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USDA seeks to designate of Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands as ASF protection zone

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intent to designate Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a “protection zone,” a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) designation that allows the United States to maintain its current animal health status should there be a detection of African swine fever (ASF) or other foreign animal disease on the island territories. The USDA will work to gain OIE acceptance of this designation to maintain U.S. pork export continuity should Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands have an animal test positive for African swine fever in the future. The United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, remain free of African swine fever, a swine-only disease with no human health implications. There is no commercial pork trade from Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States mainland.

“We thank Secretary Vilsack for taking this pre-emptive step to preserve the continuity of U.S.… Continue reading

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USDA to invest $50 million in new cooperative agreements for racial justice and equity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $50 million in cooperative agreements to support historically underserved farmers and ranchers with climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements are available to entities and individuals for two-year projects that expand the delivery of conservation assistance to farmers who are beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers.     

“Historically underserved producers face significant barriers in accessing USDA assistance for conservation and climate-smart agriculture,” said Lori Ziehr. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Ohio Conservationist. “USDA is committed to revising programs to be more equitable, and these producers deserve our support as they contribute to our vibrant and diverse agricultural communities.” 

The projects should help historically underserved farmers and ranchers in implementing natural resources conservation practices that: improve soil health; improve water quality; provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern; improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural land; and build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.    … Continue reading

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Next Generation Fuels Act provides key piece of the clean energy solution

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) welcomed the reintroduction of The Next Generation Fuels Act (H.R. 5089), legislation to transition gasoline and vehicles to low-carbon, higher octane fuel to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet future needs of more advanced vehicles by taking advantage of the benefits of higher ethanol blends. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill).

“Ethanol is uniquely positioned to immediately and affordably decarbonize transportation, including through paving the way to future vehicles with greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions,” said John Linder, NCGA president. “The Renewable Fuel Standard was a game-changer for corn farmers, and the Next Generation Fuels Act builds on that success in advancing our commitment to providing the cleanest, most efficient and lowest cost energy solution.”

The bill would require that automakers phase in higher levels of clean, low-carbon octane by model year 2031. The higher the octane, the more efficiently the engine uses energy.… Continue reading

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Lemmon named assistant general manager

In addition to her duties as managing editor, Kim Lemmon has been named assistant general manager of Ag Net Communications, LLC. In this role she will be assisting general manager Dale Minyo in the behind-the-scenes running of Ag Net Communications, LLC. 

“As we move forward, Kim is the perfect person to help with the growing workload because of her years of experience working with so many facets of the company,” Minyo said. “With her help, we’ll be able to continue to build on our success in Ohio agriculture.”

Lemmon took on her new duties in August. Lemmon graduated from The Ohio State University in June of 1999. Since that time, she has been employed by Ohio’s Country Journal. In 1999 and 2000, she served as graphic designer. In 2000, she was promoted to managing editor and has served in that capacity since then. She has also led the company website and eNewsletter redesigns and manages the advertisements for both of those divisions.… Continue reading

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Miami University Football game day with Apple Farm Service

Apple Farm Service is excited to be a game day sponsor for the Miami University Redhawks football team. Join the Redhawks and Apple Farm Service as they take on the Long Island University Sharks for their first home game on Saturday Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m.  

Come early to enjoy the pregame activities presented by Apple Farm Service. Complete the zero-turn obstacle course, compete in the vertical tillage field goal challenge, or have your kids play in the corn play pit. Tractor and equipment displays will also be placed around Yager Stadium. Stick around for half time pedal tractor racing and special “Apple Farm Service” videos on the big screen.

Interested in discount tickets? Miami University is offering $10 tickets for this game only. Just visit AppleFarmService.com/RedHawks and use promo code APPLEFARMS to claim your $10 tickets.… Continue reading

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation accepting proposals for Youth Pathways grants

It is projected that 40% of jobs in agriculture could go unfulfilled within the next five years without efforts to attract young leaders to the industry.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture grant program supports projects that introduce and train students for high-demand jobs in food, agricultural and environmental sciences. The program is open to nonprofit organizations or those with a fiscal sponsor. 

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation invites proposals from organizations and innovative partnerships interested in delivering programming in the state of Ohio. The foundation intends to award up to $100,000 for these grants, which can last up to 12 months. The grant program was established through the foundation’s Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning.

“Our signature Youth Pathways grant program serves as a powerful incentive to make careers in our industry appealing to young people,” said Luke Houghton, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s director of development. “We look forward to supporting innovative programs that inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to become problem solvers and leaders in agriculture.”… Continue reading

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Fennig Equipment expands

Fennig Equipment purchased New location in Nova Ohio. Recent growth in northeast Ohio led Fennig Equipment to explore larger facilities. This facility was for sale in a great location and close to Seth and Tammy Reisinger, managers of the Nova Facility. 

Fennig Equipment is excited about the larger 3,500 square foot location with a beautiful storefront, inside parts storage, and showroom. Our customer base has grown and we are always working hard to meet customer, parts and whole foods inventory demands and this facility will help us succeed in Ohio. 

Fennig Equipment, established in 2010, now owns two facilities with 20 employees in Ohio and Indiana.… Continue reading

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Offering a little help to make life work

By Matt Reese

Sometimes, life just seems to work out. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t.

It is during those more challenging times where a program like LifeWorks can be very valuable.

The confidential program being offered by Farm Credit Mid-America is available free of charge to employees and customers. It is designed to help participants:

  • Resolve personal and emotional difficulties
  • Address marital and relationship issues
  • Strengthen relationships and improve communication
  • Deal with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Understand grief and bereavement
  • Find solutions for work-related issues
  • Work towards life goals
  • Find resources for family in the community
  • Address alcohol and drug misuse
  • Access crisis and trauma support
  • Find solutions relating to legal or financial issues
  • Obtain support for child/elder care.

“Our LifeWorks Resource Program is something we launched in March of 2020 for our employees and also our customers. It is available at no cost to customers across our 4-state territory of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee,” said Tara Durbin, senior vice president of agricultural lending for Farm Credit Mid-America.… Continue reading

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Ventilation and control of airborne pathogens in indoor environments for human and animal health

By Lingying Zhao

The COVID-19 pandemic has painfully made us recognize how critical air quality is to our health. Office buildings, classrooms, most public facilities, and even our homes are not equipped to deal with the airborne transmission of infectious diseases. One sick family member at home may put the whole household at risk. One sick worker may easily spread the virus to coworkers. One sick animal may quickly infect many other animals in large-scale animal production facilities. We need solutions to address these emerging and pressing challenges. Ventilation and/or air pollution mitigation technologies can be developed to control COVID-19 and other types of airborne infectious disease transmission in indoor spaces. Ohio State University researchers are developing innovative ventilation and air disinfection technologies for homes and animal production facilities to improve human and animal health.


Ventilation is an intentional air exchange process that introduces fresh air in, and exhausts stale air out, of an indoor space.… Continue reading

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Ohio State welcomes two new soybean pathologists

Adapted from C.O.R.N 2021-28

Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora and Dr. Mitch Roth. Dr. Lopez-Nicora and Dr. Roth both started as Assistant Professors in the Department of Plant Pathology this month.

Dr. Horacio Lopez-Nicora and Dr. Mitch Roth. Photo credit The Ohio State University

Horacio has extension and research responsibilities in the areas of soybean plant pathology and nematology. His work is driven by the intertwined goals of ensuring food stability and working with growers to manage diseases that can have a negative impact on agricultural production. His research informs, and is in turn informed by, his extension work and a dedication to meet the real-time needs of growers. Horacio may be a familiar face to some of you…He completed his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in the Department of Plant Pathology, working with Dr. Terry Niblack. After graduating from OSU, Horacio was an Assistant Professor at Universidad San Carlos in Paraguay and Adjust Professor at Universidad de Caldas, Columbia.

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Overwintering cover crops and small grains

By James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

The H2O Ohio program is a state conservation program that pays farmers for conservation practices.  It includes overwintering cover crops and a small grains program to help keep nutrients out of Lake Erie.   Farmers are now signing up for these programs but may not know or remember all the details.  Here is a summary of the key points for each program.

The purpose of these two programs is to encourage the establishment of overwintering cover crops program or a small grain.  The primary goals are to reduce sheet, rill, and wind erosion  and improve water quality by reducing excess nutrient flows to surface water.   Adding overwintering cover crops and small grains also increases crop and soil diversity to improve soil health.

Some key points on the overwintering cover crop program:  The overwintering cover crop must be established no later than October 15th

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Hot weather to continue, hopefully with some rain

By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension

The last couple of weeks have been marked by precipitation extremes across the Buckeye State. A stalled boundary and repeated showers and storms brought 3 to 7 inches of rain across portions of Clark and Madison counties on Aug. 12. Last week, tropical moisture combined with a small mid-level trough to drop 4.96 inches of rain in Reynoldsburg in Franklin County. This was followed by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred, which dumped 2 to 6 inches of rain across many of our eastern and southeastern counties. Meanwhile, most of west received minimal rainfall, generally less than a half inch. Conditions over portions of Butler, Preble, Darke, and Mercer counties are drying rapidly. During this two-week stretch, temperatures have averaged 2 to 4 degrees F above normal (1991-2020), driven strongly by warm overnight lows due to increased humidity.  

Hot and humid conditions will stick around all week.… Continue reading

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Corn and soybean price outlook

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

Corn Outlook

In 12 of the last 15 years December corn futures have had a pullback in August or September. This seasonal trend is usually due to several factors:

  • By this time of year, weather’s impact on corn yields is limited as the crop approaches maturity
  • Farmers tend to sell off the last of their old crop still sitting in the bins
  • Harvest is approaching, so an influx of new supply will be available soon.

This year is no different. A few farmers still clinging to the hope of record prices are likely moving the remaining corn out of their bins as we approach the harvest of a new crop. This is likely leading to a small pull back in the market.

National yield estimates are still uncertain as the eastern belt may still potentially increase yields while late-season dry weather has negatively impacted the west.… Continue reading

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Opening the black box of weed resistance

When agricultural weeds evolve resistance to herbicides, they do it in one of two ways. In target-site resistance, a tiny mutation in the plant’s genetic code means the chemical no longer fits in the protein it’s designed to attack. In non-target-site resistance, the plant deploys a whole slew of enzymes that detoxify the chemical before it can cause harm.

Target-site resistance is easy for scientists. They know what the target protein is, which means they can look directly at the genetic code to figure out the mutation responsible. But for non-target-site resistance, it’s a guessing game. Researchers can sometimes tell what class of enzymes detoxifies the chemical, but they know next to nothing about what genes code for those enzymes. In other words, non-target-site resistance is a black box.

A University of Illinois study is the first to open that box in a new way, identifying gene regions responsible for non-target-site herbicide resistance in waterhemp. … Continue reading

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It’s time to clean your grain bins

By Curtis Young, CCA, Ohio State University Extension

Late spring, summer and early fall are the times of the year that insects are most active, flying and walking around to disperse to new locations near and far, reproducing, building in populations and infesting new food resources. The stored grain infesting insects take advantage of these times of the year as well. With only a few exceptions, most of the store grain infesting insects can fly in the adult stage to move from location to location. If they find a food resource when they arrive at a new location, they can infest that food resource and begin building in population through the rest of the growing season. These food resources can include, but are not limited to stored grain still in grain bins from last year that has not been moved off the farm yet, empty grain bins with remnants of the last crop still in the bin, spilled grain, grain stuck in pits, augers, grain wagons, trucks and combines, wasted livestock feed, leftover seed that did not get planted this year, and grain stuck in empty feed and seed bags. … Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 217 | Crop tour via podcast

In this episode of the podcast brought to you by AgriGold, Matt and Kolt are joined by Mitch Greve, Ohio Agronomist with AgriGold who gives us his take on crops around the state. Dale has an update with Scott Higgins from the American Dairy Association Mideast. He also has an update with Paul Bruns of Raven Precision talking about a driverless grain cart.… Continue reading

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Petition certified for proposed statute to expand legal marijuana in Ohio

In August, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office certified a revised petition for a proposed statute that would add a chapter to the Ohio Revised Code to control and regulate cannabis use by adults.

On Aug. 13, the Attorney General’s Office received a re-submitted summary language for “An Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis.” The proposed statute would require the state to authorize adults 21 years and older to use cannabis and regulate the cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession and home growth. A previous version of the petition was rejected on August 5, 2021.

The attorney general’s role in the petition process is to determine whether the summary is a fair and truthful representation of the proposed statute. The revised petition does meet that requirement and a certification has been submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State.

Next in the process, the Ohio Ballot Board must determine whether the proposal contains a single law or multiple laws.… Continue reading

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USDA announces improvements to the dairy safety net and Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the details of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program as part of meetings with farmers and a tour of farms with Senator Leahy. 

In June, USDA committed to providing additional pandemic assistance for dairy farmers in an exchange at a hearing with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Leahy. Through the program, USDA will provide about $350 million in pandemic assistance payments to dairy farmers who received a lower value for their products due to market abnormalities caused by the pandemic. The assistance is part of a larger package including permanent improvements to the Dairy Margin Coverage safety net program.

“The Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program is another component of our ongoing effort to get aid to producers who have been left behind and build on our progress towards economic recovery,” said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary. “Family dairy farmers have been battered by the pandemic, trade issues and unpredictable weather and are the life-blood of many rural communities throughout Vermont, the Northeast and many other regions.… Continue reading

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Warm weather pushes crop toward harvest

Last week’s warm weather aided crop development according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Rainfall was above average in all areas of the State except the Northwest, where it was lower than normal. The above average temperatures and below average rainfall there caused crop stress in some fields, especially those on lighter ground. Eastern Ohio received excess rain from the remnants of tropical storm Fred. Temperatures for the week ending August 22 were 2.9 degrees above normal. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.26 inches, 0.31 inches above normal. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 22. Of the state’s topsoil moisture, 25% was rated Short and 3% was Very Short.

Farmers sprayed crops, hauled grain and manure, made hay and chopped silage. Alfalfa hay third cut was 74% complete. Eighty-one percent of Ohio corn was in or through dough and 38% of the crop was dented.… Continue reading

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