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Jan
28

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging ODA and Ohio EPA Livestock Permitting

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is improperly issuing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for concentrated animal feeding operations without authorization by the U.S. EPA.   Two residents of northwest Ohio filed the suit last summer against the ODA, the Ohio EPA and the U.S.

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Jan
26

New Legislative Session Begins with Changes to Ohio’s Agriculture Committees

House Committee Sets Out to Address Water Quality

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Jan
23

Indicated ARC-CO and PLC Payment for 2014 Crop Year Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat by State: January 2014

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by: Carl Zulauf and Sanghyo Kim, Professor and PhD student, Ohio State University, and Gary Schnitkey, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This article provides payment indicators for ARC-CO and PLC based on the January 12, 2015 WASDE (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates) mid-price estimate and NASS’s (National Agricultural Statistical Service) crop production annual reports for corn, soybeans, and wheat. The term, payment indicator, is used because the estimates use state yield not the county yield used by ARC-CO or farm payment yield used by PLC.  Thus, the indicators are not estimates of payments an individual FSA farm will receive.  Nevertheless, they should help frame perspectives and questions regarding crop program choices.  Previous estimates exist f...
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Jan
23

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be held on March 27, 2015

The 2012 Census of Agriculture indicates that 28% of farmers in Ohio (31,413 of 113,624 operators) are female. Women farm operators play a vital role in eastern Ohio agriculture. Of the nineteen Ohio counties with over 500 women operators, ten are located in eastern Ohio including Ashtabula, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Medina, Muskingum, Stark, Washington and Wayne counties. Wayne County ranks #1 in the state with 810 women farm operators and Holmes county ranks #2 with 782 female farmers. The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference was created in response to the needs of women in agriculture in eastern Ohio. The second annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be March 27, 2015 at the Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch in New Philadelphia. Last year over 70 women from 23 Ohio counties and Pennsylvania attended.  This year’s program will feature 12 break-out sessions related to: Business & Finan...
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Jan
21

2015 Ohio Vineyard Custom Rate Survey Being Conducted

by David Marrison, OSU Extension

OSU Extension is asking for your assistance in securing up-to-date information about the fee to perform tasks in Ohio vineyards.  Many vineyards across Ohio hire machinery operations and other vineyard related work to be completed by others. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation.  Many vineyards do not own equipment for every possible job they may encounter and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job. To date, no survey has been conducted to analyze custom rates for vineyard work in Ohio. We are asking for your assistance in responding to this inaugural Ohio Vineyard Custom Rate Survey. Please respond even if you only have a few rates to report.  Please report for what you have paid to hire work or what y...
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Jan
14

Ohio State University Extension announce two Corn Colleges set for late January 2015

by Tony Nye, OSU Extension Educator These high impact programs are designed for producers wanting to be on the “Cutting Edge” of corn production for their operations.   Topics will include: Agronomic Practices that Optimize Profitability in Corn Production-Perception vs. Reality – Dr Peter Thomison, OSU Extension, Corn production Nitrogen Timing and Needs During Corn Development – Dr. Steve Culman OSU Extension, Soil Fertility Influence of N Source on Timing of Application – Dr. Steve Culman OSU Extension, Soil Fertility Fungicide Effects on Disease, Ear Rot and Yield in Field Corn – Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Extension, Plant Pathology Real Field Experiences with Variable Rate Nitrogen Applications – Tim Norris, Ag-Info Tech The Central Ohio Corn College will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Agricultural Services Building, 1025 Harcourt Road, Mt. Vernon, OH from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Deadlin...
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Jan
13

OSU Extension to Offer Farmland Leasing Workshops

Ohio State University Extension will offer four Farmland Leasing Workshops throughout Ohio this February.

The three hour workshops will include topics of interest to both landowners and farm operators, such as factors affecting leasing options and rental rates, analyzing rent survey data and legal requirements and provisions for farm leases.  The speakers will help attendees consider how to use data in negotiations and to apply legal information to leasing practices.

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Jan
06

Webinar will Help Attorneys Guide Clients through the New Farm Bill

Attorney Bill Bridgforth will present OSU's next webinar on "The 2014 Farm Bill:  Guiding a Client through the New Law" on Friday, January 9 at 1 pm EST.  Bridgforth is a senior partner in the Arkansas law firm of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson & Raley, LLP who represents agricultural producers around the United States.  He will explain the election decisions producers and landowners must make under the new Farm Bill and will provide examples of decision making impacts. 

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Dec
22

ARC-CO and PLC Payment Indicator for 2014 Crop Year: December 2014 WASDE U.S. Yield and Price

Click here for PDF Version of article (with Tables & Figures)

by: Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University, and Gary Schnitkey, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This article provides payment indicators for ARC-CO and PLC based on the December 10, 2014 WASDE U.S. yield and U.S. price projections for barley, corn, oats, long grain rice, medium (and short) grain rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat.  Previous estimates were made using the August, September, and October WASDEs (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates).  Peanuts is added in this article.  The term, payment indicator, is used because the estimates use U.S. yield not the county yield used by ARC-CO or farm payment yield used by PLC.  Thus, the indicators are not estimates of payments an individual FSA farm will receive.  Nevertheless, they s...
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Dec
22

Making the Base Acre Reallocation Decision

By: Chris Bruynis, Assistant Professor and Extension Educator

Questions have been asked if there is any way to determine which base acres are the most valuable under the 2014 Farm Bill.  Historically direct payments were greatest for corn, followed by wheat, and then soybeans. But with direct payments eliminated with the current farm bill, farmers are looking for guidance in making the decision between retaining their existing base acres or reallocating them to reflect the 2009-2012 actual planting acres. This article will attempt to provide some guidance based on potential Agriculture Risk Coverage – County (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments.  The Agricultural Risk Coverage – Individual will not be discussed, but maximum program payments would be similar to the ARC-CO since it follows the same 10% revenue cap rules. Click to download Making the Base Ace Reallocation Decision article

Dec
21

Cropland Value, Cash Rent and Crop Input Outlook 2015

By: Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2014. Data from the Oho National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) shows an increase of 8.9% for bare cropland in Ohio for 2014. According to NASS data, bare cropland averages $5650/acre, up from $5190/acre the previous year. The Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey (AEDE) conducted in January 2014 found that the value of average western Ohio cropland in 2014 would be $7142 per acre. Other data from this survey can be found at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/ae-fact/pdf/Western_Ohio_Cropland_Values_AEDE-15-14.pdf The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and Purdue University both conducted land value surveys in 2014. The Chicago Fed survey (October 1) of bankers found Indiana land values of “good” farmland increased by 3% year-over-year (the entire 7th Fed Dist...
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Dec
19

Natural Resources Program Sign-up Now Available for Ohio Farmers and Forest Land Owners

COLUMBUS, OH, Dec. 9, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from Ohio farmers and non-industrial private forest land owners who want to improve the natural resources on their land.  Applications received by Friday, January 16, 2015, will be considered for funding this fiscal year. A conservation plan created by the NRCS local conservationist and the EQIP applicant provides a foundation for the EQIP application.  The conservation plan includes the natural resource concerns on the land under consideration, the conservation practices that will improve or enhance natural resources on that land, the schedule for carrying out the conservation practices in the plan, and the cost of the conservation practices. For example, soil erosion caused by water leaving a bare field may negatively impact bot...
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Dec
17

Good News for Ohio Farmers! Tax Extender Bill Passes

By David Marrison. OSU Extension Educator The United States Senate passed the Tax Extenders Bill (HR 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014) by a vote of 76-16 on Tuesday, December 16 and was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014.  This bill was previously passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 378-46 on December 3, 2014. This bill “extended” a number of key tax relief provisions that expired either at the end of calendar year 2013 or during 2014. In total the bill includes 72 individual, business and energy tax extenders.  It should be noted the extenders are only good for 2014.  Congress will have to go back to the drawing board in 2015 to see if they wish to extend any of the tax extender provisions for 2015 and beyond. The two major portions of this legislation which farmers, and other business owners, were waiting anxiously for include the extension of bonus depreciation and Section 17...
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Dec
15

New Program to Manage Financial Risk Available to Farmers

By: Dianne Shoemaker, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics and Barry Ward, OSU Extension, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Was 2014 a profitable year for your farm? Which enterprises were profitable?  Which were not?  How does your farm compare to similar farms in efficiency?  In profitability?  What does the competition look like?   Recent volatile feed, grain, milk, land and rental markets have created uncertain profit margins and financial security concerns. Completing a farm financial analysis is an effective way for farms to know their costs of production, profitability, and financial ratios. Farms can track year-to-year changes, identify problems early, and benchmark against peer farms as well as control information critical to effective participation in risk management programs. The Ohio Farm Business Analysis and Benc...
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Dec
05

Ohio Field Crop Enterprise Budgets – 2015 Projections

By: Barry Ward, OSU Extension, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Preliminary Enterprise Budgets for 2015 Ohio field crops have been completed and posted to the Farm Management Website of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. Yield projections are based on the Ohio trend line yield using USDA National Ag Statistic Service (NASS) yield estimates for the period 1970 through 2014. This yield projection is used as the average (middle column) yield in budget projections (Ohio corn yields are projected to be 163.1 bu/acre using this data). Low and high yield scenarios are located in columns to the left and right of the average column and are set at 20% lower and 20% higher than the calculated Ohio average trend yield. Updated Enterprise Budgets can be viewed and downloaded from the following website: http://aede.osu.edu/resear...
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