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Ag items in Ohio budget

Published Jul. 16, 2015

In general, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was also pleased with the state budget. “With most budgets it is a mixed bag. You see some really positive things and there are some items you would’ve hoped to see taken care of that did not get taken care of,” said Brandon Kern, OFBF director of state policy.

Rain in Ohio leads to more crops in poor shape

Published Jul. 17, 2015

Farmers reported on Monday that 22 percent of their corn is in very poor to poor condition; ditto for soybeans, according to the latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region.

3 Stocks to Watch in Agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Eating is mandatory, which is why these three agriculture related stocks are worth watching.

USDA: Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Improve

Published Jul. 21, 2015

n its Crop Ratings Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn good/excellent condition at 69%, equal to a week ago, but below a 76% five-year average. This is the first time, this year, the corn rating was not below the previous week's rating. The corn crop’s silking rate is at 55% vs. a five-year average of 56%.

Interdependence is good for local agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Crop farmers and fruit growers work together with pesticide and fertilizer suppliers and applicators and follow the weatherman’s predictions.

Four Land Trends Worth Watching

Published Jul. 21, 2015

This is an interesting time to talk agricultural real estate, because we're starting to see the ripple effects of lower commodity prices. Here are four trends we're noticing based on conversations with our real estate friends.

Rainy summer damages Ohio's farming economy

Published Jul. 21, 2015

a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are being drowned out.

Grain Movement: Midwest corn goes to Southeast markets

Published Jul. 21, 2015

What corn is available is being shipped to the southeast to either poultry producers or ethanol plants. That remains the best market for August and first-half September positions. However, that market should close in a few weeks when corn harvest starts in that region.

Jindal Touts Smaller Government At Forum

Published Jul. 22, 2015

When asked what he would do to help the next generation of farmers, he said, “We need a full repeal of the death tax, the so-called estate tax.” It shouldn’t be hard for a farmer to pass the business to the next generation, he said. “Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to do.”

US agriculture is ready for world's growth

Published Jul. 22, 2015

n the next decade, the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth will be seen in history. Currently, 40 percent of wealth is in the hands of baby boomers. This includes equipment and land. Only 20 percent of American businesses survive the second generation and only 4 percent survive the third generation.