One of the good things about the daily rain showers we’ve been getting for the past month and a half is the media’s response.

All across Ohio, large and small newspapers and television stations have turned their attention to the issue of rain and flooding, and the effect is has on farmers.

I have my email account set up for something called a “Google Alert” that searches the Web for stories related to Ohio agriculture. Each day, there are scores of headlines sent to my inbox with words like “rain” and “wet.”

State meeting

Today, at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, I will be attending a rainy weather press conference with Director Jim Zehringer, some people from the USDA’s national statistics service and likely some commodity spokespersons.

I imagine some other media will be there, as well. In fact, I hope they are because the story of how this dreaded weather affects spring planting and agriculture is really a story that affects all Ohioans.

Agriculture remains the state’s largest economic driver at $107 billion, and is responsible for one in every seven jobs. And, it’s what supplies the food and nutrition each of us needs.

I jokingly told a colleague that the director needs to pass an emergency ordinance slowing some of this rain down. I think the measure would pass unanimously with bipartisan support.

But obviously, the weather is one of those variables in farming that’s beyond our control.

Going forward

Still, I expect Zehringer and the others who speak will offer some valuable insight into what’s happening on a statewide basis and how farmers can adjust. As you know, the issue is very real, and I think it will be a good gathering of people who want to advise farmers and media the best they can.

I don’t expect a magical solution — the rain is not in our hands to control. But the ag industry in Ohio is strong, and when the interests come together for the same cause, they can do much.

Be sure and check our website for an update around noon.

If all goes well, and I can get online, I’ll also do some live tweeting. You can follow me at ckick1, or by clicking here.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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