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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 48 | CTC, ARC/PLC, and OFBF to DC

A lot of acronyms for this week’s podcast because Ohio agriculture has been staying busy.

The crew hears from David Brandt and David Montgomery from Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.

Ty Higgins catches up with Brad Harris of Firestone to talk tire tips for an upcoming busy spring.

Joel Penhorwood talks with Ben Brown, new hire at Ohio State in ag economics, about the ARC/PLC safety net programs.

All that and much more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.

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Arguing over WOTUS language delays policing of puddles

In May 2015, the Obama EPA and Army Corp of Engineers issued a revised definition of “waters of the US.” That language has been discussed in this column on several occasions. Words, however, are rarely the culprit. That usually falls to aggressive interpretation and poor discretion by the enforcers of the rule. For instance, the EPA unsuccessfully attempted to regulate rain drops and puddles on a chicken farm as “waters of the US.” Ridiculous.

The revised definition was widely criticized by farmers, builders and industry claiming the rule impermissibly allowed the EPA to regulate private land. The Trump Administration verbally opposed the definition, promising to repeal and replace it with a much narrower definition. As of Jan. 22, 2018, no action had been taken although an Executive Order was signed encouraging rule revision. Ever hear that not deciding is deciding?

On that date, January 22, 2018, the US Supreme Court UNANIMOUSLY decided an important procedural issue in National Association of Manufacturers v.

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The best first car? A 1992 John Deere Ford Ranger

When I see newly-licensed young people with fancy cars, my blood boils — not because they’re undeserving of such a ride or that they won’t take care of it. In fact, I’ve found the pride of a first car means it is the best maintained vehicle a person may ever have. No, my anger stems from the said young person never knowing the lessons and freedom an old beater has under its rusty hood.

This is the story of my first automobile and why it still holds a place in my heart as the perfect first car.

I must confess I have already lied to you as in fact this car was not a car at all, but rather a truck. Well some would call it a truck, others would call it a glorified golf cart. My first vehicle was 1992 Ford Ranger.

When it was time for me to find a first car, I delved into my years of money saved from selling livestock through 4-H and FFA.

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Celebrate food this National Nutrition Month

 This has been the winter of my discontent and I am so glad that spring has arrived. My off-season started off feeding my love of traveling. Then Bam! I had two surgeries that threw me off my normal game plan for two or three months. I am so thankful for the technologies of today with wireless Internet, direct TV, laptops, tablets, phones and wireless printers. My fetish of infomercials, and love affair with online shopping is not a good thing for a confined woman with Amazon, Wayfair and a plethora of merchandise at my fingertips. Please don’t tell Paul, he’ll see the bills soon enough. So thankful it was the winter season where I could binge watch Netflix, HGTV, Hallmark, Food Network and where March Madness became winter madness. I am also thankful for my friends for coming to my rescue as chauffeurs, cooks and errand runners. Everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and being in the kitchen were out the door as I was confined to a recliner with limited mobility — pretty hard for a dietitian and farmer with itchy feet and mind.

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High pressure processing site set to open in April in northwest Ohio

Hydrofresh HPP, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, is constructing a $10 million pasteurization plant slated for opening in April 2018 at 1571 Gressel Dr., Delphos that uses innovative high-pressure processing (HPP) technology.

Unlike the traditional pasteurization method, which uses heat prior to packaging to eliminate micro bacteria that are present in food, Hydrofresh HPP will use a natural, cold pasteurization technique by which products already sealed in their final packaging are placed in a vessel and subjected to a high level of isostatic water pressure, up to 87,000 psi. This process produces a 5-log reduction in salmonella, E. coli, and listeria (bacteria that causes foodborne illness) while preserving the color, texture, nutrients, and flavor of the product.

Because the food is treated in its final packaging, the chance for recontamination is virtually non-existent. Shelf life is also extended because the bacteria that cause spoilage is destroyed, all without the need for adding preservatives.

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Agricultural groups concerned about effects of import tariffs on steel and aluminum

In early March, President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, action that many agriculture and business organizations warned will have negative consequences.

The restrictions are being imposed as a national security measure, according to the administration, which has raised concerns about U.S. reliance on imported steel for defense systems.

In a letter to the president, the groups said remedies to curb steel and aluminum imports included in a report issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are “overly broad and will have a severe detrimental impact on downstream users of steel and aluminum.” The restrictions will lead to lost American jobs and could lead to retaliation, including on agriculture exports, from U.S. trading partners, the organizations cautioned.

The National Pork Producers Council is also concerned about possible administration action — not sanctioned by the World Trade Organization — against China related to technology transfer and intellectual property.

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OHIO SMART AGRICULTURE meetings to be held in March

OSU Extension would like to invite producers from across Ohio to help plan for the future of Ohio Agriculture by attending one of the OHIO SMART AGRICULTURE programs which will be held across Ohio this March.  The meeting dates are March 8 (Clark County); March 14 (Wood County); March 15 (Wayne County); and March 16 (Fairfield County).

This series of meetings are seeking feedback from Ohio producers and agriculture stakeholders to help identify, design, and deploy strategies to support sustainable agriculture in Ohio to feed not only the world, but especially our most vulnerable neighbors right here in Ohio.  The goal is an action plan for agriculture. Please join us to share your views and recommendations at this forum.  Meet and discuss with fellow stakeholders from the agricultural, environmental, food security and health fields about safeguarding agriculture for Ohio’s future.

There is no cost to attend any of these meetings.

 To help to plan for program handouts and refreshments, please RSVP to: Shannon Mott at smott@sfldialogue.net

More information can be found at:


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Spring and summer weather outlook

La Niña, cooling of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean waters, remains in place and is classified as a weak La Niña. This means many other things will ultimately impact our weather and climate since it is weak but it will contribute to our pattern. Indications are this could linger into spring and possibly summer before ending. Regardless of when it ends, it tends to impact weather patterns in the atmosphere longer, sometimes up to three to six months later. So there will be a contribution to our climate pattern into at least the planting season if not growing season.

December to February will go down as slightly warmer and wetter than normal. Even though we had really cold periods in there, the very warm second half of February wiped all the winter cold away. Snowfall will go down in many areas as not too far from normal, a bit above or below depending on where you live.

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The road to zero harm

The Andersons has always held employee safety as our number one priority. As a business, we exist to serve our customers — but the goal is to give them safe and excellent service. Our recent safety journey has been very fruitful, with a 50% reduction in employee injuries for each of the last three years. However, we also recognized that having a goal to reduce injuries by half might imply that some injuries are still expected or unavoidable. This is not the case, since we believe that all injuries can be prevented.

Here is a summary of a few of our recent safety efforts that may be translated into actions that you can take to improve safety at your business or farm. The first step on the road to zero harm required us to take an in-depth look at our past employee injuries. We dissected the data by injury type (lacerations, fractures, etc.), injured body part (hands, eyes, etc.), years of experience on the job, time of day, etc.

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AgCredit hosting succession planning events

After deciding you are ready to start succession planning on your farm, what’s next? To help, AgCredit is hosting four farm transition seminars across northwest and north central Ohio. These seminars will help provide guidance and tools to start the conversation about farm transition with your family.

David Marrison and Emily Adams, of OSU Extension, will be discussing how to have productive, positive conversations and meetings about difficult issues. Caleb Douce, of Douce Agency, LLC, will be sharing information about Nationwide’s Land as Your Legacy program. Land as Your Legacy is designed to help ensure a seamless transition of your farm to the next generation.

Seminars will be held on the following dates:





March 20All Occasions Catering
6989 Waldo Delaware Rd.
Waldo, OH 43356
419-947-1040 or dwhite@agcredit.net

Dinner will be served.

March 22Erie County Fairgrounds
3110 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

*Sponsored by Lorain, Erie and Huron County Farm Bureaus

419-663-4020 or dwhite@agcredit.net

Heavy appetizers will be served.

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Changing climate highlighted at Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference

Increased rainfall in larger doses and warming temperatures in the future are likely, building on trends that have already been seen in Ohio.

The first day of the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference included many presentations including nutrient management, crop production, water quality, technology and innovation during the event at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The role of the changing climate cannot be ignored in

agriculture’s ongoing challenges with nutrient management and water quality.

“In Ohio we are seeing temperature changes and precipitation changes and some of the challenges that come with that,” said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada. “From a climate standpoint we are warming. Our winters are warming faster than our summers, though our warmest maximum summer temperatures have actually gone down compared to the early 20th Century.”

The warmer temperatures can have implications for crops and livestock.

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An Ohio 4-H Celebration

Ohio 4-H is focused on two celebrations this month: the birthday of a legend and some of the outstanding 4-H volunteers and members that contribute to the success of Ohio 4-H.

Happy 150th Birthday, A.B. Graham!

Albert Belmont Graham, known as the founder of 4-H, was born March 13, 1868 in Miami County, Ohio, where he eventually became a superintendent of schools in neighboring Springfield.

On January 15, 1902, Graham founded the boys’ and girls’ agricultural club, which, by 1912, would be called 4-H to stand for “head, heart, hands and health.” The first clubs, called “The Tomato Club” and “Corn Growing Club,” had 83 members who planted experimental plots of corn, vegetables and flowers. Youth were encouraged to perform educational workshops, learn to keep records and work with their peers.

Graham’s work within agricultural communities went far beyond the education of school children about the scientific study of agriculture.

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Yoder to speak on 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. agriculture

Fred Yoder of Plain City, a current member of the Trump Agricultural Advisory Committee, will be speaking on the 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. Agriculture at the final event in the 2018 Farmers’ Breakfast Series. The talk titled, What’s going on in Washington: 2018 Farm Bill and U.S. Ag Committee Update will allow farmers to learn more about current trends and issues impacting agriculture from a national level.

Provided through a strategic partnership between Madison County Farm Bureau and The Ohio State University Extension, this educational breakfast series allows farmers the opportunity to learn more about legislation and policies that will impact their farming operations. The 2018 Farm Bill and federal trade agreements are two major issues that help determine grain markets, conservation programs, and crop insurance in the coming years. Fred Yoder will be able to provide insight on key factors that influence legislation. Fred Yoder is a long time member of Ohio Farm Bureau and has served in numerous leadership roles throughout the agriculture community.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 47 | RFS and RINs, salamanders, and ag at the capitol

The Ohio Ag Net crew is back from Commodity Classic for this week’s podcast, courtesy of AgriGold. A variety of topics are covered in this week’s episode, including Ty Higgins speaking with Fred Yoder on the state of the industry. Matt Reese visits with David Hague on salamander hunting in Ohio. Joel Penhorwood hears from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely on their recent Ag Day at the Capitol as well as their upcoming county presidents trip to Washington D.C.

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Steel, aluminum tariffs raise the risk of retaliation against U.S. agriculture

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are extremely disappointed in the decision announced to impose sweeping tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. We have repeatedly warned that the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy have serious potential consequences for agriculture. It is dismaying that the voices of farmers and many other industries were ignored in favor of an industry that is already among the most protected in the country.

If the United States is taken to dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for imposing these tariffs, we call on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to avoid invoking the essential security exception under GATT Article XXI. The recent Department of Defense memorandum made it clear that imported steel and aluminum did not threaten its ability to acquire enough from domestic suppliers to meet its needs. The USTR should not take the extraordinary step of invoking Article XXI to defend what we believe is protectionism.

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ExploreAg science camp accepting applications

High school freshman and sophomores in the 2018/2019 school year who are considering careers is science, technology or engineering are invited to apply for the integrated science camp ExploreAg. 

Rewarding careers are available in the food, fuel and fiber sector. The one-of-a-kind ExploreAg Camp will expose students to the many career opportunities that are in high demand. 

Fifty students will be chosen through a competitive process to spend one week on a college campus for an introduction to agriculture and hands-on learning experiences. Internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers will expose students to food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business. Along with classroom experience, the students will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and will interact with industry partners to learn about possible careers in related fields. Students also will participate in leadership development activities and be offered guidance in planning for college.  

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De-listing of wildlife officers disappointing

I just learned that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources no longer plans to offer each county’s wildlife officer’s name and voicemail phone number in the 2018/19 Fishing and Hunting regulations booklets. Instead, we are supposed to call one of the five district offices “where staff will answer many of the questions immediately or route the call to the appropriate county officer, if needed,” according to an agency spokesman, who added: “The intent is to answer non-enforcement questions at the district offices immediately rather than having the caller leave a voicemail. We believe this change will be helpful to our customers and officers, and we will evaluate the results.”

One major result will be one less opportunity for one-on-one interaction between sportsmen, landowners and their local wildlife officers. I can’t tell you how often I consult the back of those booklets to get the name and phone number of the officer in a county about which I need information — or wish to share some.

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Winter fish kills may occur as ice melts on Ohio’s ponds and lakes

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reminding Ohioans that small numbers of dead fish may be common in ponds and small lakes this spring. Winter die-offs of fish after long periods of heavy ice and snow cover on small waters are known as “winterkills.” Winterkills may occur in some Ohio waters this year as ice and snow of the past few months gives way to spring.

According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.

Winterkills are caused when persistent ice forms a surface barrier between water and air that prevents circulation of oxygen and blocks sunlight. If these conditions continue long enough, the oxygen fish need to survive may be depleted and result in some or all of them suffocating.

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Woods and wildlife workshop March 17

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back.

For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out.

With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for.

Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management goals, Smith said, all depending on how many ash trees died and what kinds of trees remain. Harvesting timber may need to be reduced in some cases.

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 46 | Off to Commodity Classic

The 46th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brings together Joel Penhorwood and Dale Minyo to talk the latest farm news as the rest of the crew is headed to Commodity Classic in California for the week.

Though they’re out of town, the podcast has plenty of information to tune in for. Ty Higgins has a conversation with Senator Sherrod Brown on the latest work from the Senate Ag Committee, including the 2018 Farm Bill.

Joel reaches back into the file from the National Farm Machinery Show a couple weeks ago in an interview with John Kinzebaw, founder of Kinze Planters. He briefly talks some industry trends and technology that’s standing out in 2018 ag.

The crew also hears from Jon Scheve on his latest take on the wild ride that is soybean markets.

All that and more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.

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