Country Life

Activists’ cage-free egg plot scrambled

The demand for “cage-free” eggs has risen in recent years, as more food processors, retailers and restaurant chains are seeking to meet consumer demand. A recent court ruling, however, reveals a crack in leading claims activists have made regarding nutrition and food safety. Activists claimed that eggs from caged hens aren’t as nutritious or safe [...]

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Farm bankruptcies could rise

Declining farm income and farmland values likely will lead to an increase in the number of farmers who are delinquent on their loans and eventually a rise in farm bankruptcies, predicted a pair of Ohio State University agricultural economists. While the current farm bankruptcy rate is low, two per 10,000 farms nationally, that rate has [...]

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AgCredit announces profit sharing

AgCredit — one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness — recently declared a patronage refund of 24.57 percent for 2016 that results in $18.4 million being refunded to its member borrowers. The patronage payment will provide a refund to the lending cooperative’s shareholders of 24 cents for every dollar they [...]

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Food prices down for Easter

Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal resulted in a significant decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey. “As expected due to lower farm-gate prices, we have seen continued declines in retail prices for livestock products including eggs, beef, [...]

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NFU urges Trump Administration to stay in Paris Agreement

As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the climate resiliency of family farm operations and rural communities, and it allows family [...]

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 6

A jam-packed hour for episode 6 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast. The crew sits down to talk when planting will start, the FFA Student Reporter position, winter beards, working with cover crops, and consumer perception of agriculture. We hear from “Dr. Food” as he spoke to the Columbus Metro Club. Plus words from the [...]

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Bayliss leads national aquaculture organization

The U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood, yet it imports 85% of the seafood it consumes. This offers a tremendous opportunity for U.S. farmers, especially soybean farmers as soy is an excellent feedstock for many species of fish. However, growing an industry comes with challenges. An Ohio farmer from West Mansfield, Ohio has [...]

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ODA announces winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program

During an assembly for Streetsboro Elementary School students, Ohio Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Janelle Mead announced Riley Suchy as the 2016 winner of the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Suchy received a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 39.8 pound cabbage as part of the company’s annual nationwide contest. “I am happy to honor Riley Suchy [...]

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Spring weather outlook

The weather for the first part of the year has been mild to say the least with average temperatures running well above normal. The very mild February continued into March and similar trends are expected for the next several months when addressing temperatures. While most enjoy the warmer than normal temperatures for the winter and [...]

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Farm Bureau records active membership gain

Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and staff, the organization had an increase in its “active” membership for fiscal year 2017. OFBF had an increase of 2,146 active members, bringing the total to 63,605. Active members are farmers or other Ohioans whose jobs or livelihoods are directly impacted by the agricultural industry. [...]

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