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  1. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2013-14

    Mar 14, 2024

    Ohio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities and cropland values and cash rents vary widely throughout the state. Generally speaking, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ substantially from eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents.
  2. Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2014

    Mar 14, 2024

    A large number of Ohio farmers hire out for machinery operations and other farm related work. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own the necessary equipment for every possible job that they may encounter in the course of operating a farm and may, instead of purchasing the equipment needed, seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job.
  3. Whole Farm Planning Model

    Mar 13, 2024

    Planning is one of the most important aspects of managing any business. This is especially true for farms and agribusinesses due to their complexity and the inherent uncertainties (i.e., weather, commodity prices) associated with agriculture. It is essential that farm managers take time to adequately plan for all facets of their business. Farm families are encouraged to adopt a whole farm planning approach as they develop strategies for the future success of their business.
  4. Maps, Apps and Mobile Media Marketing

    Mar 13, 2024

    How the world communicates is changing (Cornelisse et al. 2011). Currently, 94 percent of smartphone users conduct business on their phones, and 87 percent use a search engine at least once a day (Jarski 2015). Most Americans are now spending three hours more on their devices compared to watching television. (Blumenthal 2015). Emerging trends in social, mobile and location-based marketing present unique opportunities and risks for farmers and other food businesses.
  5. Accepting SNAP Benefits at Ohio Farmers Markets

    Mar 13, 2024

    The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased by almost 7,000; from 1,755 in 1994 to 8,687 in 2017 (USDA, 2017a). And while this growth in the number of markets has increased access to fresh, locally produced foods for many, those individuals and families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as the Federal Food Stamp program) do not have the ability to spend those benefits at all farmers markets in Ohio.
  6. Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)

    Mar 13, 2024

    Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is on the federal and Ohio noxious weed lists making it unlawful to propagate, sell or transport. It has been included on these lists because of its ability to crowd out native plants and because of its potential human health hazard.
  7. Conducting a SWOT Analysis of Your Agricultural Business

    Mar 13, 2024

    Many large businesses conduct an analysis to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) of their business in order to keep pace with the competition. You may not consider yourself a large corporation, but completing a regular SWOT analysis of your farm or agricultural business can be beneficial to keep you competitive. It may sound like a difficult task to complete, but it does not have to be. The following paragraphs help explain what a SWOT analysis involves and how to complete this process.
  8. Conducting Successful Family Business Transition Meetings

    Mar 13, 2024

    “I’m too busy.” “We'll start after the corn is planted and the hay is made.” “We tried them before, and they didn't work.” “We’ve never needed them before.” “We all get along.” “Why should I care what my son-in-law or daughter-in-law thinks about the farm?”
  9. Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for Your Farm Business?

    Mar 13, 2024

    Farm and agricultural businesses often have high capital investments in land, machinery, livestock, and miscellaneous equipment. The typical Ohio farm has over $1 million in capital assets. These assets are usually owned and held by multiple members of a family. With the rising divorce rate (almost 60%), it is in the long term financial interest to protect business assets from a divorce of one of the business partners.
  10. Predators of Poultry

    Mar 12, 2024

    Predation is not common in commercial poultry production. However, predation is a big concern for backyard flocks and organic poultry producers. The reason for this difference is in the way flocks are housed and managed.

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