Conservation

Crop Insurance, Risk Management to Shape Next Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (right), a member of the Senate's agriculture committee, made a stop at Farm Science Review on Tuesday. With him are CFAES retiring dean Bobby Moser (left) and new dean Bruce McPheron. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain)

LONDON, Ohio -- The soaring cost of crop insurance and the move away from direct payments to farmers in favor of risk-management measures will shape the future of the Farm Bill, according to Ohio State University agricultural economists who shared their perspectives with farmers and other attendees Sept. 18 on the inaugural day of the 50th Farm Science Review in London, Ohio.

$6M Announced for Reconstruction of Tornado-stricken Building on Ohio State's Wooster Campus

Destroyed Ag Engineering building after the tornado.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The state of Ohio's Office of Budget and Management has allocated $6 million in emergency funds to assist with the reconstruction of a building at Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), which was severely damaged as a result of a Sept. 16, 2010, tornado that struck the Wooster campus.

H3N2 Flu Outbreak: Awareness Key to Preventing Illness, Minimizing Impact on Pork Industry, Ohio State Experts Say

Pigs are a common sight at agricultural fairs taking place in Ohio and around the country this summer and autumn.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Better education regarding the nature of influenza viruses and how to prevent infection, along with stepped up efforts to keep sick pigs away from agricultural fairs, are the best ways to minimize risk of human disease and any potentially adverse impact on the country's pork industry as a result of the current outbreak of influenza A H3N2 variant virus, Ohio State University animal virologists say.

OARDC Scientist Leads New Great Lakes Fire Science Consortium

Image of OARDC scientist Charles Goebel

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Jack pines, which are common in parts of the northern Great Lakes, need fire to thrive. So does the rare and endangered Kirtland’s warbler, which nests only in burned or otherwise disturbed young jack pine stands in a handful of locations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario -- and nowhere else on Earth. Both are part of the same “fire-dependent ecosystem,” a type of biological community that needs occasional fires in order to persist.

Clever Rabbits or Not, Parking Lot Farm Is Seeing Results

Image of parking lot test plots.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Even a garden in the middle of a parking lot can have a problem with rabbits. “They were coming through part of the gate,” said a rather amazed Joe Kovach, an Ohio State University scientist who has set up a lushly growing and ostensibly fenced-off fruit and vegetable test garden on an old asphalt parking lot in Wooster in northeast Ohio.

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