News & Events

Ohio a top 10 state for organic farms

Published Sep. 21, 2015

Ohio remains in the top 10 of states in the number of organic farms in operation, according to a federal survey of U.S. organic farms.

Kasich calls indefinite freeze of Ohio clean-energy standards ‘unacceptable’

Published Oct. 1, 2015

“A continued freeze of Ohio’s energy standards is unacceptable, and we stand willing to work with the Ohio General Assembly to craft a bill that supports a diverse mix of reliable, low-cost energy sources while preserving the gains we have made in the state’s economy,” Kasich spokesman Joe Andrews wrote in an email.

Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau's Hog Wild has record year

Published Sep. 29, 2015

The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau Hog Wild Fundraiser had a record year raising over $7,000.
“Making a grand total of votes collected 775,037 votes or $7,750.37 cash for the event, which was $3,655.25 more than last year’s event,” said Jon Hensler, Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau President.

Half of all workers on U.S. dairy farms are immigrants, and the damage from losi

Published Sep. 21, 2015

Half of all workers on U.S. dairy farms are immigrants, and the damage from losing those workers would extend far beyond the farms, nearly doubling retail milk prices and costing the total U.S. economy more than $32 billion, according to a new report commissioned by the National Milk Producers Federation.

Farm Science Review to honor Hixon and Watters

Published Sep. 22, 2015

The 26th class of honorees will be inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame during the Celebration of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences luncheon, a first-time event, on Sept. 24. John Hixson and Harold Watters will join past honorees for their contributions to and support of the Farm Science Review.

Excessive foreign farm support disrupts world wheat trade

Published Sep. 21, 2015

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) unveiled the results of an econometric study showing that excessive farm support in several advanced developing countries could cost U.S. wheat farmers nearly $1 billion in revenue every year.

Crop diversity lost over past 34 years

Published Sep. 22, 2015

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less crop diversity may also be impacting the general ecosystem.

Conversation Begins About How to Collect On-Farm Antibiotic Use Data

Published Oct. 1, 2015

“Tracking the use of antibiotics is critical to knowing how we’re doing with stewardship,” said Beth Bell, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. “Good information about where, why and how animal antibiotics are used is the basic information needed to know when stewardship is going well.”

Computers and data help farmers know what to grow

Published Sep. 22, 2015

COLUMBUS -- In 1978, when Bret Davis graduated from high school and became a partner in the family farm, almost no one owned a computer, farming practices were handed down from father to son, and data amounted to penciled notes on pieces of paper.

California agriculture weathers drought — at a cost

Published Oct. 1, 2015

The spring snowpack is the paltriest ever measured — by April it contained just 5% of a normal year’s water — and by the end of August the major reservoirs held 59% of their historical average.