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Why Usefulness trumps Awesomeness with Consumers

Published Aug. 30, 2013

At a time when all the world’s information can fit in your pocket, the rules for remaining relevant to your customers are quickly changing. Whether you’re using social media to agvocate or to try to do business, how do you rise above the noise?

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Join Ohio Farm Bureau at Farm Science Review

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Farm Science Review visitors are invited to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Friday Avenue and Beef Street to talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.

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Capital Challenge first place team - Ag Ed Policy Development.

Capital Challenge proved teens are amazing

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Teens from 4-H, FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau came together at the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to answer the question, “My community would be better if…” In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel discusses learning from the Capital Challenge why teens should be engaged in solving problems and improving their communities.

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Opportunities for agricultural education

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Recently, we asked where we should invest in agricultural education. Here's what you told us.

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A bird's eye view inside the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair.

Five tips for successful event management

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel recently shared friendraising ideas he learned to engage fairgoers at the Ohio State Fair. In this blog he shares how making some last-minute improvements allowed our guests have a much better experience.

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OFBF staff Kern and Lesicko at the Quasar digester in Wooster on a recent tour of ATI and OARDC.

Ushering in agriculture’s next generation of leaders

Published Aug. 22, 2013

More and more young people are pursuing higher education degrees in agriculture. In turn, our industry is reaping the benefits of a workforce with diverse experience, higher levels of technological expertise and hands-on experience that will help us tackle agriculture’s next set of challenges. In this blog, OFBF Director of State Policy Brandon Kern discusses several programs preparing the next generation.

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Congressman Bob Latta discussing farm policy during a tour in Van Wert and Mercer counties.

Farm Bureau members keep elected officials busy during break

Published Aug. 22, 2013

While Congress and the Ohio General Assembly have both been on “break” over the last few weeks, Farm Bureau policy advocacy has been in full swing. Ohio Farm Bureau members have been busy attending town hall meetings, farm tours and discussions with their elected officials, sharing their personal farm stories and how policy is impacting them.

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Best of the songs of ‘Town Hall Ohio’

Published Aug. 22, 2013

If you're a regular listener to the radio show Town Hall Ohio, you know show host Joe Cornely has fun matching the show's topics to songs that fit the theme. Joe is a music buff and supplied us with his list of favorite show topics and songs that fit nicely together. Who knew there was a song about bio products made from soybeans?

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Comment period extended for Food Safety Modernization Act rules

Published Aug. 20, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period to Nov. 15 for the produce safety rule and the preventive controls for human food rule which implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Ohio Farm Bureau is in the process of drafting comments and is interested in members’ concerns regarding these proposed rules.

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Visitors to the Ag & Hort Building were able to do and see many fun things, including chicks hatching.

Four friendraising tips that attracted fairgoers

Published Aug. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel shares four takeaways from his experience being a part of the team charged to do something different with the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair this year.

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The First Place Capital Challenge Team.

Capital Challenge winners advocate a better understanding of agriculture

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Engaging young people in democracy was the goal of the first ever Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.

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Federal Policy Issues Update

Published Aug. 14, 2013

With Congress on recess for the summer, here’s a brief look at where we stand on three key issues.

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House subcommittee members

Butler County hosts House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Butler County Farm Bureau helped coordinate a subcommittee meeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at the Butler County Fair July 24.

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Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard talks about state government, civic engagement and Ohio agriculture with Jack Fisher, OFBF.

Our conversation with Rep. Heard

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Ohio House Minority Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard recently sat down for a conversation on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Town Hall Ohio to share her perspectives on taxes, the economy and other issues impacting the state.

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On the water

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio along with public officials and water quality advocates recently traveled to Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie to learn about water quality issues as well as research that could help farmers provide solutions.

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What insights do you have for agricultural education?

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The definition of agricultural education can be very broad, which makes it difficult to decide where to focus resources. A significant challenge that needs to be addressed is what responsibility Farm Bureau has on this issue and where should we engage.

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When consumers weigh in on farm policy

Published Aug. 14, 2013

In the July/August edition of Our Ohio magazine, we asked consumers to give us their thoughts on new Food and Drug Administration produce rules intended to improve safety. In the end, more than 150 people filled out our survey and many submitted additional comments describing their concerns.

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American Farm Bureau acquires leading events, publications

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows – Minnesota Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference. The business also publishes Feed & Grain Magazine and Case IH’s Farm Forum magazine.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS Agritainment exposures increase liability

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Before exposing your farm to the public, consider the need for increased protection.

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What’s going on with water quality at the Statehouse?

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Leadership Development Chip Nelson

New presidents searching for new direction

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Director of Leadership Development, Chip Nelson, discusses his recent experience working with a group of leaders at Ohio Farm Bureau's new presidents training.

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Animals for Life foundation selects Recipients of 2013 Grants

Published Aug. 12, 2013

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected 11 projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2013 fiscal year.

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Ohio Farm Bureau supports member urging Ohio Supreme Court to accept case

Published Aug. 7, 2013

Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of legal education, explains why Farm Bureau is supporting an Ohio Supreme Court case pursued by a member who suffered significant losses after a county drainage project caused his tomato field to flood.

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Farmers invited to build trust at 16th annual Ohio Livestock Coalition meeting

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Ohio farmers are invited to learn more about animal welfare, consumer concerns and building trust in agriculture during the Ohio Livestock Coalition's industry symposium and annual meeting Sept. 6.

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Eleven stops, 120 ATVs, 280 people and one great tour

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Eleven stops, 120 ATVs and 280 people were the makings of one great tour. Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently partnered to put on an ATV conservation tour. Watch this video to see photos and hear about the tour.

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