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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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.

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.

Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Shortages of farm labor will likely persist in the long term regardless of possible changes to immigration law, according to an agricultural economist.

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.

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.

Boost your farm business relationships

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Everything goes back to the golden rule, "Treat others how you would like to be treated," he says. Are you doing your best to act on it? Here are some ways to evaluate and improve business relationships:

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.

FARM helps growers grow

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The conference focused on ways to grow area farms through access and know-how for grant and loan applications, by extending the growing season, and the all important tool, marketing.

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.

Essay Contest offers opportunity for Ohio third grade students to win farm trip

Published Mar. 3, 2015

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) is sponsoring a statewide essay contest for third-grade students, with an all-expenses-paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm awarded to the winning essay writers’ entire class. The essay contest is part of OLC’s For Your InFARMation program,

Agriculture and Budweiser, labeled with pride

Published Mar. 3, 2015

Just like agriculture, Budweiser has been fighting claims that they produce their product based on quantity, not quality and they are too big to do things for the right reasons

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.

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Published Mar. 4, 2015

Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan often have a hard time transitioning back to their civilian lives and careers. They have higher rates of divorce, depression and suicide. And they're more likely to be unemployed than both civilians and veterans of other wars. In recent years, thousands of veterans like Creech have showed an interest in farming as a way to find peace and purpose.

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.

Are We Seeing the "Greatest Collapse of Hog Prices Ever"?

Published Mar. 4, 2015

February pork supplies were expected to be up about 3%, while actual supplies have been up 7% due to 4% more hogs reaching the market than anticipated.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.' ”

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

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.

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.

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.

FDA analysis demonstrates U.S. milk supply is safe from drug residues

Published Mar. 6, 2015

The milk survey was released by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which sampled the raw milk from nearly 2,000 dairy farms in 2012, and conducted extensive laboratory testing on each milk sample for 31 different pharmaceutical compounds. It found that more than 99% of the samples were free of residues, “underscoring the safety of the milk supply,” according to the FDA.

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.