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Top Ohio farm photos of the week

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Harvest season is nearing an end for many farmers in Ohio. The weather this fall, particularly this past week with snow, has been very challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat. But they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are our favorite posts this week on social media including photos from the #OHharves14 and #SnowyOhioFarm hashtags.

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Talking water issues with Congress, U.S. EPA

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau has been busy talking with members of Congress and federal officials about water issues.

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Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules recently to testify about an agritourism bill that is based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Dozens of fertilizer, pesticide certification classes now offered

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio State University Extension has now scheduled 25 fertilizer certification classes and 45 combination fertilizer/pesticide application classes statewide for farmers.

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Bid now on great Foundation auction items

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Looking for the perfect holiday gift item? Check out the items up for bid on the 9th annual Rural-Urban Community Auction sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Harvest season is nearing an end for some farmers in Ohio. The wet weather this fall was challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.

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Ohio Farm Bureau proposes improvements to farmland tax rules

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

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CAUV Resources

Published Nov. 12, 2014

How Ohio's Current Agricultural Use Value program affects landowners.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Nov. 7, 2014

Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week. Have photos you want to share with other farmers across the state? Post them to our Facebook timeline or share on Instagram and Twitter using #OHharvest14.

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What to do about CAUV -- state PD committee to discuss taxes next week

Published Nov. 6, 2014

The state’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program is one of the top items to be discussed during Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee meeting next week. OFBF’s policy department has been gathering resources and input for the committee by meeting with tax experts and legislators, attending CAUV meetings statewide and examining the results of a recent CAUV survey conducted by OFBF.

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More fertilizer certification classes scheduled

Published Nov. 6, 2014

Ohio State University Extension has added more fertilizer certification classes for farmers. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau has set an aggressive goal of having all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by Earth Day 2015. That April 22 date is more than two years before the state required deadline.

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What you need to know about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer

Published Nov. 5, 2014

The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was recently documented in Ohio in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. There is no evidence the disease has affected the state's wild deer population. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy Outreach Dr. Leah Dorman met with state officials to talk about Ohio’s first case of the disease. She’s compiled a list of some frequently asked questions about CWD and suggestions for deer hunters when they dress the animals.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Oct. 31, 2014

Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. The wet weather this fall has been challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they are work on harvest every moment they can, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.

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OFBF examining CAUV formula

Published Oct. 13, 2014

For those 41 counties that underwent reappraisals and updates in 2014, record high crop prices combined with record low interest rates in recent years have created a significant spike in farmland values under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

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From left: Sen. Bill Beagle, Sarah Landis, Lydia Black, Kara Griffith and Rep. Mike Henne.

From plan to policy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Youth Capitol Challenge winners take their proposal to county Farm Bureau, legislators

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Farmers have filled meeting halls in recent weeks to obtain state-required certification for fertilizer application.

‘In it for the long run’

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Hundreds turn out for first fertilizer certification classes, launch OFBF water action plan

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Bill addresses concerns about state’s agritourism activities

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Many farmers who conduct agritourism activities on their property face challenges with liability and regulatory costs.

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Farmers can now enroll in new Dairy Margin Protection Program

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.

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OFBF works to strengthen propane proposals

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers to make two bills stronger that aim to prevent and respond to future propane shortages.

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What you need to know about farm bill safety net program options

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have a big decision to make — which new farm bill safety net program to participate in for the next few years. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program.

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Farmland examines how a new generation of American farmers are advancing agriculture in the United States.

'Farmland' documentary free online in October

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” is now available on Hulu.

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Ohio State's Bruce McPheron responds to questions from Farm Bureau members about the future of agricultural programs.

Farm Bureau members continue discussions on OSU

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke with an Ohio Farm Bureau member advisory team that is offering input on how the college can best serve Ohio’s agricultural community.

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Nationwide News: Include GPS systems when insuring equipment

Published Oct. 13, 2014

The Nationwide Agribusiness AgriChoice farm policy can include coverage for Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.

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Be ready to negotiate when pipeline construction comes through

Published Oct. 9, 2014

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is projected to have 38,000 miles of pipeline construction done statewide. The new or upgraded pipelines will carry everything from natural gas to crude oil to refined fuels. Landowners need to be aware that many projects don’t fall under eminent domain.

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Young Ag Professionals, AgriPOWER take over D.C.

Published Oct. 2, 2014

In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blog.

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