Livestock

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation awards scholarships

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF), in partnership with several generous donors, was honored to award 12 scholarships, totaling $14,000 to youth across the state of Ohio at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meet­ing and Awards Banquet, January 24th, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center. The first scholarship, awarded to three students [...]

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Dick Isler recently retired after nearly 42 years of working for the Ohio Pork Council.

Isler retires with more than 40 years of friends in Ohio’s pork industry

In 2010, Ohio agriculture shocked anyone who was paying attention by making an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). What initially seemed to be a deal forged with the devil ultimately took the wind out of the well-funded sails of HSUS in their quest to implement their agenda in Ohio. Among [...]

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Ohio beef checkoff update

There was plenty to talk about at the recent Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Top of mind for many was the Ohio Beef Checkoff that was increased from $1 to $2 per head last year through a referendum vote. “Checkoffs are about increasing demand for our products. We are in a great [...]

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Colin Woodall, the NCBA vice president of government affairs, talked about a number of important  policy issues.

A busy year ahead for beef industry policy battles

Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) vice president of government affairs, provided an update of the national policy challenges that await in 2015 at the recent Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. “The real challenge is with the Administration with all of the rules and regulations we are seeing coming out of [...]

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TPA again getting support from agriculture

With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council, along with numerous ag groups, expressed support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the current administration and future ones to negotiate and close trade agreements such as the TPP. “The U.S. pork industry [...]

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OCA winners recognized at annual banquet

Congratulations to all of the award winners from the recent Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Awards were: Environmental Stewardship to Whitehead Angus Farms from Licking County; Commercial Producer to the Dagger family and Cable Acres Farms in Champaign County; Seedstock Producer of the Year to Tom Karr in Meigs County; Young Cattleman of [...]

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USDA proposes new food safety measures for poultry products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. “These new standards, as well as improved testing patterns, will have a major impact on public health,” said Al [...]

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Perception is reality when it comes to water quality and agriculture

Perception is reality. Those involved with agriculture have long known this — people smell with their eyes, support family farms but hate factory farms, and oppose GMOs even though they do not know what they are. These perceptions translate into realities for agriculture. The ongoing public debate concerning water quality is laden with perceptions, misperceptions [...]

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Sidedressing manure into corn continues to have promising results

Ohio State University Extension has conducted manure research on growing crops for several years in an effort to make better use of the available nutrients. Applying manure to growing crops can boost yields, reduce nutrient losses, and give livestock producers or commercial manure applicators another window of time to apply manure to farm fields. The [...]

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Ohio Pork Council seeking intern

The Ohio Pork Council is actively seeking candidates to apply for the 2015 OPC Summer Internship Program. The ideal candidate should be a college student majoring in the field of agriculture, communications, education, marketing or journalism; preferably going into their junior or senior year. Knowledge of swine and modern agriculture is useful, but not required. [...]

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