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Exercise in a combine?

With all the bending, lifting, and repetitive moves that farming demands, the career can exact a toll on a person’s body — young or old.

Pain might seem unavoidable, the inevitable cost of cultivating the land. However, there are ways to prevent long- and short-term injuries, in part through exercises that can be done while sitting in a tractor or a combine.

More exercise?

“When you’ve already worked 14 hours a day, you don’t want to work out. But there is a way to fit some exercises and stretching into your routine without having to go to the gym,” said Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility.

The program, which is offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), offers free assessments for people with disabilities, to help determine which kinds of assistive technology they might need.

When farmers sit idle in a tractor or other vehicle, they can use that time to stretch, just like people who work in offices can do from their desks, Akgerman said.

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Ohio barns (and barn paintings) featured on Hancock County tour

While staying at a bed and breakfast in Licking County in the early 2000s, a deteriorating barn captivated the eye of Cincinnati artist and retired dentist, Robert Kroeger. This first barn would ignite Kroeger’s “Ohio Barn Project,” which has taken the artist to more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties to paint, research, and write about historic barns. In nearly every county, Kroeger has donated the proceeds from the sale of his paintings to a local historical organization.

In 2018, Robert Kroeger approached the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay about painting Hancock County barns. The museum provided historical information for dozens of barns that have appeared on the museum’s Historic Barn Tour since its inception in 2013. Kroeger reviewed the information and chose several barns to visit, in person, on a day-trip to the area. Ultimately, he painted 13 Hancock County barns in 2018 using the impasto oil technique. He applies the paint quickly and in very thick layers with a palette knife, creating texture and dimension.

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Axis and Meristem team up on crop inputs

Axis Seed of Ohio, LLC and Meristem Crop Performance, LLC announced today a strategic alliance agreement that will disrupt traditional inefficient marketing channels by bringing more crop input options to Ohio farmers. Axis is an independent direct-to-farm genetics company that has the unique ability to bring corn hybrids and soybean varieties to market that deliver exceptional performance in soil types specific to key Ohio counties. Meristem is a direct-to-farm supplier of micronutrients, seed treatments, nitrogen stabilizers, spray adjuvants and plant growth regulators widely used across the corn belt with proven results.

“The farmers that I have served in Ohio over the last 20 years are aggressively seeking solutions to produce more output per unit input,” said Nathan Louiso, Axis of Ohio president. “The Meristem leadership team and proven product portfolio will allow farmers and organizations in Ohio that choose to align with Axis to remove costly inefficiencies in their operations.”

In late 2018, Meristem and Axis established a preliminary co-marketing agreement to put select Meristem products to work in Ohio farm fields.

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Vending machine now providing bacon fix for Buckeye football fans

After grabbing international media headlines last winter, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to launch their new-and-improved Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio Stadium just in time for football season. The Bacon Vending Machine was available for the first home game of the season for Buckeye fans to purchase ready-to-eat bacon, while supplies last, at Ohio Stadium all season long.

“The Ohio Pork Council is proud to support Ohio State Athletics and could not think of a more fitting location to launch our new Bacon Vending Machine than Ohio Stadium,” said Nathan Schroeder, District 1 Director, a pig farmer from Putnam County, Ohio. “Thanks to the Bacon Vending Machine, fans can cheer the Buckeyes on to victory with a classic game day favorite — bacon.”

Developed in collaboration with Innovative Vending Solutions, the custom machine features a variety of ready-to-eat bacon for fans to enjoy at an affordable price. The modern machine also features a touch screen interface with educational videos and facts about Ohio’s pig farming community on display — enabling consumers to learn more about responsibly raised pork.

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Penhorwood signs off and moooves on

Joel Penhorwood has accepted a job with Select Sires and will no longer be contributing his considerable talents with the OCJ/OAN team. We are sad to see Joel move on but wish him well as he takes on a new chapter in his career. Thanks Joel for your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors. Here are some of our favorite posts from Joel:

Super Bowl corn syrup controversy commentary

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Soil Health Social in Defiance

A free Soil Health Social Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. targets any farmer interested in improving their soil health. The event will be held at the Defiance Ag Service Center 06879 Evansport Rd. Defiance.

The featured speaker, Rick Clark, is a Williamsport, Ind. farmer who uses no-till with diverse cover crop blends on his 7,000 acre operation. He has 20 years of data to help tell his story.

Other speakers include Bruce Clevenger (OSU Extension), Tyler Miller (Defiance SWCD), Steve Snyder (NRCS) and Jim Hoorman (NRCS). Equipment dealers will be on hand with cover crop seeding tools, crimpers and fertilizer placement tools. The evening meal and Ice cream are complementary.

Please click Register or call 419-782-1794.

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Trade agreement in place with Japan

U.S. agriculture celebrated a U.S. trade agreement with Japan that, once implemented, will place it back on a level playing field with international competitors in one of its most important export markets. The agreement was announced at the G7 summit in France during a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

“We thank the Trump administration for negotiating a trade agreement with Japan, a market that represented 25 percent of total U.S. pork exports last year,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “We look forward to rapid implementation of the agreement as international competitors are currently taking U.S. pork market share through more favorable access.”

Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University, estimates exports to Japan will grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to more than $2.2 billion over the next 15 years as a result of the United States pork industry getting market access in Japan as favorable as its competitors.

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NPPC wins HSUS case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in its appeal to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The court rejected HSUS’s attempt to advance an anti-meat activist agenda through an unwarranted suit designed to hurt 60,000 U.S. pork producers and undermine a farm sector critical to rural communities and that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The court rejected HSUS’ attempted challenge to the National Pork Board’s 2006 federally approved purchase from NPPC of trademarks associated with the organization’s “Pork: The Other White Meat” campaign and payments associated with the agreement. While HSUS claimed it and others were injured because proceeds from the transaction were misappropriated by the National Pork Board, the pork “checkoff,” the D.C. Circuit found that HSUS and its fellow plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they had suffered harm from the transaction, including the associated payments.

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ODNR Division of Forestry announces 2019 Ohio Tree Farm Tour

The annual Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour is slated for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Snowy Oak Tree Farm in Ashtabula County, according to the Ohio Division of Forestry. Dr. Paul and Joanne Mechling will host the event, which is free and open to the public.
“The Mechlings are strong advocates for sustainable, well-managed woodlands,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry. “They are being recognized by their woodland-owner peers in the Ohio Tree Farm System for their outstanding example of private land stewardship to achieve many forest and wildlife benefits.”

Visitors can explore the 365-acre Snowy Oak Tree Farm to view forest management practices, pollinator habitat, and wildlife food plots. The Mechling family produces maple syrup on Snowy Oak Tree Farm, and maple tubing and sap production will be one of the many displays featured, along with invasive plant species control, bridge construction, wetland design, and tree planting.

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West Coast goes cage free

By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law Program

States continue to battle over whether eggs should come from cage-free hens or caged hens. When we last discussed the topic HERE in May, the governor of the state of Washington had just signed his state’s cage-free requirement into law.

Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producing state, has gone the other way in trying to limit cage-free egg production.  Now, Oregon is set to ban the purchase or sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens starting in 2024.  However, Oregon’s law exempts eggs and egg products from caged hens if the sale occurs at a federally inspected plant under the Egg Products Inspection Act or if the caged hens were at a commercial farm with a flock of fewer than 3,000 hens.  You can read the text of the bill HERE.

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Seven Asian countries now battling African swine fever

Continuing its march across the continent, African swine fever (ASF) now has claimed its seventh Asian country, Myanmar, which is west of most previous known cases. If you include the Asian portion of Russia in this count, there are eight Asian countries battling ASF. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), two far eastern provinces (not far from the Chinese border) have recently reported new cases of the disease on farms. While ASF had been found in eastern Russia before, these provinces had not reported cases previously. This marks the first cases in Eastern Russia since late 2017.

 

Myanmar

In the recent United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, the ministry of agriculture, livestock and irrigation confirmed that the country’s first ASF outbreak occurred in a village in Mongla Township, Kengtung District, Shan State, on Aug. 1. This is in the northeast part of the country near the Chinese border. 

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Will the growing season last through September?

By Jim Noel, NOAA

There is good news as it appears we will not have an early freeze in Ohio in September.

Below normal temperatures will be with us to end August and possibly into the first half of September per the NOAA/Climate Prediction Center Week 2 early September temperatures.

Rainfall will likely be normal or above normal in August, but the trend will be normal to below normal to start September.

You can keep up with the two week freeze risk at:

https://www.weather.gc.ca/ensemble/naefs/produits_e.html

You need to select the minimum temperature for 0C and push your end date 16 days into the future.

Looking further ahead, models continue to support a switch to wetter weather in harvest season. It is not clear whether that occurs in October or November, but like last year the timing could challenge later harvested crops. Since crops went in late, harvest season could become a challenge.

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Mobile hop dryer developed in Ohio

In a state that boasts 300 craft breweries, David Volkman is one of many craft beer enthusiasts in Ohio. But Volkman, with 12 acres of land in Warren County, is not only supporting Ohio’s craft brewing industry through consumption; he’s also contributing to its production. In 2012, he and his wife, Nina, started transitioning some of their small acreage to grow hops. Today, they grow 1,400 plants on about 1.5 acres and they’ve named their business Ohio Valley Hops. Hops are in demand in Ohio and U.S. hop acreage has increased by 72% since 2012. In Ohio, less than 2% of the hops used to brew a whopping 1.09 million barrels of craft beer are grown locally.

“There was a large demand in Ohio, but no local supply,” said David Volkman. “As a fan of craft brewing, I attended a few field days and we decided to give it a go.”

Volkman says that with improved quality and increasing quantity, growing hops sustainably as an alternate crop can provide additional income for small farmers in Ohio.

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Nitrogen deficiency issues in corn

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.

Due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils during the 2019 growing season, it is not surprising to see some signs of nitrogen deficiency showing up in corn fields across the eastern Corn Belt. Whether applied preplant or sidedress, patterns of heavy rainfall and wet soils increase the likelihood of nitrogen being lost. Because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for corn plant development and ultimately yield, losses will impact final yields this fall.

When saturated conditions persist, nitrogen can be lost though leaching or denitrification. Leaching (more likely to occur in course-textured soils) is the process where nitrogen is moved down through the soil profile and out of the root zone where it is not available to plants. The severity of nitrogen loss due to leaching is impacted the intensity and duration of rainfall. Denitrification is the process where soil nitrogen is biologically converted to gaseous nitrogen and lost to the atmosphere.

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Stage set for more market access in Japan

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed the announcement that the United States and Japan have reached an agreement in principle that sets the stage for increased market access for American agriculture products in Japan.

“This is very encouraging news,” said NCGA President Lynn Chrisp. “Japan is the second-largest purchaser of U.S. corn and has been an important, longstanding trading partner with America’s corn farmers. We hope the next stage of negotiations are successful in enhancing rules of trade and building on this strong relationship.”

Chrisp said NCGA is continuing conversations with the Trump Administration to learn more details on what specifically this announcement will mean for America’s corn farmers.

The U.S.-Japan announcement follows recent Administrative actions that have added to growing economic concerns across rural America. Last week, the Chinese government announced it would levy an additional 10% tariff on U.S. products, including corn and ethanol, in response to President Trump’s recent increase in tariffs on Chinese products.

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Rains supportive as Ohio crop progress continues

Timely rains helped some corn and soybean fields last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 25. The perimeter of the State received much of the rainfall while counties across the middle of the State received fewer showers. Overall, the State received slightly higher than normal amounts of rainfall. Temperatures and base 50 growing degree days were slightly higher than normal levels as well. Topsoil moisture rated adequate and surplus saw a 2 percentage point increase from the previous week while subsoil moisture rated adequate and surplus saw a 3 point decrease. Corn, soybeans, oats, and hay all continued to lag behind the 5-year average progress in all categories listed. Rainfall was a blessing as 52 percent of corn was in dough stage and 70 percent of soybeans were setting pods. Even with the timely rains, corn rated in good to excellent condition was 31 percentage points below the 5-year average rating and soybeans rated in good to excellent condition was 29 points below the 5-year average rating.

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Ohio Hemp Farm Summit

The Ohio Hemp Farm Summit will be held September 28, at 10 a.m. at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds — 415 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113.

Attendees can learn the ins and outs of the hemp industry at this event covering topics from legality, planting, harvesting, processing, packaging, and marketing from industry experts. There will be many vendors present as well. Admission is $4o with pre-registration at Eventbrite eventbrite.com/e/hemp-farm-summit-tickets-63899320588, $45 at the door. Lunch will be provided.

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OABA seeking emerging leaders for eighth LAUNCH class

Tomorrow’s agribusiness leader will need to be nimble and lead change in addressing workforce pressures, consumer demands, and governmental challenges, all while fostering networks and collaborative work styles. Emerging agribusiness leaders can build their skills through LAUNCH — Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights — to rise to the challenges and opportunities facing agribusinesses today and tomorrow.

Hosted by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in partnership with Shift-ology Communication, the LAUNCH program is geared to help Ohio agribusinesses Elevate People, Elevate Ideas and Elevate the Industry. The program is designed for emerging leaders with a desire to meet higher level goals than the scope of their current position. The course is designed for leaders with all levels of experience — from entry level to seasoned employees — who seek to rise within their company.

“Agribusinesses continually compete with all industries to recruit and retain the best talent, but there is also a need to invest in those who are already passionate about agriculture,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO.

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Russell joins Ohio Ag Net team

The Ohio Ag Net is excited to announce the addition of Dave Russell to the farm broadcasting team. Dave is a veteran farm broadcaster who has served agriculture in Indiana and Ohio for decades.

“Dave brings a wealth of broadcast and agricultural knowledge to the team,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio Ag Net. “I have known Dave for a long time and have always been impressed with his professionalism and his passion for agriculture. I am looking forward to his contributions to the team.”

Russell began at WRFD in Columbus. He has since been a voice for Hoosier agriculture at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and the Indiana voice for Tribune Radio Networks. In addition to his career in farm broadcasting, Russell worked in state government, serving as Agricultural Liaison for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and as Director Information/Public Relations for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Russell is a familiar emcee at events and for his work announcing cattle shows including the Ohio Beef Expo, Ohio State Fair and several BEST shows.

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Farm Science Review’s Hall of Fame winner chosen

A long-time journalist, communicator, and promoter of the annual Farm Science Review, Suzanne Steel, has been inducted into the 30th class of honorees in the FSR Hall of Fame, where 78 others are honored for their contribution to the event.

For 23 years, Steel worked in the marketing and communications department of the event’s main sponsor, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. During that time, Steel promoted FSR through contacts with national, state, and local media.

FSR will take place this year from Sept. 17–19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, 135 State Route 38 NE, in London, Ohio. The show offers visitors an opportunity to view the latest in technology and gain insights from CFAES experts about making their operations more profitable.

“Marketing is extremely important to a large public event such as FSR, which Suzanne has championed over the years,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR manager.

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