Our Ohio Weekly

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Our Ohio Weekly shares the story of Ohio agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau. Each week, this radio program and podcast features guests who represent leaders in agriculture, government, academia and the food industry, among others. Host Ty Higgins talks to interesting guests and brings the story of Ohio agriculture to life by featuring Farm Bureau members and staff who are working hard all across Ohio.

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A different type of farm is coming to the Buckeye State. Soon, the town of Pioneer, Ohio will be home to a nearly 500,000 square feet facility that will be used to grow Atlantic Salmon. Science and technology breakthroughs from 30 years ago have spawned into a burgeoning industry where farms grow quality food to a booming world population and produce that food with their neighbors and the environment in mind. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about AquaBounty, one of Ohio’s newest farmers. 00:00 - AquaBounty President and CEO, Sylvia Wulf gives insights into the Salmon industry and her company’s plans for growth to meet market demands. 23:50 - Young Ag Professionals State Committee member Sara Tallmadge tells her ag story “To the Beat of Agriculture” and has important information about the 2022 YAP Winter Leadership Experience 32:20 - Micah Mensing, Farm Credit Mid-America’s Growing Forward Specialist, shares how his organization supports the next generation of agriculture. 42:20 - The Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey was recently released by American Farm Bureau. Their Senior Economist, Veronica Nigh, has the details.

Nov 21

48 min 9 sec

According to the Farm Service Agency of the USDA, nearly 3 percent, or 35.2 million acres of U.S. farmland is foreign-owned as of December. 2019. Several states have enacted laws or introduced legislation to limit foreign ownership of farmland in the United States. The National Agricultural Law Center joins us on this Our Ohio Weekly to provide a status report on those laws and where Ohio stands on the issue of foreign-owned ag land. 00:00 - The National Agricultural Law Center’s Harrison Pittman explores the past, present, and future of federal and state laws as well as legislative proposals relating to foreign ownership of agricultural land. 23:50 - On this “To the Beat of Agriculture'', hear the story of Northwest Ohio farmer Austin Heil as he talks about his deep roots in Ohio agriculture dating back to the 1800’s. He is also the man behind a charity bike ride that spells “Ohio” in cursive, all to raise money for a great cause. 32:20 - More with Harrison Pittman of the National Ag Law Center discussing foreign ownership of U.S. farmland. 42:20 - Sharon Casapulla, President of the Ohio Rural Health Association highlights the upcoming National Rural Health Day and her organization’s Rural Health Improvement Plan.

Nov 14

48 min 9 sec

The Collegiate Farm Bureau at The Ohio State University serves many purposes. The organization provides support to students who are engaged in the field of agriculture and is a connection between current industry professionals and students engaged in the field of agriculture. The organization also works to familiarize members with, and to maintain cooperative relationships with, OFB and AFBF and it creates a diverse student organization that is educated and passionate about the agriculture industry, farm policy, and innovation. 00:00 - Collegiate Farm Bureau at The Ohio State University President Tyler Zimpfer and Vice President Joel Shoup talk about their organization and why the chose to get involved in their leadership roles. 16:50 - Ohio’s Treasurer Robert Sprague talks about his proposed modifications to the state’s AgLink program to help more farmers get reduced interest operating loans. 23:50 - 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners Emily Scaff and Cadence Richard share the details of their project that earned them a scholarship in this week’s “To the Beat of Agriculture”. 32:20 - Find out more about the 2022 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge from Ohio Farm Bureau’s program specialist, Kelsey Turner. 42:20 - Who you vote for and who you vote with may be changing as Ohio’s election map gets a refresh through a process called “Redistricting”. Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy council talks about the process.

Nov 7

48 min 9 sec

The first electric vehicle was created in 1832. Needless to say the technology has come a long way since that time and now there are more than 10 million Electric Vehicles on the road. The vast majority of these EVs are on California, New York, Florida and Texas highways, but when will we start seeing EVs in rural areas and even put to use on farms? On this Our Ohio Weekly, we take a look into EVs and agriculture. 00:00 - Secretary of State Frank LaRose is looking for people to work the polls on November 2nd. He talks about the process and the benefits of volunteering on Election Day. 05:05 - Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Energy Policy and Dr. Scott Shearer, a professor and chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State University talk about the future of EVs use in agriculture. 23:50 - On this week’s edition of To the Beat of Agriculture, meet the recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2021 Outstanding Young Farmer Award and learn how he is leading the next generation of farmers. 32:20 - October is Cooperative Month! Farm Credit Mid-America Senior Vice President Agricultural Lending, Tara Durbin, discusses the advantages and benefits of being part of a co-op. 42:20 - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association just wrapped up their 2021 Ohio Fairs season. OHHA’s Frank Fraas has a recap.

Oct 24

48 min 9 sec

Farmers are used to getting paid for raising a quality product — soybeans, sweet corn, apples, peppers. But a farm’s value lies in its soils, too. What if farmers could get paid for building a quality soil? Just like markets for those soybeans, there’s now a small, but growing, commodity market for building and storing carbon in a farm’s soils. So how do farmers get paid for storing carbon? On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about carbon markets from guests on Ohio Farm Bureau's Field Day podcast. 00:00 - Julia Brown, Communications and Media Relations Manager for the Ohio Soybean Association talks about the quickly emerging carbon market and what farmers need to do to prepare for carbon sequestration programs in their area. 16:50 - Amanda Bahn-Ziegler, Account Manager for Truterra, discusses their emergence in the carbon space and their TruCarbon program, which has been available for farmers to cash in carbon credits from their farming practices. 23:50 - Hear from the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2021 Discussion Meet, Stacie Anderson, on this week’s To the Beat of Agriculture. Her roots in agriculture run deep as memories of old school Farm Bureau meetings happily linger in her past. 32:20 - Aldyen Donnelly, co-founder of Nori Inc., shares all things carbon and what programming Nori offers for farmers interested in carbon sequestration. 42:20 - Mike Thompson and Bryan Randell from Indigo Ag visit about their carbon programs available for farmers across the state.

Oct 17

48 min 8 sec

Farmers are used to getting paid for raising a quality product — soybeans, sweet corn, apples, peppers. But a farm’s value lies in its soils, too. What if farmers could get paid for building a quality soil? Just like markets for those soybeans, there’s now a small, but growing, commodity market for building and storing carbon in a farm’s soils. So how do farmers get paid for storing carbon? On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about carbon markets. 00:00 - Julia Brown, Communications and Media Relations Manager for the Ohio Soybean Association talks about the quickly emerging carbon market and what farmers need to do to prepare for carbon sequestration programs in their area. 16:50 - Amanda Bahn-Ziegler, Account Manager for Truterra, discusses their emergence in the carbon space and their TruCarbon program, which has been available for farmers to cash in carbon credits from their farming practices. 23:50 - Hear from the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2021 Discussion Meet, Stacie Anderson, on this week’s To the Beat of Agriculture. Her roots in agriculture run deep as memories of old school Farm Bureau meetings happily linger in her past. 32:20 - Aldyen Donnelly, co-founder of Nori Inc., shares all things carbon and what programming Nori offers for farmers interested in carbon sequestration. 42:20 - Mike Thompson and Bryan Randell from Indigo Ag visit about their carbon programs available for farmers across the state.

Oct 17

48 min 8 sec

Ohio Farm Bureau’s farmer leaders, including young agricultural professionals, AgriPOWER Class XII members, along with county presidents and vice presidents, made their way to Washington, D.C. at the end of September. Over three days, participants heard from experts and, in turn, voiced their thoughts on topics as far reaching as tax policy to climate to broadband development. This week on Our Ohio Weekly, hear more about this opportunity for members to help legislators make the connection between what is happening on Ohio farms and what is being debated in the halls of Congress and within federal agencies. 00:00 - Senator Rob Portman visits with participants on the 2021 Washington D.C. Leaders Experience trip about legislation currently being considered by Congress. 16:50 - Senator Sherrod Brown talks with Ohio Farm Bureau members about the infrastructure legislation he had a hand in developing and what it would mean for Ohio. 23:50 - Colin Brown, a former sous chef who began growing ingredients in his own garden, now has his own farm to table restaurant in the Cleveland area. He tells his story "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Megan and Tyrone Brannon are co-chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agriculture Professionals state committee. They were part of this year's Washington D.C. Leadership Experience and they share what being a part of the trip meant to them. 42:20 - Hardin County Farm Bureau vice president Austin Heil gives his recap of the week in D.C. visiting with legislators and his takeaway from being on the trip.

Oct 10

48 min 9 sec

Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders are serving on the organization's 2021 Policy Development Committee. The committee collects and organizes public policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and presents the final policy suggestions to be voted on by Ohio Farm Bureau’s delegates during the state annual meeting in December. In its initial session, the committee heard from government leaders, subject matter experts and Farm Bureau staff on a variety of topics. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear from some of the members of this year’s Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Development Committee. 00:00 - Dr. Larry Antosch, Senior Director of Policy Development and Environmental Policy with Ohio Farm Bureau and OFBF Policy Development Committee members Danielle Burch and Jonathan Zucker talk about the issues Farm Bureau is looking at ahead of this year’s annual meeting. 23:50 - Nicole Gunderman works on a Cincinnati farm that was recently awarded an Action and Awareness Grant from Ohio Farm Bureau for their important work. Find out more about Gorman Heritage Farm “To the Beat of Agriculture”. 32:20 - The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will present a free, virtual Let’s Talk About Caregivers and Mental Health Support workshop on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. The workshop is designed for caregivers who live in a rural setting and anyone who lives/works on a farm. OSU’s Laura Agkerman has the details. 42:20 - County Farm Bureau’s in east central Ohio are taking a different approach to Mental Health awareness. Organization Director Trevor Kirkpatrick shares how a check engine light is making the connection to mental health for area farmers.

Sep 26

48 min 9 sec

According to Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, nearly 31% of Ohio or over 8 million acres of the state is under forest cover. Almost 6 million of those acres are held by some 336,000 nonindustrial private landowners. If you are one of those owners, you probably already know that properly managing your woodland improves forest health, aesthetics, and wildlife habitat. It also provides soil stabilization, clean water, self-satisfaction, and a potential source of income. On this week’s Our Ohio Weekly, we discover more about Ohio’s timber industry. 00:00 - John Kehn, Northern Service Forestry Coordinator, Division of Forestry at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources gives an overview of Ohio’s timber industry. 16:50 - Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ John Kehn talks about the education needed when it comes to timber and the efforts being made on that front. 23:50 - Wyandot County pig farmer Randy Brown has been farming for over 40 years and his efforts on his farm and in the industry were recently recognized. Hear his story “To the Beat of Agriculture.” 32:20 - The Farm Science Review is back in person this year. Adam Carney, senior director of membership sales and marketing with Ohio Farm Bureau, gives a preview of what is happening in OFBF’s barn this year at FSR. 42:20 - Kelly Burns, executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, talks about the Youth Pathways to Careers on Agriculture grant program and its mission to introduce and train students for high-demand jobs in the farm and food sector.

Sep 19

48 min 9 sec

Launched by Governor Mike DeWine in 2019, H2Ohio is a comprehensive water quality initiative that is addressing serious water issues that have been building in Ohio for decades. Areas of concern include harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie caused by phosphorus runoff from farm fertilizer, wastewater, and home sewage treatment systems due to aging infrastructure, and lead contamination from old water pipes and fixtures. H2Ohio was first funded by the Ohio General Assembly with an investment of $172 million in the 2020-2021 state budget, which allowed the program to rollout to 14 counties in the Maumee River Watershed. Additional funding in the latest budget means the program is expanding. On this Our Ohio Weekly, find out what H2Ohio means for the state’s agriculture sector. 00:00 - Clark Hudson, Program Coordinator for H2Ohio in the Western Lake Erie Basin, gives an update on the water quality initiative. 23:50 - After a series of life-changing events while serving as a U.S. soldier, Matt Schaar took his determination and fortitude from the battlefield to the farm fields. Hear his story “To the Beat of Agriculture.” 32:20 - Dirk Pollitt, Nationwide’s VP of Farm Sales and Underwriting shares how you can nominate a deserving ag educator for the Golden Owl Award and Ivory Harlow has the details on the upcoming event, "The Meating" for those interested in the meat processing sector. 42:20 - Honeybees are growing in popularity in Ohio, but what are some things to consider if you are looking to become a beekeeper? Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks about the basics of beekeeping.

Sep 12

48 min 8 sec

Earlier this year, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 2 into law, creating the Ohio Broadband Expansion Program. Then, as part of the state’s new biennial budget, $250 million dollars was earmarked to allow internet service providers to apply for grants that will help fund the infrastructure needed to provide faster internet access to underserved rural Ohio communities. How soon will Ohioans see a difference in their broadband offerings and what does that process look like? On this week’s Our Ohio Weekly, we connect with experts to talk about rural broadband. 00:00 - Tom Reid, Broadband Consultant with Reid Consulting Group and Jenna Reese, Director of State Policy with Ohio Farm Bureau talk about the rural broadband challenges in Ohio and efforts to overcome them. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", one of the newest inductees into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame, Keith Stimpert, talks about his career that included 4 decades with Ohio Farm Bureau. 32:20 - Tom Reid and Jenna Reese continue the rural broadband discussion and the multiple disconnects between rural and urban parts of Ohio. 42:20 - Hocking County Farm Bureau organization director, Ivory Harlow, talks about the newly developed virtual Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience.

Sep 5

48 min 9 sec

The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, which was held online last year because of the pandemic, will return this year to be live and in person for the 59th annual event. Farm Science Review attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. On this week’s Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about this year’s Farm Science Review. 00:00 - Farm Science Review manager, Nick Zachrich, and OSU Extension Educator Brooke Beam give a preview of this year's event. 16:50 - A new infrastructure bill has passed the Senate and is on its way to the House. Ohio Farm Bureau's Brandon Kern discusses what this legislation would mean for agriculture in Ohio and across the country. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", northeast Ohio's Lori Keener shares the story of the trust her family put into the Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide over many generations after he experience of turning in a decades old life policy. 32:20 - More than 830 river miles are protected in the Ohio scenic river system, with some new designations being proposed. Ohio Farm Bureau policy counsel, Leah Curtis, discusses The Ohio Scenic Rivers Program. 42:20 - Shelby County Farm Bureau organization director, Jill Smith, has information about the upcoming Growing Women in Agriculture: An Empowerment Celebration coming up next month.

Aug 22

48 min 8 sec

If you were to visit 80 Acres Farms you might be looking for tractors, silos or acres and acres of soil, but those things typical to agriculture are nowhere in sight at the Hamilton, Ohio facility. Instead, the farm is located inside a huge controlled environment facility. This week, find out how vertical farming works and how it will fit into the future of American agriculture? 00:00 - Rebecca Haders, vice president of creative and marketing for 80 Acres Farms, talks about the world's first fully automated indoor farm, capable of producing an abundance of crop varieties year-round. 16:50 - Chieri Kubota, professor of controlled environment agriculture at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Horticulture and Crop Science discusses the new Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex being constructed on Waterman Farm in Columbus. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet the "Punk Rock Farmer", Jonathan Lawler. 32:20 - Ohio Poultry Association executive vice president Jim Chakeres shares how Ohio’s egg and bacon farmers have joined efforts to launch Best Buckeye Breakfasts. 42:20 - Once again this year, the Delaware and Union County Farm Bureaus are hosting Benefit in the Barn to raise money for a great cause. Doug Loudenslager has the details.

Aug 8

48 min 8 sec

The business of news - how it's generated, how it's distributed and how it's consumed has changed exponentially in what seems like a very short time and it keeps changing. What used to be local TV stations and hundreds of local newspapers has morphed into countless television networks and, sadly, very few newspapers covering small town America. That was the topic of conversation at a recent luncheon at the Columbus Metropolitan Club. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear from industry experts from print and broadcast about the changing landscape of news in a digital world. 00:00 - Alan Miller, Executive Editor for The Columbus Dispatch, Walker Evans, Co-Founder & CEO of Columbus Underground and Denise Eck, News Director for WCMH NBC4 talk about how their industry has been changing as the world becomes fully digital. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", hear from the President of Ohio State's Collegiate Farm Bureau, Tyler Zimpfer, and why he is passionate about getting involved in ag, and getting others involved, at the college level. 32:20 - Ben Gammie, Ohio Apples Board President and 4th generation owner & grower of Quarry Hill Orchard, talks about the apple industry and how agritourism has faired over the past 18 months.

Aug 1

48 min 8 sec

For generations it has been ingrained in our society that after you graduate high school, the next logical step is to continue your education at the college level. Although there is value in getting a degree in a specialty of your choice, many students are finding a different path to a successful career by foregoing 2 or 4 year universities and diving right into a career. Realizing the growth of that thought process, while the workforce is shrinking, Sunrise Cooperative created the RISE FFA Career Program, and from that, Sunrise University. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet the CEO of Sunrise and two of his newest employees who decided to fill out a job application instead of a college application. 00:00 - George Secor, President and CEO of Sunrise, Jacob Walters, 2021 RISE FFA Career Recipient and Sunrise University participant Shaun Hall talk about the new career oriented programs they are involved in. 23:50 - The man behind The Ohio State Fair has strong agricultural roots here in the Buckeye State. Virgil Strickler shares his story "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's policy counsel, Leah Curtis, talks about the issue of stray voltage and how one Ohio dairy was impacted. 42:20 - If you produce, process or partake in red meat, you can take part in the ACEnet meat processing survey. Ohio Farm Bureau member Paul Dorrance has the details.

Jul 25

48 min 9 sec

The saying “necessity is the mother of innovation” has rarely been more true for modern society than it was during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. That is particularly true for the farm and food sector. Farmers found new ways to market their products, manufacturers changed how food was packaged and delivered and more made-at-home recipes were Googled by the American public than ever before. There is one Ohio organization that specializes in helping those that grow and process our food more successfully and, needless to say, they have been very busy over the past 18 months. Learn more about the Center for Innovative Food Technology, or CIFT, on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Rebecca Singer, CIFT's President and CEO and Elizabeth Murawski, Business and Workforce Development Manager for CIFT talk about how their organization encourages economic development by providing technical innovations and solutions for the food processing and agricultural industries. 23:50 - Meet Young Ag Professionals Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker, "To the Beat of Agriculture" and find out how they understand that in order to accomplish something in the future, you have to have respect for the past. 32:20 - CIFT's Rebecca Singer and Elizabeth Murawski talk about ways they are helping their clients combat new cybersecurity threats. 42:20 - American Farm Bureau's Ag Innovation Challenge is underway. AFBF's Executive Director of Industry Relations, Sarah Brown, shares the details.

Jul 18

48 min 9 sec

In light of climate-induced risks and uncertainties like increasing extreme rainfall events and warmer temperatures, a team made up of research, extension, and outreach professionals at Ohio State are working together to identify how to promote sustainability and resilience in the Eastern Corn Belt. They are also trying to understand how farmers’ can adapt to these changing conditions while supporting both agricultural production and the protection of our critical ecosystem. Learn more about the study on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Dr. Robyn Wilson, Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science at Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center and Dr. Mary Doidge, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at McGill University in Montreal discuss their project that focuses on the past and expected future climate conditions, and how farmers plan to adapt. 23:50 - After a series of life changing events while serving as a U.S. soldier, Matt Schaar took his determination and fortitude from the battlefield to the farm fields. Hear his story "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio has a new budget for Fiscal Years 2022-2023. The $74 billion budget checks many of Ohio Farm Bureau's priority issue boxes. To talk more about the wins for Farm Bureau and Ohio Agriculture as a whole in Ohio's budget is Brandon Kern, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of state and national policy and Jenna Reese, the organization’s director of state policy. 42:20 - American Farm Bureau just released their Summer Cookout Survey to get a gauge on popular Independence Day food prices. AFBF Economist Veronica Nigh has the details.

Jul 4

48 min 9 sec

In 2015, The state of Ohio committed to reducing nutrient loading into Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. This commitment was made as part of the Western Lake Erie Collaborative agreement, which includes similar pledges from Michigan and Ontario, Canada. How do things stand halfway through this 10-year agreement? Is there any progress being made and is that 40 percent reduction goal attainable? On this Our Ohio Weekly, find out what the latest data suggests. 00:00 - Dr. Larry Antosch, senior director of policy development and environmental policy with Ohio Farm Bureau and Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau's director of water quality and research discuss how Ohio and the state’s farmers are doing on holding up their end of the Western Lake Erie Collaborative agreement? 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet the 2021 Golden Owl Award winner, Don Hammersmith. 32:20 - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown talks about how trade policy might change under the Biden Administration and what he is hearing from farm families about new tax proposals coming out of Washington. 42:20 - Find out about American Farm Bureau's "Farm Dog of the Year" contest from AFBF's vice president of communications, Terri Moore.

Jun 27

48 min 9 sec

Technology for solar energy has come a long way over the past 10 years and, as a result, solar development projects are increasing across Ohio at a rapid rate. But with this recent boom in solar comes questions and concerns for farmers and landowners. What should you be aware of when signing a lease, what role does the government play, how will new solar projects impact land use, real estate values and nearby communities? Ironically energy that uses light is becoming a heavy topic in Ohio and we will cover it all on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Dale Arnold, director of energy policy with Ohio Farm Bureau and OFBF's senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern, talk about the development of solar energy projects across the state and how the process of starting a project may be changing. 23:50 - Meet the newly elected Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, Danielle Burch, "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's director of water quality and research, Jordan Hoewischer, talks about the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper or ONMRK app and how it is helping farmers with nutrient applications. 42:20 - Belmont County Farm Bureau will be filling backpacks for local kids in need again this month. Board member Devin Cain has all of the details and how volunteers can get involved.

Jun 13

48 min 9 sec

While many have already started the vaccination process, there is currently a general lack of confidence. Overall, 40% of the U.S. public have expressed concerns, ranging from “skeptical” to “open but uncertain,” about getting vaccinated. The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are leading a massive communications effort to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines. Find out more about those efforts on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - The JBS cyber attack puts even more emphasis on more regional capacity needs. Ohio Farm Bureau's Brandon Kern talks about what is being done in Ohio in that front. 05:58 - The Ad Council's Hannah Lipps and Charysse Nunez talk about the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, giving Americans all of the information they need before making the decision to get vaccinated. 23:50 - Meet the newly elected President of Ohio FFA, Jacob Zajkowski, "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Dr. Christina Canfield M.D., a family medicine physician from Wakefield, talks about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. 42:20 - Dennis Bell from the Columbus office of IRS gives the details about the upcoming IRS’ Rural Growth Symposium.

Jun 6

48 min 9 sec

While farmers are always open to new climate-smart practices and technology to reduce emissions levels, they could play an even larger role in the future to help achieve climate goals by adopting voluntary practices to offset Greenhouse Gas emissions, such as trapping carbon in the soil through increased conservation cover and reduced tillage. On this Our Ohio Weekly learn about the developing carbon markets for farmers. The questions, the challenges and the opportunities. 00:00 - American Farm Bureau's director of congressional relations, Andrew Walmsley and AFBF Shelby Swain Myers discuss the emerging markets for sustainability and carbon credits. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet the new President of the American Sheep Industry and Ohio sheep farmer, Susan Schulz. 32:20 - American Farm Bureau's director of congressional relations, Andrew Walmsley and AFBF Shelby Swain Myers talk about the revenue potential in the carbon market. 42:20 - The application deadline for Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professional's Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Ag awards is quickly approaching on June 11. OFBF's Kelsey Turner talks about the qualifications to apply and the prizes offered to this year's winners.

May 30

48 min 9 sec

In 2019, Ohio farmers experienced shocks that tested the limits of Ohio agriculture. Heavy rains affected planting and harvesting times, economic turbulence contributed to lower commodity prices, and nonfarm economic growth pushed farmland costs up. To learn how farmers were impacted, researchers in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University created the Ohio Farm Poll. On this Our Ohio Weekly, find out about the newly released results. 00:00 - Ohio State University's College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences' School of Environment and Natural Resources' Dr. Douglas Jackson Smith, Dr. Shoshanah Inwood and Dr. Andrea Rissing talk about The Ohio Farm Poll, what the results told us and future plans for the poll. 23:50 - When you think of bison, what comes to mind? Rolling pastures, tumbleweeds and a sandy desert? You probably don't think about Ohio. On this "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet a bison farmers from Grove City. 32:20 - Ohio farmers were the target of a new poll regarding animal agriculture. Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern, has the myths and the facts about the poll results.

May 23

48 min 9 sec

If you’ve watched a few shows on Comedy Central or NBC’s Last Comic Standing or have purchased peanut butter in bulk you have more than likely run into this week’s guest. Comedian Greg Warren joins us to talk about his new Amazon Prime special “Where The Field Corn Grows”. Warren is smart enough to understand what he doesn't know, and it's in his common-sense attempt to understand basic agriculture and the farm life that he harvests the ridiculous and absurd. 00:00 - Comedian Greg Warren talks about his Amazon Prime special "Where the Field Corn Grows". 16:50 - Ray Atkinson, American Farm Bureau's Director of Communication, gives details on the new Farm State of Mind resource directory for those struggling with farm stress and mental health. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet the 2021 Ohio Pork Council Pork Industry Excellence Award winner, Duane Stateler, and here about his farm that is several generations strong. 32:20 - Hocking County Farm Bureau’s Ivory Harlow shares info about Hocking County Ag Days. 42:20 - Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network project manager Aaron Heilers talks about what is planned for the farms for 2021.

May 16

48 min 9 sec

After beginning to recognize certain, disruptive trends emerging in the farming sector, Columbus-based Aimpoint Research launched a study giving them and the ag clients they serve an extensive look into the future of agriculture. This landmark research revealed the psychology of the farmers who are most likely to lead the industry in 2040 and both the internal and external factors impacting their success. This week on Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about the Farmer of the Future and how the evolution of agriculture might be shaping up. 00:00 - Brett Sciotto, President and CEO of Aimpoint Research and Ohio Farm Bureau's Executive Vice President Adam Sharp talk about Aimpoint's Farmer of the Future research. 23:50 - Meet Farm Girl with Curls blogger, Lauren Eyre, "To the Beat of Agriculture". She is now a member of the Aimpoint Research Agri-Food WatchDesk Team. 32:20 - Gregg Doud, Aimpoint Research VP of Global Situational Awareness and Chief Economist, gives a short and long term outlook for the farm economy.

May 2

48 min 9 sec

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association represents nearly 2,000 farmers and advocates to protect its members' freedom to farm and supports public policy on members’ behalf. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff, also part of Ohio Corn and Wheat, are voluntary programs approved by Ohio farmers that collect funds from the sale of corn and small grains to develop and expand markets, fund research and provide education about the crops. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet the executive director of Ohio Corn and Wheat and the association’s president as we talk about corn, ethanol, climate, the environment and more. 00:00 - Learn about Ohio Corn and Wheat and some of the things happening on the farm today. 16:50 - Find out how corn farmers and ethanol can be a big part of the climate conversation and other issues OCWGA have their eye on. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet John Linder. He farms in Morrow County and is currently the President of the National Corn Growers Association. 32:20 - The movie SILO is being released on May 7th to audiences across North America and will be available on most traditional moviegoing platforms - as well as in movie theatres. The movie's Producer, Sam Goldberg, gives details about the film. 42:20 - The Licking County Farm Bureau is hosting a Farmers Share Breakfast on May 1. Organization Director Kayla Jones shares all of the info.

Apr 25

48 min 8 sec

Spanning over 10,000 acres on three campuses, Ohio State’s College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences boasts an impressive area of learning. But more than acres, they also cover a lot of ground with their offerings for young people wanting careers in agriculture, including 22 bachelor’s degree majors, 26 associate degree majors and 32 minors. On this week’s Our Ohio Weekly, we’ll visit with the Dean in charge of everything happening at OSU’s CFAES, Dr. Cathann Kress. 00:00 - Dean Kress talks about the challenges her faculty and staff faced and how they navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic to continue operations and education. 16:50 - Innovation and research also continued at CFAES. Dean Kress shares some of the new happenings on Waterman Farm. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", hear the story of Groveport, Ohio farmer, Katherine Harrison, and her farm that is home to a growing goat yoga operation (among other things). But more than that, Harrison Farm is about planting seeds of perseverance that will sprout when the time comes. 32:20 - Ohio State University Extension is obviously such as important part of Ohio agriculture. Dean Kress talks about how that state-wide outreach been modified to fit the times. 42:20 - Why is unemployment fraud happening in Ohio and what do you do if you are a victim? Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel, Leah Curtis, discusses the issue and how to protect yourself from unemployment fraud.

Apr 18

48 min 8 sec

Ohio Farm Bureau has new leadership. Former president Frank Burkett left the OFBF board and was elected to the Nationwide board of directors shortly thereafter. Ohio Farm Bureau founded the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in 1926, which later became Nationwide. Burkett’s selection to the Nationwide board demonstrates the company’s continued deep connections to the ag industry. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet newly elected president, Bill Patterson, and learn about his vision and goals in his new Ohio Farm Bureau role. 00:00 - New Ohio Farm Bureau president Bill Patterson talks about the challenges and goals his organization has in 2021 and beyond. 16:50 - Jack Irvin, vice president of public policy with Ohio Farm Bureau shares how proposed legislation in Congress would tax capital gains at death and eliminate stepped-up basis as a way to raise revenue for government spending, causing Farm Bureau to issue an Action Alert to our members. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", visit one Perry County farm run by a duo that's not afraid of taking on a challenge. Dr. Tom and Suzie Turner's 215 acre shorthorn operation was built on a reclaimed silica mine. 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of state policy, Jenna Reese, gives an update on rural broadband efforts to connect all Ohioans. 42:20 - Shana Angel, Mineral City Watershed Program Assistant for Rural Action shares how an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation grant led the way for a new program that helps farmers prevent nutrient and sediment loss.

Apr 11

48 min 8 sec

The way we consume media is changing. You could be listening to music or shows in your car or tooling around in your shop or garage as it airs on your local radio station or you might be listening to the podcast version on your mobile device or even a smart speaker. This goes for just about any program being produced these days for any segment of our society...including agriculture. On this Our Ohio Weekly, Ty Higgins visits with ag media mogul, Rob Sharkey, who is changing the way farmers and those involved in agriculture get their entertainment and information. 00:00 - Rob Sharkey, The Shark Farmer, talks about why he started his podcast and how it has boomed into shows on SiriusXM radio and RFD-TV. 23:50 - In honor of Women's History Month, meet Central State ag instructor Dr. Cindy Folck "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - The deadline to sign up for the 2021 ExploreAg Camps is April 2nd. Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation's executive director Kelly Burns has all of the details. 42:20 - USDA/NASS will be starting up their weekly crop progress reports as farmers get back into the fields. Ohio's state statistician Cheryl Turner discusses what goes into putting those reports (and the many others NASS releases) together.

Mar 28

47 min 57 sec

According to the National Safety Council, 1 in 4 car crashes are due to mobile phone usage while driving, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 4.2% of drivers are distracted at any given time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Add to that that studies show that 41% of car trips between those hours in 2019, involved significant cell phone distractions. The Hands-Free Ohio bill, which revises Ohio’s law relative to distracted driving, will soon be introduced in the Ohio House. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn more about the issue and what lawmakers are hoping to do about it. 00:00 - Chad Wilson, Associate Vice President, Office of Government Relations with Nationwide talks about Hands-Free Ohio and why the initiative is so important. 16:50 - Brandon Kern, senior director of state and national policy with Ohio Farm Bureau talks about Stepped-Up Basis, how it would work in President Biden's tax plan and what farm families should be aware of. 23:50 - You might know Ohio farmer Cory Atley from his role on the ag reality show Corn Warriors. Learn more about him "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Livestock Policy, Roger High, played a key part to putting county fair guidance together for 2021 and he shares what those guidelines mean for county fairs this year. 42:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau member benefits continue to save members a lot of money. John Marihugh, OFBF senior director of partnerships and member services, gives the 2020 stats and talks about some new member benefits for 2021.

Mar 21

48 min 9 sec

From the food supply chain to rural broadband, regulatory reform to energy solutions, there is a lot on the plate of Ohio Farm Bureau as the organization advocates for the best interests of farmers and rural communities in Ohio. But don’t worry, there is a plan for solving those issues and many more. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn all about Farm Bureau’s Ohio Agriculture and Rural Communities Action Plan and how that plan is being put into place at the local, state and national levels. 00:00 - Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau and OFBF’s senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern talk about some of their organization's policy issues for 2021. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", meet a farmer who had a lucrative career outside of agriculture, but couldn't resist the pull for he and his wife to get back home . 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks about a recent win in an eminent domain case. 42:20 -Ivory Harlow, organization director for Ross County Farm Bureau, shares the success story of their M.A.D.E. on the Farm event helping area youth stay drug free.

Mar 14

48 min 9 sec

No-till farming is nothing new. It was used as far back as 10,000 years ago. Research shows that adopting no-till practices is good for the soil. But what’s in it for the farmer? And how does No-Till farming fit into water quality, climate-smart farming and carbon sequestration? This week on Our Ohio Weekly, we’ll visit with members of the Ohio No-Till Council to find out why more farmers are becoming interested in No-Till. 00:00 - Ohio No-Till Council President and Hardin County farmer Jan Layman and Council board member and Highland County farmer Nathan Brown talk about why No-Till farming works for them and how the practice is trending upward. 23:50 - Meet a Ross County farmer who walked away from a successful career and took a massive financial gamble to start a farming career "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch, talks about the newly revised 590 Nutrient Management Standard. 42:20 - Lindsay Shoup, organization director for Summit County Farm Bureau, gives the details about their upcoming Food Waste Webinar.

Mar 7

49 min 37 sec

The Lake Erie Bill of Rights, or LEBOR ballot initiative didn’t get very far after it was passed by Toledo voters in 2019, thanks to the fast action of Wood County farmers Mark Drewes. Drewes filed a lawsuit to thwart the attempt to give legal rights to Lake Erie and give Toledoans authority to sue farmers on behalf of the lake. The result of Drewes’ lawsuit was a U.S. District Court judge ruling, decisively, that LEBOR was invalid. On this Our Ohio Weekly we will get a behind the scenes look at the case and what its result means for Ohio farmers. 00:00 - Leah Curtis, policy counsel for Ohio Farm Bureau and Tom Fusonie, an attorney with the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. 23:50 - Meet educator Becky Cropper and hear how she is positively impacting young lives in southwest Ohio classrooms "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Jack Irvin, vice president of public policy with Ohio Farm Bureau gives the details on Governor DeWine's budget proposal for 2021-2022 and what it means for agriculture. 42:20 - Maggie Good, Director of Member Engagement for American Farm Bureau, shares info about Ag Safety Awareness Week.

Feb 28

48 min 9 sec

Barnwood Builders follows five fun-loving West Virginians who salvage antique log cabins and barns. The show celebrates the American pioneer spirit, and pays tribute to the hard work and craftsmanship that built our nation. They have even made quite a few trips through rural Ohio. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet the foreman of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders, Mark Bowe, as he talks about the show, his work crew and why Ohio barns have become some of his favorites. 00:00 - Barnwood Builders star Mark Bowe. 23:50 - Barn artist Bob Kroeger talks about his journey to preserve rural Ohio history "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Jason Berkland, Associate Vice President of Risk Management with Nationwide gives details about Grain Bin Safety Week and the Nominate your Fire Department Contest. 42:20 - The ARC/PLC signup deadline is March 15th. Find out about an upcoming webinar designed to help farmers make their election decisions from Ohio State Extension Educator, Mary Griffith.

Feb 21

48 min 9 sec

With a new administration in the White House, comes a new cabinet of leaders in all major departments of the U.S., including Transportation, Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture. The man tapped to lead the farm and food sector has some experience in that area. Tom Vilsack actually served as the Secretary of Agriculture under the Obama Administration. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear some of Secretary Vilsack’s ideas for his return to USDA and learn about a 2020 success story in the work of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. 00:00 - Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about water quality and diversifying America's food supply system and Mike Townsley, chairman of Bob Evans Farms/Post Refrigerated Retail shares about his involvement on the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Board. 16:50 - OFBF Foundation Executive Director Kelly Burns talks about the successes of 2020 and some scholarship opportunities. 23:50 - New Foundation Board member, Jenna Gregorich, tells her story of being the first in her family involved in farming "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Week kicks off Monday and OFBF's Jenna Reese has all of the details. 42:20 - Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague shares information about the AgLINK program, giving farmers a discounted interest rate for operating expenses.

Feb 14

48 min 9 sec

While net cash farm income in 2020 was above the average net cash farm income for the 2013–2019 period, increased government payments to farmers accounted for a substantial portion of that rise. Although that certainly helped alleviate the immediate need for relief due to the pandemic, the future remains uncertain. As you might imagine, those in the farm banking world are keeping a close eye how their customers are fairing. On this Our Ohio Weekly, we get a near and long-term outlook for agriculture from the CEO of Farm Bureau Bank. 00:00 - Farm Bureau Bank CEO WIll Hileman. 23:50 - Jim Croskey, beekeeper from Holmes County was recently recognized nationally for his craft. He tells his story "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Land o Lakes CEO Beth Ford spoke to American Farm Bureau members at the 2021 Virtual Convention and shared her thoughts on the issues of rural broadband and climate smart farming practices. 42:20 - OFBF Policy Counsel Leah Curtis talks about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Ohio and if taking the vaccine can be required by employers.

Jan 31

48 min 9 sec

Often a vision for retiring from a career in agriculture may be a bit different than most. Options can range from staying on the farm and helping during harvest and planting, just tinkering around the shop, or selling and moving to Florida. Whatever the vision and whatever the profession, having the financial resources to live their best lives during this time is something everyone would agree is important. On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear from one expert who is helping to prepare farmers, agribusinesses and their employees for retirement. 00:00 - Rich Ohde, Regional Vice President of Workplace Solutions for Nationwide, talks about what farmers need to do to plan for retirement. 16:50 - Mike Rowe visited with American Farm Bureau members at AFBF's Virtual Convention earlier this month to talk about his mission of changing the way America looks at skilled labor. 23:50 - Justin and Kristen Dickey talk about fulfilling their farming dreams and their involvement in Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals program "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - OFBF Vice President of Membership, Paul Lyons talks about the value of membership and how to sign up to join Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Restaurant Association's Homa Moheimani gives the details on the Pizza with a Purpose week benefiting ORA's Employee Relief Fund. 42:20 - Find out about Ohio State University Extension's "Farm Office LIVE" webinars from Barry Ward.

Jan 24

48 min 9 sec

We have finally turned the calendar to 2021 and although the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic all still with us, this new year will be a time to look back at those challenges and make changes that will alleviate the problems we faced should something like a global pandemic ever happen again. One of those challenges on the minds of Ohio Farm Bureau and its members has to do with the food supply system, which saw issues on both the production and processing sides in 2020. On the next Our Ohio Weekly, hear about lessons learned and steps being taken to prevent a repeat. 00:00 - Dr. Dennis Summers, Asst. State Veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and Roger High, director of livestock policy with Ohio Farm Bureau discuss Ohio's meat processing industry and the challenges of 2020 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", Hamler, Ohio's Nate Like talks about what it took to get his new Buckeye Meats and Processing facility up and running. 32:20 - More of Ty's conversation with ODA's Dr. Summers and OFBF's Roger High. 42:20 - John Kaiser, Private Lands Administrator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife gives all of the details on the H2Ohio Water Quality Incentive Program (WQIP).

Jan 17

48 min 9 sec

COVID-19 has, without a doubt, fundamentally changed the food system and consumer attitudes but what we can expect in 2021. What shifts are happening in purchasing behaviors? How is the food industry evolving to adjust? What’s ahead in the new year? On this Our Ohio Weekly, hear from industry experts and members of the Center for Food Integrity’s Consumer Trust Insights Council to find out if how we get, prepare or even order our food will ever be the same on the other side of a global pandemic. 00:00 - Susan Schwallie, President of Food and Beverage, NPD Group and Kevin Ryan, founder of Malachite Strategy give their insights on the future of food. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture", Educator Kelly Rickabaugh shares her passion for the field of ag she's in and how she empowers her students' life and future career choices. 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of state and national policy, Brandon Kern, talks about what the new COVID stimulus package has for the farm sector. 42:20 - American Farm Bureau's Melissa Sanders Carrol fills in all of the details on this week's 2021 AFBF Virtual Annual Convention.

Jan 10

48 min 9 sec

Earlier this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pegged the severity of the 2020 algal blooms on Lake Erie at a 4.5 on a scale of 10, one of the smaller forecasts in recent years. Final data concluded that the actual bloom came in at a 3. What goes into these forecasts? What does water quality research look like in Northwest Ohio and how will initiatives like H2Ohio impact the future severity of algal blooms? Take an in-depth dive into Ohio’s water quality on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Dr. Laura Johnson, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University and Jordan Hoewischer, Director of Water Quality and Research for Ohio Farm Bureau discuss water quality research. 23:50 - Ohio farmer Allen Dean talks about his successful use of cover crops "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Dr. Johnson and Jordan Hoewischer talk about the complexities of water quality research and what the future holds.

Jan 3

48 min 9 sec

In 2019, Governor Mike DeWine introduced his H2Ohio water quality initiative. The plan, which farmers in the Maumee River Watershed were able to sign up for earlier this year, is an investment in targeted solutions to help reduce phosphorus runoff and prevent algal blooms through a number of ways, including increased implementation of agricultural best practices and the creation of wetlands, improve wastewater infrastructure and replacing failing home septic systems. Despite a global pandemic, the rollout of H2Ohio began earlier this year. On the latest Our Ohio Weekly, find out how the initial rollout went and what the next year looks like for the program. 00:00 - Janelle Mead, CEO of Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Kris Swartz, Chairman of the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative talk about the future of H2Ohio 23:50 - Leah Fullenkamp, founder of In the Blink of a Fly, tells her story ‘To the Beat of Agriculture’ 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Council, Leah Curtis, talks about liabilities that may fall onto Landowners.

Dec 2020

48 min 9 sec

For the first time in its more than 100 year history, Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting was largely held remotely across the state this past week. The yearly face-to-face gathering of members from all around Ohio was prohibited by orders from the Ohio Department of Health limiting indoor gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this first-of-its-kind annual meeting allowed members to get involved as much as they chose from the comfort of their home, physically together with other delegates from their county or while they are working on the farm. On this Our Ohio Weekly, host Ty Higgins shares some of the many highlights of this year’s Annual Meeting. 00:00 - Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president, Adam Sharp, addresses members during the organization's 102nd Annual Meeting. 16:50 - Frank Burkett, Ohio Farm Bureau president, recaps a challenging, yet successful 2020 for members. 23:50 - Peggy Whitcomb shares all about the National Society Decendants of American Farmers "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Organization Director Kim Harless talks about Scioto County Farm Bureau's award winning Conservation School is Cool event. 42:20 - American Farm Bureau chief economist Dr. John Newton shares results of a new survey that show consumers still have a high trust for farmers.

Dec 2020

48 min 9 sec

Creating opportunities and increasing demand for soybeans means farmers that grow the commodity will get more money for every bushel. That is the task for the Ohio Soybean Council, more commonly known as the Soybean Checkoff. Promoting effective policies and legislation at the state and national levels for those same farmers falls in the purview of the Ohio Soybean Association. Hear from leaders from both organizations on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Kirk Merritt, Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association and Ryan Rhodes, President of the Ohio Soybean Association. Marion County Farmer talk about Ohio's soybean industry. 23:50 - "To the Beat of Agriculture" meet Christy Bachman, winner of the 2020 Golden Owl Award, given to Ohio's top ag educator. 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's Melinda Witten gives all of the details on the organization's first ever "remote" Annual Meeting. 42:20 - Henry County Farm Bureau won a County Award of Excellence Award from American Farm Bureau. That county's Organization Director, Roy Norman, talks about the nationally recognized Farmer and Landowner Appreciation Dinner event.

Dec 2020

48 min 9 sec

00:00 - Meet the Field Work Podcast crew 23:50 - An extremely challenging childhood yields a fruitful life for Matt Niswander. Learn about this Tennessean's mental health story "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's Dr. Larry Antosch discusses his new role on EPA's Great Lakes Advisory Board. 42:20 - Hear how Northeast Ohio county Farm Bureaus are part of a 9,000 pound pork donation.

Dec 2020

48 min 10 sec

The Agribusiness industry in Ohio includes the entire crop and livestock supply chain, from production through distribution to final sale, as well as industries such as landscaping, parks, and golf courses. A new study looked at the career opportunities in this space and the data is promising for those looking for a career in agribusiness with jobs spanning far beyond barns and fields. What types of career opportunities does the state's #1 industry hold for Ohio’s up and coming workforce and will there be enough of that workforce to go around? Find out on this Our Ohio Weekly. 00:00 - Dr. Bill LaFayette, owner, Regionomics® and Dan Durheim, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation board member and Associate Vice President Sponsor Relations - Nationwide share the results of the study 23:50 - Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship recipient Cora Dorman tells her story ‘To the Beat of Agriculture’ 32:20 - Wade Smith, District 2 trustee of Ohio Farm Bureau and chairman of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Board gives a Foundation Update

Nov 2020

48 min 9 sec

Over five decades and five continents, Dr. Rattan Lal, a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has reduced hunger by pioneering agricultural methods across the globe that not only restore degraded soil but also reduce global warming. His research recently paid off in a big way as he won the 2020 World Food Prize and $500,000. On this Our Ohio Weekly, host Ty Higgins visits with Dr. Lal from some of his research plots on Ohio State’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Lab. 00:00 - 2020 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rattan Lal 23:50 - "The Harmless Farmer" Andy Detwiler, who lost both arms in a tragic farm accident, tells his story "To the Beat of Agriculture" 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau policy counsel Leah Curtis gives insights on the liabilities of being a landowner 42:20 - American Farm Bureau's Maggie Good talks about the Think F.A.S.T. farm safety program for youth

Nov 2020

48 min 9 sec

From chops to loins, ham to bacon, pork is the most consumed meat in the world. Pork production in the U.S. is worth an estimated $23.4 billion per year, with around 26% of the nearly 2.2 million metric tons of pork and pork products exported to other countries. Pigs consume billions of bushels of grain and oilseeds, giving a steady market to row crop farmers and they provide income for more than 60,000 pork producers, primarily in the Midwest. This week, learn more about Ohio pork production and how the industry has weathered the challenges of 2020 and beyond. 00:00 - Ohio Pork Council executive vice president Cheryl Day 23:50 - Licking County, Ohio hog farmer Brad Heimerl tells his family's story ‘To the Beat of Agriculture’ 32:20 - Dr. Chris Winslow, director of Ohio State's Ohio Sea Grant College Program gives some insights to the small Lake Erie algal bloom of 2020

Nov 2020

48 min 9 sec

The Supreme Court of Ohio was founded in 1802, established in the state constitution as a three-member court, holding courts in each county every year. The constitution was also approved that year, one year before Ohio officially became a state. The court now has seven members, a chief justice and six associate justices, each serving six-year terms and a total of 1550 other employees. On this Our Ohio Weekly, meet two of the Justices, Judi French and Sharon Kennedy, and learn about Ohio’s judicial structure and other functions of the highest court in the state. 00:00 - Ohio Supreme Court Justices French and Kennedy 23:50 - Ohio teens are “rescuing” food that would otherwise be discarded. Learn about Jee Foods ‘To the Beat of Agriculture’ 32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau leaders were given an opportunity to visit with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, via Zoom, to discuss trade, dairy pricing, regulations, labor and more.

Oct 2020

48 min 9 sec

International trade has a major impact on U.S. agriculture. Exports are crucial in providing a market for a major share of crop production and a growing share of meat production. Efforts are underway to find new global partners that have a demand for U.S. ag products, deemed the safest, most abundant and affordable in the world. These new markets could lead to higher farm prices and greater returns to producers. Leading those efforts is Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Adam Sharp and Ty Higgins recently visited with Mr. McKinney about the current state of trade. 00:00 - USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney and Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp 23:50 - Nicole Reno tells her story of winning the 2020 Ohio Signature Food Contest for her product, the RO Bar, "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Margaret Jodlowski, a new assistant professor at Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences talks about some of her latest research. 42:20 - USDA's Marlen Eve gives the details of the 2020 Next Gen Fertilizer Challenge, a project created in partnership with the EPA.

Oct 2020

48 min 9 sec

One of the sessions of the 2020 Virtual Farm Science Review was held by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, as their team focused on the Value Chains in Food and Agriculture. Our Ohio Weekly host Ty Higgins moderated that session as the panel talked about how corn, cattle, pork, milk and other sectors have adjusted to reduced ethanol production, lower prices and supply chain logistics due to COVID-19 and what the current financial situation looks like. 00:00 - Ben Brown, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Agricultural Risk Management, talks about how the ag economy has been impacted by COVID-19. 16:50 - Dr. Ian Sheldon, Professor and Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy discusses the impact of the Coronavirus on the Global marketplace. 23:50 - Meet the 2020 National Miss Agriculture USA, Ava Lonneman, "To the Beat of Agriculture". 32:20 - Sarah Black, Great Lakes Ag Labor Services interim general manager and director of business operations at Michigan Farm Bureau, shares details about Ohio Farm Bureau's newest member benefit. 42:20 - Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose explains the upcoming deadlines coming up for those wanting to be involved in the 2020 elections.

Oct 2020

48 min 9 sec

Ohio Farm Bureau is the textbook definition of a grassroots organization. Policies and issues that the state’s largest farm organization takes up on the behalf of agriculture are developed and voted on by their members. The process for putting future policies together started last month when Twenty Ohio Farm Bureau leaders began serving on the 2020 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Policy Development Committee. Meet 2 of the committee members and hear about some of the issues they are considering. 00:00 - Dr. Larry Antosch, Director of Policy Development and Environmental Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Board Member Adele Flynn (District 3) and Paulding County farmer Abram Klopfenstein. 23:50 - Frog Pond Farm in Canfield, Ohio had a very big country star as a customer recently. Farmer David Coakley tells the story To the Beat of Agriculture. 32:20 - As the election nears, American Farm Bureau's Michael Sistak shares details about the IFarmIVote initiative. 42:20 - Doug Deardorff with USDA-NRCS gives specifics on the agency's New and Beginning Farmer program.

Sep 2020

48 min 9 sec