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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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    2015 AgDay at the Capitol Episode 442

    Ohio Farm Bureau keeps track of the goings on in the state government as a service to its members. There is also another watchdog that OFBF rely's on, the media. A visit with statehouse reporters in front of a live audience at the annual AgDay at the Capitol. Length 39:20

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    Energy's Future Episode 441

    Global energy output needs to increase by about 40 % in the next 20 years. Where will it come from? Energy issues, challenges and opportunities. Guest. Ted Ford, Pres., Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, Bill Spratley, Exec. Dir., Green Energy Ohio, Dale Arnold, Dir. Energy Policies, OFBF Length 39:20

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    Director Butler, Ohio EPA Episode 440

    Can we have clean water without harming our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming Mother Nature? Guest: Craig Butler, Director, OEPA, Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF. Length 39:20

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    Senator Joe Schiavoni Episode 439

    The coming year will be a busy one in the Ohio General Assembly. Helping to guide the discussions will be Senate Minority Leader, Joe Schiavoni. Guest: Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF. Length 39:20

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    Meat Industry Episode 438

    Steak, chops, roast, wings, Most of us like to have meat on our plates. What does it take to make this happen? And, what are some social issues that may make us ask questions about animal protein? Guest; Elizabeth Harsh, OCA, Jim Chakares, OPA, Roger High, OSIA, Bryan Humphreys, OPC. Length 39:20

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    Developing Ohio Episode 437

    The Ohio Development Services Agency plays a big role in the economic development for Ohio, its communities and its individuals. What do they do? How do they do it? And how do they measure success? Guest. David Goodman, Ohio Development Service Agency, Jack Fisher, OFBF. Length 39:20

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    Financial Literacy Episode 436

    One of the most useful skills any of us can have is the ability to handle money, but many struggle at this. Experts from Ohio State University look at money handling issues and offer some solutions. Guest OSU Extension Educators, Betsy Dematteo,Hamilton Co. and Nancy Stehulak. Henry Co. Length 39:20

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    Economic Outlook 2015 Episode 435

    We are in the 6th year of the economic recovery that began in mid 2009, and the National Business Association of Business Economists has predicted that this year the economy could grow another 3.1 percent. It's best performance in 10 years. Guest: Dr. David Berson, Chief Economist, Nationwide. Length 39:20

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    Dietary Guidelines Episode 434

    Everywhere you turn someone wants to tell you how to eat; what food, how it should be farmed, and even how it should be cooked. We talk today about the dietary guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture, how they are formulated and how they should be used. Length 39:20

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    Dr. Lowell Catlett Episode 433

    Economist, professor, speaker, and futurist, Dr. Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University, was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum, and took time to visit with Joe Cornely to discuss some of the items he shared with the audience. Length 39:20

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    Water and Agriculture Episode 432

    In a recent survey by the Healthy Water Ohio Coalition, Ohioans said their number one environmental concern was protecting the quality of their drinking water. Guest. Bruce McPheron, Ohio State University, Josh Knights, Nature Conservancy, and Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau. Length 39:20

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    Janice Person, Monsanto Episode 431

    It doesn't matter what business you're in, somebody isn't going to like you. But how'd you like to be the public face of a company blamed for generally poisoning the world's food supply. Janice Person, a spokesperson for Monsanto, talks about food, farming and bridge-building. Length 39;20

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    Food Editors Episode 430

    Food has moved from being the center of our plates to being at the center of our lives. Today's guest are food writers. Guest: Lisa Abraham, Columbus Dispatch, and Robin Davis, Kenyon College. Length 39:20

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    2014 Post Election Analysis Episode 429

    The aftereffects of the 2014 election. Why did the democrats take such as shellacking? With the GOP controlling the senate, what's in store in Washington? Will a couple of Ohioans run for the presidency? Guest: Political analyst, Paul Beck and Bloomberg reporter, Mark Niquette Length 39:20

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    Social Security Episode 428

    What started as a kind of retirement program has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, some want it to expand while others want it to go away. The What's, How's, and Why's of Social Security. Guest: Darren Lutz, Public Affair Specialist, Social Security Administration. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Episode 427

    Keeping workers safe, and helping to pay for their care when that doesn't happen is the job of Ohio's Bureau of Workers' Compensation. How do they do that at the most reasonable cost? Guest: Steve Buehrer, Adminstrator, OBWC, Dan Rapp, Sr. Director, Business Development, OFBF Length: 39:20

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    Ohio Hospital Association Episode 426

    Most of us began our lives and many of us may end them in a hospital.These community institutions provide medical care, research, and jobs.Let's discuss patient care, policy issues and economics of hospitals. Guest: Mike Abrams, and Dr. Bob Falcone, Ohio Hospital Association. Length: 39:20

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    USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack Episode 425

    The United States Secretary of Agriculture was in Ohio recently to celebrate the land grant status of Central State, to visit a bioproducts conference, and of course to spend time with Town Hall Ohio listeners. Guest. Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary of Agriculture. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Association of Realtors Episode 424

    For many of us the biggest investment we'll ever make is the purchase of a home. Because it's a lot of money, we better get it right. We're talking about real estate issues. Guest: Chris Hall, president, Ohio Association of Realtors, Bob Fletcher, CEO, Ohio Association of Realtors. Length: 39:20

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    Tamar Haspel, Food Editor, Washington Post Episode 423

    Tamar Haspel of the Washington Post shares her thoughts and food and farming. Length 39:20

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    Why should we care about science? Episode 422

    Science and related topics are where future jobs are. It drives our quality of life and is what keeps us safe and secure. Why is science under appreciated and what are the consequences. Dr. Stephen McConoughey, Ohio Academy of Science CEO, discusses this and more on Town Hall Ohio. Run time: 36.19

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    Nationwide President and COO, Mark Pizzi Episode 421

    To attained the status of a Fortune 100 company, you've done some things right. To stay there, you need to adapt to change. Nationwide Insurance was founded by the Ohio Farm Bureau back in the 1920's. Guest: Mark Pizzi, Nationwide president and COO, and Jack Fisher, Exec. VP, OFBF, Length 39:20

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    A visit with Senator Sherrod Brown Episode 420

    Immigration reform, water quality, food and farm policy, care for veterans, all big issues for Ohioans and all on the plate these days of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Guest, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Jack Fisher, OFBF Exec. VP. Length: 39:20

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    AFBF Leadership Episode 419

    The art and science of putting food on our tables has become increasingly complex. Making sure farmers can do their job is the job of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Guest: Bob Stallman, President, AFBF; and Julie Anna Potts, Exec. VP, AFBF. Length 39:20

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    Candidates for Ohio's Attorney General Episode 418

    Democrat David Pepper and Republican Mike DeWine would both like to be your Attorney General. What does the Attorney General do? And why do these gentlemen feel they should get the job? Length 39:20

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    Lake Erie Water Quality Episode 417

    The city of Toledo, a long symbol of rust belt decay, has been making a comeback, but last weekend close to half a million residents in that area were told to.not drink the water.Today we focus on the Toledo water crises and the relationship between farming and water quality. Length 39:20

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    Candidates for Ohio Auditor Episode 416

    Rep. John Patrick Carney (D), and Dave Yost (R) 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 60,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 265,000 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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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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