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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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FDA releases produce food safety rules, seeks review

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has released for public comment its proposed rule to establish science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms.

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FDA rethinks expanded milk testing proposal

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its plan to expand milk testing after the dairy industry and state regulators criticized the methodology.

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Scioto County Farm Bureau President Wyatt Bates is featured in this month's Round-up.

February 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Feb. 20, 2013

There’s quite the list of opportunities across the state in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up. Scholarships are available, meetings on all sorts of key issues are being held, community breakfasts are being served, and more.

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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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Federal Update: Renewable Fuels Standards, Appropriations Bill

Published Jan. 30, 2014

An update of two federal issues, Renewable Fuel Standards and the Appropriations Bill, impacting food and farming.

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Final call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

Published May. 8, 2013

With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America.

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Find them online

Published Jul. 16, 2010

New online sites make it easy for visitors to find topics of interest dealing with livestock and other Farm Bureau issues.

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AgriPOWER Class IV in Washington D.C.

Finding my Voice Through AgriPOWER

Published Jan. 22, 2014

AgriPOWER Class IV graduate Terri Bauer Studer explains how she found her voice through the Ohio Farm Bureau leadership and advocacy program. Applications for Class VI due April 18.

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Blogger Leah Beyer (center in green) takes beginner bloggers through an exercise to help them name their blogs.

Finding purpose in blogger workshops

Published Jun. 18, 2013

I witnessed the good that comes from being a connector and organizer of people as they worked together to learn new tools last week during Ohio Farm Bureau’s beginning blogger workshop in Wilmington.

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Leah Finney

Finney joins Farm Bureau staff

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Leah Finney has been named director of legal education for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Fire claims persist as homeowners take risks to stay warm

Published Jan. 19, 2011

A review of Nationwide Insurance claims data reveals significant jumps in home fires started by alternative heating sources – such as fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters.

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First year of sheep and goat WebEx series will lead to future programs

Published Mar. 26, 2012

After 10 years of holding as many as 14 live demonstration programs throughout the state, sheep and goat farmers in Ohio now have a way to keep more farmers across the state up-to-date on the latest sheep and goat information.

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Fisher answers frequently asked questions about the Ohio Ag Agreement

Published Jul. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher answered more questions about the Ohio Agriculture deal with HSUS in an exclusive conversation with Ohio's Country Journal.

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Fisher named Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year

Published Jan. 4, 2010

Smart Business Columbus outlines how Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Director John C. Fisher maintains the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's relevancy.

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Fisher named vice chair of OSU board

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher will become vice chair of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. His term will begin in April. Fisher originally joined the OSU board in 2006 and his term runs through 2013.

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Fisher shares Issue 2 success, provides advice to livestock producers

Published Jan. 18, 2010

Farm Bureau Exec calls Issue 2 victory "one step" in ongoing battle during Agri Pulse radio broadcast.

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Fisher updates rural radio audience on Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Aug. 26, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president gives an update on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board in a national rural radio interview.

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Fisher: HSUS should become part of Ohio’s livestock care process, not hijack it

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president responds to letter. Says Humane Society of the United States wants to upend the will of Ohio voters in last November's election.

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Fisher: Dispatch series linking farming and water pollution lacks breadth

Published Oct. 18, 2010

While a Columbus Dispatch series, titled "Fouled by Farming," examining the relationship between agriculture and water quality was in-depth, Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president says it left readers missing the big picture.

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Fisher: Ohio's export dependence is unquestionable

Published Sep. 22, 2010

In a letter to editors of Ohio's major newspapers, Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president stresses the importance of trade and how it relates to this autumn's election.

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Five legal tips for oil and gas production on your property

Published May. 28, 2013

Ohio has become an epicenter for oil and gas leasing and drilling activity. Many landowners are faced with leases and legal documents for resources they may not have realized existed on their property. Here are five tips to consider from Ohio Farm Bureau’s brochure, “A Landowner Guide to Oil and Gas Leasing.”

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Five Livestock Care Informational Sessions to be held across Ohio

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will hold five informational sessions in August and September to provide an overview of the state's new livestock care standards.

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Five Northwest County offices shuffle locations, hours

Published Aug. 13, 2009

To make the best use of member resources, OFBF has adjusted operations in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Logan and Wyandot counties.

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Frome left, Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, and Paul Dahlinghaus.

Five Ohio farmers received 2011 Environmental Stewardship awards

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio’s land, air and water quality and to conserve the state’s natural resources.

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Five reminders about Line Fence Law

Published Nov. 19, 2012

In 2008, Ohio Line Fence Law was updated to make it more easily understood, but from time to time issues and questions arise. Some county Farm Bureau offices have recently received calls with questions, and in an attempt answer some of those questions and concerns, here is a list of five important reminders.

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Five tips for open burning

Published Jun. 11, 2013

Many are unaware that open burning is regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under its air pollution abatement duties. As part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series, members may request a digital copy of an open burning brochure to help farmers stay on the right side of the law when it comes to burning waste.

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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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Five Tips on Drainage Law

Published Mar. 6, 2014

Water, and the ability to remove it, is extremely important to Ohio farmers. Ohio farmers are often encountering issues with the water on their property. Ohio’s water law is somewhat limited, so Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis gives five tips to help you understand how water law works in Ohio.

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Five tips on eminent domain situations

Published Jun. 26, 2013

“Appropriation,” “eminent domain,” “condemnation” and “takings” are all terms that commonly refer to the government’s ability to take property for public use. However, there are limitations on this power from both the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions, as well as safeguards in the Ohio Revised Code, that protect landowners. Here are five important things to remember if you or your land becomes involved in an eminent domain situation.

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Five tips on Ohio’s dog laws for landowners

Published Jul. 11, 2013

Landowners often have competing concerns in regard to man’s best friend. Most farms are home to one or more dogs that serve as both pet and employee. However, landowners also are acutely aware of the threat other trespassing dogs may pose to their livestock.

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Delegates assembled at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting

Following the policy development process

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is directed by its members. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action.

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Food retailers continue to focus on consumers’ changing demands

Published Apr. 19, 2011

There are about 7,000 grocery stores in Ohio, ranging from corner carryouts to modern supermarkets, and like farmers, those businesses are responding to consumer demand. Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program further explores this issue.

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For your InFARMation

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition is sponsoring “For Your InFARMation” a new, free online resource for third-grade students to learn where food comes from and the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

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Forging a partnership -- 2011 Year in Review

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Under the direction of Ohio farmers and in cooperation with their communities, we are working on many fronts to carry out Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission. We are focused on strong relationships, a viable future, a sound organization and a balanced ecology.

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If this was all you knew about farming, what questions would you have?

Forgive them for asking

Published Mar. 12, 2010

Addressing consumers’ concerns could pay off for farmers.

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Former OFBF Presidents,Bob Gibbs (left) and Bob Peterson are running for elected office this fall.

Former OFBF presidents hope to extend leadership in public office

Published Oct. 14, 2010

Two former Ohio Farm Bureau presidents are running for elected office this fall.

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A Fort Loramie FFA student explains the role a food consumer plays in agriculture. Click to watch video.

Fort Loramie FFA wins $1,000 Grand Prize in 'Because I Care' video contest

Published Oct. 29, 2010

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 "People's Choice" Grand Prize winner in the "Because I Care" video contest sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Forum explores human-animal bond

Published Apr. 15, 2014

The recent Animals for LIfe Forum included a full day of discussions on the human-animal bond across different professions such as psychology, therapy and education.

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Foundation auction now open

Published Nov. 8, 2012

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 Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 5-27.

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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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Foundation offers scholarships

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Students pursuing careers that have an agricultural connection are invited to apply for three scholarship programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Foundation offers scholarships for agriculture-related degrees

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture are invited to apply for a set of scholarships through three programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Foundations to host rural-urban community auction

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation, Ohio Center on Agricultural Law hosting
online auction during the month of November, with a live bidding finale during Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Columbus Nov. 30.

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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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Four inducted into Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Irv Bell of Zanesville, John Foltz of Columbus, Andrew Stevens of Ostrander and the late Roy Wallace of Pemberville

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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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Four Ohioans Named Winners of "My Ohio Agriculture" contest

Published Nov. 8, 2011

Four Ohioans have been named winners of $500 each in the 'My Ohio Agriculture' video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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A video of the Stearns Homestead Farm received the most views on YouTube.com during the contest.

Four Ohioans named winners of ‘My Ohio Agriculture’ video contest

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The contest required entrants to submit a one- to three-minute video showcasing their connection to Ohio agriculture.

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Ruth McLaughlin was the first Farm Bureau volunteer to receive the Agricultural Communicator Award.

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture honored

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Lois Boyer, Sen. George Voinovich, Wade Leaman and Ruth McLaughlin were recognized for their many years of service to agriculture.

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