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FDA confirms animal health companies phasing out certain antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that 25 of 26 animal health companies have committed in writing to withdrawal approvals for growth promotion uses in food animal production antibiotics that are important in human medicine and to change the remaining therapeutic uses of their products from over-the-counter to use by Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) or prescription. Both were requirements under the agency’s December 2013 Guidance for Industry 213. (The one hold out is a foreign-based company that markets an antibiotic used in fish production.)

The National Pork Producers Council pointed out when the guidance was proposed that FDA did not provided scientific evidence to support removal of growth promotion uses of antibiotics. The phase out of them will likely mean production and management changes on the farm. NPPC said antibiotics are only one tool in a comprehensive herd health strategy. Given that growth promotion antibiotics attacked bacteria that can make animals sick and, therefore, restrict their growth, farmers will need to work with their veterinarians to come up with alternative strategies to keep their animals healthy.… Continue reading

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National Agriculture Day

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is hosting National Agriculture Day today. This will mark the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
The ACA is hosting major events in the nation’s capital including the Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon and the National Celebration of Agriculture Dinner. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day to the Hill. Also, a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, will be dedicated in the National Statuary Hall of Fame in the U.S. Capitol.
These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.… Continue reading

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Meet the 2014 farmers

Jed Bower, Fayette web

Jed Bower: Fayette County

We are a corn and soybean operation in western Fayette County. I have been farming on my own since 2004 when my father passed away. I was in the Army for 6 years. I had come home from deployment and was home for 4 months before he passed away from an accident.

I have had a lot of help from some really good neighbors over the years. Otherwise, my wife and I did it all ourselves. The first couple of years after losing Dad were tough. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t wish things were different. Now that my wife graduated from college, and has a career of her own, I usually bring on some part-time help in the spring and the fall.

There is still quite a bit of moisture out there. A lot of people in the area are still trying to sneak some tile in at last minute.… Continue reading

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Giant ragweed offers challenges around the country

Weed scientists at OSU recently completed a survey of Certified Crop Advisors across the North Central region to determine the relative abundance of giant ragweed, and the factors influencing its spread.

Giant ragweed is one of a relatively few native plant species that is a major weed of grain crops in North America. We conducted a web-based survey of Certified Crop Advisors in the Corn Belt to determine the distribution of giant ragweed and gain insights into possible factors associated with its spread. The questionnaire asked participants to provide their perceptions and county-level estimates of giant ragweed related to its first occurrence as a problematic weed in crop fields, the proportion of crop acres infested, and habitats where found.

Based on the survey responses, giant ragweed was reported to appear in crop fields 20 years ago or longer in western Ohio, most of Indiana, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and eastern Iowa.… Continue reading

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H1N1 levels high in Ohio this winter

For good reason, there has been much focus and discussion about the devastating PEDv virus in the hog industry that has resulted in losses of many young pigs. But along with PEDv, Ohio is having a significant increase with H1N1 flu in humans this winter.

According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), hospitalizations spiked in early January to 400 cases a week — almost double the three-year average. The surge in cases started in December and by Jan. 10 there were increasing reports of influenza-like illness in more than half the regions in the state. At that point, 833 influenza-associated hospitalizations had been reported to ODH. Most of the flu circulating in Ohio is the H1N1 strain from the 2009 influenza season, which is now considered a commonly circulating seasonal influenza strain. This strain disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults. Fortunately, H1N1 is one of the flu strains included in this year’s vaccine.… Continue reading

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Top posts of 2013

We think it is interesting to review the top posts for the year to see who’s posts won, but also to gain insight into how to better serve those on the web and in print and radio with the content and information they are most interested in learning about.

In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2013 included the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, the Ohio FFA Convention and videos. Below are the top 10 online stories from 2013, complete with the links to get to the posts.

1. Crop Tours

It is clear that people were craving a glimpse into crop progress and condition after the exciting growing season in 2013. Nothing even came close to the combined interest in coverage of Ty Higgins on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour and the 2013 I-71/I-75 Ohio Crop Tour.

The Ohio Crop Tour took place on Aug.… Continue reading

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#1 post of 2013

Crop Tours
It is clear that people were craving a glimpse into crop progress and condition after the exciting growing season in 2013. Nothing even came close to the combined interest in coverage of Ty Higgins on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour and the 2013 I-71/I-75 Ohio Crop Tour.
The Ohio Crop Tour took place on Aug. 7 and 8 when our staff and some experts in the field zigzagged I-71 and I-75 conducting corn yield estimates and assessing soybean stands. The combined tour average yield was 181.5-bushel corn based on a formula that is accurate plus or minus 30 bushels for the areas of the fields sampled.
Ty Higgins then took a cross-country trek from Columbus to Iowa in a mad dash of yield estimates and rural back roads from to Aug. 19 to 22. His great coverage of the Midwest Crops Tour drew interest from Internet users around the country as everyone anticipated what has proven to be a very memorable and noteworthy 2013 harvest.… Continue reading

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Tragic fire at Darke County Fairgrounds

On Friday night, buildings on the north side of the Darke County Fairgrounds were destroyed by fire. Eleven nearby fire departments were called to battle the three-alarm blaze and one firefighter was hurt. Witnesses say the beef building looked to be a total loss. The dairy had some damage and the hog barn may only have exterior damage and was been saved by the quick work of the multiple fire departments. We will provide more information as it becomes available. A full investigation continues.

Watch a video of the fire as crews hurry to the scene.… Continue reading

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#3 post of 2013

Is the Tribine the future of harvesting crops?
This January 2013 story got so much attention because of the unique concept behind the Tribine. Countless hours of farm shop figuring by Ben Dillon from Indiana led to the development of this combine and grain cart in one articulated unit in what was described as the first fundamentally new harvester architecture to come out since self-propelled combines became available in the 1940s. Dillon’s modified AGCO Combine moves the grain tank from the top of the machine to the rear, allowing for a much larger hopper to be included. In total, there are 28 patents on the Tribine that offers a number of practical advantages in the field. The machine boasts a 1,000-bushel grain tank with a two-minute unload time and electronic unload assist. It’s also full-time four-wheel drive and considered a Class 8 combine.… Continue reading

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#5 post of 2013

Surprise buyer at the Sale of Champions
The Sale of Champions is always exciting, but it is even more exciting when a mysterious buyer shows up out of nowhere and spends almost $100,000 on livestock projects. Mark and Megan Kvamme bought the Grand Champion Meat Goat, the Grand Champion Barrow and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Mark is a tech investor from California and has taken an interest in supporting Ohio agriculture.… Continue reading

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#6 post of 2013

Farm blogger sets Panera Bread straight after they imply farmers are lazy
There was quite a stir on the Internet after a blogger blasted Panera Bread for running a misleading ad campaign implying farmers were lazy and some widespread production practices were less than safe and healthy for consumers. We talked to the blogger and the folks at Panera Bread to get the details of this drama that ultimately led to changes in the restaurant chain’s ad campaign.… Continue reading

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