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Ag foundations host rural-urban community auction program

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation), the Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) and the new Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. (OCAL) have united to host the Seventh Annual Rural – Urban Community Auction.

The online event takes place Nov. 1 – 29 at www.ofbf.cmarket.com. The program will conclude with a live finale as part of the Hospitality Corner at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Annual Meeting in Columbus Nov. 30.

Online participants will have the opportunity to bid on getaway travel packages, home goods, sports memorabilia, collectibles and unique adventure items. New items will be entered into the auction’s catalog throughout the event.

“County Farm Bureaus throughout Ohio are creating unique items that represent the best of their communities,” said Dale Arnold, Foundation board member and auction coordinator. “Several businesses, organizations and friends of Farm Bureau who support the Foundation, AFL and OCAL programs are donating items for the event, too.”… Continue reading

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Ohio hog farmers fight hunger

The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC), along with several partners, celebrated October being National Pork Month through the power of giving. On Nov. 1, five Ohio foodbanks (Dayton, Cleveland, Lorain, Yougstown and Columbus), each received part of a 30,000 pound donation of pork from Ohio’s hog farming community. This donation was made possible through a generous donation to OPPC from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Ohio hog farmers and businesses who support Ohio’s farming community.

As part of this latest donation, OPPC utilized Facebook to get consumers more involved and aware of the efforts being taken to feed hungry Ohioans. “Help Farmers Fight Hunger Virtually” is a Facebook “event” that allowed people to “contribute” to the cause by “attending the “event”. For each person that “attended”, the Ohio Pork Producers Council & Farm Credit Services of Mid-America donated pork (up to 125,000 meals) to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – October 31st

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY OCTOBER 30th 2011

Rains throughout the week has delayed the corn and soybean harvest and winter wheat planting.

As of Sunday October 30th, corn mature was rated at 84 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average. Corn harvested for grain was 18 percent complete, compared to 89 percent last year and 55 percent for the five-year average. Corn silage was 92 percent harvested, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at 51 percent, 45 percentage points behind last year and 35 points behind the five-year average. Winter wheat was 67 percent planted, 29 percentage points behind last year and 24 points behind the five-year average. Emerged winter wheat was rated at 25 percent, compared to 77 percent last year and 66 percent for the five-year average. The forth cutting of alfalfa hay was 84 percent complete, 13 percent behind last year and 14 percent behind the five-year average.… Continue reading

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Ohio's Crop Progress Report – October 31st

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY OCTOBER 30th 2011

Rains throughout the week has delayed the corn and soybean harvest and winter wheat planting.

As of Sunday October 30th, corn mature was rated at 84 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average. Corn harvested for grain was 18 percent complete, compared to 89 percent last year and 55 percent for the five-year average. Corn silage was 92 percent harvested, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at 51 percent, 45 percentage points behind last year and 35 points behind the five-year average. Winter wheat was 67 percent planted, 29 percentage points behind last year and 24 points behind the five-year average. Emerged winter wheat was rated at 25 percent, compared to 77 percent last year and 66 percent for the five-year average. The forth cutting of alfalfa hay was 84 percent complete, 13 percent behind last year and 14 percent behind the five-year average.… Continue reading

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Two Ohio counties win national Farm Bureau competition

The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii. The two Ohio counties are among only 25 selected from across the nation for this prestigious honor. Both counties will receive $2,250 from AFBF to defray the costs of participating in the annual meeting.

The County Activities of Excellence program recognizes innovative, action-oriented programs conducted by Farm Bureau’s grassroots membership, and by highlighting them at annual meeting allows winning counties to share their ideas with Farm Bureau members from around the nation.

Darke County was recognized in the Education and Agriculture Promotion category. Their entry, “Home Grown in the County,” was a series of cooking demonstrations featuring area chefs and butchers designed to connect consumers with locally produced foods, build awareness of local agriculture and promote sales of local farm products.… Continue reading

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Corn market attracts wheat industry attention

By Casey Chumrau, USW Market Analyst

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) nearby corn contract is currently trading higher than the CBOT wheat contract. This reversal of a historical trend has only happened once before in 1983. As a result, wheat industry stakeholders and grain market analysts around the world are paying close attention to the price spread between wheat and corn. And for good reason: the behavior of the corn market in recent months helps them understand the current wheat market.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the CBOT December corn contract closed at $6.37 per bushel, 18 cents higher than CBOT soft red winter (SRW) wheat. Additionally, the spread between the CBOT corn contract and the Kansas City Board of Trade hard red winter (HRW) contract and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange spring wheat contract has narrowed significantly. This reversal in relationship sent ripples through the wheat market and supports higher wheat prices.… Continue reading

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Rabies still a risk in wildlife

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to remind Ohioans that rabies in wildlife continues to pose a risk to pets and people. Rabies is almost always 100% fatal once a person or animal begins to show symptoms. Protecting pets by keeping them current on their rabies vaccine is an important buffer between wildlife rabies and human exposure. Indoor animals should also be vaccinated as rabid bats are frequently discovered by pets in the home.

Over the past two decades, ODH laboratories have confirmed two dogs and seven cats with rabies. The most recent dog report occurred on Oct. 13 when it was confirmed that a Siberian Husky from Twinsburg Ohio in Summit County was infected with rabies. The dog has since died and was not current on its rabies vaccination.

 

“Although this is only the second confirmed dog case in Ohio since 1997, the risk of household pets coming into contact with wild animals is ever present,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Kathleen Smith, who oversees the ODH Zoonotic Disease Program.… Continue reading

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OSU working with Iceland to address climate change

As part of its drive to forge lasting global partnerships, Ohio State University has signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the University of Iceland and that European island-nation’s Soil Conservation Service with the goal of enhancing educational experiences and advancing critical research dealing with climate change, environmental sustainability and food security.

The MOUs were signed last July 14 during a visit to Iceland by Ohio State officials, including President E. Gordon Gee; Bobby Moser, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs; and Bill Ravlin, associate director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).



The Ohio State delegation met with Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson — who has been an avid supporter of the trans-Atlantic partnership that started back in 2007, visiting Ohio twice during that period and offering lectures on global warming, land restoration and green energy.… Continue reading

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Fair competitors sought for new TV series

A Los Angeles-based production company is seeking men and women for a new television series called Blue Ribbon Rivals, featuring fair competitors and their rivals. The program is looking for any and all types of people who compete for ribbons at a county or state fair.

The interested candidates should send an email to: casting.sse@gmail.com and include name, age, profession, and contact information. Explain why you would be great on the show and how many ribbons (blue or other) you have won, and in what categories. Tell us what your life is like as you prepare your product for competition. Include photos of you and your family – perhaps at the fair, your winning products, and all your ribbons.

Also, tell us about your biggest rivals and then tell them to submit as well! Deadline for application is Monday October 31, 2011.

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Ethanol report highlights role of DDGs

Nearly 40% of the corn used for ethanol goes directly back into the feed supply as a high-protein animal feed, according to a recently released report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Growth Energy, the nation’s leading voice for ethanol, noted that the feed from ethanol production saves money for animal producers because it averages 25% cheaper than corn used as feed and can displace a greater amount of corn because of its nutritional value.

According to the report, “Findings demonstrate that, in aggregate (including major types of livestock/poultry), a metric ton of DDGS can replace, on average, 1.22 metric tons of feed consisting of corn and soybean meal in the United States.”

“This report reiterates what we have been saying for years: ethanol produces both fuel and food, in the form of high protein animal feed known as distillers grains. The data proves that food-versus-fuel is a myth.… Continue reading

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Stover study could lead to improved cellulosic production

Not all parts of a corn stalk are equal, and they shouldn’t be treated that way when creating cellulosic ethanol, say Purdue University researchers.



When corn stover is processed to make cellulosic ethanol, everything is ground down and blended together. But a research team found that three distinct parts of the stover – the rind, pith and leaves – break down in different ways.



Michael Ladisch, a distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering and director of Purdue’s Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering; Eduardo Ximenes, a Purdue research scientist in LORRE; and doctoral graduate student Meijuan Zeng are trying to determine if there is a better method to process corn stover and optimize efficiency. 



Cellulosic ethanol is created by using enzymes to extract sugars from cellulosic feedstocks, such as corn stover, grasses and woods, and then fermenting and distilling those sugars into fuels.



“Today, researchers grind the parts together and treat it based on what’s needed to get at the hardest part,” Ximenes said.… Continue reading

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Wheat growers pushing for quick implementation of FTAs

Leaders of the U.S. wheat industry applauded President Barack Obama’s signing on of three long-pending free trade agreements, with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The agreements were passed by both chambers of Congress last week on a bipartisan basis. National Association of Wheat Growers President Wayne Hurst, a wheat farmer from Burley, Idaho, and U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Randy Suess, a wheat farmer from Colfax, Wash., attended a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden, held to mark the occasion.

Hurst, Suess and the Boards of both organizations are now urging the Administration to work closely with our trading partners to be sure the agreements enter into force as quickly as possible.

The delay in Congressional consideration of the agreements, which were signed in 2006 and 2007, has significantly hurt wheat exports, especially to Colombia.

As recently as 2007/2008, 70% of Colombia’s total annual wheat imports came from U.S. farmers. U.S.… Continue reading

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Take time to winterize your sprayer

By Erdol Ozkan, Ohio State University Extension

It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer any more than necessary. Find ways to protect them against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unprotected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer, Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – October 24th

As of Sunday October 23rd, corn mature was rated at 76 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Corn harvested for grain was 14 percent complete, compared to 75 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. Corn silage was 88 percent harvested, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Ninety-five percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Eighty percent of soybeans were mature, compared to100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at 42 percent, 46 percentage points behind last year and 34 points behind the five-year average. Winter wheat was 55 percent planted, 34 percentage points behind last year and 27 points behind the five-year average. Emerged winter wheat was rated at seven percent, compared to 56 percent last year and 48 percent for the five-year average.… Continue reading

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Ohio's Crop Progress Report – October 24th

As of Sunday October 23rd, corn mature was rated at 76 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Corn harvested for grain was 14 percent complete, compared to 75 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. Corn silage was 88 percent harvested, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Ninety-five percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 100 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Eighty percent of soybeans were mature, compared to100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at 42 percent, 46 percentage points behind last year and 34 points behind the five-year average. Winter wheat was 55 percent planted, 34 percentage points behind last year and 27 points behind the five-year average. Emerged winter wheat was rated at seven percent, compared to 56 percent last year and 48 percent for the five-year average.… Continue reading

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NPPC questions EPA need for reporting rule

While questioning the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting rule for large livestock operations, the National Pork Producers Council applauded the agency for at least acknowledging the concerns of livestock producers and for offering options to address them.

EPA’s proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule seeks to have CAFOs submit to the agency operational information so it “can more effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs on a national level and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health.” The information includes basic facility facts, such as contact information, location of a CAFO’s production area, permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for land application of manure.

The agency is considering one of two reporting options: 1) require every CAFO to report information to EPA unless states with authorized CWA permitting programs choose to provide it on behalf of the CAFOs in their state; or 2) require CAFOs in “focus” watersheds that have water quality concerns associated with CAFOs to report information to EPA.… Continue reading

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AFBF offers its farm bill proposal

Stating that government agricultural support programs traditionally were intended to provide a safety-net to help farmers deal with “large systemic risk issues” rather than “smaller fluctuations in income” that can result from “average weather and market events,” the American Farm Bureau Federation sent a farm program proposal to Congress that is an alternative to earlier shallow-loss proposals.

A proposal to establish a “systemic risk reduction program” was approved by the AFBF Board of Directors as an alternative to “shallow loss” proposals that would provide government support after a region, or in some cases an individual farmer, faced some initial loss as little as 5 to 10 percent of expected revenue.  But shallow-loss programs were structured to support “only a relatively small portion of a producer’s potential loss, should a major problem occur,” according to AFBF President Bob Stallman.

“Our systemic risk reduction program would help protect America’s farmers from catastrophic type losses that truly would endanger the economic viability and the core of their farms,” Stallman said.… Continue reading

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Chinese role in markets

In September, the Chinese government began releasing corn from government reserves into the market and has reportedly released approximately 3.7 million metric tons (145.7 million bushels) to date. Releases were accomplished through normal sales channels rather than a public bid process.

According to the U.S. Grain Council, this may reflect an attempt to monitor sales volumes more tightly due to concerns regarding actual stock levels. Chinese market insiders also suggest China may restrict new crop corn procurement by the main buyers in Northeast China this year.

Industrial processing companies and possibly small feed mills and livestock farms are likely to be the first sectors affected, followed by large enterprises like COFCO and the China Grains & Logistics Corporation (CGLC). Finally, large grain enterprises could see restrictions on purchase volumes, and bank lending for some large buyers could be tightened.



Meanwhile, Zhang Xiaoqian, vice director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said China is likely to use its huge foreign exchange reserves to buy staple commodities as needed.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members shine at National FFA Convention

The National FFA Association has an all time record membership announced at the National Convention in Indianapolis – 540,379 FFA members. Despite the increased competition from more FFA members from around the country than ever before, Ohio is holding its own in terms of national level competitors.

“One thing that the Ohio FFA is very excited about is that we have 14 national proficiency finalists this year, which is the most we’ve had in a long time,” said Leah Amstutz, the executive secretary of the Ohio FFA Association. “We also have the Ridgemont FFA chapter that did very well and we have several Chapters like the Fayetteville Chapter and the Versailles Chapter that will be recognized for being three star chapters in the national chapter award program.”

In addition, Ohio has a National Officer finalist with Amy Jo Frost and competitors in the National Ag Issues Forum and the speaking contest.… Continue reading

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