News & Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

Lake Erie algae relief years away

Published Mar. 30, 2015

what’s causing the algae blooms is a complicated mix of problems that have been blamed on farmers, changing weather patterns, aging wastewater systems, leaking septic tanks and invasive species in the lake.

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.

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.

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.”