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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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    Hunger in Ohio Episode 458

    In Ohio, people are going hungry. What's going on? And more to the point, how do we stop it? Causes, consequences and hopefully some cures for hunger in Ohio. Guest: Lisa Hamler Fugitt, Ohio Association of Food Banks, Ben Johnson, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Length 39:20

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    Marijuana Legalization Episode 457

    A new industry may be coming to Ohio worth $4 billion annually. It's a product favored by some 87%.of Ohioans but is a little controversial.Marijuana for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. Guest: Douglas Berman, Professor of Law, OSU, Alan Johnson, Columbus Dispatch. Length 39:20

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    Kroger Dietician Episode 456

    Many of us do our shopping at Kroger. Often we converse with the butcher, stock person, and possibly the cashier. But did you know that Kroger has a group of folks that can help you chose wisely and eat healthier? Guests: Molly McBride and Alysson Kuhn, Kroger Corporate Dietitians. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Democratic Party Chairman, David Pepper Episode 455

    As states' voting preferences go, there are red ones and blue ones, Then there's Ohio, often called a purple state because it bounces back and forth between party preferences. David Pepper, Chairman Of the Ohio Democratic Party, has a plan to help fellow Democrats. Length 39:20

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    Traveling To DC Episode 454

    The annual trek to Washington DC for Ohio Farm Bureau's county presidents was held recently. You'll get a chance to hear from many of the speakers they heard including both Ohio Senator's and many members of Congress. Length: 39:20

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    Discussion Meet Finalists Episode 453

    Serious issues deserve serious considerations, and young adults are preparing themselves to become thought leaders. That's the goal of Farm Bureau's annual discussion meet. Young people in the food sector talking about issues important to farmers and consumers alike. Length 39:20

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    OEFFA - Sustainable Agriculture Episode 452

    "Sustainable Agriculture; Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil" was the theme for this year's Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference. Here's a perspective from farmers and eaters alike on how to keep Ohio growing. Length: 39:20

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    Dr. Michael Drake, President, Ohio State University Episode 451

    Dr. Michael Drake became Ohio State University's 15th president at the end of last June. He shares his thoughts on Ohio State, its mission, responsibilities, and maybe even a little bit about its football team. Guests: Dr. Drake, and Jack Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau, Exec. VP. Length 39:20

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    Ohio's Water Quality Status Update Episode 450

    Two of Ohio's greatest resources are fresh water and fertile farmland. Last summer we learned these resources don't exist independently. A Lake Erie algal bloom shut down Toledo's drinking water system, and farmers were cited as the guilty party. What's ag doing to protect water? Length 39:20

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    Husted Promotes Agriculture in Ohio Episode 449

    The Secretary of State's office has a sometimes overlooked role in the business community, and this month the Secretary is promoting the importance of the agricultural industry. Guests: Secretary of State Jon Husted, Ohio Farm Bureau Exec. VP, Jack Fisher. Length 39:20

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    Signature Foods Episode 448

    Demand for local foods means growth of local food companies. 'Town Hall Ohio' examines the art and science of building a food manufacturing business and what it means for farmers, consumers and the economy. Guest: Rebecca Singer, CIFT; Ann Trudel, Ann's Raspberry Farms; Lori Panda, ODA. Length 39:20

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    Gardening Episode 447

    Farmers aren't the only ones excited about warmer temperatures. Home gardeners and landscapers love the idea of soon having their hands in the soil. Hot trends and tips on lawn, landscaping and food gardens. Guest. Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator. Length 39:20

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    Dr. Bruce McPheron, Dean, OSU CFAES Episode 446

    Overseeing the modern version of agriculture at Ohio State is Dr. Bruce McPheron, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He and OFBF, Exec. VP, Jack Fisher talk food, farming and more. Length: 39:20

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    Ohio House Speaker, Cliff Rosenberger Episode 445

    In January, Cliff Rosenberger was elected to serve as Speaker of the Ohio House. Speaker Rosenberger and OFBF Executive VP, Jack Fisher talk state budget, tax reform, education and more. Length 39:20

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    Ohio Hospital Association Episode 444

    Patient safety is a new phrase being heard in hospitals. Dr. Bob Falcone, Vice President of Clinical Quality and Population Health, and John Palmer, Director of Public Affairs with the Ohio Hospital Association, discuss safety and other health related issues. Length 39:20

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    Senator Keith Faber Episode 443

    Ohio Legislators have their hands full working toward passing a budget, addressing big issues related to the economy, education and the environment. What can the government do, what shouldn't it do, and will it probably do? Guest: Senate President Keith Faber, OFBF Exec. VP. Jack Fisher Length 39:20

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    2015 AgDay at the Capital Episode 442

    Ohio Farm Bureau keeps track of the goings on in state government as a service to its members. There is also another watchdog that OFBF relies on: the media. A visit with statehouse reporters in front of a live audience at the annual Ag Day at the Capital. 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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    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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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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