AFBF urges Senate to ditch water rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process. FULL STORY »

Linking agricultural land to use values and amenities

Given the recent decline in commodity prices and expectations of lower farm income levels, there is a growing concern that current conditions signal an eminent decline in agricultural land values. FULL STORY »

Grain storage bags could be solution for some farmers

With record corn crops expected this year, farmers are looking for alternative storage to silos and storage bins to safely store extra crops. FULL STORY »

Ohio State experts offer tips on improving water quality

Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences suggest management practices when applying fertilizer to fields this fall. These practices can improve surrounding water quality, as well as boost farm profits. FULL STORY »

USDA expands credit for beginning farmers

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. FULL STORY »

Tips on best management to keep P on the field

Growers wanting to increase crop yields while helping to improve Ohio’s water quality can do so using a set of best management practices when applying fertilizer to their fields this fall, according to a group of agronomists and agricultural engineers with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Butter’s back, baby

But although new research exonerates the consumption of saturated fats in meat and dairy, the self-styled nutritional gurus at Harvard just can’t bring themselves to acknowledge the obvious. FULL STORY »

OIE confirms porcine plasma products not source of PEDv

Research is ongoing to uncover the source of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus and how it made its way into American hog herds; however, this week, the World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that pig blood products such as dried plasma are not likely a source of the disease provided good manufacturing and biosecurity standards are followed. FULL STORY »

EPA extends water rule comment period to after midterm elections

Amid increasing opposition from agriculture and other industry groups, and from another agency in the Obama Administration, and with less than one month to go before the midterm congressional elections that could result a shift of power in the Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would push back the deadline to submit comments on its proposed rule to redefine “waters of the United States” until November 14. FULL STORY »

Pork Board among best companies for employee financial security

The National Pork Board's outstanding commitment to its employees' financial and physical wellness has earned the distinction of being one of the best. FULL STORY »

U.S. foods labeled 'natural' often contain GMOs, group reports

A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group. FULL STORY »

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