Growers with soybean fields flooded for six days could stand to lose up to 93 percent of their crops’ yield potential, said Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.

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

Farm-vertising: How Fast-Food Chains Have Gone Small to Sell Big

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Call it farm-vertising. These ads promise to demonstrate that fast food isn’t the product of a global industrial complex shipping food in to a central processing kitchen and then trucking products out to the McDonald’s on the corner. They would have use believe that it’s our friendly neighborhood grocer buying from local backyards who is responsible for our Big Macs.

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).

Flooding, rain causes problems for corn growers in Ohio

Published Jun. 29, 2015

Continuing rain that kept growers from replanting fields washed out by prior rains also has caused concern that there won't be time to replant.

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.

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

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Kleckner's leadership with the Farm Bureau began at age 26 when he was elected president of the Floyd County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Kleckner became the vice president of IFBF and in 1975 was elected president of IFBF. Kleckner served as IFBF president for 10 years, while also serving on the AFBF board of directors. In 1986, he was elected president of AFBF and served seven two-year terms.

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

House Passes Stand-Alone TPA

Published Jun. 19, 2015

By a vote of 218 to 208, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, or fast track, Thursday, which would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a Pacific trade deal that can’t be amended by Congress.
The narrow victory follows a stunning defeat last week, when Democrats killed a measure to provide assistance to displaced workers known as Trade Adjustment Assistance

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.

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.

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.

OFBF pushing for changes to CAUV

Published Jun. 19, 2015

Brandon Kern, director of State Policy at the Ohio Farm Bureau (OFBF) says two changes are being recommended. One would remove non-farm influences from the formula, the second would strengthen environmental stewardship.

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.

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.

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.