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Beef short course

This short course is a joint effort of Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture to enhance the cattle industry in the Eastern Corn Belt.

The industry is implementing programs to maintain consumer confidence in the product produced in our facilities. One of these programs is audits conducted by third party entities on animal care and environmental compliance. The first session will focus on feed additives, manure management and maximizing use of the corn crop. The second session will include cattle economics, cattle marketing alternatives and electronic carcass grading.

Both Ohio sessions will be held at the Wood County Junior Fair Building in Bowling Green. Registration and refreshments will be provided beginning at 6 pm each evening.

Participants may enroll by sending a check made payable (US Funds) to Michigan State University ($35 for 1st person and $25 for each additional family/farm member; FFA/4-H students can register for $15 each) and mailed to Faye Watson, Dept.… Continue reading

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USDA revises national nutrient management standard

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised its national conservation practice standard on nutrient management to help producers better manage the application of nutrients on agricultural land. Proper application of nitrogen and phosphorus offers tremendous benefits to producers and the public, including cost savings to the producer and the protection or improvement of ground and surface water, air quality, soil quality and agricultural sustainability.

“Protecting America’s supply of clean and abundant water is an important objective for USDA,” Vilsack said. “This precious resource is the foundation for healthy ecosystems and sustainable agricultural production. USDA provides voluntary technical and financial assistance to help producers manage their nutrients to ensure a clean and abundant water supply while maintaining viable farm and ranch operations.”

The nutrient management conservation practice is an important tool in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation toolbox. The agency’s staff uses this conservation practice to help farmers and ranchers apply their nutrients more efficiently.… Continue reading

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Alltech Lecture Series Coming to Ohio

Since the first intelligible sentence was carried through telephone wire on March 10, 1876 in the rented top floor of a Boston boarding house, the world has been on a constant move to find the latest breakthroughs in technology. As Steve Jobs once said, “We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people- as remarkable as the telephone.”

These advances in technology will be showcased in Shaping Tomorrow’s World: Path to a Profitable Future, the theme of Alltech’s 2011 North American Lecture Tour. Speakers on the 24 stop tour, taking place from Jan. 11- Feb. 3, will explore how the latest technological developments can move the agriculture industry forward.

The lecture tour will examine such issues as programmed nutrition, epigenitics, sales organizations, the Alltech Ag Network, social media and the implementation of algae in our nutrition program.

“Change is imminent. Global demand for fuel, food and other commodities will only continue to increase as the world’s population and wealth rise.… Continue reading

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Ohio Supreme Court sides with landowners in flooding case

The Ohio Supreme Court recently sided with a group of landowners who have suffered damaging flooding after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources redesigned and significantly increased the size of a spillway at Grand Lake St. Mary’s. In State ex. rel. Doner v. Zody, 2011-Ohio-6117, the state was ordered to compensate landowners near the Grand Lake St. Mary’s spillway for the taking of their property. Ohio Farm Bureau participated in this case by filing an amicus brief supporting the landowners’ claims and closely monitoring the case with the attorneys representing the landowners.

After the spillway was increased from 39-feet to 500-feet, landowners began experiencing repetitive flooding which was more severe, frequent and damaging than before the spillway was enlarged. As flooding continued, the landowners’ ability to use the property for agriculture or any other means became almost impossible. Despite landowner attempts to work with ODNR for compensation, eminent domain proceedings were never initiated.… Continue reading

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HuntOhioFarms discontinued

The HuntOhioFarms.com website will be discontinued due to lower than anticipated participation from Ohio’s farming community, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The HuntOhioFarms.com site was launched in August 2009 in order to educate Ohioans on crop damage by deer, while at the same time increasing awareness of hunting opportunities.

This was a joint effort between the Ohio Farm Bureau (OFB) and the ODNR Division of Wildlife. After the first year, more than 9,000 hunters had enrolled with 83 landowners signing on in the four county test area. The OFB and the Division of Wildlife agreed to

expand the program to 38 counties across southeast Ohio in 2010. Despite direct mailings by the Division of Wildlife and marketing efforts by the OFB, an insufficient number of landowners signed up for the program. At the end of year two, an additional 5,000 hunters had enrolled with only 40 additional farms.… Continue reading

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Memorial gifts received by Jersey Youth Academy

The Jersey Youth Academy was created in 2008 by the Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. The program is conducted every two years, with all program costs paid by the Academy fund.

Calvin and Lorraine Covington, Clemmons, N.C., made a contribution in memory of Norma “Duffy” Lyon, Toledo, Iowa. Known the world over as “the Butter Cow Lady,” Duffy was named an AJCA Honorary Member in 2007 and was World Dairy Expo’s Dairywoman of the Year in 1990.

Memorial gifts were also received honoring Neal F. Schirm, Canal Winchester, Ohio. A lifelong Jersey breeder, Schirm served as Director of the American Jersey Cattle Club and received the AJCA Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He was one of the founders and original delegates to the Central Ohio Breeders Association. Making contributions were J. Lawrence and Barbara C.… Continue reading

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Ohio House passes legislation to redefine ag to include algae and digesters

State Representatives Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill 276 from the Ohio House of Representatives. House Bill 276, which Buchy and Gentile jointly sponsored, clarifies the definition of agriculture as it pertains to Ohio zoning laws, a change that will enable farmers to use farm byproducts for bio-energy production without cumbersome regulations that currently deter this environmentally friendly activity. The bill also adds algaculture to the definition of agriculture, clarifying the farming of algae as an agricultural process under Ohio law.

“By including algaculture under Ohio agricultural law, we are promoting Ohio as a state committed to new forms of agriculture,” said Buchy. “Potential expansion of the industry in Ohio is expected and jobs will be available as the industry expands.”

House Bill 276 defines the production of bio-energy from anaerobic digesters as agriculture in nature if at least 50 percent of the feedstock that was used to produce the fuel was derived from land under common ownership.… Continue reading

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Materials aim to help pregnant women prevent foodborne illness

Pregnant women can learn how to protect themselves and their babies from the risks of foodborne illness — such as the recent melon-related listeria outbreak — thanks to a joint effort between Ohio State University and Colorado State University.

The educational program, “Healthy Baby, Healthy Me,” is available in both English and Spanish for free download at http://foodsafety.osu.edu/curriculum/hbhm/.

“Most pregnant women don’t think of themselves as being at greater risk for foodborne illness during pregnancy. But, because they are naturally immune-suppressed, they are more at risk for foodborne illnesses than other adults,” said Lydia Medeiros, one of the project’s principal investigators and food safety specialist with Ohio State University Extension.

Medeiros and Pat Kendall, Extension specialist and associate dean for research at Colorado State, have worked on the project since 2006 with $1.5 million in funding from the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“In our research, we found that most pregnant women never made the connection between food safety and the health of the baby,” Kendall said.… Continue reading

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Ohio's Crop Progress Report – December 12th

 

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th 2011

The average temperature for the State was 33.9 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, December 11, 2011. Precipitation averaged 1.64 inches, 0.94 inches above normal. There were 0 modified growing degree days, unchanged from normal.

 

Reporters rated 1.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, December 9, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 14 percent adequate, and 86 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

Very few acres of corn were harvested due to excessive wet weather. Most farmers are now waiting for the ground to freeze in order to harvest the rest of the crop. As of Sunday December 11th, corn harvested for grain was 82 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Livestock were 86 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – December 12th

 

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th 2011

The average temperature for the State was 33.9 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, December 11, 2011. Precipitation averaged 1.64 inches, 0.94 inches above normal. There were 0 modified growing degree days, unchanged from normal.

 

Reporters rated 1.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, December 9, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 14 percent adequate, and 86 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

Very few acres of corn were harvested due to excessive wet weather. Most farmers are now waiting for the ground to freeze in order to harvest the rest of the crop. As of Sunday December 11th, corn harvested for grain was 82 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and 99 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Livestock were 86 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week.… Continue reading

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Support Angus youth with holiday gift buying

Get the holidays cooking with Gifts that Sizzle gift boxes by The American Angus Auxiliary and Certified Angus Beef (CAB). The special people on your shopping list will be pleased with CAB, filet mignon, strip steaks, rib eye steaks or a combination steak package.

Plus, with every purchase, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) will donate a percentage of the profit toward the American Angus Auxiliary educational outreach and scholarship programs for Angus youth.

“This is a win-win for all of us, from an educational standpoint, enhancing scholarship and educational programs while promoting a high-quality product,” says Jane Ebert, who helped create the Gifts that Sizzle program from Sparta, N.C.

Throughout the past five years, the Auxiliary has partnered with several companies when hosting holiday fundraisers. This year, the group is proud to partner solely with CAB to offer customers the best product available.

“Whether it is a holiday gift or customer appreciation, this is a great example of people who know they are giving a superior gift while helping youth.”… Continue reading

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Strip-till improves nutrient uptake and yield

The practice of deep banding fertilizer is growing in popularity as more growers consider strip-till. However, this method may be costing growers more than it is worth.

A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybeans. However, the results showed no difference in yield between fertilizer application methods.

“Strip-till is usually talked about in corn, not soybeans,” said Fabian Fernandez, U of I assistant professor of crop sciences. “But the results argue strip-till for soybeans would be a benefit, but placement of fertilizer offers no difference for yield.”

Researchers compared different combinations of phosphorus and potassium rates applied in no-till by either broadcasting or deep-banding six inches below the surface, and in strip-till by deep banding six inches below the surface.

“Strip-till allows growers to apply fertilizer in a band in the subsurface  — it has almost become the norm these days,” Fernandez said.… Continue reading

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OSU gets grants to study food safety

An Ohio State University scientist and colleagues have garnered two food safety grants totaling $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The first is a $1.8 million four-year grant on “Reducing the Transmission of AMR (antimicrobial-resistant) Organisms by Wildlife within the Food Supply — A Research, Control and Outreach Strategy.” The goal is to determine the extent to which wildlife contribute to antimicrobial-resistant bacteria colonization in livestock, and how much that can spread to humans.

The problem is significant: Overall, the economic health-care burden caused by AMR bacteria is more than $4 billion annually, according to some estimates.  

“In this study, we’re looking at food safety with a ‘one-medicine’ approach where you take into consideration not just animals, not just people, not just the environment, but everything that can have an effect on food safety,” said Jeff LeJeune, the study’s principal investigator and a microbiologist and veterinary scientist with the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster.… Continue reading

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USB elects new leaders

The national soybean checkoff just wrapped up its first 20 years, but the work doesn’t end there. As the United Soybean Board (USB) launches into the next 20 years, new U.S. soybean farmer-leaders take the reins and plan to continue the focus on creating profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers.

USB farmer-directors elected Vanessa Kummer (Koo-mer) as chairperson on Dec. 6, during the checkoff’s annual meeting. The Colfax, N.D., soybean farmer will have a busy agenda leading the soybean checkoff’s implementation of a new strategic plan. Kummer looks at addressing recommendations from a farmer-driven assessment of USB and help lead the U.S. soybean industry. She will continue to shepherd the checkoff as it looks to increase soybean farmers’ profitability in an ever-evolving industry.

“It is our vision to make U.S. soybeans the leader in the global oilseed industry,” Kummer said. “We plan to create and maintain partnerships to keep U.S.… Continue reading

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POET producing corn oil for biodiesel

With its patent-pending technology expanding to a total of 6 plants, POET will produce corn oil as feedstock for 12 million gallons of biodiesel per year by the end of 2011.

Under the name, Voilà, POET has been selling corn oil separated from DDGs into biodiesel and feed markets since January, and new capacity is now coming online as the company continues to roll out the technology to more plants.

A South Dakota POET plant was the first to produce Voilà. Since then, the technology has been installed in five more POET plants, with more on the way in 2012. There are plants producing corn oil today in Iowa and a plant in Missouri is just starting. There are plans to bring the technology to Ohio in the future. The oil is separated from around 40% of the nation’s DDGs currently and will be closer to 60% by 2013.

“Voilà has been a very strong part of POET’s business this year, and I’m excited to see more plants getting this technology,” said Jeff BroinPOET founder and CEO Jeff Broin said.… Continue reading

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OEFFA conference registration open

Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 33rd annual conference, Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty, February 18-19, 2012 in Granville, Ohio (Licking County).

The state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the event draws more than 1,000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest, and has sold out in advance the past two years. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell; more than 70 informative, hands-on workshops; two featured pre-conference events on February 17; a trade show; a fun and educational kids’ conference and child care area; locally-sourced and organic homemade meals, and Saturday evening entertainment.

“Our conference title says a lot about what we believe and what we’re trying to accomplish,” says OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “Farmers, businesses, chefs, and consumers are working together to reclaim our food sovereignty—rebuilding local food systems and Ohio’s rural farming communities, demanding access to healthy, organic food and information about how that food is produced, and relearning sustainable agriculture practices that nourish our bodies, our communities, and the environment.”… Continue reading

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Senator Brown’s Call for Action Heard

Following action taken by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would begin to update its methodology for setting crop insurance premium rates to ensure that corn and soybean producers throughout the Midwest pay lower, more-fair rates. The move follows a letter sent by nine senators, led by Brown, calling on the USDA to follow the recommendations of a 2011 independent study commissioned by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). The study recommended changes to the methods used to calculate crop insurance premiums for corn and soybean producers, who pay a higher premium than they should in the Midwest when compared to relative risk.

“Crop insurance is a critical risk management tool for Ohio farmers, but Midwest producers have been shouldering more than their fair share of the burden for too long,” Brown said. “Beginning to update how crop insurance premiums are calculated is a huge win for Ohio farmers, but the USDA’s Risk Management Agency can and must do more. … Continue reading

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