Biodiesel carries momentum into 2013

Dale Minyo is in Las Vegas this week for the National Biodiesel Conference. Ohio Ag Net’s coverage is brought to you by the Ohio Soybean Council.


Joe Jobe is CEO of the National Biodiesel Board and his visits with Dale about the challenges his industry has overcome and the goals ahead.

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National Biodiesel Board Chairman Gary Haer talks with Dale about the momentum the industry has going into 2013.

Gary Haer WEB

Adam Ward is with the Ohio Soybean Association and Dale chats with him about the significance of the biodiesel industry.

Adam Ward WEB

John Deere’s Don Borgman updates Dale on the current happenings with Deere and biodiesel.

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Ohio FFA and local chapter benefit from CASE IH auction

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

With the click of the mouse, a consortium of Central Ohio Case IH dealers bought one of the most unique skid steers around and became a major benefactor of the FFA at the national, regional and local levels. Their final bid of $77,000 won Evolution Ag, LLC the online auction for “Red Power” – a one-of-a-kind skid steer donated by Case IH to raise funds for the organization.

In fact, 89 percent of the sale proceeds with go to the National FFA Foundation and 10 percent to the Ohio FFA Foundation. One percent was recently awarded to Buckeye Valley FFA, the local chapter selected by Evolution Ag, LLC, which is the parent company of JR Equipment, Inc, Hill Implement Co., and Agri-Trac, all with Ohio locations.


Doug Loudenslager, co-owner of Evolution Ag, LLC talked about the reason behind being the highest bidder and the short and long term plans for “Red Power”.… Continue reading

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An extension may not be the best Farm Bill option

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

There are still many questions looming about the fate of the Farm Bill. The possible scenarios include making the new farm law part of a huge fiscal cliff negotiations package, a brand new 5-year Farm Bill or simply a 1-year Farm Bill extension.

The American Soybean Association‘s Beverly Paul says the latter option may sound like the easiest as extensions have been done many times in the past, but for this go around it isn’t the best way to go.

“This is a whole different situation,” Paul said. “There isn’t going to be just a straight extension of programs like we’ve enjoyed in the past where Congress says just do what your doing for another year. There is going to have to be a contribution made and that contribution money coming out of farm programs and nutrition programs. I don’t see a scenario where an extension comes without a price tag.”… Continue reading

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AUDIO – 2012 Grain Farmers Symposium

The fourth annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium was held on Thursday at the Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn in Wilmington. Grain farmers throughout the state had the opportunity to hear about the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations.

The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins was there with coverage provided by Leist Mercantile and talked to those that made presentations about topics ranging from climate change, the farm bill, weed management and the markets.

Matt Roberts is an Ag Economist with The Ohio State University and his message included to be aware that an “average” year in 2013 would have a negative impact on the markets.

Matt Roberts

Read Ohio Country Journal’s more in-depth article with Roberts here.

Beverly Paul with the American Soybean Association talked about the possibilities of a Farm Bill and why an extension this time around may not be the best option.

Beverly Paul

Is climate change real?… Continue reading

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Topics aplenty at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

The fourth annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium (OGFS) will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn in Wilmington. Grain farmers throughout the state will have the opportunity to hear about the latest agricultural issues impacting their operations.

Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association Executive Director Tadd Nicholson shared more details about the Symposium with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.

Tadd Nicholson Symposium Long Wrap

Online registration is now open. Visit to sign up today or call the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) at 888-769-6446.

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the early bird marketing report will begin at 9:00 a.m.  A full OGFS agenda will be announced soon and will be available online at… Continue reading

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AUDIO – OFBF’s 94th Annual Meeting

ofbf_color_320x24023.gifThis week, The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will develop its positions on farm and rural issues during the organization’s 94th annual meeting. Dale Minyo was there on Day 1 to do the Midday reports.

OFBF Executive Director Jack Fisher talked with Dale about the issues being discussed at this year’s gathering

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch shares some of the unique accomplishment that his organization has had in 2012

Steve Hirsh President OFBF

Dale Arnold has had his pulse on Ohio’s oil and gas developments and his gives the latest details to Dale

Dale Arnold Oil and Gas

Beth Vanderkooi handles legislative policy for OFBF and one big issue is the privatization of Ohio’s Turnpike.

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