Claim deadline for Hispanic and Women farmers approaching

Last year, the United States Government established a Claims Process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. If you qualify and submit a timely claim, you could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence that you submit. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful Claimants who currently owe USDA money for eligible farm loans. Successful Claimants may also receive an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed.

The deadline to file a claim is March 25 and further information can be found here.… Continue reading

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Cover crops catching on in Ohio

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

For 4 decades and counting, Ohio farmer David Brandt has been a no-till farmer. He farms 1,200 acres in central Ohio and strategically uses cover crops in corn, soybean and wheat rotations. A lot has changed about cover crops since Brandt started the practice on his farm.

“We’re now using more than one specie,” Brandt said. “When we go with 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 we just see the the soil improving so much more rapidly than we did with a single specie. It has been a real fun ride so far to see how this concept has grown here in Ohio and throughout the country.”

AUDIO: Brandt discusses cover crop misconceptions and ways to ease into the practice on any operation.

Brandt Cover Crop Field Day

Brandt will share his experiences with cover crops at a field day on March 22nd in Mt.… Continue reading

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How will Ohio farmers manage risk in 2013?

By Matt Reese

Will it rain in the 2013 growing season or will the drought continue? This is the multi-billion dollar question in the next few months because the answer will make a tremendous difference in feed and grain prices.

Informa Economics has scenarios about how wide that price gap could be. If 2013 is normal for corn, Informa projects the farm price for corn to be below $4 a bushel. With an extended drought and a short crop again this year,

prices could go as high as $8.80 a bushel. That is a pretty big gap to cover when making marketing plan or input decisions.

Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts has a familiar message for crop producers.

“If we have a normal growing season in 2013, there are lots of downside risks for prices. Prices at harvest will be lower than at planting. As a result, growers should market more aggressively,” Roberts said at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium last December.… Continue reading

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