News & Events

Agriculture Acquirers Feed on Crop Protection

Published Oct. 5, 2015

agriculture suppliers, including crop protection companies, have become attractive targets. Seed protectors are important tools that help farmers manage their fields. The demand for suppliers in these areas is driving M&A activity in the agriculture sector.

Agriculture industry seeks Cuba openings

Published Oct. 6, 2015

Beyond exporting goods, U.S. farm businesses could potentially sell equipment or help incorporate better seed and pest management methods. Still, agricultural economists say it’s important to keep things in perspective. Cuba is a nation of about 11 million people.

California agriculture weathers drought — at a cost

Published Oct. 1, 2015

The spring snowpack is the paltriest ever measured — by April it contained just 5% of a normal year’s water — and by the end of August the major reservoirs held 59% of their historical average.

Celebrate Ohio's harvest season at the Bob Evans Farm Festival

Published Oct. 6, 2015

Attended each year by more than 30,000 people, this year's Bob Evans Farm Festival takes place on Friday, October, 9, Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11. The Festival offers a multitude of activities and demonstrations for visitors including farm contests, wagon rides, a pedal tractor pull and a large Arts & Crafts show (more than 100 artisans).

Conversation Begins About How to Collect On-Farm Antibiotic Use Data

Published Oct. 1, 2015

“Tracking the use of antibiotics is critical to knowing how we’re doing with stewardship,” said Beth Bell, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. “Good information about where, why and how animal antibiotics are used is the basic information needed to know when stewardship is going well.”

Farmers argue old tax formula could put them out of business

Published Oct. 8, 2015

“If we have one more tax increase like they put on us, I’m going to quit farming,” said Garber. “I’m just going to quit.”

Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau's Hog Wild has record year

Published Sep. 29, 2015

The Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau Hog Wild Fundraiser had a record year raising over $7,000.
“Making a grand total of votes collected 775,037 votes or $7,750.37 cash for the event, which was $3,655.25 more than last year’s event,” said Jon Hensler, Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau President.

Kasich calls indefinite freeze of Ohio clean-energy standards ‘unacceptable’

Published Oct. 1, 2015

“A continued freeze of Ohio’s energy standards is unacceptable, and we stand willing to work with the Ohio General Assembly to craft a bill that supports a diverse mix of reliable, low-cost energy sources while preserving the gains we have made in the state’s economy,” Kasich spokesman Joe Andrews wrote in an email.

McDonald's move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

Published Oct. 5, 2015

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

Monsanto: Consolidation 'Inevitable' in Agriculture Industry

Published Oct. 8, 2015

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