News & Events

'Superfruits' could offer Ohio growers alternative income source

Published Jul. 31, 2015

based on research trials of elderberry, aronia berry and Chinese goji berry plants at Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, the berries are a viable option for Ohio growers.

Better weather hasn’t helped crops

Published Jul. 31, 2015

“Warmer temperatures spurred crop development. Precipitation was lighter and less frequent, and sunny weather favored wheat harvest and baling of straw and hay,” the Great Lakes regional office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its latest Ohio crop weather report.

Farming in the Sky: Inside a Wall Street-Backed Vertical Farm

Published Jul. 31, 2015

Vertical farming isn’t new. The concept—growing crops indoors in stacked layers— has actually been around for over a decade, but it’s only now becoming more prevalent in the United States as well as a hot new area for big investors.

US AI outbreak made worse by poor farm auditing

Published Jul. 31, 2015

Many of the turkey farms affected by H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the US this year had biosecurity in place, but the protocols were not being audited properly, according to an updated epidemiological study by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis).

Farmers needed for Field Water Quality Monitoring Project

Published Jul. 30, 2015

Ohio State University Extension is asking farmers in the Maumee River Basin to help with a water monitoring research project looking at Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) losses from fields.

Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Farm in a National Park

Published Jul. 30, 2015

The chickens, hogs, and humans living the farm life in Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) might soon have new neighbors.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Sustainable Local Foods will install multi-level hydroponic growing systems in the warehouse to grow the vegetables not in soil but in nutrient-enhanced water.

Few science museums use the word 'agriculture' to teach

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Katie Stofer found this gap when she surveyed 29 science museums in cities of all sizes across the U.S., and her findings are published in a new study in the journal Science Education & Civic Engagement. "Unfortunately, we have effectively separated agriculture from the other sciences," said Stofer,

The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good.

Undisputed precision ag: Ohio State logo in cornfield

Published Jul. 29, 2015

The demonstration plot’s design isn’t a crop circle or a corn maze. It was established with new dual-hybrid planting technology that researchers at The Ohio State University are putting under the microscope.

Horse farm owner not happy with NEXUS

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Two weeks ago, Judge Mark Betleski granted NEXUS a temporary restraining order against five property owners who had continued to deny surveyors access.
The ruling dismayed residents involved with the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS, or CORN, which has been organizing across Ohio for a southern pipeline reroute through less-densely populated regions.

Lessons from Malabar Farm still hold true

Published Jul. 29, 2015

Bromfield’s historical farm, now known as Malabar Farm State Park, was the backdrop for a first-of-its-kind gathering July 24, called Technology in Agriculture, Past, Present and Future. The event was organized by the Richland County Farm Bureau, along with Braintree Business Development, and a host of others.

Court: Grain bins not taxed as real property

Published Jul. 28, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that nonpermanent grain storage bins are personal property and are not to be taxed as real property, as they have been in some Ohio counties, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis.

Legal issues with farm employment

Published Jul. 28, 2015

What do farms need to know about their responsibilities in hiring employees and independent contractors? What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

Can your farm employees think like owners?

Published Jul. 28, 2015

The mindset an employee brings to your farm each day is at the core of whether they are currently thinking and acting in this way or if there's room for improvement. An employee with an "owner" mindset cares differently for the farm, so they take different actions than an employee who doesn't have this mindset.

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Nobody knows the shortcomings of the organic standard, or GMO corn, or no-till, better than the farmer who has put it into practice. But the farther you get from the farm, the louder the voices get.

House Votes To Stop GMO Labeling

Published Jul. 27, 2015

as supporters of the bill in Congress pointed out, so far, there isn’t any safety risk from, GMO foods, sometimes also called GE foods, for genetically engineered

Genetically modified seeds are changing agriculture

Published Jul. 27, 2015

“It’s made raising a healthy crop easier,” said Davis, who farms 3,600 acres of corn and soybeans in Delaware County. “We can do it non-GMO, but we’d need more pesticide and labor. (GMOs) make it a lot easier on the farmer. “We all want safe, economical food, and this is how we can do it for the masses.”

Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Published Jul. 27, 2015

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather pattern

Innovation, technology in agriculture discussed at Summit

Published Jul. 27, 2015

There is also innovation in agriculture, and Colorado State University President Tony Frank said there is probably no other industry that has changed more during a time period than agriculture

Bird flu vaccine developed for chickens

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

Multi-year losses spur concern

Published Jul. 24, 2015

The recent corn-soybean price rally offered growers across the nation a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it won’t erase the string of negative returns the industry is accumulating, lenders and financial consultants tell DTN.

Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

Published Jul. 24, 2015

After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42). The 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.

County Farm Bureaus team up to support Flying Horse Farms

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Morrow, Delaware and Richland County Farm Bureaus are collaborating to host the Second Annual Flying Horse Farms – Grow it. Know it. Give it. The event treats guests to chef prepared, locally sourced dinner at the camp. All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.

Ohio company to build hydroponic veggie farm in Indianapolis

Published Jul. 24, 2015

An Ohio company is partnering with the city of Indianapolis to build a $1.2 million hydroponic farm that will grow organic vegetables in a retrofitted warehouse.

House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that will create a consumer-friendly, science-based labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, as well as for GMO-free foods.

A proposed bill in the Ohio Senate could literally offer tax breaks for all kind

Published Jul. 24, 2015

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, plans to introduce a bill soon that would create a 50 percent refundable income tax credit for livestock owners or producers who invest in manure storage facilities.

Mercer County pig farm to combine facilities, seeks permit to operate

Published Jul. 24, 2015

A pig farm in Fort Recovery is seeking a permit to operate, as it is consolidating three facilities to operate as one.

Rickenbacker OK’d for animal transport

Published Jul. 22, 2015

Livestock now can get a lift overseas via Rickenbacker Airport. For farmers who are in the animal-exporting business — like the one who shipped 20 pygmy goats to Kuwait last month — this is good news. Rickenbacker recently became one of roughly 25 of the nation’s 550 airports to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to transport animals.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%.

3 Stocks to Watch in Agriculture

Published Jul. 21, 2015

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