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Apr
28

Lower Crop Prices and Changes to Formula Point to Lower CAUV Values in the Future

  By Larry R. Gearhardt, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist, Taxation   Owners of Agricultural land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property tax program in the twenty-four counties that are experiencing a reappraisal or triennial update in 2015 (payable in 2016) will see the highest CAUV values in history, based on preliminary numbers from the Ohio Department of Taxation. Similar to prior years, increases in values will be in the vicinity of 100% to 200%. However, lower crop prices and changes made to the CAUV formula by the Ohio Department of Taxation point to lower CAUV values in the future. WHAT IS CAUV? In 1972, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed qualified agricultural land to be valued at its current agricultural use value for real property tax purposes rather than fair market value.  The home, home site and outbuildings are still valued at fair market valu...
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Apr
09

States With the Highest Property Taxes

(This information was taken from an article by Michael Cohn, Washington DC, appearing in Accounting Today News on April 8, 2015)

The consumer finance site WalletHub has released a new report ranking the states with the highest and lowest real estate and vehicle property taxes across the country.

This post is a reprint of a post by gearhardt.5 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Mar
31

Algae Control Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval

Ohio’s Senate and House of Representatives have agreed upon a final bill intended to control algae production in Lake Erie and its western basin.  Senate Bill 1, as amended by the House, passed both chambers on March 25 and now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature. 

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Mar
27

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines until April 7, 2015

    Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections   WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. "This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace," said Vilsack. "Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional ...
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Mar
12

Comparing Ohio’s Proposed Algae Control Legislation

Senate and House bills on algae control differ

On March 10, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 61, a proposal to address Ohio’s toxic algae issues.   Last month, the Ohio Senate approved a bill on the same issue, but with several points of difference.  The two must now reconcile these differences and agree upon a plan for reducing the occurrence of toxic algae in Lake Erie, which they have stated they will soon accomplish.  The House already began its hearings on the Senate bill on March 11.

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
27

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015. "This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can. And we're working to ensure that they've got the time, the information, and t...
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Feb
27

Want Kids’ Test Scores to Improve? Try 4-H

When 4-H’ers across the county pledge their ‘heads to clearer thinking,’ they may not realize that recent research suggests this venerable yet adaptive youth development organization may be delivering much more than mental clarity.  A study using data collected over five academic years from Florida students in grades 3 through 10 reveals that standardized test scores in math and reading are higher in school districts, grades and years that saw more 4-H participation.  The research was conducted by Alfonso Flores-Lagunes of the State University of New York – Binghamton and Troy Timko of the University of Miami conducted the research, and appears online in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The magnitude of the effect of 4-H participation on test scores was similar to the effects seen from reducing class size and other well-known approaches to enhancing student test scores. Analysis of the data further suggests t...
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Feb
26

Farm Transition Workshop to be held in Wayne County in March

What does it take to successfully pass on the farm business to the next generation? It takes a lot of hard work, time and communication and not every farm business succeeds in making the transition.  OSU Extension, Wayne County has scheduled a two part farm transition and succession workshop for Wednesday March11 and Wednesday March 18.  Both days will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave on the OARDC campus in Wooster.  Each day will start at 10:00 am and conclude around 3:00 pm. The workshop is structured to help farm families develop a transition plan for the future, discover ways to increase family communication, and learn necessary strategies to successfully transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next.  This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business.  Participants will be expected to do some work and hold some necessar...
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Feb
25

Did the Newly Released 2014 County Yields Impact Estimated 2014 ARC-CO Payments?

By: Wm. Bruce Clevenger – OSU Extension Educator, Defiance County The much anticipated 2014 county level yields for corn and soybeans were released on February 19, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Ag Statistics Service (NASS).  With some farmers looking for more information to use during the election of programs under the current Farm Bill, county yields can provide some relevant data.  While the NASS county yields have been released, the FSA yield used to determine program payments could vary from the NASS yield, but not significantly. The county yield information will be used to estimate/calculate Agriculture Risk Coverage – County (ARC-CO) payments, but is not used for the Agriculture Risk Coverage – Individual (ARC-IC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. If farmers have used trend or estimated county yields to calculate an estimated 2014 ARC-CO payment, it’s worth the time to review thos...
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Feb
22

FAA Proposes Rule for Small Drone Operation

After much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published proposed regulations that would govern the operation of drones used for agricultural and other activities.  The proposal would allow farmers and ranchers to operate drones, referred to in the rule as “unmanned aircraft” and “unmanned aircraft systems” (UAS), subject to requirements intended to address public safety and national security concerns.  

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
19

Ohio Senate Passes Algae Control Legislation

Legislation intended to reduce the occurrence of harmful algae blooms in Ohio passed the Ohio Senate on February 18 after a fast track through the Senate Agriculture Committee.  The enacted version of Senate Bill 1 varies somewhat from the original bill introduced on February 2 by Senators Randy Gardner and Bob Peterson, but maintains a primary goal of prohibiting certain types of fertilizer and manure applications in Ohio's western basin in winter and rainfail weather conditions along with addressing other potential contributors to the algae problem. 

This post is a reprint of a post by hall.673 that originally appeared at Recent Blog Posts.
Feb
10

Comparing Indicated State 2014 ARC-CO and PLC Payments by Crop: January 2014

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 compare, for selected crops, state 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 report.  Crops compared are barley, corn, oats, peanuts, long grain rice, medium (and short) grain rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. The term, payment indicator, is used because the calculations use state yield instead of county yield for ARC-CO and farm payment yield for PLC.  They are not payment estimates for individual FSA farms.  Nevertheless, they help frame perspectives and questions regarding crop program choices.  Other discussions of indicated 2014 crop ...
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Feb
10

The Case for Considering the Diversification of Crop Program Choice for a Crop

by: Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University, February 2015

Also available at  http://aede.osu.edu/research/crop-program-decisions

This article highlights 3 key features of the crop program decision: (1) the programs differ, (2) uncertainty abounds, and (3) long-run probabilities can differ from short-run outcomes.  Implications are then drawn. Different Programs:  Both ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) are multiple year risk programs that include U.S. crop year price in setting their risk benchmark and pay on historical base acres.  On most other program attributes they differ because they focus on different risks.  ARC’s focus is multiple years of shallow revenue loss, where loss is defined by market revenue of the last 5 years.  PLC’s focus is multiple years of low prices, where low price is ...
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Feb
09

Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program Announces 2015 Conferences to Help Small Farm Owners

By: Tony Nye, Extension Educator, Clinton County

The agricultural landscape of today is very different than it was 20 – 25 years ago. Farms today are getting fewer in number and the ones that are left are growing in acreage. However, the Small Farm Program at Ohio State University Extension continues to see a huge interest in small farm production.

The “Small Farmer” is a term used for individuals who are practicing agriculture on a small amount of acreage, usually with less than 100 acres.  These farmers are many times new to agriculture and are looking to begin a different lifestyle. Two conferences will be held in March 2015, which will be sponsored by OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program.  These conferences are designed for small farm owners who want to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them or expand t...
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Feb
06

Join the Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network

by: Gigi Neal, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources- Clermont County According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 30% of operators are women on the national level. In Ohio, 28% of operators are female: 31,413 women of 113,624 total operators. Ohio’s largest concentration of female farm operators is in its 10 eastern counties, which boast more than 500 women farm operators per county. The goal of the Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network (OWIALN) is to help women in agriculture improve their quality of life by providing them with resources to make better business decisions, while maintaining a balance with family and personal obligations. This national initiative is developing a new portal for education, technical assistance and support of women farmers, ranchers and producers. The OWIALN shares the same goals and collaborates on programs with the eXtension Women in Agriculture Community of Practice a...
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