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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.

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.

How does flooding affect corn?

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Like people, if plants can’t breathe, they can’t survive for long. Flooding interrupts the breathing and photosynthetic processes of plants. Obviously, plants which are completely covered by water are at higher risk than those which are partially submerged.

House Panel Reviews Farm Bill Crop Insurance, Commodity Policies

Published Jul. 11, 2014

The hearing focused on reforms to the commodity title, repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.

Growers plant record soybean crop

Published Jul. 1, 2014

Farmers planted 84.8 million acres of soybeans, which was 11 percent more than last year’s 76.5 million acres. Among the states that planted record amounts of the crop were Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Global Agriculture Trends: Are We Actually Using Less Land? - See more at: http:

Published Jul. 1, 2014

I found that, while the global food supply per person has increased over the last 15 years, we have simultaneously decreased the total amount of land we’re using to produce it.

Flooding a problem for Ohio farmers

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Most of Ohio and western Pa. received 5 to 10 inches for June, or between 125-200 percent of normal rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

Farmers, lawmakers divided on 'Right to Farm'

Published Jun. 30, 2014

The official ballot language reads: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?"

Farmers the focus of start of 30 Mile Meal month

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Supporting the local farmer is one part of the annual 30 Mile Meal month celebrated each July in Athens County. The first part of the month is dedicated to the local farmer, as “Farmer Appreciation Week.”

Farmers fear EPA intrusion

Published Jul. 7, 2014

But Bill Ommert, a retired farmer in Huron County, said the change is far more than a clarification and is an attempt by the federal EPA to increase its authority. “We need to quite honestly rein in the federal EPA,” he said. “They have no supervision, no control.”

Farm life for kids sets the stage for a healthy life

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Now, any parent knows that it is not always the easiest option to get their children to go outdoors. Today’s clever television shows, electronic games and gadgets galore and the frosty appeal of air conditioning on a hot summer day are quite inviting for both adults and children.

EPA's Latest Foe: Congress

Published Jul. 3, 2014

More than 260 representatives and senators now oppose EPA's proposed expansion of the CWA. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have introduced a bill to block EPA from issuing the rule, which would expand EPA's authority over wetlands, creeks, possibly stock ponds and ditches.

EPA report says E. coli levels too high in Upper Scioto watershed

Published Jul. 8, 2014

State scientists found high levels of E. coli, phosphorus and other pollutants at nearly every test point in the tributaries that feed the Scioto River northwest of Columbus. More water quality stories can be found at ofb.ag/ohwater

Debate grows Missouri around right-to-farm measure as election approaches

Published Jul. 7, 2014

"Every industry gets regulated by governments -- including agriculture -- as they should be," Hurst said. "But no other industry is facing this, sort of, public attempt to do the sort of things that regulatory agencies with scientists and experts should be doing, and instead we're doing it by spending millions of dollars on political campaigns.

Cost of July 4th Picnic Up Slightly, But Still Under $6

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Farm Bureau's informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, or $5.87 per person. That's about a 5% increase compared to a year ago.

California universities to start sustainable agriculture programs

Published Jul. 2, 2014

The program gives the university a voice in global policy discussions about how to grow food in the face of severe drought and rising temperatures, said Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security chief who took over as president of the 10-campus system last year.

Big Agriculture Looks to Africa

Published Jul. 7, 2014

In its July edition, NatGeo’s Joel K. Bourne Jr. points a wide lens at the issues raised by the creation of giant agricultural developments in sub-Saharan Africa, including some of the potential benefits as well as the likely pitfalls.

Are farm land values headed for a downturn?

Published Jul. 1, 2014

There was a 13.0% increase in average U.S. farm land values from mid-year 2012 to mid-year 2013, which followed a 14.5% increase in U.S. farm land values a year earlier.

Aquaculture offers significant potential for growth in Ohio

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Current and future fish farmers who have attended aquaculture programming taught by researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences say the techniques they learned not only increased their overall knowledge of the industry but also increased their confidence to work in this industry, according to a recent survey.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create Right to Farm

Published Jul. 11, 2014

farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops.

Acres and Grain Stocks reports bring out the bear

Published Jul. 1, 2014

Two obvious things stand out with these numbers. First, with soybean stocks higher than expected it continues to give support to ideas that the 2013 soybean production number will be revised upward later this fall.

Acreage report FSA deadlines approaching

Published Jul. 3, 2014

July 15, 2014, is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. This includes reporting all Burley Tobacco, Cabbage (Planted 3/19/14-5/31/14), Corn, Grain Sorghum, Hybrid Corn Seed, Spring Oats, Popcorn, Potatoes, Soybeans, Sugar Beets, Tomatoes and all other crops.