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Town Hall Ohio is a weekly radio public affairs discussion forum, which features high-profile guests covering a wide range of topics and issues of importance to Ohioans. Subjects include government and politics, jobs and the economy, food and food production, education, science and technology, business challenges and social issues. Town Hall Ohio is produced by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; it airs on WTVN Radio, Columbus, Ohio and additional stations throughout the state.

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    Candidates for Ohio Auditor Episode 416

    Rep. John Patrick Carney (D), and Dave Yost (R) and current Ohio Auditor, are both wanting to be elected as the next Auditor of the state of Ohio. Both gentlemen share their thoughts on the role of government, and what they will do in office to make our lives better. Length 39:20

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    2014 Ohio State Fair Preview Episode 415

    The 161st Ohio State Fair kicks off July 23. Whether you come for the rides, the livestock shows, the entertainment or for the food, you'll experience one of the great traditions of being a buckeye. Guest: Virgil Strickler, GM Ohio Expo Center, Alicia Shoultz, Ohio Expo Center. Length 39:20

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    Healthy Water Ohio Episode 414

    Ohio has 60 thousand miles of rivers and streams, and 265 thousand acres of lakes and ponds. Water is abundant and probably deserves more thought than we may give it. So a coalition known as Healthy Water Ohio was formed. The media learned more about the coalition, now so do you. Length 39:20

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    Candidates for Ohio Treasurer Episode 413

    Nov. 4 you will have the chance to cast your ballot for many state offices, including that of State Treasurer. Democrat - Rep. Connie Pillich, Republican - Treasurer, Josh Mandel, discuss various issues and explain why they are the best candidate for Treasurer. Length 39:20

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    Animals for Life 2014 Episode 212

    The Animals for Life Foundation is dedicated to bringing animal interest together to create dialog to assure animals will continue to be a part of our lives. At the Animals for Life 2014 Forum, attendees heard from a variety of speakers who addressed the topic of the human-animal bond. Length: 39:20

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    Candidates for Ohio Secretary of State Episode 411

    We are only 4 months away from Election Day. On November 4, we will chose a governor, treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general. We plan to chat with all statewide office candidates and we start today with candidates for Secretary of State. Guest: Jon Husted and Nina Turner. Length:39:20

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    2014 OFBF Discussion Meet Contestants Episode 410

    Each year Farm Bureau host a Discussion Meet contest to help develop the next generation of leaders by testing their subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and communication skills.Three of this years finalist are in studio to share their insight into agriculture and society. Length 39:20

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    Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Episode 409

    When you mark your ballot for a judicial candidate, how much do you know about them? Is this the best means of selecting judges? Ohio's Chief Justice, Maureen O'Connor, thinks there's a better way. Hear what she has to say. Guest: Justice O'Connor, Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF Length 39:20

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    Water Quality and Agriculture Episode 408

    Ohio has a bounty of natural resources and a bounty of home-grown foods. However, food production is having an impact on our water resources. The news the past few summers have stories on algae blooms. What role does agriculture play and what's being done to make things better? Length 39:20

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    Wilmington College's Food Symposium Episode 407

    Wilmington College's annual Food Symposium was held recently, and this year titled – Beyond Nutrition – Rethinking Our Relationship with Food. The keynote speaker was alternative farming guru Joel Salatin. Also a panel of local food leaders gave their thoughts on food and farming. Length: 39:20

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    White Castle Episode 406

    According to Time magazine, White Castle Sliders has a major influence on America's food culture. It's time to talk food safety, business issues and farming practices. Guest Jamie Richardson, VP. White Caste, Jack Fisher, Ex. VP, OFBF Length 39:20

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    Ohio City Farm Episode 405

    The city of Cleveland is home to a multitude of significant business and industries, the arts, professional sports teams and other big city features. It is also home to one of the nations largest contiguous urban farms. Ohio City Farm is the center of what many call a local food hub. Length 39:20

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    Petroleum Industry Episode 404

    Some 60 percent of our energy comes from oil and natural gas. The industry that delivers that to us is diverse, accounting for about 8 percent of the total economy and nearly 9 million jobs and $85 million. Guest Rayoloa Doughter, American Petroleum Institute, Adam Sharp,OFBF. Length: 39:20

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    Tourism in Ohio Episode 403

    Most of us are proud of our state, and we like it when others get the chance to see the things that makes Ohio a great place to live and work. But it's more than pride, it can also be a huge economic boost. Guest: Mary Cusick, Ohio Tourism office, Pat Petzel, Ohio Farm Bureau. Length: 39:20

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    Trends and Issues Conference Episode 402

    To give farmers a chance to spend time on the big picture, OFBF hosts its annual Trend and Issues Conference. This year's speakers talk about high tech, social license for agriculture and the future of Ohio State University. Guests: Matt Bechdol, GeoSilos; Terry Fleck, CFI; Jack Fisher, OFBF.

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    Rural development Episode 401

    Economic development is not only in urban areas. USDA Rural Development works on development in rural America. Guests: USDA Deputy Under Secretary Doug O'Brien, Ohio's Director of USDA Rural Development Tony Logan and OFBF's Yvonne Lesicko. Length 39:20

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    The Supermarket Guru Episode 400

    What's the next big thing in the grocery store? New foods? New experiences? The place we go to buy food and what we find there is undergoing dramatic change. It's time to get a grip on our groceries. Guest: Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru. Length 39:20

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    County Farm Bureau President's Go To Washington Episode 399

    For well over 60 years, one of Ohio Farm Bureau's major activities is to pack up it's county presidents and head to Washington D.C. Farmers get face-to-face with lawmakers, agency officials and others to talk about the big topics that are important to the nation. Length 39:20

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    Healthcare Issues Episode 398

    One factor most closely linked to our quality of life is our health. But how do we maintain it, and is it our job or our doctors job? What determines it; genetics, environment, or behavior? We talk healthcare with Dr. Steven Gabbe, OSU Medical Center, and Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF. Length: 39:20

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    2014 Election Outlook Episode 397

    Given the fact it hasn't stopped snowing since last November, we're not too anxious to think about next November but we need to. It's an election year and we have a panel of political reporters to give us a look ahead. Guest: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio/TV, Jim Heath, WBNS, Marc Kovac, Dix News.

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    AFBF Executive VP. Julie Anna Potts Episode 396

    As listeners of the show you probably have an understanding of how the county Farm Bureaus are linked to Ohio Farm Bureau. Well, our state organization is linked to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Executive VP, Julie Anna Potts, and OFBF President, Steve Hirsch are our guest. Length 39:20

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    Affordable Care Act Episode 395

    The plan is by the end of March some 7 million Americans will be signed up for health insurance. Some say that's good for the insured and the health profession, while others say it socialized medicine. Guest: Dr. Steven Gabbe, OSU, Ben Southerly, Columbus Dispatch, Dan Rapp, OFBF Length: 39:20

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    A Conversation with journalist Joe Hallett Episode 394

    If you some time on Sunday mornings reading the newspaper, then you may be familiar with the political column by Joe Hallett, senior editor of the Columbus Dispatch. That column and a lot of other good reporting is going away as Joe retires after more than 40 years in the business. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Statehouse History Episode 393

    They call it “The People's House.” The Ohio Statehouse is both a monument to the history of our state, and the seat of our modern day government. We learn about this historic Ohio landmark. Guest; Cheryl Straker and Luke Stedke, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Length 39:20

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    2014 Economic Forecast Episode 392

    By most accounts, 2013 was a pretty good year for the economy. But what's in store for 2014? Nationwide chief economist Dr. David Berson gives some insights into the state, national and global economy for the coming year. Length: 39:20

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    Statehouse Reporters Episode 391

    What's in store at the Statehouse for 2014? We look at top issues from 2013, and preview state government news stories you'll be reading and hearing about in the coming year. Guest: Laura Bischoff, Dayton Daily News, Mike Thompson, WOSU TV, and Marcus Roth, Gongwer News Service. Length: 39:20

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    In Meat We Trust Episode 390

    Meat has been part of our diet for thousands of years. This day having some type of meat as part of a meal is something we often take for granted. Over time, how has meat not only fit into our diet, but in society as a whole? Guest: author, Maureen Ogle. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Association of Community Colleges Episode 389

    There are nearly 840 thousand students attending college in Ohio, and close to a third of them are going to community colleges. Ohio's 23 community colleges are catering to students fresh out of high school or in mid life making major career changes. Length: 39:20

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    Christmas 2013 Episode 388

    Why is Christmas a big deal for you? Is it about religion, connection to family, or do you just like shopping for gifts? Today we're going to look at the Christmas holiday from a variety of perspectives. Length: 39:20

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    The Insurance Industry Episode 387

    In the1920’s, Ohio Farm Bureau members weren't happy with the way they were treated by auto insurance companies, so they started their own. Today, Nationwide Insurance has blossomed into a Fortune 100 company. Nationwide's president and COO, Mark Pizzi, talks all things insurance. Length 39:20

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    Thanksgiving 2013 Episode 386

    Turkey production, some holiday myths and traditions, and a report on how much you likely spent on feeding the family this year. We're putting the wrap on Thanksgiving. Length 39:20

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    Civil Discourse - Civility in Politics Episode 385

    In today's political world, it seems there are only two sides: left and right. However, things get done in the middle. So what's the secret to getting things done? Guest: Ted Celeste, founder Next Generation, Ohio Senator, Frank Larose, 27th District. Length: 39:20

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    Ohio Department of Public Safety Episode 384

    One of our most basic expectations as Ohioans is to feel safe. Assuring that expectation is met, is in large part a responsibility of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Guest: John Born, Director ODPS, Colonel Paul Pride, Superintendent OSHP, Jack Fisher, Exec. Dir. OFBF. Length: 39:20

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    Senator Keith Faber Episode 383

    Keith Faber is the president of the Ohio Senate and has made his mark in Ohio politics by supporting lower taxes, restraint in state spending and overall smaller and more responsive government. Discussion with Sen. Faber. Guest: Sen. Keith Faber, Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF. Length 39:20

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    Cooper Farms Episode 382

    When it comes to being a successful farming enterprise, Cooper Farms meets that standard. Producing 200 million pounds of live turkeys every year. More than 300 thousand pigs and some 30 million dozen table eggs. And yet, it's a family operation. Guest: Gary Cooper, COO Cooper Farms, Length 39:20.

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    Medicaid Expansion in Ohio Episode 381

    Should Ohio expand it's Medicaid program? The question comes with a variety of economic, health and moral implications, as well as some political ones. Guest: Jon Allison, Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation; Robert Alt, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions. Length: 39:20

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    Rural Education Episode 380

    National Rural Education Forum will be in Ohio and will focus on unique challenges for rural schools, and some education topics that get to the heart of preparing young folks to lead productive lives. Guest: Jim Mahoney, Battelle for Kids; Dr. Ivan Wilson, Ohio Department of Education. Length: 39:20

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    Women in Agriculture Episode 379

    Women farmers are increasingly a part of the farming community, and not just in the traditional role as a farmers wife. The what's, why's and how's of women in farming. Guest: Bryn Bird, Bird's Haven Farm; Sue Borton, Brickle Creek Organic Farm; Sharon Sachs, Women Farm. Length: 39:20

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    Food for Billions Episode 378

    It is projected that by 2050 the worlds populations will be somewhere near 9 billion. This growth will create many challenges, including how to feed everybody. Ohio State University's Food Innovation Center, recently hosted the Food for Billions Symposium to discuss this issue. Length 39:30

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    How Public Opinion Affects Food Production Episode 377

    Farmers are realizing they need to be more in tune with the consuming public. People may know a lot less about food production, but their more interested in it than ever. This reality drove the conversation at the recent annual meeting of the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Length: 39:30

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    Policy Development Episode 376

    If you want a government that accomplishes things that benefit Ohio, you have to engage with the people who carry out government's work. Farm Bureau has a history of talking with the people who affect our daily lives. This is all part of the Policy Development process at OFBF. Length 39:20.

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    The Nature Conservancy Episode 375

    Protecting nature - preserving life, is the mission of The Nature Conservancy. A leading conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters in a non-confrontational pragmatic way. Guest: Josh Knights, TNC,Ohio Exec. Dir; Jack Fisher, OFBF, Exec. VP. Length: 39:20

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    Food Dialogue Episode 374

    There are no shortage of opinions about how food should be produced. Often these differing views don't listen to each other. Recently the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Soybean Council and the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance participated in an event to create a civil discussion about food. Length 39:20

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    The state of the radio industry Episode 373

    In a world of almost unlimited media options, one of the oldest forms of mass communications seems to be holding its own. However, what you listen to o the radio today is changing. Guest: Jeff Rehl, Clear Channel Communications, Dave Glass, Findlay Publishing Company. Length: 39:20

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    Business in Ohio Episode 372

    The National Federation of Independent Businesses turns 70 this year. It provides representation before government, products, services and public outreach for it's members. The execs from NFIB and Ohio Farm Bureau talk business in Ohio. Guest: Roger Geiger, NFIB; Jack Fisher, OFBF. Length: 39:20

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    Ohio Department of Health Episode 371

    The Ohio Department of Health's mission is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by preventing diseases, promoting good health, and assuring access to quality care. What is the department's plan to make Ohioans healthier in an efficient fashion? Guest: Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, Director ODH

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    Global Appetites; Food Policy and Literature Episode 370

    The debate over the best means of raising food has been around for a long time.The public discussion has been fueled by books, magazines and other forms of literature. Today we look at the connection between food policy and literature with UCLA professor and author Allison Carruth. Length: 39:20

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Farm Bureau Radio News Service

The Farm Bureau Radio News Service is an audio news service, which features top level guests talking about timely subjects. While it is produced for use by news and farm reporters, everyone is welcome to listen in.

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    Portman on exports Episode March 5, 2014

    Selling Ohio farm products abroad helps the whole state's economy, according to Sen. Rob Portman, who spoke to 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents' trip to Washington DC.

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    Portman on the farm bill Episode March 5, 2014

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman thought long and hard before voting yes on the farm bill. His reservations were about the 80% of the bill dealing with food and nutrition.

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    Harden on farm bill timetable Episode March 4, 2014

    Krysta Harden, USDA Deputy Secretary, wants to manage farmers' expectations regarding farm bill rollout. #ofbdc

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    Dep Sec Harden - family farmer now implementing farm bill Episode March 4, 2014

    Dep. Ag Secretary Krysta Harden grew up on Georgia farm and is getting family help in implementing the 2014 farm bill. #OFBDC

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