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.
USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney Talks Trade
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.
Value Chains in Food and Agriculture
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Development Process
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.
The Role of Non-Operating Landowners in Agriculture
Little data exists on the millions of Americans who own and lease agricultural land but do not farm it themselves. That segment is known as non-operator landowners, or NOLs and many of them are women. In 2018 American Farmland Trust began surveying NOLs across the country to gain knowledge and understanding of who these non-landowner operators are, their thinking and the philosophy about agriculture and how they interact with the farmers they work with as far as agreements, conservation other farming practices go. How much different were the results based on gender? Hear about some of the results of this survey on this Our Ohio Weekly.
00:00 - Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, director of American Farmland Trust’s Women for the Land initiative, shares Non-Operating Landowners survey results.
23:50 - Dreams on Horseback founder Jennifer Hansen talks about why she started the organization and how grants from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are being utilized.
32:20 - Ohio State University President Dr. Kristina M. Johnson and Vice President for Agricultural Admissions and CFAES Dean Cathann Kress discuss working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
42:20 - Farm Bureau Organization Director Ivory Harlow talks about new FoodPreneur School opportunities.
5 Steps to Farm Transition Planning
Farming is often a family run operation. As with any business, proper business planning and estate planning ensures that future generations can carry on the job you have worked so hard to build and maintain. Do you have a transition plan in place for when it's time to hand down the farm? Waiting until you are ready to retire or not having a plan in place when you pass away can put the entire farm at risk. On this Our Ohio Weekly, learn about Land As Your Legacy, a program that was created specifically for farmers to help them make plans for the future of their operations.
00:00 - Land As Your Legacy relationship manager Lauren Glovac.
23:50 - Mike Boyert knows the importance of a solid transition plan. He how he has make a long term plan for his farm "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - This year's Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet is taking on a new format. Program Specialist Kelsey Turner has the details.
42:20 - Licking County Farm Bureau Organization Director Kayla Jones shares info about the Wine Craze Corn Maize.
Addressing Issues Impacting Young Ag Professionals
The farm economy, trade and rural broadband are just some of the topics that would have been discussed as members of the Young Ag Professionals were set to travel on their Leadership Trip to Washington. As with almost everything in our world today, this Our Ohio Weekly is helping those new and beginning farmers have their concerns addressed...virtually.
00:00 - American Farm Bureau's Chief Economist Dr. John Newton and Managing Director of Advocacy and Political Affairs Cody Lyons.
16:50 - American Farm Bureau's Director of Congressional Relations RJ Karney.
23:50 - Meet this year's Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Committee Chairs Charlie and Casey Ellington "To the Beat of Agriculture".
32:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of State Policy Jenna Beadle.
42:20 - Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Co-Chair Aaron Harter.
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I understand it’s put on by the farm bureau and I find that information interesting since it is a large aspect of our state’s economy and lifestyle. However, I wish there were more episodes on more diverse issues the state is facing even if not specifically an agriculture issue. I loved the interviews of candidates during election season.
Thank you for bringing relevant issues in Ohio to discussion
What a joke!
It’s ironic that the show is titled Town Hall because Senator Ron Portman does not hold town halls with constituents! He only holds fundraising events and photo ops. He does nothing for Ohioans but talk which is not helpful. Rob needs to go!