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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?"