News & Events

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

Published Mar. 27, 2015

Not satisfied with its efforts to protect Big Oil’s control over the domestic fuel market, the Goodlatte letter seeks to strengthen the death grip on the U.S. ethanol industry by also prohibiting the USDA from expending any trade promotion resources for ethanol expor

ODNR seeks to recognize farm families

Published Mar. 27, 2015

The judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation practices, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.

Proposed Rule Stops Payments To Nonactive Farm Managers

Published Mar. 27, 2015

According to USDA some operations are able to have an unlimited number of farm managers who can get payments from farm safety net programs. Now, USDA wants non-family joint ventures or partnerships to document that managers contribute 500 hours annually to managing the operation.

Ohio legislature approves new nutrient bill

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-District 12, said the bill is “all about making sure that whether the water comes from Grand Lake St. Marys or Lake Erie, that we have healthy clean water, and at the same time making sure that we protect and preserve Ohio’s number one industry — agriculture.”

Doing business with your local farmer - ODA Dir. Daniels

Published Mar. 26, 2015

When you have forward-thinking producers along with good soil and climate, a good location and infrastructure, sound regulations, along with research and education, good things are bound to happen. This balance has led to Ohio’s wildly successful food and agriculture industry, which directly and indirectly touches everyone.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

Published Mar. 26, 2015

"On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation's economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe.

USDA farm bill program selection deadline is coming

Published Mar. 26, 2015

Farmers have until the end of the day on March 31 to elect which USDA farm program they want to participate in for the five-year life of the new 2014 Farm Bill. The choices are Agriculture Risk Coverage-County, Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual or Price Loss Coverage. March 31 also is the deadline for landowners to reallocate base acres and update their FSA program yields,

Too early to condemn farm bill for high costs Read more: http://www.politico.co

Published Mar. 26, 2015

First, for the decade from fiscal year 2015 through 2024, mandatory government spending for agriculture — including conservation and crop insurance programs — is expected to average substantially less than the average for the prior two decades.

Ohio farmers keen on hops

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It's an unfamiliar sight in Ohio but quite normal in Germany, where nearly 43,000 acres are dedicated to growing hops — a green flower with a bitter, tangy taste used in brewing beer.

Agriculture: More than food for thought in 2016 presidential race

Published Mar. 24, 2015

U.S. agriculture and the American farmer are misunderstood, taken for granted and, too often, under attack.

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Published Mar. 24, 2015

the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya is encouraging small producers to introduce nitrogen-fixing cover crops -- such as beans planted between rows of the staple corn crop -- as a replacement for costly chemical fertilizer out of a bag. In addition, these crops can help prevent water erosion, allowing farmers to still fare well during low rainfall years.

Corn, soybean-growing pair have no offseason on the farm

Published Mar. 24, 2015

It could be any morning between December and April at Davis Farms. It’s cold, and there’s work to be done. There isn’t much downtime during the “off” season.

Farm data: Risk and reward

Published Mar. 24, 2015

Is the data that is collected from planters and combines accurate? Is it easy to use? Who sees it? Can this farm data be used by outsiders to manipulate markets? Can it be sold?

Proposed hog farm raises a stink in Van Wert County

Published Mar. 17, 2015

They’re worried about the smell and possible health risks a hog farm could bring. The farm’s developer said it has the regulations in place to ensure safety and minimize odor.

Ohio farmers get face-to-face time with federal leaders

Published Mar. 17, 2015

Between March 18 and March 20, Ohio Farm Bureau leaders and farmers representing their county bureaus are scheduled to meet with numerous people including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Agricultural Committee members Ohio Congressmen Bob Gibbs and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as well as leaders of Japan and New Zealand’s embassies.

Discovery holds promise for gene therapy and agriculture

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"Our research provides crucial insights into how we might improve the environmental adaptation of plants, including the yields of crop species. It also has the potential to advance gene therapies that are being researched to address ageing and diseases, including cancer."

Farm groups push back as EPA finalizes water rule

Published Mar. 17, 2015

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. rule and what impact it will have on farmers, ranchers and rural America.

Decline in Migrant Farm Workforce Drives Technology

Published Mar. 17, 2015

"We don't have nearly as many young people coming into the system," said Yuma-area farm manager Matt McGuire, giving one reason for the decline. He said many young people are going to college, eschewing hard labor for higher-paying work.