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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 352 |Cultivating Connection From Farm to Table

In this week’s podcast, host Matt Reese speaks with Gina Orr from FreshORR Farms in Perry County, highlighting their journey selling farm products through Lancaster’s Keller Market House. Erin Harvey, the general manager of Keller Market House, joins to discuss the local food economy and its impact on the community.

The episode features audio from Joel Penhorwood’s interview with Wendy Osborn, Director of Market Development for Ohio Corn & Wheat, providing updates and reminders about Ohio’s wheat crop and the wheat market.

Joel also speaks with Jerry and Reggie Regula of JNR Farms about a recent soybean train derailment on their property, offering insights into the challenges faced by local farmers.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 350 | Decoding Carbon Intensity Scoring and Tackling Farm Finances

In this episode, Matt and Dusty chat with Marlene Eick and Tadd Nicholson from Ohio Corn & Wheat about the buzz around Carbon Intensity Scoring. They break down what it means for the future of commodity corn production and its broader implications for the agricultural sector. Understand how this scoring can drive sustainability and profitability on your farm.

Dale Minyo brings valuable insights from Farm Credit Mid America and his discussion with Brock Burcham on managing farm financial stress. Learn about practical strategies to maintain financial health and stability amid economic challenges.

We also feature audio from GrownNextGen at COSI, discussing their efforts to train the next generation of scientists in agriculture. Discover how innovative educational programs are shaping the future of the industry.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 349 | This Podcast Can’t Be Beet

In this week’s Ohio Ag Net podcast, join hosts Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg as they welcome Elizabeth Long and Larry Davis from Ag Resource Management. Dive into a thorough discussion on the current state of crop profitability, the impacts of interest rates, and the ins and outs of crop insurance among other vital topics.

This episode also features valuable insights from Tadd Nicholson of Ohio Corn & Wheat, who provides an update on Carbon Intensity Scoring. Additionally, hear from Curtis Gram of Freedom Fish Farms, sharing the latest developments in his sector.

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Tadd Nicholson of Ohio Corn and Wheat4:32.697
Curtis Gram of Freedom Fish Farms15:29.729
Elizabeth Long and Larry Davis of ARM22:26.882
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Planting progress and field scouting

Dave Russell talks with Pioneer Field Agronomist in far Northern Ohio, John Schoenhals. Schoenhals talks planting progress and concerns associated with delayed planting. Weed control has been a challenge this spring and that is leading to some insect activity in residue. If planting issues aren’t enough, the Pioneer Agronomist says you can add field scouting to your to-do list.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 348 | FFA Insights, Real Estate Trends, and Planting Updates

In this week’s episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, join Matt Reese and Joel Penhorwood as they engage in insightful discussions with key figures in agriculture and beyond. National FFA Officer Morgan Anderson from the Amanda-Clearcreek Chapter shares her experiences, alongside Cortney Copeland, a 2024 Ohio Ag Net student FFA reporter from the Jackson Center UVCC Chapter.

Dive into the real estate world with Devin Dye, owner of Dye Real Estate and Land Co., and catch up on the latest planting trends with Matt Spillman, a farmer featured in our Between the Rows series, sponsored by Seed Genetics Direct.

Plus, don’t miss a timely update from Angela Krile on the groundbreaking event at the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center.

Stay tuned for those in-depth discussions in this week’s Ohio Ag Net Podcast!

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Devin Dye, Dye Real Estate and Land Co.
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 347 | Super Star Student Reporters

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net talk with Aubree Topp of Botkins FFA and Alexis White of Fort Frye FFA who are serving as student reporters at the 96th State FFA Convention. They talk about their experience as student reporters and about their agricultural background.        

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association: Dusty talks with Tadd about sustainable aviation fuel tax credits.  
  • Tom Fontana, Ohio Soybean Council: Dusty visits with Tom talking about an update on biodiesel. 
  • Farm Credit Mid – America: Dale talks with the folks at Farm Credit Mid – America about the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer county fair event. 

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Tadd Nicholson3:44
Tom Fontana8:11
Farm Credit Mid – America16:28
Main Conversation, Aubree Topp and Alexis White23:54
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Maddox French of United FFA has notable FFA year through Diversified Ag Production

In this featured audio, Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter Aubree Topp catches up with Maddox French of the United FFA Chapter and his impressive convention, in which he won awards for his work in the Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency as well as Star in Agricultural Placement. French details his unique farm in eastern Ohio and his work in livestock and crops.… Continue reading

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SAF GREET update announced

Tune in to the audio player as Ohio Ag Net’s Dusty Sonnenberg talks with Ohio Corn & Wheat’s Tadd Nicholson about SAF tax credits and DOE’s Argonne GREET model.

After months of waiting, the U.S. Treasury Department released a highly anticipated update to the Department of Energy’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model on April 30.

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed in 2022, allocates tax credits for biofuels that can demonstrate that they cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% or more. After the law was passed, Treasury and EPA were charged with choosing a model that would measure emissions throughout the life of biofuels. Late in 2023 the decision was made to settle on the GREET model, but it needed updates.

The April 30 update provided guidance on how feedstocks like corn ethanol could qualify for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under the 40B tax credit of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 346 | Cargo Conversations

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Dusty Sonnenberg of Ohio Ag Net talks with Max Vekichcommissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission and Peter FriedmannAgriculture Transportation Coalition executive director. They talk about the Transportation Go! Conference in Toledo and what each organization does. Also, they talked about the transportation of cargo in bodies of water and the importance it plays on the agricultural industry.       

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • GrowNextGen: Dale Minyo talks with GrowNextGen teacher Kelly Lewis who utilizes it in her classroom to help students make connections between the agricultural and science industries.
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 345 | The Scoop on Ohio Agriculture

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal and Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net talk with Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Ag Council president and Ohio Corn and Wheat executive director. They first chat about farm nicknames throughout the years. They also talk about the Ohio Agriculture Council spring meeting where they bring people from all sectors of Ohio agriculture together.     

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Krista Swanson, National Corn Growers Assoication: Krista talks with Dale about corn production forecasts in conjunction with Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Assoication. 
  • Terry Mescher, Ohio Department of Agriculture: Dusty talks with Terry about H2Ohio and the outlook for the project. 
  • Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn and Wheat: Tadd talks with Matt about the newly announced E15 waiver.  
  • Adam Heffron, Ohio State Fair and Expo Center: Adam who is the new executive director of the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center talks with Matt about the upcoming fair and plans for the future. 
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EPA issues emergency fuel waiver for E-15 sales 

In this featured audio, Matt Reese talks with Tadd Nicholson from Ohio Corn and Wheat about the EPA’s recent announcement on the E15 waiver. Read below for an additional release from the National Corn Growers Association.

Corn Growers Applaud EPA for Allowing Access to Higher Blends of Ethanol During Summer Months

By Bryan Goodman

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will use its existing authority to prevent drivers from losing access to lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a higher ethanol blend often marketed as Unleaded 88.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and state corn grower organizations, which have advocated for the move, praised the decision.

“This waiver is good news for corn growers and those in rural America who will benefit economically from this decision and for consumers who will save money at the pump during a busy travel season,” said Minnesota farmer and NCGA President Harold Wolle.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 344 | Aimpoint: Aiming to Help Farmers

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Dusty Sonnenburg of Ohio Ag Net talks with Mark Purdy, COO of Aimpoint Research. They talk about research and collecting data to help support farmers and the agri-food sector. They talk about the effects of inflation, technology, wage inflation, and more. 

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Matt Reese, Ohio Country Jounral: Matt talks about the new AI versus old AI and what that means in agriculture today. 
  • Kent Edwards, Erie County Farmer: Matt talks with Kent about being the Ohio wheat contest yield winner.  
Matt Reese3:44
Kent Edwards8:38
Main Conversation, Mark Purdy11:39
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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 343 | Cows and Sows Just Not Plows Edition

In this episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, host Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal talks with Kyle Brown, Wyandot County swine farmer and Chris Weaver, Williams County dairy farmer about livestock outlook for 2024. They talk about market outlooks, disease pressure, and upcoming challenges within livestock, specifically in the dairy cow and swine industries. 

More in this week’s podcast:   

  • Madi Layman, Ohio Soybean Council: Dale talks with Madi about biodiesel and market outlook. 
  • Shaun Weller, DVM, Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute: Matt talks with Dr. Weller about High Path Avian Influenza in Ohio dairy cattle.
Madi Layman2:19
Dr. Shaun Weller13:03
Main Conversation, Kyle Brown and Chris Weaver20:32
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Hardin County’s Austin Heil brings personal touch to farm machinery

Ohio Field Leader Dusty Sonnenberg travels to Hardin County in the latest Ohio Field Leader Roadshow to the farm of Austin Heil. The conversation goes into Austin’s unique custom machinery solutions that take advantage of the latest technologies with plenty of on-farm knowhow to plant corn and soybeans. Ohio Field Leader is brought to you by Ohio soybean farmers and their checkoff.… Continue reading

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