Weather woes Weather is always a hot topic in the farmhouse. In March, an ice storm hit northeastern Ohio and western Pa., followed by 23 inches of snow in some places. Snow emergencies were declared in 60 Ohio counties and homes and farms were without electricity for days. And in September, remnants of Hurricane Ike […]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ethanol production opened the door to the renewable fuels industry. The industry now must get past an imposing wall of federal regulations and market conditions if it hopes to grow, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “The ethanol industry is now faced with what is called a ‘blending wall,’” said Wally […]
Cattle feeders’ No. 1 concern was feed inputs. Not any more, says Mike Sands of Informa Economics. The market analyst predicts corn will not stay as low as $3 per bushel (bu.) for long, but the new trading levels for corn may be of little consequence compared to the declining feeder calf supply. Biggest hurdle […]
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The year 2008 was an interesting economic year. Housing prices fell. The dollar weakened, strengthened a bit and then weakened again.
USDA farm programs: Advance direct and counter-cyclical payments started in December.
President-elect Barack Obama selected former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture.
COLUMBUS — In 2008, Ohioans continued to support local food systems, with the number reporting “frequently” purchasing locally grown or produced foods remaining steady since 2006.
SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]
It’s not to late to make changes for tax purposes. This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008.
WASHINGTON — After increasing for six consecutive years, U.S. fertilizer prices are finally beginning to fall at the wholesale level, according to a report by the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Up until very recently, fertilizer prices were astronomical at both the wholesale and retail level,” said American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist Terry Francl. “Fertilizer […]
Researchers are making progress in the fight against Johne’s disease. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently developed a vaccine that prevents this contagious and often fatal bacterial infection.
WASHINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America, its former chief executive officer, Gary Hanman, and its former chief financial officer Gerald Bos will pay a $12 million civil monetary penalty for attempting to manipulate the Class III milk futures contract and exceeding speculative position limits in that contract. The settlement was announced Dec. 16 by the […]
SALEM, Ohio — Looking back over the past year brings one phrase to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s according to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who shared an overview of the past year in agriculture during a seminar at the Ohio Farm Bureau […]
The stage seems to be set for recovery in the grain markets.
The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.
Huge rift between U.S. soybean producer boards. The American Soybean Association is blasting the United Soybean Board, raising “serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations” about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted.
Fred Forsburg’s tomatoes are perfect — tough to do in a certified organic operation where no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used. The Livonia farmer’s secret? Growing tomatoes in high tunnels.
The last three decades of Ohio soybean production have been good ones, marked by improved Phytophthora cultivars, a new market for tofu soybeans and one of the most popular soybean varieties ever grown in Ohio. Much of that success has been at the hands of Steve St. Martin, a soybean breeder at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. But on Jan. 1, St. Martin, who has headed the soybean breeding program at the center since 1991, will retire and pass the torch to a new faculty member.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown received a Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the Ohio organization during its annual meeting Dec. 3-5 in Columbus. The award is given to legislators who have supported important agricultural issues. Brown serves on the Senate agriculture committee, marking the first time an Ohioan has done that in nearly half a […]
COLUMBUS — A Jefferson County couple who has tweaked a successful farm business to stay profitable and in business was lauded as Outstanding Young Farm Couple last week during the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation‘s annual meeting. Robert and Autumn Morrison of Bloomingdale will represent Ohio next month at the national contest during the American Farm […]