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Ohio State awarded USDA grant to lead food waste initiative

A professor at Ohio State University is leading an initiative to address food waste in households across the country.  Brian Roe says the project is funded by a $2.5 million USDA grant. “Helping households realize the amount of food that they’re wasting is a critical... Read More.

Ohio Department of Agriculture reinstates their Trade and Export Program

The Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture says it is reinstating the Agricultural Trade and Export Program to strengthen relationships with agencies across the state. Brian Baldridge says the program helps expand Ohio’s international trade opportunities and benefits farmers. “As far as making sure... Read More.

Ohio preparing for spring planting

March in Ohio was warm, with near normal precipitation ahead of spring planting. The USDA says the average statewide temperature was 6 degrees above normal while precipitation was in-line with the usual levels keeping soil moisture conditions above a year ago ahead of widespread... Read More.

Ohio soil moistures vary greatly

Ohio farmers are experiencing mixed field conditions ahead of planting. Heather Bryan tells Brownfield the northwest has had heavy rain in recent weeks. “We had some big rain events recently in this past couple of weeks, so I would say just getting to the point... Read More.

Ohio Farm Bureau brings policy concerns to D.C.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members shared a wide range of policy issues impacting agriculture in recent meetings with members of Congress. Advocacy chairman Matt Aultman tells Brownfield farmers are concerned about profitability this year with operating costs remaining high and incomes projected lower. “Year over... Read More.

Ohio Master Farmers diligent conservationists

Two Ohio growers have been honored as Master Farmers for their commitment to conservation. Jim Jepsen raises beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay south of Columbus. He tells Brownfield his more than 1,300 acres of mostly highly erodible land needs to be... Read More.

Ohio sees generally warm, dry February

The mostly mild winter has continued in Ohio. The USDA says statewide temperatures for February were about eight degrees warmer than normal and while precipitation was under the usual levels, soil moisture retention has been good. Wide swings in temperature throughout the course of the... Read More.

Ohio Farm Bureau members engage with legislators in Columbus

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of State Policy says their annual Ag Day at the Capitol serves as a reminder lawmakers are listening to farmers. Evan Callicoat tells Brownfield members took part in a leadership panel with key lawmakers in Columbus this week. “Property tax has... Read More.

Ohio Ag Census reveals major shifts in cow numbers

Ohio’s state statistician says cow inventories show significant changes in the 2022 Ag Census. Ben Torrance tells Brownfield while the number of cattle and calves on Ohio farms decreased by five percent since 2017, cattle on feed increased 15 percent. “The inventory showed an increase... Read More.

Boyce and Swartz join Ohio Corn & Wheat

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Boards have announced new member appointments. Sam Boyce has been elected to the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and tells Brownfield he’s excited to represent young and beginning farmers in policy discussions. “I felt that it’s very important that... Read More.

Ohio breaks ground on MALC

A new Multi-species Animal Learning Center in Columbus will support STEM education and workforce development.  Elizabeth Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Beef Council, says the educational opportunities go beyond students on campus, “Think about filling that land grant mission for the university and... Read More.

Wet January causing some problems in Ohio

A wet January has led to issues for farmers in Ohio. The USDA says statewide precipitation during January topped average levels by just over 2 inches, limiting field activities in western Ohio and leading to ponding in winter wheat fields in portions of northern... Read More.