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Farmers and ranchers rely on the accuracy of GPS for precision agriculture

FCC extends deadline to comment on LightSquared waiver

Published Mar. 9, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the deadline to submit comments regarding its proposals to block LightSquared from pursuing its wireless broadband network to March 16.

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Earn a free night’s stay at Choice Hotels

Published Mar. 8, 2012

Choice Hotels is running a special promotion for Ohio Farm Bureau members. Book your reservations at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.258.2847 and after your second separate stay with arrival between March 8 and May 8, you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a free night.

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Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents ascended Capitol Hill to meet their legislators.

County Farm Bureau presidents meet with legislators on Capitol Hill

Published Mar. 8, 2012

After being fully briefed on the latest issues, and having heard from a number of Ohio's Congressional delegation, it was Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents' turn to talk on Wednesday, as they met face-to-face in the offices of their lawmakers.

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Apply to be one of Ohio Farm Bureau's State Fair Junior Fair Board Ambassadors

Published Mar. 7, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau believes in providing youth opportunities to grow. OFBF is accepting applications through March 17 for youth interested in serving as OFBF's ambassador to the board.The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of who represent youth from organizations across Ohio.

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East Region hosts innovative leadership conference for local members

Published Mar. 7, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is presenting the East Region Leadership Conference, hosted by counties in the East Region Saturday, March 31 at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all Farm Bureau members, not just to those in the eastern part of the state.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner met with county Farm Bureau presidents in D.C. for the 21st year

County Farm Bureau Presidents prepare to meet legislators in D.C.

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Day two of the annual county Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C. was a busy one for attendees, as they prepared for Wednesday's in-office visits with their lawmakers.

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Bruce Patterson

Ohio Farm Bureau member uses passion to sign new members

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Less than one month after the Portage County Farm Bureau membership campaign kick-off, Bruce Patterson has signed 10 new members and more than 30 membership renewals. Bruce uses an approach that is a blend of local action, state and national advocacy and a need for strong viable farms.

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Nationwide Associate Agent and Vice President of Jennings & Associates Inc, Margie Jennings talks to Cara Lawson of OFBF

Agent visits strengthen Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide partnership

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Twice a year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) coordinates a Nationwide Agent Visitation Week, which is an opportunity for Ohio Farm Bureau to reach out to the 456 Nationwide agents in Ohio to show appreciation for their support of the partnership between Nationwide and OFBF.

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Some of Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents visited the Korean Embassy on Monday (Photo by Lauren Fehlan)

County Farm Bureau Presidents Travel to Washington for 66th year

Published Mar. 5, 2012

Local Farm Bureau leaders taking grassroots messages to Capitol Hill from members back home.

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Dale Arnold in Wyandot County helping landowners protect themselves when leasing their land for natural gas exploration.

OFBF continues to equip landowners on gas leasing

Published Mar. 1, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to speak to landowners regarding opportunities and challenges they may experience as interest in gas exploration spreads across the state.

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Check out how you can join in the activities of your county Farm Bureau

March 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Mar. 1, 2012

Local ag scholarships, ag breakfasts, oil & gas informational meetings and more can be found through Ohio's county Farm Bureaus this month. Here's the complete run-down.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: Farming and water quality

Published Feb. 29, 2012

Preview Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher's "Up Front" editorial column for the March/April issue of Our Ohio magazine.

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Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch shows off the GM member benefit

Three new vehicles added to successful General Motors Farm Bureau member benefit

Published Feb. 27, 2012

One of the most popular Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) member benefits is the $500 General Motors discount. Three new cars were recently added to the growing list of qualifying vehicles for this successful member benefit: The Chevrolet 2013 Malibu, Camaro ZL1 and the new Buick Verano.

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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 Statehouse

Farm Bureau priority issue ready for governor’s signature

Published Feb. 23, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau has several state priority issues for 2012, but one can already be marked off the list. With bipartisan support in the Ohio House and Senate, HB 276 will be sent to the governor’s office to be signed.

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Pat O'Brien Chevrolet Truck with banners at the

County Farm Bureau and Local GM dealership work together for their community

Published Feb. 23, 2012

When the new $500 General Motors discount for Ohio Farm Bureau members was recently announced, Pat O’Brien Chevrolet reached out to partner with the Medina County Farm Bureau. The partnership has resulted in up to a $5,000 assist to the local community through the “Farmers Feed Our Needs” program.

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Gary Wilson (at corner of the table), OFBF member, participating in the hay and forage commodity meeting

Ohio Farm Bureau members helping shape national policies on ag commodities

Published Feb. 23, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members recognize policy development as one of the most important grassroots activities within Farm Bureau. This week, Farm Bureau members’ voices are being heard at the national level during American Farm Bureau’s commodity advisory committee meetings.

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Farmers interact with customers at Clintonville Farmers' Market

Clintonville Farmers’ Market continues building community in 10th Season

Published Feb. 20, 2012

A community of farmers and nonfarmers is growing in a Columbus neighborhood. Clintonville Farmers’ Market’s goal is to develop relationships between farmers and emerging underserved populations in the Clintonville area.

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Schriver, Bird and Fox discuss CSAs on Town Hall Ohio

Exploring Community Supported Agriculture in Ohio

Published Feb. 16, 2012

On this weekend’s Town Hall Ohio radio program: Two Ohio Community Supported Agriculture farms -- Bryn Bird of Bird’s Haven Farms and Todd Schriver of Rock Dove Farms, as well as Ohio State University Extension’s direct marketing expert Julie Fox and Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cara Lawson.

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Sen. Dave Daniels was introduced as the new Director of Ohio Agriculture during Ag Day at the Capitol.

Ohio Farm Bureau members meet legislators during annual Ag Day at the Capitol

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio farmers discuss agriculture issues with legislators in Columbus at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual

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Farmers voice concerns on child labor rules

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While farmers recently welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Labor will reconsider rules regarding
youth working on farms, concerns about the proposal remain.

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From left, OFBF President Steve Hirsch, First Vice President Sparky Weilnau and state trustee Keith Truckor.

American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Farmers develop national policy

Published Feb. 15, 2012

As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nation’s fiscal situation.

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Farmers weigh questions about use of antibiotics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While antibiotic resistance is a natural biological phenomenon, some are questioning the impact that antibiotics used in livestock production might have on public health.

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Listen to Brown and other 'Town Hall Ohio' guests at www.townhallohio.org or subscribe on iTunes, www.bit.ly/THOoniTunes

Sen. Sherrod Brown talks politics, economics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When new Republican members of Congress are elected, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown does more than welcome his new Ohio counterparts – he sits down with them to talk about how to improve Ohio.

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Rep. Robert Sprague (speaking) is joined by OFBF's Beth Vanderkooi (left) and lawmakers in support of expanding Ag-LINK.

State lawmakers want to expand agricultural loan program

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

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Policy Update: Protecting GPS, Trespassing Concerns, Court takes landowners side

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Farmers call on FCC to protect GPS; Protection for trespassers raises concerns; Supreme Court sides with landowners

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Dr. Ronald Kensinger

Ohio State’s new animal sciences chair lays out priorities

Published Feb. 15, 2012

The college has identified key areas important to the general public and needs to continue working on them, he said. Those areas include research, biofuels and high fiber materials, animal welfare and Extension.

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Ohioans recognized for contributions to sheep production

Published Feb. 15, 2012

American Sheep Industry honors Moore family, Don Van Nostran, Roger High and Henry Zerby.

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Winter Worry: Excessive snow load can cause barn collapse

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When heavy snow meets fierce winds even the best-engineered buildings can collapse. That’s why it’s important to be adequately insured for this type of peril.

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Rep. Steve Stivers addresses farmers and ag leaders during a visit to the farm of Farm Bureau member Norman Dresbach.

Pickaway County Farm Bureau hosts congressional visit

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Congressman Steve Stivers who currently represents Ohio’s 15th district comprising Madison, Union and parts of Franklin counties, is seeking re-election.

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Program guides first responders on farm animal handling

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with Ohio State University to help law enforcement, local humane officers, wildlife officers, firefighters, animal control officers and other first responders gain a basic understanding of farm animal behavior and handling.

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The Farm Bureau Property Protection Service proved to be a benefit to Butler County Farm Bureau member Tom Theobald.

$2,500 reward presented in Butler County

Published Feb. 15, 2012

The Farm Bureau Property Protection Service proved to be a benefit to Butler County Farm Bureau member Tom Theobald when a John Deere Gator was stolen from his property.

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Class members have learned from each other while touring local farms, research sites and meeting government officials.

Being an Ohio Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community

Published Feb. 15, 2012

New series of articles looks at how being a Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community.

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Preble County Farm Bureau's Grow It Know It seminar

Preble County workshops focus on food, families, community

Published Feb. 10, 2012

Preble County Farm Bureau is building a community of farmers and nonfarmers with its Grow It Know It seminars, designed to help people grow their skills in areas such as gardening, food preservation, cooking and sewing.

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Knollman Farms, of Hamilton, Ohio, received the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) Neighbor of the Year Award.

Neighbor of the Year Award nominations being accepted

Published Feb. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members, community leaders and members of the Ohio Livestock Coalition have the opportunity to recognize efforts neighbors have made in rural Ohio to positively develop and enhance relationships and communications with the annual Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's “Farmer’s Guide to Truck and Farm Implement Laws and Regulations

New Farm Bureau guide helps keep Ohio farmers trucking

Published Feb. 2, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau's “Farmer’s Guide to Truck and Farm Implement Laws and Regulations" is a 38-page spiral bound notebook outlining laws and regulations that rule the road as farmers and truckers travel across the state.

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A large number of scholarships headline opportunities for county Farm Bureau members in February.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - February 2012

Published Jan. 31, 2012

Scholarships, Oil and Gas leasing informational meetings, more activities and events highlight Farm Bureau happenings for the month of February.

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Animals for Life Foundation

Animals for Life Foundation accepting grant proposals for 2012

Published Jan. 24, 2012

Animals for Life Foundation to award grants for programs/projects helping further develop and implement vision and mission of accepting and understanding human-animal interdependency and the value animals bring to human life.

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Sheep and Goat WebEx Series to be held across Ohio in February

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Ohio sheep and goat farmers invited to attend four February sessions concentrating on sheep and goat health programs.

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Medina County Farm Bureau shows off their County Activity of Excellence Award Display at the annual meeting.

Farmers Navigating Waves of Change at Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Farmers recognized for 2011 accomplishments at American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii, urged to create more across the U.S. in 2012.

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Scholarship programs announced

Published Jan. 6, 2012

Students pursuing agricultural-related areas of study may apply for $1,000 scholarships from the Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services and United Producers Inc.

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Get caught up on all the latest events and activities across the state.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - January 2012

Published Jan. 5, 2012

The New Year is off to a quick start for Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Catch up with what's happening in the farm and food world in your neck of the woods and beyond in this month's round-up.

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GM Discount added to OFBF member benefits

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members can now receive a $500 discount on qualifying 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease.

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Medina County Season's Harvest event

2011 Year in Review -- Connecting with agriculture by experiencing agriculture

Published Dec. 14, 2011

More than 11,000 nonfarmers experienced Ohio agriculture through numerous county Farm Bureau-led “Grow and Know” events in 2011.

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Honey Caramel ice cream

2011 Year in Review -- Partnering on values

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau built relationships with Bob Evans Farms, Longaberger and Velvet Ice Cream.

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2011 Year in Review -- Getting more social

Published Dec. 14, 2011

As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet for information about food production, Ohio Farm Bureau continued to increase and develop its online presence and that of its members in 2011.

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Among the show's guests: Gov. John Kasich

2011 Year in Review -- Farm Bureau on the air

Published Dec. 14, 2011

2011 marked the fifth anniversary of OFBF’s weekly public affairs radio program, 'Town Hall Ohio.'

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2011 Year in Review -- Foundations award grants

Published Dec. 14, 2011

The grants improve communities and make connections.

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2011 Year in Review -- Spreading the word on responsible animal care

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues continued to provide assistance to those dealing with animals care and cruelty complaints through its Animal Agriculture 101 training in 2011.

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2011 Year in Review -- Working with the media

Published Dec. 14, 2011

By interacting with journalists we can assure that agriculture’s views are portrayed prominently and accurately, giving the public a better understanding of the issues important to farmers.

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