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Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters

Published Dec. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.

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Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Demand is booming in Ohio for local food. There’s just one problem – Ohio doesn’t have enough infrastructure or food processing to meet the growing demand. That’s according to Brian Williams of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission who moderated a panel about local food councils during the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 10 in Columbus.

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Tips for entrepreneurs overheard at the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

Published Dec. 10, 2014

The 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum kicked off this morning with sessions covering topics from leadership development to technology in agriculture to current issues in agriculture. One session brought together farm and food entrepreneurs to discuss their businesses, how they got started and how they continue to grow.

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Catlett tells farmers to prepare for the golden age of agriculture

Published Dec. 10, 2014

There’s never been a better time to be in agriculture, according to Dr. Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, who spoke to attendees at the 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum.

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Transition Planning and Social Security Benefits

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Nationwide is on your side to help you plan for the transition of your farm and decide when to start your social security benefits.

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Experiencing public policy

Published Dec. 8, 2014

When the words public policy are initially heard, I immediately flashback to government or political science class -- long lectures, copious notes, and fair amounts of doodling in the margins of my paper. However, the fourth session of AgriPOWER has given me the opportunity to experience firsthand the theories and practices of our government coming to life.

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Speaking candidly with elected officials

Published Dec. 8, 2014

We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.

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Healthy Water Ohio gets input from more than 150 stakeholders

Published Dec. 5, 2014

Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.

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OFBF supports manure regulation transfer, pending nutrient law

Published Dec. 4, 2014

This week Ohio Farm Bureau testified about House Bill 490. OFBF supports a measure to transfer manure management regulations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as a nutrient management provision for the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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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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