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- Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill
- Ohio Farm Bureau's State Priority Issues for 2015
- Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5
- A look at Ohio’s property tax system
- Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy
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Keep your eye on the forecast for the middle third of this month, forecasters say. In the 11- to 15-day forecast, temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal with less-than-normal precipitation, two trends that could help the Midwestern soils wake up from winter and lay the groundwork for this spring's planting window.
The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 established the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to stabilize farm prices at a level on which farmers could survive. The law established state and county groups farmers called "Triple A committees," which oversaw the first federal farm program
While a decline of nearly one-third is steep, the drop in U.S. farm equipment exports was not completely unexpected, AEM said. In 2014, a record harvest led to lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes, leading to a deterioration in farm economics worldwide.
Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state agriculture officials and representatives of various state farm bureaus are among the 95 people making the trip, which was organized by the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. That group was formed after the Dec. 17 announcement the United States and Communist-run Cuba would restore diplomatic relations.
â€śWe need to do a good job educating kids about whatâ€™s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when theyâ€™re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,â€ť said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.
While a CAUV is determined by a number of factors, including yield, crop price and production costs, a lower capitalization rate results in a higher property value.
Late last month, someone broke in, cut off ventilators, boosted the temperature controls and wiped out all but a few hundred chickens.
Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will sow this spring and risking years-long legal battles with landlords.
â€śWe wanted to expand our reach,â€ť Hastings said of the dairyâ€™s May through October group, school and day camp agritourism events such as â€śCow Tales Adventuresâ€ť and the â€śMilk From Cow to Bottle Tour.â€ť â€śWe started the agritourism not knowing what we were doing,â€ť Hastings admitted
School board fired teacher for Facebook comments about animals on dairy farms.
So taxpayers aren't paying farmers not to farm, but rather to farm differently. And after 25 years, farmers large and small are finally getting the message.
Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.
â€ś2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer â€” the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,â€ť said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president
The report shows that U.S. corn farmers surpassed many records in 2014, growing the largest crop on record, at 14.2 billion bushels, with a record national average yield of 171.0 bushels per acre.
Production diversityâ€”â€śWe think weâ€™ll see more production diversity in agriculture.â€ť
Consolidation and rationalization in productionâ€”Itâ€™s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.
â€śMcDonaldâ€™s is a major player,â€ť says Gail Hansen, a public health veterinarian and senior officer of antibiotic resistance with Pew Charitable Trusts, in a phone interview. â€śEconomically, other companies will say: 'We can follow this model.' â€ť
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.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding is available for farmers in Ohioâ€™s portion of the Great Lakes watershed to apply conservation practices that improve water and soil quality or provide wildlife habitat.
"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.
This week, we kick off an eight-week series on women in agriculture, You Go, Girl. Itâ€™s our hope that by spotlighting eight amazing, intelligent, driven women in various facets of agriculture, we can help dispel the myth that females farm â€ślike a girl,â€ť and that they are perfectly capable of farming. Period.
Across the country, developers are building a new type of residential neighborhood called an â€śagrihood.â€ť Rather than having houses clustered around a golf course or country club, these environmentally conscious communities center around a shared working farm.
The role of the Ohio Farm Bureau is to work together for the promotion of Ohio agriculture and act as an advocate for farmers that are working hard to produce quality products for a growing world. An event such as Ag Day at the Capitol facilitates a â€śmeeting of the mindsâ€ť so that farmers and legislators may work together and reach a common goal
If you want to test products or management ideas on your farm but donâ€™t have the time or expertise for your own comparisons, help could be as close as your seed corn dealer.
The bill, the Legal Workforce Act, mandates that employers in the U.S. use the E-Verify system within three years. E-Verify is an internet-based system provided through the Department of Homeland Security that verifies whether workers are allowed to legally work in the U.S.