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Apr
18

Cash Rent Survey Data – National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) vs. Land Grant Surveys – Why The Differences?

By: Barry Ward, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics; Ohio State University Extension Leader, Production Business Management Unprecedented profitability in grain farming in the U.S. has led to an escalation in cash rental rates. Landowners and farmers have found it increasingly hard to agree on an equitable cash rent as crop prices and input costs have experienced significant volatility over the last several years. Cash lease rates aren’t public knowledge and don’t have a public clearinghouse such as a futures exchange which means information on rates is often sketchy. Farmers with full yield and profit information are often reluctant to share this information with the landowner for fear of rent escalation. Landowners knowing there is significant value in “fringe benefits” that farmers provide (snow clearing, rock removal, fence-row maintenance, til...
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Apr
17

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program Hosting Sixth Annual Ohio Agricultural Law Conference

To read this post, please go to our new website at: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog on the new website! If you are currently subscribed to this blog, you will need to re-subscribe to our new blog. … Continue reading
This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Hall that originally appeared at Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.
Apr
14

Ohio House Passes Bill to Create Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program

To read this post, please go to our new website at: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog on the new website! If you are currently subscribed to this blog, you will need to re-subscribe to our new blog. … Continue reading
This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Hall that originally appeared at Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.
Mar
28

Test Your Drinking Water Source Workshop

by:  Sarah Cross, Ag & NR Extension Educator (740-942-8823) What’s in your water?  Over 15 million U.S. households obtain their drinking water from private wells, which are not covered by US EPA regulations that protect public drinking water systems. So who is responsible for ensuring that private well water is safe from contaminants?  The water well owner. Learn how to test your drinking water at a workshop entitled, “Shale Gas and Your Drinking Water Supply,” starting at 6pm on April 17, 2014 at the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz, OH.  The event will be co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Farm Bureaus of Jefferson and Harrison Counties. The US EPA recommends that private water wells be checked every year for the presence of coliform bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants of local concern.  “The need for safe drinking water applies to everyone.  If you have a private wa...
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Mar
23

Pipeline Right-of-Way Workshop to be held in Cadiz, Ohio on April 8

by Sarah Cross, Extension Educator Farmland owners and local residents are being asked to sign right-of-way agreements on a regular basis. Like an oil and gas lease, there are many items of importance for the landowner to consider prior to signing or renewing a right-of-way agreement. The Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Farm Bureaus of Jefferson and Harrison Counties will be hosting an educational meeting starting at 6pm on April 8th, 2014 at Puskarich Public Library (Cadiz, OH).  This workshop, entitled “Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreements,” will cover important lease considerations for landowners. The most important item for a landowner to do prior to signing any contract is to consult with an attorney. Next, find out what type of line is being considered: is it a gathering line, collection line, intrastate or interstate transportation line. Each system has different regulatory standards and agenci...
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Mar
23

ARC-PLC Decision: Importance of the Price Path – The Case of Corn

by:  Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey, Professor,  University of Illinois, March 2014

Click here to read entire paper (with tables) Overview:  Farms will have to decide between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.  The decision covers the 2014 through 2018 crop years.  Because the decision covers all 5 years, can only be made once, and is irrevocable; a key consideration will be the expected path of prices through 2018.  This post will illustrate the importance of this consideration using 3 distinct 5-year time paths for U.S. corn.  Each time path has occurred in the last 20 years. PLC- ARC Overview:  PLC makes payments if U.S. average price for the crop year is below the crop’s reference price.  The reference price for corn is $3.70/bushel.  ARC has 2 program versions.  One, called ARC-county, make...
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Mar
23

ARC-PLC Decision: Why It Differs from the ACRE-DCP Decision

by: Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey, Professor,  University of Illinois, March 2014 Overview:  Both the recently passed 2014 farm bill and its predecessor, the 2008 farm bill, contained a choice between two types of crop safety net programs.  While similarities exist between the two sets of choices in the two most recent farm bills, notable differences also exist.  This post discusses both the similarities and the differences. Decision Similarities: ►   The Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program in the 2014 farm bill is a modified version of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program in the 2008 farm bill. ●    Both ARC and ACRE establish revenue, not price, targets. ●    The revenue target for both ARC and ACRE is based on multiplying an average of yields and U.S. crop year average prices.  A five-year Olympic average is used for yields (removes high and low) of...
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Mar
21

Farm Bill Webinar Recording

Dr. Carl Zulauf outlined the decisions that farmers need to be considering in relationship to the 2014 Farm Bill programs. Listen to the recording of the March 21st Webinar at http://go.osu.edu/farmbill

Mar
06

Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry is Now Online: Implications for Producers and Pesticide Applicators

To read this post, please go to our new website at: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog on the new website! If you are currently subscribed to this blog, you will need to re-subscribe to our new blog. … Continue reading
This post is a reprint of a post by Peggy Hall that originally appeared at Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.
Feb
24

Webinar on 2014 Farm Bill Scheduled

We are pleased to announce a Webinar program focused on the 2014 Farm Bill taught by Dr Carl Zulauf on March 21, 2014 starting at 8:00 am. The webinar is free and no registration is required. You can log in and test your system starting 24 hours prior to the webinar at http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/ohioagmanager.  The webinar address will be the same the morning of the webinar. Participants will have the opportunity to type in questions in the chat box and we will try to get all of them answered during the webinar.  Please know that the regulations have not been written, so this will be a general overview and the specifics of the decision between PLC (with or without SCO) and ARC is not available yet.  We will hold further webinars as the details become available. If you are not available to attend this webinar it will be recorded and posted on the http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu website under the resources link on the left site o...
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Feb
17

2014 Farm Bill Crop Safety Net Decision: Key Considerations

by: Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University, February 2014

Overview:  This post builds upon the recent farmdoc posts, “2014 Farm Bill Farm Safety Net:  Summary and Brief Thoughts” by Carl Zulauf (available here) and “Evaluating Commodity Program Choices in the New Farm Bill” by Jonathan Coppess (available here).  The focus is considerations in choosing among the three crop safety net options: (1) Price Loss Coverage (PLC) - a target price program; (2) county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) - a county revenue program, and (3) individual ARC – an individual farm revenue program.  A reference table at the end of this article contains a brief, comparative list of key program parameters for each option. Considerations ►   The decision, to be made in 2014, covers 5 crop years, 2014-18.  It is not a one year decision. ►   Payments are made on historical bas...
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Feb
17

2014 Farm Bill Farm Safety Net: Summary and Brief Thoughts

by: Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University, January 2014

Overview:  This post contains a summary of key farm safety net provisions.  Details are minimized to focus on key features.  A few brief observations conclude the post.  Mistakes are possible given the short turn-around time and interpretation of bill language.  Apology is extended for any mistakes. Title 1.  Commodity Programs ►   Direct payments are repealed except for reduced transition payments to cotton for the 2014 crop and even smaller payments for the 2015 crop under specified, limited conditions. ►   Programs authorized for the 2014-2018 crop years and through December 31, 2018 for dairy. ►   A crop farm has a one-time, irrevocable opportunity to elect either Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or county Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) on a crop by crop basis.  The producer may also elect indivi...
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Feb
17

Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) Changes to Tiered Structure for Minimum Payments beginning in 2014

by: David Marrison, OSU Extension Educator Most farm and agribusiness in Ohio are aware of the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) which is the annual tax imposed for the privilege of doing business in Ohio, measured by taxable gross receipts from most business activities. Businesses with Ohio taxable gross receipts of $150,000 or more per calendar year are subject to the tax. Background on CAT: The CAT was enacted in House Bill 66, passed by the 126th General Assembly in 2005. Most receipts generated in the ordinary course of business are included in a taxpayer’s CAT base. This tax applies to all types of businesses: e.g., retailers; service providers, such as lawyers, accountants, and doctors; manufacturers; and other types of businesses. The CAT applies to all entities regardless of form, e.g., sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, and all types of corporations. The tax does have limited exclusions for certain types of bu...
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Feb
05

Monthly Webinars to Help Growers and Producers Enhance Marketing, Improve and Expand Sales

Growers and producers – have you ever wondered how to go about marketing your hops to Ohio’s microbreweries? Or how about getting your meats into area grocery stores or restaurants? Have you ever wondered how to make sure your food business or operation has a strong, income-building presence in the mobile media arena? Answers to these questions and more are available to growers, producers and anyone in the agriculture and food industry through a series of free monthly webinars offered by food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The webinars are designed to teach participants how to effectively use direct marketing as a way to improve their businesses’ financial bottom line, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Having an effective and ...
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Feb
05

2014 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension and Kent State University (KSU) -Tuscarawas Small Business Development Center have collaborated to host the 2014 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference.  The conference is planned for Friday, March 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the KSU Tuscarawas Campus Science and Technology Building.  All women and young women (high school age) who are interested, involved in, or want to become involved with food, agriculture, natural resources or small business are encouraged to attend. According to Heather Neikirk, Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources for OSU Extension in Stark County and a member of the Women in Agriculture Conference Planning Team, “2007 USDA Census data showed that the number of women farm operators is significantly large for our area of Ohio.  In fact, Stark, Wayne, Holmes and Ashtabula counties comprise four of the nine counties in the state who had...
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