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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding is available for farmers in Ohioâ€™s portion of the Great Lakes watershed to apply conservation practices that improve water and soil quality or provide wildlife habitat.
â€śWe need to do a good job educating kids about whatâ€™s available in the area. One of the ways to do that is to reach out to the kids when theyâ€™re very young through 4-H and FFA. We share information about potential careers in classrooms,â€ť said Judy Villard-Overocker, Richland County director for The Ohio State University Extension.
Shortages of farm labor will likely persist in the long term regardless of possible changes to immigration law, according to an agricultural economist.
Say there's a company that's employing a team of experts to harness weather data, allowing you to plug in your fields and crops and planting conditions. The company isn't trying to sell you insurance, seed or equipment. You pay a subscription and your farm data doesn't get sold down the line.
Stark County dairy farmer Frank Burkett III, of Clardale Farms, has invested in life insurance as a way of being prepared.
According to the data and Secretary Vilsack, â€śMore than one million people go to work every day thanks to exports of American-grown products.â€ť
According to surveys, about half of all farmworkers in the country lack legitimate documents and live in what's often described as a "shadow world," without legal rights. The farmers who employ those workers, meanwhile, are deeply ambivalent about this situation.
â€ś2014 was an interesting year to be a farmer â€” the farm bill passed, the property tax increased and the price of corn fell, and Toledo had no water for three days. That means 2015 will be a critical year to be a farmer advocate. Now is the time to deliver our farmer advocate message and deliver it loudly,â€ť said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president
Since 2002, new volunteers in OSU Extension youth programs â€” including roughly 20,000 4-H advisers and Master Gardener volunteers across the state â€” have been required to have an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Activity fingerprint and background check. The new policy now requires all students, staff and volunteers working in these programs to be fingerprinted every four years.
farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety-net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Production diversityâ€”â€śWe think weâ€™ll see more production diversity in agriculture.â€ť
Consolidation and rationalization in productionâ€”Itâ€™s a controversial topic, Nicholson says, but the trend is that operations are going to continue to get bigger.
Last week's USDA Ag Outlook Forum painted a picture of a corn market that could remain in the $3.50- to $4-per-bushel range for a while. Years, even. That sort of price range doesn't bode particularly well for sustained strength in farmland rents, with farmers feeling the squeeze created by the divergence of falling grain prices and land prices that have yet to fall too much.
While a decline of nearly one-third is steep, the drop in U.S. farm equipment exports was not completely unexpected, AEM said. In 2014, a record harvest led to lower commodity prices and falling farm incomes, leading to a deterioration in farm economics worldwide.
The most comprehensive answer may be, as Vilsack said in an interview, "Science, like everything else, evolves."
The letter noted that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill was estimated to contribute $23 billion to deficit reduction over 10 years, when including sequestration.
"Everything is negotiable," and a company's first offer is never its best, said Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau.
It was OSU Extension grain and market expert Matt Roberts who pointed out what perhaps many Ohio farmers already realize - what happens in the world affects Ohio farmers, prices and profits.
The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America, the nationâ€™s largest hunger relief organization, is a national community action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure every American enjoys the bounty of food they produce.
The blistering cold temperatures that have settled over central Ohio are preventing sap from flowing up and out of their maple trees, putting a damper on the early end of the syrup production season.
Whatâ€™s most important when planning for a transition of ownership is having a family meeting, said Don Schreiber, director of the Advanced Consulting Group at Nationwide Financial.
"Record production has meant that stock levels are higher and prices are lower, but producers will benefit from record asset levels and from new farm programs intended to cushion declines in farm revenues," Johansson said.
Bigger droughts, more frequent flooding, more devastating storms â€” these are some of the effects that climate change is already having on our planet. And farmers, many of them small, family growers in developing countries, are on the front lines
Some grain farmers already see the burden as too big. They are taking an extreme step, one not widely seen since the 1980s: breaching lease contracts, reducing how much land they will sow this spring and risking years-long legal battles with landlords.
There is a popular proverb that goes â€śWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade.â€ť Several years ago, a couple said they took this phrase to heart, creating a business out of a solution they used to compensate for an impossible outdoor growing season.
The billâ€™s main focus is on preventing the winter application of manure and fertilizer to frozen and snow covered ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin, although the bill also restricts dredging and requires new testing at water treatment plants.