News & Events

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.”

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.”

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.

EPA's Latest Foe: Congress

Published Jul. 3, 2014

More than 260 representatives and senators now oppose EPA's proposed expansion of the CWA. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have introduced a bill to block EPA from issuing the rule, which would expand EPA's authority over wetlands, creeks, possibly stock ponds and ditches.

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

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.

Cost of July 4th Picnic Up Slightly, But Still Under $6

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Farm Bureau's informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, or $5.87 per person. That's about a 5% increase compared to a year ago.

California universities to start sustainable agriculture programs

Published Jul. 2, 2014

The program gives the university a voice in global policy discussions about how to grow food in the face of severe drought and rising temperatures, said Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security chief who took over as president of the 10-campus system last year.

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.

Are farm land values headed for a downturn?

Published Jul. 1, 2014

There was a 13.0% increase in average U.S. farm land values from mid-year 2012 to mid-year 2013, which followed a 14.5% increase in U.S. farm land values a year earlier.