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Farm bill negotiations underway, Brown outlines priorities

Published Nov. 21, 2013

With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.

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Important things to know for the 95th OFBF annual meeting

Published Nov. 20, 2013

There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 - 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.

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Last year's Capitol Challenge participants learning about policy development.

Students invited to learn more about political process through Capitol Challenge

Published Nov. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process. The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ½ day-long policy development program.

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Give you input on Ohio's drainage laws by Nov. 25.

Input wanted on Ohio drainage laws

Published Nov. 18, 2013

Landowners are often faced with drainage issues. This is why Ohio Farm Bureau is currently engaged with the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio and other stakeholders in reviewing Ohio’s drainage laws. We hope you can take a few minutes to provide your input as a farmer or landowner. The survey is online and will take only a few minutes to complete.

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New membership model and dues structure proposed for Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 14, 2013

In order to support a transparent discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization, here is a look at what is being considered and why.

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Leah Curtis

Understand a new taxing tool

Published Nov. 14, 2013

JEDD and JEDZ projects have become quite popular with local governments, but what do they really do?

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Energy efficiency overhaul introduced

Published Nov. 14, 2013

A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.

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Photo courtesy www.Farmlandfilm.com

Award-winning filmmaker spotlights young farmers in ‘Farmland’ documentary

Published Nov. 14, 2013

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, 'Farmland.'

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Nationwide News: Passing the farm to the next generation

Published Nov. 14, 2013

Have you developed a transition plan for when you retire or when it’s time to pass the farm on? When family members enter into the equation, planning can become more complicated.

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Auction proceeds will be used to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.

Foundation auction now open

Published Nov. 11, 2013

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Ninth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 11- Dec. 3.

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North Union elementary students' visiting New Day Farms through the For Your InFARMation program.

Free educational materials available to teach third graders about livestock

Published Nov. 11, 2013

Do you know an elementary school teacher? Share Ohio Livestock Coalition’s free educational materials available through the For Your InFARMation program. The program is designed to teach Ohio third graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

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Bruce Buurma stands outside the apartments he provides to migrant workers.

Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms

Published Nov. 7, 2013

Over the years, the Buurma farming enterprise steadily expanded adding more land and new vegetable crops. But the supply of labor that has sustained the operation for six generations is drying up.

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Knipp, 2nd from left, with other farmers speaking to Congressman Bob Latta about immigration reform.

Farmers rally in D.C. for immigration reform

Published Oct. 31, 2013

Daryl Knipp, a produce farmer and an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, joined nearly 60 other farmers and agricultural leaders from 14 states in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for immigration reform. Here are a few clips from Knipp about the fly-in and immigration reform.

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From Carroll County's Agriculture Plastics Recycling Program that was recognized by AFBF.

Four Ohio county Farm Bureau programs among nation’s best

Published Oct. 24, 2013

We were recently thrilled to see four Ohio county Farm Bureaus chosen as winners in the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. Only 24 winners were chosen nationwide.

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AgriPOWER Class V together at graduation. Wells is second from left in the front row.

You win with people in AgriPOWER

Published Oct. 24, 2013

In this blog, AgriPOWER Class V graduate Callie Wells explains how “You win with people” as a participant in AgriPOWER.

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Next generation of leaders show bright future for food, farming

Published Oct. 23, 2013

Here at Ohio Farm Bureau we are really excited about the next generation of leaders in food and farming, particularly when we are able to participate in events like Ohio FFA Association's Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. A few of our public policy staff members recently helped put on a workshop at the conference for 200 Ohio FFA student leaders.

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Can farm bill show Congress how to get along?

Published Oct. 23, 2013

After taking a back seat to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, we may see some progress on the farm bill soon. The conference committee has been appointed and has started to meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

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Alt and Allison discuss Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Should we or shouldn't we?

Medicaid expansion: Should we or shouldn't we?

Published Oct. 17, 2013

The state could add people who don’t qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. But should they? On the next Town Hall Ohio, airing this weekend, this tricky topic is discussed.

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Could efforts to block GMO labeling be “the worst PR strategy ever.”?

The worst PR strategy ever?

Published Oct. 16, 2013

The customer might not always be right. But the customer is effectively right. In other words, what you’re offering has no value if people aren’t buying it. Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and GMO advocate, laid out a compelling case for better appreciating consumer concerns during his recent talk at the Center for Food Integrity summit where he called efforts to block GMO labeling “the worst PR strategy ever.”

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Ohio considering farm nutrient bill

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.

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Recently, more than 500 farmers signed a petition asking Congress to pass a farm bill.

We need a farm bill now

Published Oct. 15, 2013

As of press time, the next step for a new farm bill is the conference process, which will work to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House and Senate have both announced their conferees and the Senate has included Ohio.

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Steve Hirsch is Ohio Farm Bureau's president and a Ross County farmer.

Like farmers, Farm Bureau must be innovative

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Just as we’re open to changing the way we farm, we’re again considering some changes to the way we do things in Farm Bureau.

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American Farm Bureau appeals Chesapeake Bay ruling

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Ohio Farm Bureau asked farmers to vote on the water quality issues that matter most to them.

Safe drinking water tops farmers’ concerns in ‘Buckeye Poll’

Published Oct. 15, 2013

When it comes to Ohio’s water resources, what do farmers care about?

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LLC forms among those Ohio is now allowing to be filed online

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office will now accept the most frequently used business filings online in what it says is an ongoing effort to improve and modernize operations.

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