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Demand strong for U.S. soybeans

Federal government figures show U.S. soy continues to be in strong demand among international customers. Buyers outside of the United States purchased 1.5 billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans in the latest marketing year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  That makes U.S. soy one of the largest agricultural exports. …

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Harvest progress still slow going

By Matt Reese It seems as if Mother Nature wanted to make up for the general earliness and good weather for planting and harvest in 2010 by soaking the state in the spring and fall of 2011. It seemed that for every bit of cooperation the weather held for making …

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USDA Crop Report offers little excitement during harvest

Amid a long harvest of endless hours sitting in a combine seat staring at rows of corn and soybeans, farmers got little from the November USDA Crop Report to generate much excitement. Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts described the report as “pretty boring.” The grain markets, for the …

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Kasich appoints Zehringer Director of ODNR

On Nov. 15, Governor John R. Kasich made an official announcement that Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Jim Zehringer will become Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  Dr. Tony Forshey, the state veterinarian for the past six years, has been named interim director of ODA. As …

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Corn prices sideways and sliding

Corn prices have traded in a sideways pattern since mid-October, but are currently in the lower end of the recent range, said a University of Illinois agricultural economist. “Soybean prices have trended lower over the past month with January futures now back near the early October lows,” said Darrel Good. …

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Costs and profits on the rise for crops in 2012

By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Ohio State University Extension, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics   Crop profitability prospects for 2012 are positive for the three major row crops in Ohio. Input costs have increased from last year but high futures prices for 2012 crops allow producers …

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Farm bill proposals mark “evolutionary change”

After analyzing 10 major proposals circulating for the 2012 Farm Bill as of the first week of October 2011, an Ohio State University farm policy expert said the proposals reflect a striking commonality in the philosophical changes underlying the debate over federal farm programs. “I’m not saying there aren’t differences, …

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Farm bill proposals mark "evolutionary change"

After analyzing 10 major proposals circulating for the 2012 Farm Bill as of the first week of October 2011, an Ohio State University farm policy expert said the proposals reflect a striking commonality in the philosophical changes underlying the debate over federal farm programs. “I’m not saying there aren’t differences, …

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Take time to thank a veteran

We get to celebrate Veteran’s Day in a special way on my family’s Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. We participate in the Operation Evergreen Program that sends around 300 Christmas trees, complete with handmade ornaments, to troops stationed overseas for the holidays. On the Sunday prior to Veteran’s Day, …

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