News & Events

A New Network for Women in Agriculture

Published Feb. 20, 2015

To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA’s Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture.

AFBF helps feed the hungry

Published Feb. 24, 2015

The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty of food they produce.

Agriculture Giants Boost Cybersecurity to Shield Farm Data

Published Feb. 20, 2015

Companies including Monsanto Co. and Deere & Co. are investing more in cybersecurity as the farming business grows more datacentric, with satellite-steered tractors and algorithm-driven planting services expanding across the U.S. Farm Belt, executives said at an industry event Thursday.

AGRICULTURE HAS A SCIENCE PROBLEM

Published Feb. 25, 2015

The most comprehensive answer may be, as Vilsack said in an interview, "Science, like everything else, evolves."

Agriculture Must Be Central to Climate Deal, Experts Say

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms — these are some of the effects that climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in developing countries, are on the front lines

Are Farmland Cash Rents Going to Fall or Not?

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Last week's USDA Ag Outlook Forum painted a picture of a corn market that could remain in the $3.50- to $4-per-bushel range for a while. Years, even. That sort of price range doesn't bode particularly well for sustained strength in farmland rents, with farmers feeling the squeeze created by the divergence of falling grain prices and land prices that have yet to fall too much.

As one generation ages, some prepare the next to take over the family farm

Published Feb. 23, 2015

What’s most important when planning for a transition of ownership is having a family meeting, said Don Schreiber, director of the Advanced Consulting Group at Nationwide Financial.

As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Published Feb. 16, 2015

At farm shows across the country, drones have become as ubiquitous as John Deere tractors. The Colorado Farm Show earlier this year included an informational session, telling farmers both the technical and legal challenges ahead.

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs — including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state — have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.

Breakthrough in varieties make organic apples easier to grow in Ohio

Published Feb. 17, 2015

apples grown in our soils and shaped by our weather happen to taste better. If we could buy organic versions more easily, we could also support our local farm economy.

Does the farm-to-table movement actually help farmers?

Published Feb. 20, 2015

the advantages of this ‘farm-to-table’ dining trend have not been completely realized across the entire food chain. It’s nice to think that by supporting restaurants where local ingredients are on the menu, we’ve helped local farmers. But can we do more?

Farm bill deadlines coming fast

Published Feb. 26, 2015

farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Farm emergency action plans help first responders, save time

Published Feb. 16, 2015

Too often, when first responders arrive on the scene of a farm-related emergency, they don’t have the proper knowledge, training, personnel or equipment to manage the situation.

Farmer, researchers look at climate change's impact on agriculture

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Fred Abels has seen the effect of climate change on his Holland farm and he's changed his farming practices to adapt.

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to surveys, about half of all farmworkers in the country lack legitimate documents and live in what's often described as a "shadow world," without legal rights. The farmers who employ those workers, meanwhile, are deeply ambivalent about this situation.

Farming for employment: How agriculture affects American jobs

Published Feb. 27, 2015

According to the data and Secretary Vilsack, “More than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products.”

Financial health of agriculture sector remains strong

Published Feb. 23, 2015

"Record production has meant that stock levels are higher and prices are lower, but producers will benefit from record asset levels and from new farm programs intended to cushion declines in farm revenues," Johansson said.

Global prosperity fuels Ohio farm growth

Published Feb. 24, 2015

It was OSU Extension grain and market expert Matt Roberts who pointed out what perhaps many Ohio farmers already realize - what happens in the world affects Ohio farmers, prices and profits.

Groups urge legislators to avoid farm bill cuts in budget talks

Published Feb. 25, 2015

The letter noted that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill was estimated to contribute $23 billion to deficit reduction over 10 years, when including sequestration.

How does ag communicate with consumers?

Published Feb. 18, 2015

Auburn, Ill., farmer Tim Seifert has a question for consumers. “Where did we go wrong?” With so many people bent on bashing modern food production, Seifert wants to understand how agriculture lost consumers’ trust. It’s a valid question.

Landowners in path of pipelines urged to not be bullied

Published Feb. 24, 2015

"Everything is negotiable," and a company's first offer is never its best, said Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Leasing, conditional sales agreements and the future of 179

Published Feb. 16, 2015

Generally, a taxpayer that buys business or income-producing property (not held for sale) with a useful life of more than one year cannot deduct its full cost as an expense for that year. However, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) allows an annual deduction of a portion of the cost of the property

Lessons learned from farm bill debate

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts shared the stage but not equal billing at the Kansas Commodity Classic Feb. 6 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Maple syrup season off to slow start

Published Feb. 24, 2015

The blistering cold temperatures that have settled over central Ohio are preventing sap from flowing up and out of their maple trees, putting a damper on the early end of the syrup production season.

Megatrends in agriculture

Published Feb. 26, 2015

Production diversity—“We think we’ll see more production diversity in agriculture.”
Consolidation and rationalization in production—It’s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.