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However young farmers tread that line between bucolic ideals and economic realities is up to them — and the key to navigating a landscape where ideals and economics don’t always meet neatly in the middle.
"The nation's co-ops are essential to the U.S. economy and to rural America," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "The income they generate is reinvested or returned to members who spend it in their local communities. USDA is proud to continue its support of the cooperative movement."
“We’re going to be able to sell more products, more services, American agriculture, American manufacturing — we’re going to be able to get those to markets, and American companies that produce here in the United States are not going to be disadvantaged, relative to these markets” Obama said.
Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the lettuce cheaper and better for the environment.
Stan Smith, program assistant for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension office in Lancaster, said many pumpkin farms have struggled this year from heavy rainfall and disease.
Ohio State University Extension educator Jim Jasinski says some growers got a double punch from the weather. After the rain subsided, a dry August further hurt the growth of pumpkins, a crop that is nearly 90 percent water.
Presenting the awards, Michael Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water, said the farmers of today face a multitude of challenges, from weather challenges, to changes in technology and the most recent issues dealing with water quality.
Hawkins says the animals will be cared for at the state's temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg, until a sanctuary that meets state requirements can be identified.
Consolidation would eliminate some of the duplicate research and development efforts in the industry, the CEO said. “We continue to see the low effectiveness of R&D with some of our competitors, and we continue to think that consolidation in this space is inevitable,” Grant said
Will the next egg you crack come from a chicken raised in a roomier barn? Foodies and farmers are in unusual agreement on the answer: If not now, then soon enough. Both say McDonald’s recent decision to transition to “cage free” eggs for its McMuffins and other menu items was a tipping point in the $9 billion egg industry