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Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials

Published Nov. 29, 2011

New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation curriculum.

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Environmental Stewardship Award and Neighbor of the Year award winners.

Ohio Livestock Coalition discusses emerging issues, recognizes farmers

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Emerging agricultural issues were prevalent themes at the 2012 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, and five Ohio farmers were named as recipients of the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and one rural resident for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition announces Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the All Occasions Catering and Banquet Center in Waldo. The symposium will feature four speakers who will cover a variety of topics and issues facing animal agriculture.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published Jan. 6, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published May. 21, 2013

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition, in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Mid-America, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Neighbor of the Year awards, which recognizes two rural residents – one farmer and one non-farmer.

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Ohio's livestock care standards will go into effect starting Sept. 29, 2011.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Issued

Published Aug. 23, 2011

After more than a year of work, animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective on Sept. 29, 2011.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board schedules public listening sessions

Published Apr. 30, 2010

Opportunities across the state in May for the public to provide input on how and what factors should be considered in creating livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted on the state's first-ever livestock care standards.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Euthanasia Standards

Published Oct. 6, 2010

Proposed euthanasia rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the rule making process.

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Progress continues on standards & civil penalties protecting livestock, consumers, producers, & ag livelihood.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Civil Penalty Rules

Published Oct. 20, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Wednesday passed a vote on proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce newly created livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board convened for the first time on Tuesday at the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published Apr. 28, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Robert Boggs described Tuesday’s first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board members Tony Forshey (center) and Robert Boggs hear comments from a hog farmer.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published May. 14, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs described the first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Rep. Latta with OFBF's Adam Sharp and county presidents during their trip to D.C.

Ohio lawmakers pressure Department of Labor on revised ag youth labor rules

Published Mar. 22, 2012

Members of the Ohio Republican congressional delegation submitted a letter and a booklet of hundreds of comments to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis from constituents who oppose the proposed rulemaking that would limit the activities children can participate in on family farms.

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Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs recently held a congressional hearing on pesticide regulations.

Ohio lawmakers fight regulatory redundancy

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have led an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.

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Ohio is examining new tax policy proposals

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasich’s broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohio’s tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.

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Ohio farmer Bob Peterson testifies for SJR 6, while his family watches on.

Ohio House votes to put livestock care on ballot

Published Jun. 24, 2009

Ohio farm families today joined lawmakers in support of a measure that would help ensure animal well-being, consumer choice and the availability of Ohio-grown food.

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Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, l, and OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

Ohio House speaker urges OFBF members to keep talking with legislators

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Calling the Ohio House of Representatives the “people’s house,” House Speaker William Batchelder said he would like hearings to be more accessible to the general public.

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John Kasich (R), Gov. Ted Strickland (D)

Ohio governor, challenger address 300 farmers at OFBF’s Ag Day

Published Mar. 11, 2010

Many farmers aren’t happy with the move of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to overturn the will of Ohio voters. Neither are Gov. Ted Strickland and his 2010 Republican gubernatorial opponent John Kasich.

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Ohio first to benefit from interstate meat shipment program

Published Aug. 13, 2012

Ohio is the first state to join the interstate meat shipment program created by the 2008 Farm Bill, the USDA announced this month.

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Ohio FFA Foundation is worthy of your support

Published May. 22, 2014

In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau's David White discusses the bright future agriculture has with the young leaders that are being developed through FFA, and how you can support this future through the Ohio FFA Foundation.

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Ohio farms, businesses urged to report water usage under Great Lakes Compact

Published Jul. 11, 2012

Ohio farmers and related businesses that are withdrawing large amounts of water from streams, ponds, lakes or groundwater are encouraged to register and report their water usage to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) so that they will be "grandfathered" prior to the effective date of the newly signed Great Lakes Compact implementing legislation.

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Ohio farms have the opportunity to be featured in Ohio Business Profiles

Published Mar. 13, 2012

To raise awareness of companies registered and doing business in Ohio, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted highlights Ohio businesses each month on the Ohio Business Profile website. Ohio Farm Bureau encourages its members to submit nominations.

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Ohio farmers win national environmental awards

Published Mar. 12, 2009

John and Jim Anderson of Shreve were the recipients of the American Sheep Industry Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Neil and Gina Boeckman of Celina recently received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.

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Ohio Farmers Tweet the 2013 Planting Season

Published May. 6, 2013

Planting season is fully underway in Ohio. Here's a peek at updates directly from Ohio farmers as they work to get their crops in the ground.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman (left) congratulates OFBF President Steve Hirsch, a farmer from Ross County.

Ohio farmers take the stage at national meeting

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff traveled to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Nationwide Insurance also showed its support for Farm Bureau.

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Ohio farmers take political award

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Last month, American Farm Bureau recognized Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) policy team and grassroots activity as among the nation's best.

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From left: Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, Paul Dahlinghaus accept OLC Environmental Stewardship Award

Ohio farmers recognized for environmental stewardship

Published Aug. 8, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Coalition named five Ohio farmer as recipients of the 2011 Ohio Environmental Stewardship Award for their many accomplishments made to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality, and to preserve the state's natural resources.

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Ohio farmers may apply for reduced-interest loans through Ag-Link program

Published Jan. 15, 2010

Ohio Treasury's annual program provides an interest rate reduction on operating loans and lines of credit to Ohio's farming community.

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Ohio farmers left behind as other nations complete trade agreements

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Pending free trade agreements (FTA) between the United States and Korea, Panama and Colombia would amount to more than $2.5 billion in additional exports, economic development and jobs.

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Temple Grandin is interviewed during a presentation to farmers in Wood County.

Ohio farmers hear from well-known animal behaviorist Temple Grandin

Published Jun. 23, 2011

More than 250 people, along with members of the media, traveled to the Nichols farm near Cygnet to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin as she presented her views on how livestock farmers should be working with the nonfarm public on animal care education.

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Melissa Mattox of Cincinnati was one of three Ohioans to win free groceries for a year (see story for full caption)

Ohio Farmers Give “Free Groceries for a Year!” to Three Ohioans

Published Nov. 24, 2009

In Time for the Holidays, Cincinnati, Fairborn, and Marion Residents are Sweepstakes Winners.

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Farmers Michael Sprang , Matt Boyert and Michael Vallery hear from several Ohio lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Ohio farmers continue meetings with nation's lawmakers

Published Mar. 10, 2010

Ohio farmers continued their efforts in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, meeting with several top lawmakers, including Ohio Sen. George Voinovich.

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Play video above about OFBF's Presidents Trip to D.C.

Ohio farmers bring issues to Congressional delegates

Published Mar. 23, 2011

American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Pat Wolff calls this time of year “Farm Bureau season” in Washington, D.C. The annual late winter and early spring migration of more than 4,000 Farm Bureau members from across the country to Capitol Hill brings the voice of farmers to lawmakers.

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Schacht Family Farm Market being recognized during Ohio Sustainable Agriculture Week in 2010

Ohio farmer testifies before House Ag Committee

Published May. 10, 2012

Ohio farmer and Franklin County Farm Bureau member Lisa Schacht of Schacht Family Farm and Market testified before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture during a hearing held to receive input on agricultural programs in preparation for writing the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Osswald (Left at microphone) comments on the FDA's proposed produce safety rules at a public hearing in Chicago.

Ohio farmer comments on proposed FDA rules

Published Mar. 13, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Lane Osswald from Preble County recently traveled to Chicago to comment on proposed produce food safety rules, at one of three public hearings, on behalf of Ohio farmers.

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Conservation farm families were recognized at Farm Science Review.

Ohio Farm Families recognized for conservation

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio’s top conservation farm families for 2011 were honored for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on the land they farm during ceremonies at the Farm Science Review.

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2012 Conservation Farm Family award winners

Ohio farm families awarded for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 25, 2012

Five of Ohio's top conservation farm families for 2012 were recognized during a ceremony at Farm Science Review in London Sept. 20 for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on their farms. The annual Conservation Farm Family Award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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Ohio Farm Bureau’s response to the Toledo water crisis

Published Aug. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups have been involved in the Toledo water crisis story since the first news alert. Joe Cornely, OFBF’s senior director of corporate communications, was on site in Toledo the day after the drinking water ban and stayed until the day after the ban was lifted. Cornely answered reporter questions, helped farmer spokespersons and conducted media outreach.

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Ohio Farm Bureau, National Tractor Pullers Association announce partnership

Published Apr. 26, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) are teaming up in a new partnership that includes discounts and promotions for OFBF members.

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'Our Ohio' commemorative canning basket

Ohio Farm Bureau, Longaberger to offer special 'Our Ohio' basket

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau and The Longaberger Company have partnered to create a commemorative canning basket featuring Farm Bureau’s consumer brand 'Our Ohio'.

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Ohio Farm Bureau, Bob Evans Recipe Contest winners announced

Published Aug. 19, 2009

Four Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members will receive Bob Evans grocery products for a year and more after having been named winners of a recipe contest hosted by Ohio’s largest general farming organization and the Ohio-based restaurant chain.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's 91st Annual Meeting this week

Published Nov. 30, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau delegates from around the state will convene to determine policy for coming year and compete for awards during annual meeting.

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Ohio Farm Bureau works to implement policy on water quality regulations

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau recently outlined its policies on water quality and nutrient management in a letter to the Department of Natural Resources as the agency considers new rules that impact farmers.

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Ohio Farm Bureau wins communication awards

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau was recently honored during the American Farm Bureau’s annual public relations conference for several of its communications programs, including editorial and feature writing, social media programming and graphic design.

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Ohio Farm Bureau weighs in on electric rates affecting members

Published Feb. 27, 2012

In response to more than 1,000 complaints filed about increased rates, including comment from Ohio Farm Bureau, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has disapproved of AEP's electric security plan and has ordered that rates be returned to similar levels to those in place in December 2011.

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Ohio Farm Bureau trustees, officers elected

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brent Porteus of Coshocton has been re-elected president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and to serve as District 12 trustee, serving members from Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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More than 350 farmers and others attend the Sept. 12 training program in Archbold.

Ohio Farm Bureau to make $1 million investment in water quality action plan

Published Sep. 12, 2014

Ohio farmers will take measurable steps toward improving Ohio’s water resources with the launch of a $1 million water quality action plan announced today by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Malabar Farm

Published Mar. 30, 2010

Attendees can learn skills to manage their property

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“What to do in Winter” will be held Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland.

Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Published Oct. 13, 2010

Learn how to make your own cheese, yogurt and other dairy products from scratch, and how to identify and obtain different meat cuts, at Ohio Farm Bureau’s Grow and Know day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

Published May. 12, 2010

Learn how to grow and preserve food from your own backyard or patio and how to go green at Ohio Farm Bureau’s daylong Grow and Know seminar at Franklin Park Conservatory.

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ODA Director Jim Zehringer

Ohio Farm Bureau talks with ODA director about budget, farm challenges

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmers have a good understanding of why the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and most state agencies need to trim their budgets because farmers are usually fiscally responsible, says the department’s director.

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