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House Panel Reviews Farm Bill Crop Insurance, Commodity Policies

Published Jul. 11, 2014

The hearing focused on reforms to the commodity title, repealing several programs and providing producers with an option between Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage.

Agriculture Industry Seeks to Create Right to Farm

Published Jul. 11, 2014

farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops.

Most Crops Looking Nice and Green

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Midsummer in the Midwest. Corn tassels, soybeans bloom, wheat matures and all is right with the world. If you’re lucky. If your fields with wet feet dried out in time for the plants to bounce back. If the hail and wind missed your neck of the woods. It’s all about luck.

Ohioans take part in National Day of Action for meaningful immigration reform

Published Jul. 10, 2014

“We are very concerned that, in an overall picture, our food supply is at risk,” said Bill Dodd, President of Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association and Owner of Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst, OH. “At least 80% of the workers in my industry are migrant workers and in many cases undocumented.”

Obama's EPA chief calls farm bureau worries hogwash

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Calling some assertions about the rule "silly" and "ludicrous," McCarthy said her trip to Missouri is part of a broader campaign to reassure the agriculture community and "set the record straight." "I'm hoping this trip helps us ditch the myths and misinformation" about the rule, she said.

Imagine powering homes, cars with farm waste

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Scientists used farm waste to grow a type of algae that can be turned into a biofuel. Researchers say it can replace diesel to run cars, trucks and planes. It can also be used in place of oil in your home's boiler.

Farm life for kids sets the stage for a healthy life

Published Jul. 10, 2014

Now, any parent knows that it is not always the easiest option to get their children to go outdoors. Today’s clever television shows, electronic games and gadgets galore and the frosty appeal of air conditioning on a hot summer day are quite inviting for both adults and children.

Marcellus and Utica shale drilling permits: Monroe County is drilling hot spot

Published Jul. 9, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Drillers appear to be running toward Monroe County, Ohio, to drill what they see as promising Utica shale wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported 25 new permits were issued for drilling in Monroe County during June.

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale gas drilling

Published Jul. 9, 2014

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists

Published Jul. 9, 2014

A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

Wayne farm tour is lesson in agventure

Published Jul. 9, 2014

CHIPPEWA TWP., Ohio -- Community members saw examples of new farming practices that might encourage young people to farm when they toured Wayne County's Willow Spring Farm and Rittman Orchard an Farm Market on Tuesday morning. The AgVenture Tour, hosted by the Wayne Economic Development Council, and consisted of representatives from local government agencies, businesses and banks.

St. Paris native celebrates 15 years of farm animal advocacy

Published Jul. 9, 2014

ST. PARIS — After witnessing an unsettling incident with a pig in a high school class, St. Paris native Nathan Runkle decided to devote his life to animal rights, founding the Mercy For Animals organization at the age of 15.
This year, the organization itself turned 15 years old.

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Published Jul. 9, 2014

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. Could this be about to change? New European Union rules now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could, in theory, lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods.

Sinclair To Partner With Ohio State On Drone Programs

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Sinclair Community College in Dayton has announced a partnership with Ohio State University on its unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone program. Farming is expected to be the first major field for the expansion of commercial drone use.

Aquaculture offers significant potential for growth in Ohio

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Current and future fish farmers who have attended aquaculture programming taught by researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences say the techniques they learned not only increased their overall knowledge of the industry but also increased their confidence to work in this industry, according to a recent survey.

Farmers the focus of start of 30 Mile Meal month

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Supporting the local farmer is one part of the annual 30 Mile Meal month celebrated each July in Athens County. The first part of the month is dedicated to the local farmer, as “Farmer Appreciation Week.”

EPA report says E. coli levels too high in Upper Scioto watershed

Published Jul. 8, 2014

State scientists found high levels of E. coli, phosphorus and other pollutants at nearly every test point in the tributaries that feed the Scioto River northwest of Columbus. More water quality stories can be found at ofb.ag/ohwater

Ohio sheep producers eligible for FSA help with Cache Valley Virus

Published Jul. 8, 2014

COLUMBUS — The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Ohio was recently approved to accept Cache Valley Virus (CVV) as a qualifying disease for the FSA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

Ohio Fruit Farmers Feeling the Impact of the Polar Vortex

Published Jul. 8, 2014

Lynd fruit farm in Pataskala is just wrapping up their berry season. Blackberries did not make it through the cold temperatures, but blueberries, red raspberries, and black raspberries did survive. Other fruit that did not survive anywhere in Ohio were the peaches.

Kiwanis hears about Ohio Pork Producers

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The guest speaker for the day was Blanche Lange from the Ohio Pork Producer’s Council. The topic of her speech was “farming and food.” Lange has been on the Ohio Pork Producer’s Council since 1984. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Food and Nutrition.

Farmers fear EPA intrusion

Published Jul. 7, 2014

But Bill Ommert, a retired farmer in Huron County, said the change is far more than a clarification and is an attempt by the federal EPA to increase its authority. “We need to quite honestly rein in the federal EPA,” he said. “They have no supervision, no control.”

Marcellus and Utica shale: Production nearly doubles in Ohio

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The wells drilled in the Utica and Marcellus shale produced 3.6 million barrels of oil and 100 billion cubic feet of gas in 2013. In 2012, the state’s 85 shale wells produced 635,876 barrels of oil and 12.8 Mcf of natural gas.

Big Agriculture Looks to Africa

Published Jul. 7, 2014

In its July edition, NatGeo’s Joel K. Bourne Jr. points a wide lens at the issues raised by the creation of giant agricultural developments in sub-Saharan Africa, including some of the potential benefits as well as the likely pitfalls.

Debate grows Missouri around right-to-farm measure as election approaches

Published Jul. 7, 2014

"Every industry gets regulated by governments -- including agriculture -- as they should be," Hurst said. "But no other industry is facing this, sort of, public attempt to do the sort of things that regulatory agencies with scientists and experts should be doing, and instead we're doing it by spending millions of dollars on political campaigns.

Methodist seminarians tend farm to grow own food, share with neighbors

Published Jul. 7, 2014

The kitchen at the Delaware County seminary is trading in its canned food for fresh produce grown at a farm just a few yards from its door. Half of the kitchen’s fruits and vegetables come from the school’s Seminary Hill Farm, which opened in December. Expectations are that the 4-acre site will supply 100 percent of the campus’s produce within three years.