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Adam Wells-Morgan Wins Pork Checkoff's National Taste of EleganceTM Competition

Adam Wells-Morgan, executive chef of The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., won top honors in the 21st annual National Taste of Elegance™ contest June 14 in Baltimore, Md.  The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 18 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance culinary competitions. Wells-Morgan earned Chef Par Excellence honors and $5,000 with his winning entrée of Duo of Pork: Sumac and Rosemary Scented Pork Loin and Cider Braised Pork Shoulder served with white cheddar grits, crispy carrots and leeks, and apple spice gastrique.  He also was presented with the Media Choice Award, an honor given by representatives of foodservice media to the chef with the most creative application of a pork dish.

“The National Taste of Elegance event brought some of the nation’s best chefs together to share their talent using pork,” said Tim Bierman, a pork producer from Iowa and National Pork Board member. Continue reading

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Adam Wells-Morgan Wins Pork Checkoff’s National Taste of EleganceTM Competition

Adam Wells-Morgan, executive chef of The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., won top honors in the 21st annual National Taste of Elegance™ contest June 14 in Baltimore, Md.  The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 18 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance culinary competitions. Wells-Morgan earned Chef Par Excellence honors and $5,000 with his winning entrée of Duo of Pork: Sumac and Rosemary Scented Pork Loin and Cider Braised Pork Shoulder served with white cheddar grits, crispy carrots and leeks, and apple spice gastrique.  He also was presented with the Media Choice Award, an honor given by representatives of foodservice media to the chef with the most creative application of a pork dish.

“The National Taste of Elegance event brought some of the nation’s best chefs together to share their talent using pork,” said Tim Bierman, a pork producer from Iowa and National Pork Board member. Continue reading

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Keep Livestock Away From Poison Hemlock

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The carrot family, which boasts a variety of familiar edibles such as parsley, celery, carrots, anise, fennel and cilantro, also contains a highly poisonous plant that many people confuse for its nontoxic counterparts.

Stan Smith, an Ohio State University Extension program assistant in agriculture and natural resources, said people should learn to recognize poison hemlock. The noxious weed looks similar to and smells like other plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae, formerly known as Umbelliferae). Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) originated in Europe, but is now commonly found in Ohio, growing in wet, wooded areas and open fields, and along roadsides and railroad tracks.

“The population of poison hemlock along field edges, in fence rows, around barn lots, and now even growing throughout hay fields seems to have reached new proportions this year,” said Smith. “Producers should be especially mindful of poison hemlock growing in proximity to their livestock herds.”

Poison hemlock, most famous as the plant that was used to execute the Greek philosopher Socrates, can be fatal if ingested.… Continue reading

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Head Scab Hits Ohio's Wheat


WOOSTER, Ohio – Hot, humid weather coupled with rain during a critical development stage of Ohio’s wheat has caused an outbreak of head scab in some areas of the state – the first major outbreak of the disease in the state in about a decade.

A statewide survey of Ohio wheat fields, which began two weeks ago, has found the incidence of head scab to be moderate to high in 70 percent of the73 fields surveyed in 16 counties.

“Incidence of head scab ranges from 3 percent to 61 percent, meaning that between 3 and 61 heads out of every 100 heads has some level of head scab,” said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist and small grains specialist.

Head scab (Fusarium graminearum), also known as head blight, is a disease that attacks wheat during the crop’s flowering stage when environmental conditions are just right. The disease not only affects yields, but the fungal pathogen that causes the disease produces several mycotoxins, the most common of which is known as vomitoxin, that is harmful the humans and animals if ingested.… Continue reading

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Head Scab Hits Ohio’s Wheat


WOOSTER, Ohio – Hot, humid weather coupled with rain during a critical development stage of Ohio’s wheat has caused an outbreak of head scab in some areas of the state – the first major outbreak of the disease in the state in about a decade.

A statewide survey of Ohio wheat fields, which began two weeks ago, has found the incidence of head scab to be moderate to high in 70 percent of the73 fields surveyed in 16 counties.

“Incidence of head scab ranges from 3 percent to 61 percent, meaning that between 3 and 61 heads out of every 100 heads has some level of head scab,” said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist and small grains specialist.

Head scab (Fusarium graminearum), also known as head blight, is a disease that attacks wheat during the crop’s flowering stage when environmental conditions are just right. The disease not only affects yields, but the fungal pathogen that causes the disease produces several mycotoxins, the most common of which is known as vomitoxin, that is harmful the humans and animals if ingested.… Continue reading

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Final Acreage Reporting Approaching

COLUMBUS, June 14, 2010 — The State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, reminds producers of the acreage reporting requirements that must be met prior to receiving program benefits.  If producers miss the acreage reporting deadline dates, a late filing fee will be charged.

Maurer added, “Producers are required to file an FSA-578, Report of Acreage, certification for the farm by June 30 for small grains and by July 15 for all other crops except small grains.”  To be considered timely, acreage reports on crops are due in the county office by June 30 for small grains and July 15 for all other crops, or 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage being reported.

Also, producers who participated in the ACRE program for 2009 have until July 15, 2010 to report the 2009 production for small grains and other crops.  … Continue reading

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Weekly Crop Progress Report-June 14th

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JUNE 13, 2010

The average temperature for the State was 69.1 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, June 13, 2010. Precipitation averaged 1.73 inches, 0.81 inches above normal. There were 136 modified growing degree days, 7 days above normal. Reporters rated 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, June 11, 2010. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
Wet weather continues to persist and farmers managed little field work in-between scattered showers and thunderstorms that moved through most of the state. Severe storm cells spawned dozens of tornados including an F4 tornado in northeast Ohio. Damage was extensive in those areas. Soybeans are still being planted, and some early planted acreage will require replanting due to excessive moisture. Most fields that were intended to be planted with corn will instead be replaced by soybeans.… Continue reading

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Before Activist Strike: Be Smart….

by Hinda Mitchell

Over the past decade, livestock and poultry farms across the United States have been under siege by animal rights groups who use a certain tactic – the shooting and release of undercover video – to advance their agenda of ending the consumption of meat, milk and eggs.  In the early years, they restricted their activities to breaking into farms at night and shooting video in one visit.  More recently, these groups have resorted to a modified approach – getting undercover workers hired at local farms, where they then work for extended periods  of time, engaging with on-farm workers and shooting undercover video.

While there has been much speculation about whether the animal abuse seen on much of the undercover footage is staged or is incited by the cameraman, the end result is still the same.  And for animal agriculture, it perpetuates the challenge we face each day – ensuring our consumer believes in how we farm, in how we produce food, and that we are firmly committed to responsible care of our animals.… Continue reading

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OSU Seeks Proposals for Ag Economic Development Grants

Ohio communities seeking to promote the viability of local farms and agricultural economic development are encouraged to apply for grant funding from Ohio State University’s Center for Farmland Policy Innovation.

Proposals are due by Sept. 24, 2010. The center expects to disburse $50,000 for two or three innovative projects that promote community-based agricultural economic development priorities in local communities, said Jill Clark, the center’s director. In addition, the center also expects to disperse a total of $10,000 for two or three smaller planning grants. These grants focus on community-based agricultural economic development specifically through the community planning process, including creating or revising a community plan to address local agricultural needs and facilitate solutions.

Community-based agricultural development involves community planning, organizing and acting to enhance the health of a community through viable local agriculture. It is a collaborative local effort to retain and grow the benefits of food and agriculture, and to advance sustainable farming.… Continue reading

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Nemechek Elected President of Pork Board

Gene Nemechek, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Ark., has been elected president of the National Pork Board by his fellow board members. The board also elected Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., vice president. Both will serve one-year terms effective July 1.

Nemechek is a swine quality assurance veterinarian with the live swine division of the Tyson Pork Group, Inc. for Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. Nemechek has a shared responsibility to work with the Tyson pork production units in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri as well as customer quality assurance for the Tyson Pork Group weaned pig and feeder pig customers.

Nemechek, the current board vice president, is serving his second three-year term on the National Pork Board and serves on the organization’s Budget Committee, Resolutions Committee, Pork Safety Committee and Swine Health Committee.  Previously, he served as president and vice president of the North Carolina Pork Council.

Forkner was nominated for a second three-year term on the board by Pork Act delegates at Pork Industry Forum in March and is awaiting the secretary of agriculture’s appointment of the 2010 National Pork Board members.

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Will Oil in the Gulf Affect Ag Shipping?

So far, the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has had relatively little impact on the Midwest, though many are wondering if agricultural exports could suffer as a result on an ongoing oil spill.

“Thus far the spill has not disrupted traffic into or out of the Mississippi River or Mobile, Alabama.  All scheduled freight deliveries have been made.  No ship calls have been cancelled due to the spill.  This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future,” said Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.

Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Phil Hare (D-Ill.) sent a letter on June 10th to President Barack Obama and Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, urging them to fully evaluate the impact of the BP Oil Spill on Mississippi River shipping lanes. As oil continues to drift closer to the Southwest Passage, a critical shipping lane for farmers who rely on barge traffic to ship their crops overseas, Braley and Hare are concerned about the impact a slowdown in Mississippi River traffic could have on prices for farmers, producers and distributors.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair Deadlines Approaching

Deadlines are approaching for numerous contests and competitions for the 2010 Fair and the time to enter is now. Completed entry forms must be postmarked as follows:

June 11
Spelling Bee presented by the Ohio Lottery – The first 50 contestants for each grade level, 3rd through 8th – will be accepted into this annual competition. Monetary prizes provided by The Ohio Lottery.

June 20
Livestock Division – Some of the Ohio State Fair’s livestock classes include beef cattle, dairy cattle, llamas, rabbits, goats, sheep, poultry, wool and swine. Junior shows are open only to Ohio 4-H and FFA members, while anyone can participate in the open classes.

Junior Fair Division – Non-livestock junior competitions open only to Ohio youth include 4-H, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire USA, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts, Ohio Grange and Time Warner Cable Technology and Engineering showcase.

Creative Arts Division – Hundreds of competition classes including youth creative arts, baking, sewing, antiques, jewelry, fashion, food preservation, needlework and more will distribute thousands of dollars in premiums to winners.… Continue reading

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Baker & Erven Honored by OFBF Foundation

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that
Dr. David Baker, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies at Heidelberg
University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus in
Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, are
honorees for the organization’s 2010 Golf Invitational. A special
recognition program will be held in conjunction with the event at the
Medallion Club in Westerville on Monday, June 28.

Baker has been recognized as a national leader helping farmers, rural
residents and public officials learn more about water quality and effective
conservation management techniques. He worked closely with the Ohio Farm
Bureau when the organization spearheaded the first large-scale groundwater
quality testing programs in the country during the 1980s and 1990s. His
work through the Water Quality Lab at Heidelberg University earned national
attention showing the relationship between effective conservation
management practices on the farm, and groundwater quality.

Erven is well known for his work concerning family dialogue, employee
communication and small business development.… Continue reading

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Baker & Erven Honored by OFBF Foundation

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that
Dr. David Baker, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies at Heidelberg
University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus in
Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, are
honorees for the organization’s 2010 Golf Invitational. A special
recognition program will be held in conjunction with the event at the
Medallion Club in Westerville on Monday, June 28.

Baker has been recognized as a national leader helping farmers, rural
residents and public officials learn more about water quality and effective
conservation management techniques. He worked closely with the Ohio Farm
Bureau when the organization spearheaded the first large-scale groundwater
quality testing programs in the country during the 1980s and 1990s. His
work through the Water Quality Lab at Heidelberg University earned national
attention showing the relationship between effective conservation
management practices on the farm, and groundwater quality.

Erven is well known for his work concerning family dialogue, employee
communication and small business development.… Continue reading

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2010 Ohio Hay Day

With hay-harvesting equipment demonstrations, educational presentations on biofuel grasses and a variety of exhibitors, the 2010 Southeastern Ohio Hay Day, Thursday, June 17, promises to be a great opportunity for producers serious about maximizing farm income and exploring new ventures.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), the event — free and open to the public — will be held from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Belle Valley, Ohio, just off Interstate 71 in Noble County. Dinner will be provided.

The program includes a series of hay-equipment demonstrations (raking, baling, mowing and tedding). Exhibitors include hay-equipment manufacturers, local equipment dealers, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and OSU Extension.

New this year are presentations on biofuel grasses and warm-season grass production, said Clif Little, OSU Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. Larry Merry, Belmont County (Ohio) Port Authority, will be on hand to discuss Berger Plant’s (also located in Belmont County) plans to use biomass for energy generation by 2013.… Continue reading

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ODA Photography Contest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced its third annual photo contest. Participants will have until Dec. 31, 2010, to capture their personal interpretation of this year’s theme “Life of a Farmer.”

“Life of a Farmer” can be interpreted in many ways. Entrants are asked to show the department their unique definition of the life of an everyday farmer, which could include photos of farmers at work, with their animals or enjoying life on the farm.

Following the Dec. 31 deadline, an independent judging panel will rank the photo submissions. The winning photographers will be invited to join Director Boggs and other invited guests for a reception and unveiling of the top photos. The top photos will be placed on display at the Ohio Statehouse. All photos may be used by the department for educational or promotional incentives.

General photography contest rules:

  • Entrants must be at least 16-years-old and the original photographer.
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OSU Introduces Soy Based Ink Toner

President E. Gordon Gee will help kick off The Ohio State University’s new “Soy Toner Alliance,” in which laser printers on campus will begin using a new soy-based toner originally developed in a collaboration between the Ohio Soybean Council and Battelle.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr.

The toner, produced by Mitsubishi and available in AgriTone replacement cartridges produced by West Point Products, is 35 percent or more bio-based. The development of the toner was funded by soybean checkoff dollars provided to Battelle from the Ohio Soybean Council.

Other speakers at the event will be Bobby Moser, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Keith Kemp, chairman of the Ohio Soybean Council and Preble County soybean farmer; Debby Parks, director of UniPrint; and representatives from Battelle.

Ohio State’s adoption of soy-based toner makes it one of the largest users of soy-based toner in the nation.… Continue reading

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Weekly Crop Progress Report

Released June 7, 2010, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  For
information on “Crop Progress” call Julie Schmidt at (202) 720-7621, office
hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Special Note

NASS is in the process of modifying report layouts in order to improve
readability. This report will be published weekly using both layouts through
June 28, 2010. Beginning July 6, 2010, Crop Progress will only be produced
with the new layout, which is available on the NASS website:
http://www.nass.usda.gov.

Soybeans:  Percent Planted,
Selected States 1/
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:      Week Ending      :
:———————–: 2005-
State:Jun 6, :May 30,:Jun 6, : 2009
: 2010  : 2010  : 2009  : Avg.
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:            Percent
:
AR    :  83      72      54      76
IL    :  82      73      55      81
IN    :  81      70      66      81
IA    :  95      91      94      94
KS    :  74      53      71      71
KY    :  77      64      45      67
LA    :  91      84      90      89
MI    :  87      73      77      89
MN    :  98      95      96      94
MS    :  97      96      90      96
MO    :  65      48      57      70
NE    :  94      85      99      93
NC    :  61      55      55      55
ND    :  88      69      79      90
OH    :  79      64      89      92
SD    :  80      63      86      83
TN    :  67      48      41      69
WI    :  91      81      87      90
:
18 Sts:  84      74      76      84
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1/  These 18 States planted 95% of
last year’s soybean acreage.… Continue reading

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Between the Rows-June 7th

Steve Reinhard, Crawford County

“In Crawford County, farmers finished with most of the planting in the last week of May. However, the rain has continued to fall since Memorial Day, when we got 4.5 inches through Sunday morning for a total of 8 to 10 inches for the week. As bad as it was, it could have been worse like it was to our north and south.

“Friends in Wyandot County are still trying to get some crops in and in some cases abandoning corn, while friends in Ashland County are looking decent. A friend of ours south of Bucyrus replanted beans that got frosted in low areas only to see the water laying on them now.

“The bean fields here are really spotty with places still under water, and the damage to the corn is starting to show. Other then that, the crops that are growing are looking good, although some disease is being found in seedlings of corn and beans.… Continue reading

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