WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced producers can elect and enroll in the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program beginning April 27. ACRE is a provision of the 2008 farm bill. “The Average Crop Revenue Election program is an innovative alternative to the traditional farm safety,” Vilsack said. “This new option presents an opportunity […]
By ED LENTZ and ROBERT MULLEN WOOSTER, Ohio — Many products are frequently marketed as the latest and greatest technology that will improve agronomic productivity of all major crops in Ohio. The question is which ones are legitimate and which ones are wastes of money? Real or fake? Here are a few simple ways to […]
INDIANAPOLIS — Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta plan to cross license their respective corn traits for commercialization within their branded seed businesses.
WOOSTER, Ohio — With the current economic downturn, farmers may be scrutinizing the future of their operations and a financial planning tool offered by Ohio State University Extension is available to evaluate the health of on-farm businesses. FINPACK FINPACK (Farm Financial Planning and Analysis) is a nationally known agricultural software package designed to aid in […]
COLUMBUS — Corn acreage in the United States is down and soybean acreage is up for 2009, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report. But the shift is not as great as the markets expected. Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, said that high fertilizer prices, high input costs for corn, and poor […]
COLUMBUS — Producers who suffered crop losses in the 2008 crop year now have an additional opportunity to buy eligibility for Farm Service Agency disaster assistance. Deadline “Producers now have until May 18 to pay a buy-in fee to become eligible for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish […]
WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]
Ohio hog producers had 1.97 million hogs on hand March 1, 2009, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009, was 65.4 million head, down 3 percent from March 1, 2008, and down 2 percent from December 1, 2008.
You can toss a coin, but don’t ignore your own experience when making planting decisions.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is more than able to continue supplying global customers with necessary feed ingredients, according to the U.S. Grains Council, the leading organization for export market development for barley, corn, sorghum and co-products. Citing the release of USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, U.S. Grains Council Vice Chairman and Ohio corn […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eight thousand calves were sold for premium prices last year through a program that is helping to increase profits for Pennsylvania beef producers. Since 1995, the Pennsylvania Feeder Calf Pool traditionally has added 10 to 25 cents a pound to the sale price, according to Dustin Heeter, livestock-production educator for Penn […]
ST. LOUIS — Dan Duran, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, has been placed on administrative leave by the council’s board of directors. Duran will be on leave with full pay and benefits until further notice. The council issued no further comment following the March 3 statement. The action comes as additional facts of […]
WASHINGTON — Corn producers from 10 states, including Ohio, have formed a new group to work with policymakers in Washington. The new Corn Farmers Coalition includes members of the Ohio Corn Growers Association, and the industry’s trade group — the National Corn Growers Association. “Washington needs to know that corn farmers are using some of […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Industry professionals interested in taking an active role in developing regional policies and an action plan relating to feed and grain markets can attend the first-ever Feed and Grain Summit. When and where Hosted by the Pennsylvania Feed and Grain Task Force, the summit is slated for March 11 from 8 a.m. […]
ST. LOUIS — Monsanto is hoping to simplify trait selection for farmers with the launch of Genuity, which will differentiate the company’s technology products under one platform. Ernesto Fajardo, a Monsanto vice president, said the company’s next generation, value-added trait technologies will be marketed as Genuity beginning in 2010. He said the Genuity family of […]
URBANA, Ill. — Corn acreage in 2009 needs to be maintained at least at the level of 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “A small increase may be warranted, depending on yield and consumption expectations,” said Darrel Good. “There appears to be no need for increased soybean acreage and a small decline […]
MANHATTAN, Kan. — A comprehensive study conducted by agricultural economists at Kansas State University and Michigan State University revealed areas in which the beef industry can concentrate its efforts to strengthen beef demand, despite a sagging global and U.S. economy. Important factors The study showed nutrition, safety and convenience remain important factors when it comes […]
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — VeraSun Energy Corporation is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for permission to sell substantially all of the assets of VeraSun Energy Corporation and 24 of its affiliates through a court-approved sale process.
The latest Census of Agriculture shows more U.S. farms than in 2007, but Ohio farms decreased by 2.5 percent. Nationally, there are a lot more very small farms, and a lot more very large farms.
By WILLIAM EDWARDS AMES, Iowa — After several years of high grain prices and generous margins, crop producers are facing a 2009 that looks less than rosy. Higher inputs costs and selling prices well below the peaks of 2008 will result in fewer dollars left over to pay landlords and put into savings. Livestock producers […]