By Ty Higgins
This realization came to me last week as I travelled to a couple of speaking engagements centered around crop insurance. I was very fortunate to have a minute or two to talk to the audience about The Ohio Ag Net and how we are a resource to not only keep farmers informed on the latest developments that effect their livelihoods, but to also work as a bridge to consumers to help them better understand agriculture.
Here is a laundry list of topics I highly recommend you stay on top of. To help, I have put some links within this blog to help you find more information on the various subjects.
The 2012 (maybe) Farm Bill – I have been told recently that there is a 50/50 chance that the farm bill will be written this year. Understand that we were a smidge short of reaching a farm bill in 2011 until the so-called Super Committee failed to do anything even mediocre. Be involved. Ag has had a string of a few good years and no one will feel sorry for making cuts that are far beyond necessary to our sector of the economy. It is my belief that getting it done this year is more beneficial as 2013 will bring a lot of new and uneducated lawmakers to Washington. Ag has many advocates in D.C. now that know what is best, under these economic circumstances, for American agriculture.
Nutrient Management and Water Quality – Holy smokes will this be a hot topic this year. So much so that we have categories on our website specifically for it. Stay on top of this one as it may change the way you farm in just the next year or two. Not familiar with the 4Rs? You will be.
Crop Insurance – Some of the changes in crop insurance, like lower premiums for Ohio, are very welcome news. However, did you know that your bill will be due a bit earlier starting this year? Plus, if you plan on tearing up your wheat your agent needs needs to know (and not as your doing it).
CAUV’s – Your land value is increasing, but that is not the surprise. Sticker shock and ticker shock may abound when you get your tax bill. Do you still like Ohio’s CAUV program? Believe it or not, it is one of the best programs in the Country. Uncle Sam will always get his cut, again no surprise, but it could be worse.
Weed Resistance – This may be the most important year to discuss, and do something about. Next year may be too late. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association and Ohio Soybean Association are holding meeting to talk about preparing, defending and defeating weeds. Get the details about these meetings and make a point to be there.
HSUS – Yep, they’re at it again. This week The Humane Society of The United States released more videos from two Oklahoma pig breeding facilities. Keep the barn doors open as this usually has consumers asking questions about the way you operate. Show them, explain to them and educate them on why you do what you do and how your wouldn’t have an operation if you didn’t do it right.
Did I mention weather, corn and soybean demand, child labor laws, and CRP? The list truly does go on and on, but that is where we at The Ohio Ag Net come in. We are in front of all of these issues, allowing you to continue on with making sure people around the World are fed. Just be sure to check in from time to time for update at OhioAgNet.com and be sure to sign up for Digital Dale as well.
See you down the road!