New options provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops.
A month’s worth of online public comments on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s proposed implementation of a second beef checkoff program closed Dec. 10, three days before House and Senate passage of 2015 funding legislation. But that didn’t stop legislators from weighing in on the matter.
Promoting the quality of a farm’s product, according to Sam Hawk, is every bit as important as the day-to-day production work. Hawk has no problem discussing his passion for farming.
A data privacy agreement reached by six major farm organizations and six agriculture technology providers is expected to become industry standard language regarding data gathered on farming operations.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is pushing for changes to the CAUV formula that ‘can be accomplished through administrative action and will not require legislation.’
Monsanto and soft white wheat farmers have reached an agreement that resolves a number of lawsuits related to the 2013 discovery of genetically modified wheat on a farm in eastern Oregon.
The combination of a big harvest, falling storage space and the export market are impacting the price of corn and soybeans.
The USDA has extended the deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program to Dec. 5.
There’s plenty of old corn out there, as the new corn is coming off the fields this harvest season.
Ohio’s conservation award winners include: Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.
Drones are being used to aid in crop scouting. One eastern Ohio company, TMK Bakersville, put together its own unmanned aerial vehicle and has had it up in the air this summer.
Online tools help dairymen calculate Margin Protection Program costs, as well as forecast MPP payments and the total MPP benefits the producer can anticipate.
More than 620 exhibitors with some 4,000 product lines will set up shop in the 80-acre exhibit area at the three-day Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18.
Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, will feature nearly 500 commercial and educational exhibits, field demonstrations and a variety of workshops aimed at helping farmers enhance efficiency and profitability.
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!)