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2012 National FFA Convention coverage

Thomas Shaw talks with Matt Reese

Thomas Shaw talks with Matt Reese

Shaw filed his first Ohio Ag Net report after day 1 wrapped up in Indy

Friday Morn OCJ

During the 2nd day of the Convention, Shaw checked in with this update

Friday Mid-Day OCJ

Shaw also visited with state officer Clay Parrish

OCJ 2PM interiew with Clay Parrish

 See the four Ohio FFA members who were national proficiency award winners.

See highlights from the convention in National FFA Convention photo gallery.

Meller named National FFA Alumni achievement winner

The Ohio FFA and Buckeye Valley FFA Chapter along with the National FFA benefited from the auction of a one-of-a-kind CASE IH skid loader that will be coming back to Ohio.




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HungerU visits Ohio State campus to discuss agriculture’s role in ending hunger

By Heather Hetterick, Ohio Ag Net

The Ohio State University was one of seven stops on the inaugural HungerU tour that travelled the country to raise awareness of hunger problems and generate solutions for the future.

“Our goal is to engage with college students in conversations about how advanced agriculture can end today’s world hunger problems,” said Amanda Stevens, one of four women who travel across the country with the HungerU tour, which is a project of Farmers Feeding the World.

The HungerU team along with Ohio State students enrolled in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences set up on the Oval to start a discussion and bring attention to the issue of hunger.

“We took free t-shirts, water bottles and information about HungerU. We created conversations all day long with students about world hunger, causes of hunger, and tried to get students thinking about how we can end hunger using advanced agriculture methods,” Stevens said.… Continue reading

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Iowa small farms use teamwork to compete

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

There has been a recent trend in agriculture, to not only turn a profit in the industry but to just plain survive, and that is to go big or go home. For some small farms that may mean expanding their operations by leaps and bounds, for others that may require finding other means of income or changing careers altogether.

That is why a group of small farmers in rural Iowa who call themselves FUN, or Farmers United Network, have taken matters into their own hands by combining efforts to create an atmosphere that can compete in today’s marketplace. Chris Barron is one of the Iowa farmers involved in this venture and he said that more than the profits are shared in this network. He and neighboring farmers also share information, over 8,000 acres of land and equipment.

“We’ve discovered that our strategy really improves efficiency for everyone’s operation,” Barron said.… Continue reading

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Patterson re-elected to Farm Credit Board of Directors

Five farmers were elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America as the newest members of the Board of Directors. Farm Credit’s Board is comprised of 16 elected directors and two independent directors who meet monthly to set policy and provide overall direction for the agricultural lending cooperative which spans four states and serves almost 100,000 customers-members.

“As a cooperative, Farm Credit offers customers the opportunity to vote for the individuals that will drive the decisions of the association, the members of the Board,” said Kevin Cox, chair of Farm Credit’s Board of Directors. “The results of the 2012 election are in and we are excited to welcome back three directors and introduce two new members.”

The newly elected and re-elected Board members include Bill Patterson (Incumbent) of Chesterland who will serve in Ohio’s four year position. Patterson owns and operates Patterson Farms, PFF, Inc. and Orchard Hills Inc. He received a degree in Agriculture Economics from the Ohio State University.… Continue reading

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Ag awaits FTA implementation with Panama

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Panama will enter into force on Oct. 31.

Years of effort from every sector of agriculture will come to fruition when the Panama FTA is enacted. Tariffs on many U.S. agricultural products will be removed including corn, wheat, soybeans, soybean meal, crude vegetable oils, and many beef, poultry and pork products. Additionally, the FTA will level the trade playing field between the two countries, which currently sees more than 99% of Panamanian exports to the U.S. enter duty free under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, while the majority of American exports to Panama are subject to tariffs.

Agricultural organizations are already celebrating the changes.

“The enactment of the free trade agreement with Panama at the end of the month is a big win for soybean farmers,” said Steve Wellman, American Soybean Association president.… Continue reading

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ATI dedicated new cattle handling facility

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) this month dedicated a new beef cattle handling facility that will offer students and beef producers the most up-to-date instruction on animal handling.

ATI worked with Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc. of Fort Collins, Col., to construct the facility that was designed by renowned animal behaviorist Temple Grandin. The new facility is designed to meet the needs of both Ohio State ATI and beef producers around Ohio. The progressive design includes a corral, a dual chute system with a hydraulic squeeze chute and breeding box, and sorting pens.

One of the distinctive features of Grandin’s design is a system of curved chutes combined with a round crowd pen. The tendency of cattle when herded is to move back in the direction they came from. The round pen moves the cattle through a 180-degree turn, thus working with, rather than against, their natural behavior.… Continue reading

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Wine workshop next month

Wine grape growers, commercial wine operators, and those interested in becoming either can learn the practical and essential skills to be successful at a Nov. 15 workshop held by Ohio State University horticulture, viticulture and enology experts.

The program is from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon.

The workshop is designed to help growers and winemakers, as well as to boost Ohio’s wine industry, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at OSU South Centers at Piketon.

“It’s good for grape growers to talk to winemakers, because you have to have good fruit in order to make good wine, so it’s good to get them together in the same classroom,” he said. “This workshop is great for people in the business or those who want to get into the business.”

Researchers with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) will conduct the workshop, which will include information on the basics of grapevine propagation techniques; vineyard management; sensory evaluation of wines; critical aspects of white and red wine production; and identification of new invasive pests in Ohio.… Continue reading

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National Tractor Pullers Association to allow 100% biodiesel

U.S. soybean farmers, through their checkoff, support the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) to promote biodiesel among pulling fans. The NTPA plans to return the favor by allowing the use of 100 percent biodiesel fuel, or B100, in all diesel pulling classes beginning next season.

This could increase biodiesel demand by putting its performance benefits on display for the farmers, truck drivers and other diesel users who make up a large portion of the NTPA’s fan base.

“The NTPA has been a good partner with the soy checkoff,” says United Soybean Board (USB) Director Jim Willers, a soybean farmer from Beaver Creek, Minn. “We are pleased that tractor pullers will be able to use B100 and show off what biodiesel can do for their engines.”

A recent study by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the United Pullers of Minnesota (UPM) found that using B100 in a pulling tractor can add up to 4 percent more horsepower and torque compared with traditional diesel.… Continue reading

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SURE signup has started

Steve Maurer, State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced the start of the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.  “Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply,” Maurer said.

The SURE program is part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and producers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.  All eligible farmers and producers must sign-up for 2011 SURE benefits before the June 7, 2013 deadline.

To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer’s operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance.… Continue reading

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Berg memorial services Oct. 25

William C. (Bill) Berg, 71 of Wapakoneta died October 21, 2012.  Bill died as a result of extensive farm accident injuries occurring one week earlier.

He was born in Lima November 25, 1940.  Bill was the son of Egon Jr. and Dorothy (Knierim) Berg. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday October 25, 2012 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 South Perry Street, Wapakoneta. Pastors Jeff Davis and Becky Sunday will be officiating.  Friends may call after the service until 7:00 P.M. in the Timmermeister Hall at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Adult Bell Choir or the St. Paul U.C.C. Living Endowment Fund.

Bill graduated from Blume High School in the class of 1958.  Youth activities included 4H and FFA where he served as chapter president.  After graduation, he attended Ohio State University.  On November 28, 1963, he married Judith Truitt Berg.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – October 22nd, 2012


The average temperature for the State was 52.9 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.56 inches, 0.11 inches below normal. There were 40 modified growing degree days, 8 days below normal.

Reporters rated 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, October 19, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.


Dry field conditions have enabled operators to rapidly progress with row crop harvests and winter wheat planting. The majority of hay producers are done cutting hay for the season. The tobacco harvest is completed; some tobacco has been taken down from the curing structures and stripped.

As of Sunday October 21st, fifty percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 38 percent and the five-year average by fourteen percent.… Continue reading

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Blacklegged ticks increasing in Ohio

Hunters and outdoors enthusiasts should be aware of a relatively new tick in Ohio, the blacklegged “deer” tick, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Blacklegged ticks were once considered rare in Ohio, but the state now has likely established populations in 26 counties, most east of Interstate 71 where deciduous forests are present. These small, dark ticks are known transmitters of Lyme disease and remain active throughout the year, including the fall and winter when temperatures are above freezing. Learn more about identifying these pests at

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Use care when grazing corn stalks

Many producers have turned to letting cattle graze corn fodder as a cost-effective feedstuff amid record-setting drought. But a Purdue Extension animal scientist says there are certain precautions to take to keep animals healthy.

When hungry cattle are turned out on corn stalks with no prior rumen adaptation to starch, they can suffer acute acidosis — a sudden drop in rumen pH caused by rapid grain overload that can lead to illness or death.

“In the more seriously stressed, lower-yielding fields, some producers are reporting ear drop resulting from stalk quality issues and ‘nubbin’ ears that are slipping through the stripper plates of the combine head,” Ron Lemenager said. “Collectively, this ear drop can create acute acidosis when grazing corn stalks if not managed correctly.”

Part of that management is to scout fields before turning out cattle to determine how much corn is there.

“Cows seem to have a homing device, and they will find ears wherever they are in the field,” Lemenager said.… Continue reading

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Slim but sweet apple crop

Consumers may find that while the apple pickings in Ohio may be slimmer this year, the apple crop’s overall quality will be more flavorful, an Ohio State University Extension expert said.

As a result of the extreme weather that the Buckeye state has experienced this year, including spring frosts, summer drought, extreme heat, high winds and hailstorms, the state’s apple crop this year is expected to be much smaller than in a typical year, said Diane Miller, an OSU Extension fruit-tree specialist.

That means that while Ohio apples are available at markets and grocery stores, consumer will likely find a higher price tag on the shelves, she said.

“Apple crops in Indiana, Michigan and northern Ohio are smaller this year,” Miller said. “No one has a really heavy crop.”

Apple production in Ohio is expected to be down some 46% this year, said Bill Dodd, president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association.… Continue reading

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Renewable energy workshop

Wind farms. Solar power. Biogas. Ohio is starting to embrace renewable energy. And you will have a chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of green energy generation Nov. 8 on the Wooster campus of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

The 2012 Renewable Energy Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Afternoon activities include tours of Wooster area green energy companies and projects.

Registration (including lunch and materials) costs $40 before Nov. 2 and $50 after that date. The cost for college students is $20. To register, fill out the form available on the workshop’s brochure, downloadable at or contact Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533,

”Our speakers this year include OARDC researchers and OSU Extension specialists involved in various renewable energy projects, representatives from green energy companies, and representatives from businesses that have decided to include a renewable energy component in their operations,” said Yebo Li, an OARDC biosystems engineer who specializes in renewable energy, fuel and products. 

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Certified Angus Beef celebrates another record year

Amid U.S. cattle and beef supplies curtailed by economics and drought, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) reported record sales of its signature brand for a sixth consecutive fiscal year that ended September 30.

More than 16,000 licensed partners around the world made that possible by capitalizing on the consistent dining experience the premium brand brought to consumers as prices for all beef continued higher. Sales totaled 811 million pounds, surpassing last year’s record by 4 million pounds and up 49% from just six years ago. During that period known for its challenging consumer economy, Certified Angus Beef brand sales advanced from representing 5.6% to now more than 9.6% of all federally inspected cattle harvest.

That continued growth speaks to brand partners’ commitment to provide and serve the highest quality Angus beef available, and attests to increasing consumer demand for premium products, said company president John Stika.

“It is only because of our partners’ dedication and commitment that we see gains.… Continue reading

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New app lets you report invasive species

Now there’s a new tool for fighting alien invasions.

Your smart phone.

Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species — non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle — to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment.

By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app, a person can take pictures of suspected invasive species — whether of farm, woods or water — and upload the pictures and locations for verification.

Based on this early warning, scientists can send out alerts, map the spread and figure out a battle plan.

“Early detection gives us a greater chance of being able to handle infestations before they become so large that eradicating them isn’t possible or feasible,” said Kathy Smith, forestry program director for Ohio State University Extension and a co-developer of the app.… Continue reading

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Rain bolsters pastures, but graze with caution

Cooler temperatures and the return of rainfall after a hot, extremely dry summer has caused a springlike regrowth in pastures that can present some health risks for grazing cattle.

Lush growth in predominantly grass pastures can cause cattle to suffer grass tetany, a potentially fatal condition caused by a magnesium deficiency. Bloat, on the other hand is more of a concern in heavy-legume pastures.

“Generalities can be dangerous, but grass tetany is classically seen in the spring with older, lactating beef cows on lush, vegetative, grass pastures when nighttime temperatures are below 55 degrees,” said Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager. “These are the same conditions our fall calving herds are now experiencing, which makes them the most susceptible.”

With the lack of rain for most of the summer, he said grasses have reduced magnesium uptake from the soil that is aggravated when soil profiles are high in potassium and nitrogen.… Continue reading

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Bierlein joins Purina Animal Nutrition team

Purina Animal Nutrition announces the hiring of Rebecca Bierlein for the Great Lakes area of the Northeast region.

A native of Michigan and a University of Michigan graduate, Bierlein has spent her career involved with swine production through management and consulting. Bierlein’s involvement within the swine industry includes serving on the Ohio Pork Producers Council for Demand Enhancement Committee and as a member of Operation Main Street, a program to help spread information about the pork industry. Bierlein also serves as a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor.

“We are pleased to welcome Rebecca to the Purina Animal Nutrition team,” says Dr. Dari Brown, director livestock young animal marketing for Purina Animal Nutrition. “Rebecca’s extensive knowledge of the swine industry will be invaluable to help our customers optimize swine performance.”

In her position as a young animal specialist, Bierlein will help cooperatives and dealers increase their market share of the swine feed business by teaming up with production consultants and sales specialists.… Continue reading

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Time to nominate your favorite CCA

Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA, OSU Extension

Now is the time to nominate your Certified Crop Adviser for honors. If your CCA got you through another difficult year then consider nominating her or him for this honor. The application is found on the Agronomic Crops Team website ( under Links or at the go address:

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program is sponsoring one state award titled “Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year“. The award program 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.

Last year’s deserving winner, Mike Dailey, was awarded the honor in March – and the winner for this year will receive the award on March 5th at the 2013 Conservation Tillage Conference.… Continue reading

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