Last year, Terry Gram’s 45-acre hillside orchard in Paris, Ohio, gave him his biggest crop ever. A couple of decades ago, much of that surplus would have been tossed out. Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program.
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Ohio was recently approved to accept Cache Valley Virus (CVV) as a qualifying disease for the FSA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.
Changes loom on the horizon for both crop and dairy farms as provisions of the 2014 farm bill are implemented.
As of June 1, there were 62.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published June 27 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Ohio farmers are turning to multimedia technology to promote their operations. Look out, Steven Spielberg!
Hot button issues of food safety and local foods draw 250 growers to annual Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association summer tour. (And healthy grower curiosity doesn’t hurt either!)
In Hiram, Ohio, Birdsong Farm owner, Matt Herbruck, says: “I realized I needed to do a job I felt good about at the end of the day.”
The Holmes County timber and wood products industry generates $421 million in output and $24.7 million in tax revenue. Learn more about this Ohio economic driver in this infographic.
On May 8, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction forecasted a 65 percent chance of El Nino developing during the summer of 2014.
Look for pump prices to run about 6 cents higher than last summer and typically range between $3.45 and $3.90 per gallon.