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Young Agricultural Professionals tour Rus-Men Farms

Published Jun. 30, 2014

Married, single, some with children and some without, more than 100 Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals were in the area Saturday for an agricultural tour.

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Published Jul. 9, 2014

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. Could this be about to change? New European Union rules now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods.

Wayne farm tour is lesson in agventure

Published Jul. 9, 2014

CHIPPEWA TWP., Ohio -- Community members saw examples of new farming practices that might encourage young people to farm when they toured Wayne County's Willow Spring Farm and Rittman Orchard an Farm Market on Tuesday morning. The AgVenture Tour, hosted by the Wayne Economic Development Council, and consisted of representatives from local government agencies, businesses and banks.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists

Published Jul. 9, 2014

A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

USDA Announces More Crop Insurance Changes

Published Jul. 1, 2014

The provisions allow producers to have enterprise units for irrigated and non-irrigated crops, give farmers and ranchers the ability to purchase different levels of coverage for a variety of irrigation practices, provide guidance on conservation compliance, implement protections for native sod and provide adjustments to historical yields following significant disasters, USDA said.

The roots of the agriculture-EPA rift

Published Jun. 30, 2014

In the past few years alone, the EPA has been criticized for a series of proposals that would have hurt the agricultural community, including one that would have regulated dust in rural areas and another last November that would reduce the amount of renewable fuels, much of it from corn, required to be blended into the country's gasoline supply.

The future of agriculture may be too small to see. Think microbes

Published Jul. 3, 2014

Sanders is obsessed with a type of fungi that live on the roots of about 80 percent of the plants on the planet. Their tiny filaments help plants grow by drawing water and nutrients to the plant. In return, the plants feed sugars to the fungi.

The Agriculture Secretary Sees a Smart (Phone) Solution to GMO Labeling Fight

Published Jun. 27, 2014

The F.D.A. and U.S.D.A. could help coordinate the compilation of information. That way you wouldn’t create a misimpression about the safety of a product, which could happen depend on how something was labeled.

St. Paris native celebrates 15 years of farm animal advocacy

Published Jul. 9, 2014

ST. PARIS — After witnessing an unsettling incident with a pig in a high school class, St. Paris native Nathan Runkle decided to devote his life to animal rights, founding the Mercy For Animals organization at the age of 15.
This year, the organization itself turned 15 years old.

Sinclair To Partner With Ohio State On Drone Programs

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Sinclair Community College in Dayton has announced a partnership with Ohio State University on its unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone program. Farming is expected to be the first major field for the expansion of commercial drone use.

Protect Your Horse from Hazards on the Farm

Published Jul. 3, 2014

"There is no such thing as an accident, they are only incidents," says Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc. (TLAER), based in Georgia. "No matter how unfortunate the situation, looking back, something somewhere probably could have prevented it from happening in the first place."

Peterson is new Ohio State Fair choir director

Published Jun. 30, 2014

Jon Peterson, who is a music professor at Malone University. Peterson was named the new choir director in March and has spent the past few months reviewing applications and selecting about 200 members who will sing in the choir.

Ohioans take part in National Day of Action for meaningful immigration reform

Published Jul. 10, 2014

“We are very concerned that, in an overall picture, our food supply is at risk,” said Bill Dodd, President of Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association and Owner of Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst, OH. “At least 80% of the workers in my industry are migrant workers and in many cases undocumented.”

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale gas drilling

Published Jul. 9, 2014

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates.

Ohio sheep producers eligible for FSA help with Cache Valley Virus

Published Jul. 8, 2014

COLUMBUS — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Ohio was recently approved to accept Cache Valley Virus (CVV) as a qualifying disease for the FSA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

Ohio natural gas production rising fast

Published Jul. 3, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) released data for 352 horizontal shale wells that reported production in 2013. The wells drilled in the Utica and Marcellus shale produced 3.6 million barrels of oil and 100 billion cubic feet of gas. On average, Ohio’s oil and gas production increased approximately 65% quarter to quarter from first quarter 2013 to first quarter 2014.

Ohio Fruit Farmers Feeling the Impact of the Polar Vortex

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Lynd fruit farm in Pataskala is just wrapping up their berry season. Blackberries did not make it through the cold temperatures, but blueberries, red raspberries, and black raspberries did survive. Other fruit that did not survive anywhere in Ohio were the peaches.

Obama's EPA chief calls farm bureau worries hogwash

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Calling some assertions about the rule "silly" and "ludicrous," McCarthy said her trip to Missouri is part of a broader campaign to reassure the agriculture community and "set the record straight." "I'm hoping this trip helps us ditch the myths and misinformation" about the rule, she said.

Most Crops Looking Nice and Green

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Midsummer in the Midwest. Corn tassels, soybeans bloom, wheat matures and all is right with the world. If you’re lucky. If your fields with wet feet dried out in time for the plants to bounce back. If the hail and wind missed your neck of the woods. It’s all about luck.

Methodist seminarians tend farm to grow own food, share with neighbors

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The kitchen at the Delaware County seminary is trading in its canned food for fresh produce grown at a farm just a few yards from its door. Half of the kitchen’s fruits and vegetables come from the school’s Seminary Hill Farm, which opened in December. Expectations are that the 4-acre site will supply 100 percent of the campus’s produce within three years.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Production nearly doubles in Ohio

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The wells drilled in the Utica and Marcellus shale produced 3.6 million barrels of oil and 100 billion cubic feet of gas in 2013. In 2012, the state’s 85 shale wells produced 635,876 barrels of oil and 12.8 Mcf of natural gas.

Marcellus and Utica shale drilling permits: Monroe County is drilling hot spot

Published Jul. 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Drillers appear to be running toward Monroe County, Ohio, to drill what they see as promising Utica shale wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported 25 new permits were issued for drilling in Monroe County during June.

Kiwanis hears about Ohio Pork Producers

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The guest speaker for the day was Blanche Lange from the Ohio Pork Producer’s Council. The topic of her speech was “farming and food.” Lange has been on the Ohio Pork Producer’s Council since 1984. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Food and Nutrition.

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.

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.