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Livestock insurance program available

Saturday, April 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — A new livestock insurance program that pays out when milk income, minus the feed expenses, declines below a set level, could mean the difference between business survival or bankruptcy for struggling dairy producers. The Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance product, originally developed by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for feeder cattle and hog […]

Farming intentions: Crop acreage will be smaller than expected in ’09

Friday, April 3, 2009

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 […]

Wayne County, Ohio, developing manure swap

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new pilot project in Wayne County, Ohio, hopes to transform manure from what some would consider waste into a marketable product that could be bartered among agricultural producers or sold to gardeners, landscapers and others seeking a “green” source of high-quality fertilizer.

Ag groups push EPA to fight courts on pesticide application ruling

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

[Corrected April 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m.] SALEM, Ohio — Farmers who apply pesticides on fields near waterways may soon need permits to do so. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which says pesticides are pollutants and will require farmers to secure a Clean Water Act permit before […]

USDA: Purchase of nonfat dry milk helps both farmers and low-income families

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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 […]

USDA: Ohio hog numbers up; U.S. numbers down

Monday, March 30, 2009

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.

More than 100 black bear sightings in Ohio in 2008

Saturday, March 28, 2009

ATHENS, Ohio — One hundred-five black bear sightings were reported in 21 Ohio counties last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Confirmed sightings Of that number, state wildlife personnel confirmed 38 sightings, a similar count to the 39 confirmed sightings in 2007. The confirmed sightings of 2008 occurred in […]

The big planting question: Corn or soybeans?

Friday, March 27, 2009

You can toss a coin, but don’t ignore your own experience when making planting decisions.

An old concept, a new interest: Farmers find drainage work now can pay high dividends at harvest

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — One dairy farm, unable to harvest any crop from a specific field for years, now routinely gets 175-bushel-per-acre corn for silage from it. On another farm several counties away, yields in a small riverbottom field jumped from 30 bushels per acre to a whopping 205 bushels per acre last year. They’re both […]

Peregrine falcons nesting in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

COLUMBUS — The 2009 peregrine falcon nesting season is under way in Ohio and Pennsylvania, following the March 11 appearance of an egg in a nest at the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. In Pennsylvania, the watch is on as well with a live, 24-hour Web cast of two peregrine falcons who nest on a […]

Portage County: Garmiers showcase farm-made fuels, lubricants at Ag Day event

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

HARTVILLE, Ohio — Renewable Lubricants Inc., operating out of the farm of Bill and Jackie Garmier, is one of those family agriculture stories that gives farmers hope. Starting with the same vegetable oil found in the kitchen cabinet, the Garmiers, using his years of experience in petroleum lubricant development and her business background, have built […]

Photos from the 2009 Ohio Beef Expo

Monday, March 23, 2009

Photos from the 2009 Ohio Beef Expo, March 20-22. Check back, as gallery will be updated throughout the weekend.

Sheep producer finds a high heritability for resistance to parasites in the breed

Saturday, March 21, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — In Wooster, a producer of Katahdin sheep is working with producers from two other states on the heritability of parasite resistance. The group is investigating methods of identifying ewes with a reduced periparturient rise.

Ashland County Dairy Service meets

Friday, March 20, 2009

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Ashland County Dairy Service Unit met for its 65th annual meeting March 14 at Hillsdale High School.

The evening began with a welcome by Unit Director Ryan Welch who introduced Ashland County Farm Bureau Organizational Director John Fitzpatrick.

Flooded land eligible for easements

Friday, March 20, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Time is running short for landowners to sign up for a new USDA program that will offer them up to $30 million in easement payments. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the most recent economic stimulus package — will pay landowners who […]

No surprises: Congress hears ag groups argue NAIS implementation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]

Five ag issues that are hot on the Hill

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

U.S. Rep. Zach Space WASHINGTON — On their trip to Washington D.C. March 9-11, the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents discovered there are some key issues buzzing around the city. Here are the top five farm-related conversations on Capitol Hill:

Commodity beef hit harder by economic downturn, quality shines in tough times

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Amid news of decreased consumer spending and falling stock prices, the beef industry has its bright spots. Market analyst Dillon Feuz said overall protein purchasing patterns point out a dedication to beef. “So far the data has not shown that consumers have really cut back on beef consumption,” he said. “They’ve just altered […]

Polchin family honored at Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]

What’s [still] driving food and commodity prices?

Monday, March 16, 2009

What sent commodity prices up is now bringing them down: trends in global production and consumption, the value of the dollar and biofuels.

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