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In some rural areas, large animal veterinarians are in short supply.

Bill would address veterinarian shortage

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The U.S. House this month passed a bill that would help increase the number of veterinarians working in livestock and food animal practices and in key public health fields. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to follow suit.

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Bill would establish Ohio Agriculture Week

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Citing the contributions of Ohio’s farmers to the economy and the state’s rich agricultural heritage, OFBF testified in favor of a bill that would designate the week of Thanksgiving as Ohio Agriculture Week.

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Bills may soon ban horse slaughter

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Two major pieces of legislation banning horse slaughter are expected to be reintroduced.

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Bio-based toner resin offers eco-friendly alternative

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Advanced Image Resources Inc. (AIR) is giving consumers a choice to use their printers and copiers and be environmentally friendly while doing it.

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Biodiesel grants available to Ohio school districts

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Thanks to the Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program, 21 school districts are already powering their buses with soy biodiesel and providing cleaner air for their students.

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Feedstocks are delivered to quasar energy group's facility in Wooster.

Biogas expansion in Ohio relies on manure, other wastes generated on the farm

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A new regional biogas plant and more than a dozen anaerobic digesters in the works are helping Ohio increase its presence in the renewable energy industry.

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Dorman toured Pilot Dogs, Inc. with a 4-H Advisory Committee to learn about its program & the role of 4-H puppy raisers.

Blind Faith

Published Jun. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Animal and Food Policy Leah Dorman discusses a recent experience she had while visiting Pilot Dogs, Inc. and finds a comparison to how farmers deal with blind faith and with consumers.

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Board of Tax Appeals ruling that could affect you, input needed

Published Jun. 25, 2014

Landowners with non-permanent grain storage bins should check their county auditor’s tax card to determine if the auditor is taxing the bins as real property. The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) recently ruled that non-permanent grain storage bins at a grain elevator are not “real property” under Ohio law, and should be not be considered improvements that add to the property tax bill. The case is now headed to the Ohio Supreme Court for further consideration and Ohio Farm Bureau will be weighing in with the court on this important issue through an amicus brief.

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A crowd filled the hearing room at the Ohio Department of Ag during the April 5 Livestock Care Standards Board meeting.

Board reaches consensus on veal standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is past its final major hurdle in establishing the first comprehensive set of standards for animal care in Ohio.

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Board recommends 'Yes' on Issue 2, urges members to study both points of view

Published Sep. 1, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau board members recognized strong emotions on both sides of the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 debate, but believed it was the responsibility of leadership to make a recommendation to members.

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Mike Townsley, right, of Bob Evans Farms and OFBF First Vice President Steve Hirsch are welcomed by Dr. Bobby Moser.

Bob Evans Farms, OFBF invest in youth programs at Sale of Champions

Published Aug. 9, 2010

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau, purchased this year’s reserve grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair, which will help support youth involvement in agriculture.

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The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Lea Kimley.

Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau, JD Equipment Purchase Grand Champion Barrow

Published Aug. 6, 2012

Companies partner to support local youth at Ohio State Fair's 2012 Sale of Champions

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Mike Townsley (in red), of Bob Evans is seated next to OFBF's Steve Hirsch at the 2010 Sale of Champions.

Bob Evans, OFBF invest in youth with hog purchase

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Bob Evans Farms returns to Sale of Champions.

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From left: David & Steve Hirsh, Troy Elwer, Mike Townsley, Jack Fisher (complete caption at end of story)

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau partner in support of local youth at Ohio State Fair

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow for $20,000 at the Ohio State Fair's 2011 Sale of Champions.

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Outgoing Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs (l) was recognized for his work by OFBF President Brent Porteus.

Boggs: Livestock Care Board making progress, slowly

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is moving slowly, but that’s because it is being thorough, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director (ODA) Robert Boggs told attendees at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders named OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville as its 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. They will represent Ohio in the national contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders, Weaver will represent Ohio in national competitions

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville have been recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson was recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Agriculture Award

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Families pet & learn about cows during Franklin & Madison county Farm Bureau's Breakfast on the Farm

Breakfast on the Farm creates connections

Published Jun. 20, 2013

Franklin County Farm Bureau President Dwight Beougher shares how a very successful "Breakfast on the Farm" event came to fruition, how it's growing and what he looks forward to next.

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Bridging the Gap

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Critics don't understand modern agriculture. Or they just don't like it. In either case, they're pointing their fingers at farmers.

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Briefs: AFBF criticizes proposed EPA guidelines, century farm stories wanted

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Water Act Protection Guide” is one step closer to being implemented; An interactive website launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture last year to celebrate century farms will be expanded with more articles and videos,

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Bringing agriculture to the classroom through Google

Published Aug. 12, 2014

A project in several eastern Ohio counties is bringing agriculture into primary and secondary classrooms through the Google Hangouts series 'Farmtastic Agventures!'

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Brown County receives soil education grant

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Brown County Farm Bureau has received a $500 mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.

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Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs were chosen for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award

Brown, Gibbs chosen for Wheat Advocate Award

Published Feb. 5, 2013

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced its choices for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award, an award given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the award are Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Gibbs.

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L to R: Jim Henkel, Evolution Ag; Dr. Emily Buck; Derek Hetrick.

Buck, finalist for national award, wins tractor

Published Mar. 26, 2014

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington was presented with a Case IH Farmall 45A tractor at local Case IH dealer Evolution Ag, for being named a top three finalist in American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.

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