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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 143 | Commodity Classic and NRCS

Matt and Dale run the podcast this week with a full list of topics! Matt made a trip down to San Antonio for the Commodity Classic where he had a round table discussion with the president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Patty Mann, and the president of the Ohio Soybean Association, Ryan Rhoades. He also sat down with Emilie Regula Hancock from the Ohio Soybean Association, and Luke Cromly from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Matt also met up with the NRCS Cheif, Matt Lohr, after he finished speaking to other soil and water districts within the state. And last but not least, Dale caught up with Locus AG at Commodity Classic.… Continue reading

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Big yield farmers talk shop

Record Breaking Yields. BASF hosted a panel discussion with some of the top corn producers across the country. Listen in as Randy Dowdy, David Hula, Cory Atley and Levi and Jenna Oshsner discuss pushing yields to the next level. The panel discussion includes new technologies, fertility, tissue sampling and the need for fungicide application on every acre. #behindthescience20… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast |Ep. 140| The Ractopamine Saga Continues

Kolt and Dale open this weeks podcast with Melissa Bell from the Ohio Pork Council, as Ractopamine remains a hot topic. Matt talks to Dr. Steve Moller, who weighs in on the topic, and Kolt talks to Dr. Zach Rambo about what Ractopamine is and what it does. Matt sat down with the Young Cattleman of the Year, Luke Vollborn, and talked about his business and the cattle industry.… Continue reading

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Ohio State Fair announces ractopamine-free swine show for 2020

It has been announced that swine exhibited at the 2020 Ohio State Fair — and a growing number of county fairs — are required to be ractopamine-free.

Recently, ractopamine-free swine production became a market specification through much of the U.S. pork packing industry. Although ractopamine (sold under the trade names Paylean or Engain for swine) is an approved product used to increase lean growth rate, it has been banned in many international pork markets. In short, ractopamine-free means that a pig has never been fed or exposed to ractopamine from the time of birth to the time of market.

In response, the Ohio Pork Council, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Ohio State Fair have collaborated to put a comprehensive plan in place for a ractopamine-free swine project.

  1. Understand the ractopamine-free status of any pigs purchased or raised and comply by not feeding or exposing the pigs to ractopamine.
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Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal Podcast | Ep. 139 | Bonus: YAP

In this special edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold, Matt and Kolt are joined by Intern Madi Kregel at the 2020 Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience. They visit with the chairs of the committee, keynote speaker Jay Hill, workshop presenter Gracee Workman, and a panel on succession planning.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 137 | Paylean-Palooza

Paylean Palooza is underway as Matt, Dale and Kolt discuss what fairs are expecting for the future. Bart gets insight from Dr. Todd Price on the topic. Matt sits down with Kurt Theide about the new Navigable Water Protection rule. Dave talks to Dee Anders from the Ronald McDonald house at the Clark County Cattle Battle.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep.136| Paylean, Water, Drones

It’s Dusty, Matt and Kolt this week with USMCA as a big topic of discussion- along with “River Monsters” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The team will be seeking information about what pork farmers and County fairs are anticipating in the future of Paylean. Matt talks to Jim Heimerl about his take on the issue. And pigs need water, which brings the next big topic of the week, Janelle Mead talks about H2Ohio. Dusty caught up with Mark Carter from Purdue University at the Fort Wayne Farm show, where they talked about the drones on display at the event and their use— so much to hear about on this week’s podcast!… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 135 | Above Average

In this edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold, Matt, Dale, Bart, and Kolt have the floor. Dale joins us with notes on the WASDE report. Matt and Bart were at the Ohio Cattlemen’s annual meeting. While there, Matt talked to Ethan Lane and Sasha Rittenhouse. Bart and Kolt caught up with Ben Brown, Ag Economist at Ohio State, who is talking all things ARC and PLC payments. All of that plus more in this week’s episode of the podcast!… Continue reading

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Setting the record straight on the Ohio pork industry

In October 2019, journalist Lesley Stahl conducted an 80-minute interview with Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). The “60 Minutes” story that aired on Jan. 5, 2020, included less than two minutes of Dr. Wagstrom’s comments and failed to include critical information about modern pork production.

Ty Higgins with Ohio Farm Bureau and members of Ohio’s pork industry took the opportunity to set the record straight on domestic hog production in this video.

 

The United States pork production system is the envy of the world and yields the safest, highest-quality and most affordable pork available. U.S. pork producers adhere to rigorous government regulations and stringent production standards defined by the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program. Food safety truly is a team effort – from the farm to processing facilities to consumers who must be informed about food handling and cooking temperatures. Close scrutiny of U.S.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 134 | New Year, Queen & Intern

In the first podcast of the new decade, we meet Madi Kregel, the new Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal intern who will be with us through the Ohio State Fair this summer. Dale catches up with Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture on changes for the upcoming fair season. He also chats with Lora Current, the 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen. Kolt also visited with Mackenzie Hoog, the newly crowned Ohio Fairs’ Queen representing Montgomery County. Dusty sent in a report with Glen Badenhop of American Freedom Energy in Liberty Center discussing how the small refinery waivers have impacted the ethanol and corn energy and local farmers.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 133 | Christmas Lights & YAP

Bennett Mussleman, Chairman of Ohio Farm Buearu’s Young Ag Professionals program joins Kolt, Dale, and Matt on this Christmas edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Bennett is discussing the upcoming Winter Leadership Conference. Also on the podcast, Matt talks with Ben Brown, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at The Ohio State University. Dusty catches up with Elizabeth Toot-Levy about Water Quality. He also sent back a conversation with Dr. Don Davidson in a conversation on African Swine Fever. Also included at no charge, a healthy dose of Christmas cheer!… Continue reading

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