Derek Schmitt is a Fairfield County farmer raising show hogs and heirloom vegetables marketed at the Pickerington Farmers Market. He also serves as Fairfield County Farm Bureau president. This blog is part of Derek and his wife Emily's turn as featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.
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AgriPOWER class member Tom Somrack discusses his experience from the first session of the leadership program.
Michelle Abfall, a grain cattle farmer in Athens County, writes about the importance of talking about agriculture, even just casually with friends. This blog is part of their turn as featured editors of the 'Growing Our Generation' eletter.
An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties.
American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman delivered a passionate annual address to Farm Bureau members in Seattle, showcasing Ohio Farm Bureau as an example for the nation.
After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.
Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season
Ohio Farm Bureau’s proposed changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula will be examined during a special meeting by the Ohio Department of Taxation’s agricultural advisory committee.
We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.
A soy-based toner created with soybean oil, called AgriTone, is now available for select laser printers.
Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program
An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.
Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.
OFBF realized that to remain relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers, it had to be proactive. The result is the organization’s venture into social media, where OFBF is visible, engaged and active in the places where people congregate and participate in conversations online.
Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.
The American Farm Bureau Federation says a proposal to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act would result in new taxes on livestock operations.
Farm Bureau outlines concerns with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out at USDA hearing
OFBF speaks out at hearing on leafy greens
Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.
A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.
When engaging consumers in conversations about food system issues, try to use these keys to having a productive conversation that builds and further enhances trust:
Cindy Cassell shares how she got involved in her county membership campaign, opportunities for engaging new Farm Bureau members, and what approaches to selling membership she finds most effective.
Floyd Simpson of Belmont County won the “most widely usable” award as part of the AFBF Farmer Idea Exchange contest.