News & Events

Will you pay to harness farm data?

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Say there's a company that's employing a team of experts to harness weather data, allowing you to plug in your fields and crops and planting conditions. The company isn't trying to sell you insurance, seed or equipment. You pay a subscription and your farm data doesn't get sold down the line.

Weather Ramping Up to Slow, Cool Start to Spring Planting

Published Mar. 4, 2015

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.

Uncle Sam's farm office: How the Farm Service Agency was born

Published Mar. 6, 2015

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

U.S. exports of farm equipment down by 29% in 2014

Published Feb. 26, 2015

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.

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

Published Mar. 3, 2015

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.

Starting them young in agriculture

Published Mar. 2, 2015

“We need to do a good job educating kids about what’s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when they’re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,” said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.

Some progress at Ohio tax department CAUV meeting; still more questions

Published Mar. 6, 2015

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.

Sabotage at farm leaves 320,000 chickens dead

Published Mar. 5, 2015

Late last month, someone broke in, cut off ventilators, boosted the temperature controls and wiped out all but a few hundred chickens.

Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

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.

Pitching farm life: Brenda Hastings takes dairy industry in an all new direction

Published Mar. 5, 2015

“We wanted to expand our reach,” Hastings said of the dairy’s May through October group, school and day camp agritourism events such as “Cow Tales Adventures” and the “Milk From Cow to Bottle Tour.” “We started the agritourism not knowing what we were doing,” Hastings admitted

PETA, ACLU file lawsuit on behalf of Ohio teacher

Published Mar. 5, 2015

School board fired teacher for Facebook comments about animals on dairy farms.

Paying Farmers Not to Farm? Not Exactly

Published Mar. 6, 2015

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.

Ohio dairy farmers share advice on farm succession

Published Feb. 27, 2015

Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.

OFBF Ag Day at the Capital looks at state budget, other 2015 priorities

Published Feb. 26, 2015

“2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer — 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,” said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president

NCGA's 2015 'World of Corn' report details corn crop statistics

Published Mar. 3, 2015

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.

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.

McDonald's cuts antibiotics in chicken. Why more restaurants will follow.

Published Mar. 5, 2015

“McDonald’s is a major player,” says Gail Hansen, a public health veterinarian and senior officer of antibiotic resistance with Pew Charitable Trusts, in a phone interview. “Economically, other companies will say: 'We can follow this model.' ”

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.

Many conservation options available for Ohio farmers

Published Mar. 2, 2015


Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding is available for farmers in Ohio’s portion of the Great Lakes watershed to apply conservation practices that improve water and soil quality or provide wildlife habitat.

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.

It’s OK to ‘farm like a girl’

Published Mar. 6, 2015

This week, we kick off an eight-week series on women in agriculture, You Go, Girl. It’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 “like a girl,” and that they are perfectly capable of farming. Period.

How Agrihoods Are Making Farm-To-Table Living Hip

Published Mar. 6, 2015

Across the country, developers are building a new type of residential neighborhood called an “agrihood.” Rather than having houses clustered around a golf course or country club, these environmentally conscious communities center around a shared working farm.

Highland County farmers attend Ag Day at the Capitol

Published Mar. 5, 2015

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 “meeting of the minds” so that farmers and legislators may work together and reach a common goal

Help with on-farm trials

Published Mar. 4, 2015

If you want to test products or management ideas on your farm but don’t have the time or expertise for your own comparisons, help could be as close as your seed corn dealer.

Groups: Mandatory E-Verify without broader immigration reform could hurt ag

Published Mar. 4, 2015

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.