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How large of an increase have you seen in your farmland property value this year

Published Oct. 15, 2014

There are 41 counties that will have their property values reappraised or updated for tax purposes in 2014. For those properties enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program, many landowners are seeing large increases in their CAUV property valuations. Ohio Farm Bureau is carefully studying several different components of the CAUV formula to see if they can be adjusted in a way that provides solutions to the many varied concerns raised by landowners while preserving the integrity and purpose of the CAUV program: to accurately value farmland according to its current agricultural use value.

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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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D.C. adventure with OFBF AgriPower VI

Published Oct. 2, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.

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Eye-opening Washington trip

Published Sep. 29, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Ashley Culp blogs about her exciting and eye-opening experience during the programs trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about agricultural policy and lobbying along with the Young Ag Professionals group.

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AgriPOWER Class VI and Young Ag Professionals visited USDA for updates and discussion.

Our nation’s capital in 3 days

Published Sep. 26, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Adam Campbell blogs about his experience in Washington, D.C. with his classmates and Young Ag Professionals.

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What you need to know about 2014 Farm Bill implementation

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Starting Monday, producers and landowners can start visiting their local Farm Service Agency to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres. For those farmers planting crops, this is the first of three important decisions they will need to make as implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill starts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program created under the farm bill.

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Why your mineral rights might be in danger

Published Sep. 25, 2014

If you think it’s always clear who owns the mineral rights to a piece of land, you might want to think again. With the explosion in oil and natural gas drilling, some of those mineral rights could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner.

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President Steve Hirsch discusses water quality at FSR

Published Sep. 19, 2014

OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during Ohio State Vice President Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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Making Our Voices Heard on ‘The Hill’

Published Sep. 18, 2014

Kelly Fager, Fulton County Farm Bureau member and Young Ag Professional, discusses her experience on the Young Ag Professional and AgriPOWER trip to Washington, D.C.

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The event was open to Farm Bureau members of all backgrounds who wanted a better understanding of food production.

A closer connection to food

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.

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American Farm Bureau's Julie Ann Potts and Bob Stallman stopped by the Town Hall Ohio studio during a recent visit to Oh

American Farm Bureau leaders visit Ohio

Published Sep. 17, 2014

American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.

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Nationwide News: Metal theft prevention for home and business

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Metal theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.

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Farm Bureau members heard from experts on wide-ranging issues as they considered county Farm Bureau policy proposals.

From the county on up

Published Sep. 17, 2014

State policy development committee ready to examine county policy recommendations

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AFBF keeps pressure on EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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