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How big data is revolutionizing farming

Published Apr. 30, 2015

“The reason we started 640 was there was a tremendous amount of data being left out in the field,” says Rupp, who grew up on a farm in Iowa and, post-Motorola, worked on GPS systems for tractors at Moline-based Deere. “What we wanted to do was get that data up into the cloud so we can do analytics and help that farmer become a better farmer.”

Still great potential with drones in ag

Published Apr. 30, 2015

For all the good they do, new technologies are not without risk, Farm Bureau told regulators. Farmers and ranchers need to be able to manage these tools safely and should be assured that their farm data is secure and cannot be used unfairly against them

Poultry producers should step up biosecurity

Published Apr. 30, 2015

The avian influenza virus that has swept across western and northcentral states is still a few hundred miles from Ohio and Pennsylvania. But experts are preparing for what could soon be in our part of the country, affecting domestic flocks and wild fowl.

Ag Committees request emergency avian flu assistance

Published Apr. 30, 2015

Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., made the request in an open letter also copied to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Lower crop prices, formula changes, point to lower CAUV values in the future

Published Apr. 29, 2015

Owners of Agricultural land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property tax program in the 24 counties that are experiencing a reappraisal or triennial update in 2015 (payable in 2016) will see the highest CAUV values in history, . However, lower crop prices and changes made to the CAUV formula by the Ohio Department of Taxation point to lower CAUV values in the future.