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The chairmen of Ohio's two major political parties both express displeasure with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its plan to overturn the will of Ohio voters.
Demand is booming in Ohio for local food. There’s just one problem – Ohio doesn’t have enough infrastructure or food processing to meet the growing demand. That’s according to Brian Williams of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission who moderated a panel about local food councils during the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 10 in Columbus.
Currently, Ohio only has one small poultry processor in the northwestern area of the state, making it inconvenient and expensive for farmers who live far away.
New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proposed euthanasia rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the rule making process.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau works to provide landowners with the information to help manage their property and to stay up to date on rural issues. Owning land comes with special responsibilities, and Ohio Farm Bureau is here to help landowners better understand these issues and more. Members can download the Ohio Landowner Toolkit and access other bonus online content. Not a member? There are free excerpts and other materials to check out while you consider joining Farm Bureau.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohio is the first state to join the interstate meat shipment program created by the 2008 Farm Bill, the USDA announced this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last month, American Farm Bureau recognized Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) policy team and grassroots activity as among the nation's best.
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.
Ohio Treasury's annual program provides an interest rate reduction on operating loans and lines of credit to Ohio's farming community.
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.
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.
In Time for the Holidays, Cincinnati, Fairborn, and Marion Residents are Sweepstakes Winners.
Ohio farmers continued their efforts in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, meeting with several top lawmakers, including Ohio Sen. George Voinovich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau and The Longaberger Company have partnered to create a commemorative canning basket featuring Farm Bureau’s consumer brand 'Our Ohio'.
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.
Starting at the grassroots level, Ohio Farm Bureau has set six state priority issues with a goal of promoting agriculture and having workable legislation that preserves farmers’ livelihoods.
Ohio Farm Bureau delegates from around the state will convene to determine policy for coming year and compete for awards during annual meeting.
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.
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.
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.