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The Food Dialogues®: Toledo

Published May. 21, 2015

Balancing Food Production and Clean Water

Join us on May 28 at 10 a.m. for the Livestream discussion, moderated by Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Gail Hogan, featuring diverse panelists discussing the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of this critical topic.

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Media campaign highlights farmers’ efforts to improve water quality

Published May. 4, 2015

The media campaign, rolled out in time for Earth Day (April 22), was one piece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive $1 million Water Quality Action Plan.

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OFBF supports compensation adjustment for judges

Published May. 4, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s board voted recently to support pay increases for Ohio judges. In a briefing to the board, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about her work to increase judicial pay.

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Status of Farm Bureau Priority Issues in Congress

Published May. 4, 2015

Updates on Waters of the U.S., Death Tax, GMO Labeling, Immigration Reform and Pesticide Regulation in or Near Water

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Opening global markets for Ohio farmers

Published May. 4, 2015

American Farm Bureau is advancing trade talks that could bring new market share for Ohio farm products.

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New e-newsletter for young ag professionals

Published May. 4, 2015

The “Growing Our Generation” e-newsletter will feature articles and insights put together by YAP guest editors with unique farms, jobs and perspectives.

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What you need to know about the commercial activity tax

Published May. 4, 2015

The CAT is an annual privilege tax levied “for the privilege of doing business in this state.” The CAT is a tax on gross receipts.

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FOOD DIALOGUES: TOLEDO Balancing food production and clean water

Published May. 4, 2015

A diverse panel of experts will discuss the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of clean water and abundant food May 28 in Toledo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Deadline extended for local water quality project grants

Published May. 4, 2015

County Farm Bureaus will have more time to develop local partnerships and projects that help protect Ohio’s water resources.

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Nationwide News: Farm Safety 4 Just Kids works to expand its vision for safety

Published May. 4, 2015

The fact that agriculture has the second highest fatality rate among youth workers keeps Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) founder Marilyn Adams up at night.

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'Town Hall Ohio'

Published May. 4, 2015

Here are some excerpts of recent shows from influential leaders in Ohio

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Farmers need to certify conservation compliance by June 1

Published May. 4, 2015

June 1 is the deadline for farmers to file certification regarding highly erodible land and wetland conservation with their local U.S.Department of Agriculture service center.

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OFBF urges withdrawal of WOTUS rule

Published May. 1, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau has asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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Township trustees can help landowners work through line fence disputes

Published Apr. 27, 2015

Spring is the season to check fences, and when farmers start to focus on them, questions to Ohio Farm Bureau begin to increase. Staff members have made two presentations so far focused on the township trustee role in the dispute process. In a nutshell: trustees can help you work through that dispute, according to Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of agricultural law.

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What you need to know about Ohio's new nutrient law

Published Apr. 23, 2015

On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will restrict the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).

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How deer damage permit changes will affect farmers

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.

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Why should you join AgriPOWER? My top six reasons to apply

Published Apr. 8, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.

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AgriPOWER: Springboard to involvement, change

Published Apr. 6, 2015

A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.

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How CAUV’s formula is changing

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.

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Ohio Farm Bureau makes new CAUV formula suggestions to tax department

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Specifically, Ohio Farm Bureau suggested making the formula better reflect the value of land for farming and be less affected by nonfarm factors.

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An explanation of Ohio’s tax rates, millage

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.

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Working to preserve Ohio’s ag sales tax exemption

Published Apr. 3, 2015

OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.

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Tell us your agritourism challenges

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking input from agritourism businesses on what types of challenges they are facing. Both the House and Senate have introduced agritourism bills, which are based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Thousands of farmers receive fertilizer application certification

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Water quality is one of Ohio Farm Bureau’s priority issues this year, and thousands of farmers spent a few hours of their winter attending a fertilizer application certification class.

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Meeting with Boehner

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Nine OFBF members traveled to Washington, D.C. this winter for their first meeting as members of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees.

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