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Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program accepting nominations for 2015 Ohio CCA of the Year Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award. The Ohio CCA Program is sponsoring this state award, which is designed to recognize an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.

The winner for this year’s award will be recognized at the 2015 Conservation Tillage Conference on March 3 in Ada, Ohio. The winner will receive a plaque, recognition in industry publications, and a $1,500 cash award from the agronomic industry.

To view previous award winners, visit www.oaba.net/cca_award.… Continue reading

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CAB writing internship

College sophomores or juniors who understand the cattle business and have a passion for effective writing could be the next interns with the world’s leading beef brand.

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) offers paid positions for those who will be juniors or seniors during the internships from next summer into spring 2016. Students with a strong writing background — proven with writing samples — and majoring in agricultural journalism or communications may apply for the full-time summer position or part-time school semester positions that start next fall.

Specific dates will be determined to coincide with academic semesters and all internships are available for college credit. The fall position may be offered as renewable through spring but depending on applicants, a separate spring 2016 internship may be offered. Interns generally work from home or from the CAB office in Wooster, Ohio, accountable to supervisors in Kansas and Nebraska.

Applications are due by Dec.… Continue reading

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Farm building rental prices

Farmers, producers and landowners who have agricultural buildings on their property they are no longer using can turn the vacant space into extra farm income, according to experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Whether it is a farm building or livestock facility, farmers who want to put unused space into service to generate additional farm income first need to know how to go about creating a leasing arrangement and how to determine an appropriate rental price, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator.

“Many farmers may want to rent out buildings on their properties, but sometimes it’s hard to put a number on that, so it’s good to know what the going rates are on buildings in the region,” Marrison said. “Farmers need to know how to utilize those old buildings, whether it be to rent them out to another farmer or producer for extra hay space or to milk dairy cows.”… Continue reading

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Diverging views on climate change

Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

Associate professor of natural resource social science Linda Prokopy and fellow researchers surveyed 6,795 people in the agricultural sector in 2011-2012 to determine their beliefs about climate change and whether variation in the climate is triggered by human activities, natural causes or an equal combination of both.

More than 90% of the scientists and climatologists surveyed said they believed climate change was occurring, with more than 50% attributing climate change primarily to human activities.

In contrast, 66% of corn producers surveyed said they believed climate change was occurring, with 8% pinpointing human activities as the main cause. A quarter of producers said they believed climate change was caused mostly by natural shifts in the environment, and 31% said there was not enough evidence to determine whether climate change was happening or not.… Continue reading

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OFBF suggests improvements to farmland tax rules

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

Under CAUV, farmland is taxed on its agricultural productivity rather than its development value.

“There are a lot of farmers and landowners facing huge increases in their tax bills at the same time their incomes have fallen drastically,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president.

Because Farm Bureau constantly reviews and evaluates the CAUV formula to ensure that farmland is being accurately valued. The process intensified this year.

“Our primary goal is preserving the integrity of the CAUV program,” Fisher said. “But we also know there are areas where the CAUV formula could be modernized and improved.”

Following extensive research and meetings with tax experts, state and local tax officials, accountants, attorneys, appraisers, farmers, landowners and other stakeholders, Farm Bureau identified and recommended a number of specific adjustments to the formula that will improve and strengthen the program.… Continue reading

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Acorn poisoning can be a threat for cattle and sheep

The increase in this year’s fall acorn crop means that livestock producers who have oak trees in their pastures need to be on the lookout — acorns from these trees could cause kidney failure in their animals, particularly in cattle and sheep.

Acorn poisoning can be a significant issue for producers, especially in feeder calves that are more susceptible to developing kidney failure after ingesting acorns, said Stan Smith, an Ohio State University Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources.

In fact, producers with oak trees in their pastures may want to consider moving their herd away from the dropped acorns or consider fencing off larger areas that are covered with acorns, said Smith, who is a beef cattle expert.

“Feeder calves weighing from 400 to 700 pounds are susceptible to kidney failure when they consume acorns,” he said. “This is when they are about to be weaned from mothers and are looking for more to eat because pastures are getting thin, and it seems they’ll eat acorns out of curiosity and hunger.… Continue reading

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Ohio No-Till Conference Dec. 3

With water-quality issues a high priority in Ohio, managing fertilizer and planting cover crops are some of the ways farmers can help improve the condition of the state’s water, according to experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

That will be the focus of the Dec. 3 Ohio No-Till Conference that will feature presentations from farmers and crop consultants, along with researchers and educators from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

The conference will allow farmers to hear in-depth discussions from experts in the field who will draw upon their years of on-farm research and practices, said Randall Reeder, emeritus agricultural engineer with Ohio State University Extension.

The issues surrounding water quality in Ohio and elsewhere are not only an environmental concern, but also one of economic impact to farm operations, Reeder said.

“With water quality issues in Lake Erie, the Gulf of Mexico and other bodies of water, keeping fertilizer and manure in the field is becoming more critical,” he said.… Continue reading

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Enlist Duo launched for 2015

Dow AgroSciences announced it will launch its innovative Enlist Duo herbicide for the 2015 crop season. Enlist Duo is part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a herbicide-tolerant trait technology for corn and soybeans. The herbicide will provide new advantages for the management of hard-to-control and resistant weeds. It will be launched in conjunction with a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, and seed production of Enlist soybeans in 2015.

As resistant weeds have increased, so has grower demand for new solutions. Acres with resistant weeds doubled in the U.S. between 2009 and 2013, now numbering 70 million. Enlist Duo, a proprietary blend of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline, will be a powerful tool. It will control the toughest weed species in a long application window, protecting farmers’ crops and helping them maximize their yield.

The herbicide has been engineered to offer benefits beyond weed control. With proven reductions in volatility and off-target movement, improved handling characteristics, and reduced odor, Enlist Duo with Colex-D Technology will be unique to the market.… Continue reading

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Purdue economists advise grain producers to keep an eye on the bottom line

Grain producers should consider cutting costs to prepare for what could be several years of lower crop prices, Purdue University agricultural economists said.

“The message right now is to maintain your liquidity and protect your working capital,” said Michael Boehlje, a specialist in agricultural finance. “That means holding onto your savings and keeping a very close eye on your bottom line.”

A good first step, he said, would be to restructure any outstanding debt.

“If you have short-term loans, leases or purchase agreements, talk to your lender and see if you can extend the term to reduce your monthly payments,” he said. “Many lenders have become risk-averse in this environment and might not be willing to refinance, but it would be a good idea to look into the possibility as soon as possible.”

Chris Hurt, a marketing specialist, said there were plenty of other ways for farmers to tighten their belts, including streamlining their operations to become more efficient and avoiding any unnecessary purchases.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

The second annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum will be held Dec. 10 in Columbus and will focus on how Ohioans can effectively engage and improve their local communities.

The event brings together members of farm and food organizations, civic groups, business, government and other sectors for a day-long event that features four themes: leadership development, community development, technology in agriculture and current issues. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Columbus Convention Center.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. Catlett is a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions and has worked with the World Bank and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education and Energy. He has written numerous books and articles and works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations on future planning.… Continue reading

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New membership year underway for Ohio Cattlemen’s

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) kicked off the 2015 membership year with member only opportunities and member benefits that are better than ever. Outstanding membership partner, New Holland Agriculture, has given top recruiters extra incentive to encourage their friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen to become members. Any member that recruits 10 new OCA members will earn a ticket into the drawing for a New Holland Rustler 125 UTV. You can increase your odds with a drawing ticket for every five additional members recruited. The drawing to determine the lucky winner will be held at the Ohio Beef Expo, March 20-22, 2015.

2015 also hosts a special incentive to long-time OCA members through an exclusive drawing for an AgriLabs VetGun. Anyone that has been an OCA membership for the past 10 years will be placed into an exclusive drawing during the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on January 24, 2015. OCA appreciates the support of the long-time members and is pleased to offer this great member benefit!… Continue reading

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New partnership between Ohio Proud marketing program and Homegrown by Heroes

State officials announced a new partnership between the state’s Ohio Proud marketing program and Homegrown by Heroes, a program that certifies agricultural products from farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military.

“I’m proud to sign this agreement to help promote the Homegrown by Heroes program alongside our successful Ohio Proud program. These farmers have given much to defend our country and now we are working to give something back to them. This new partnership will allow us to help support veterans by purchasing their farm products in the same way the Ohio Proud program allows us to support other local producers,” said Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels.

The program combines two of Ohio’s strengths.

“Agriculture is one of the major industries in Ohio, and generations of Ohioans have left the farm, served honorably in our Armed Forces, and then returned home to take up this work that all of us depend on,” Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Tim Gorrell said.… Continue reading

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Mississippi River closure could hinder grain shipments

In a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Corn Growers Association urged the Army Corps to delay its planned mat-laying work along the Mississippi River and reopen the river to traffic.

In early November, the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division closed the Mississippi River to daylight traffic for a three-mile stretch near Memphis. The closure is expected to last 14 days. According to the Corps, the resulting delays of barge traffic were running about 10 hours over the weekend.

“This comes at a terrible time for U.S. corn farmers,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA President. “We produced a record crop in 2014, much of which will be transported along the Mississippi River. It is imperative that barge traffic not be impeded, and as much grain as possible is transported before winter.”

In the letter, NCGA notes that the closure is being done with little notice, and it will result in significant delays of grain shipments.… Continue reading

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Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers donating to Operation Homefront

During the month of November, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is donating 1 cent for every gallon of fertilizer sold or shipped to Operation Homefront.

For many veterans returning from a war zone means fighting a whole new war at home as they work to transition to civilian life. Operation Homefront is a national non-profit foundation that aims to help soldiers and their families through that transition by providing financial and mental and emotional support.

AgroLiquid Senior Customer Service Manager Colina Gillespie is also the mother of a Marine Reservist. She recently became involved with the Central Great Lakes branch of Operation Homefront, and it made a tremendous difference in her life.

“It wasn’t until Operation Homefront that I found an organization I felt I could be a part of,” Gillespie said.

To share in Gillespie’s passion, during the month of November AgroLiquid is making donations to Operation Homefront regional branches around the country.… Continue reading

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Interpreting least significant difference in yield data

For studying yield data from university, seed companies or third party sources, always look for the LSD value or Least Significant Difference at the bottom of the data set or Table. What does it mean and how to use it in evaluating data?

• LSD value measures variability in the test which may be caused by soil types, population density variations, micro-environment or experimental errors.

• LSD or Least Significant Difference means that the yields must be greater than the LSD value between any two hybrids, varieties or treatments to be considered significant, to make sure the differences are real and not because of chance or due to soil variability.

• Uniform tests have smaller LSD values and are more reliable. That’s why the Agronomists and Researchers try hard to look for uniform ground for conducting the tests. The differences of 10-20 bushels in high yielding corn test plots are generally not significant and are within the LSD value and it is a mistake to make a big deal because a hybrid tops in one test plot.… Continue reading

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Distillers grains with calcium oxide improve cattle diets

Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in many livestock feed mixes.

The findings are good news for beef producers hoping to provide a more nutritious, better balanced diet to their animals while keeping their feed budgets manageable.

“Incorporating calcium oxide into the feed mix represents a small increase in price for much better performance,” Schoonmaker said. “The benefits are especially important now that many producers are thinking about increasing the size of their herds to take advantage of improving market conditions.”

Distillers grains are a relatively inexpensive and plentiful byproduct of ethanol production and retain many of the nutrients of the original corn used in the ethanol process.

The grains can be fed to animals in a wet form, with a 65% moisture content, or dried, at 10%.… Continue reading

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Biotech labeling efforts failed

Ballot initiatives that would have required state-based labels on food products containing biotech ingredients failed in the Nov. 4 elections in Colorado and Oregon.

The margins were 68% to 32% in Colorado and a 51% to 49% narrow defeat in Oregon. Even with theses losses, the fight over state biotech food labeling will go on.

As a potential alternative to what will surely be more statewide labeling efforts in the future, many in agriculture are supporting legislation that would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

“It would simplify and unify the process of labeling biotech. You would not have 50 different rules for labeling food in the U.S. — you’d just have one. That is the purpose of it,” said Tadd Nicholson, with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association that supports the legislation.… Continue reading

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OCA Replacement Female Sale

Several members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will sell over 90 consignments in the OCA Replacement Female Sale on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company facility in Zanesville, Ohio.

Consignments include approximately 30 mature cows, less than five years of age, and approximately 60 bred heifers. Breeds represented will include Angus, Gelbvieh x Angus, Hereford x Angus, Limousin, Maine-Anjou x Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, Simmental x Angus, and crossbred. Service sires represented include Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Shorhorn and Simmental.

“Now is an excellent time for producers to add quality replacement heifers to their herds,” says John Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator. “The economic forecast for the cow-calf segment of the beef industry is very good for the next few years. Feeder calf prices are extremely strong at this time and the future looks positive as well. This sale represents an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality bred heifers to their herds and potentially take advantage of the positive economic outlook for the beef industry.”… Continue reading

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Dietary Guidelines the subject of Nov. 20 event

Many people use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to gauge the health of their diets.

Most don’t realize that the guidelines are primarily written for policymakers, not consumers, and are designed as a tool to drive health and wellness on a broad scale.

As the 2015 version of the guidelines is being developed, Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center has organized a summit for food industry representatives, academics, decision-makers and others “to have a high-level conversation on food and health,” said Julie Manning, executive manager of the center and summit organizer.

The Food Innovation Center, which brings together faculty from all 14 of Ohio State’s colleges to collaborate on food-related issues, is housed in the Parker Food Science and Technology Building in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Preparing for the 2015 Release” will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.… Continue reading

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More than 200 grain buyers from 41 countries gathered for Export Exchange

With attendees including 210 international attendees representing 41countries and an additional 200 U.S. attendees representing every sector of the coarse grains value chain, Export Exchange 2014 was this year’s premiere global grain trade conference. Wrapping up on Oct. 22, the conference was a resounding success for both international buyers and U.S. suppliers.

Held every other year by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange brings together international buyers and U.S. sellers of corn, sorghum, barley, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten meal and corn gluten feed. This year, 18 buyer teams visited farms, elevators, ethanol plants, technology providers and export terminals in 19 states associated with the three-day conference. These individuals had the opportunity to see the scope and sophistication of the U.S. production complex.

Export Exchange attendees had plenty of opportunity to do business, both directly and by making the connections that will facilitate future sales.… Continue reading

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