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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board members Tony Forshey (center) and Robert Boggs hear comments from a hog farmer.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published May. 14, 2010

“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.

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Hear more from the speakers in this story by clicking on the link at the bottom of the story.

Livestock coalition meeting looks at animal care issues

Published May. 14, 2010

Representatives of the American Humane Association, which is supporting the efforts of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, recently addressed a record crowd of more than 200 individuals at the Ohio Livestock Coalition annual meeting.

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The Message Board

Published May. 17, 2010

Working with Hunters; Their Words; Save the Date; A Matter of Fact?

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A sellout crowd attended OFBF's first Grow and Know event at Malabar Farm to learn more about producing food.

Dinner table conversation

Published May. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.

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News Briefs

Published May. 17, 2010

Call goes out for immediate estate tax reform; GREEN Jobs Act gets AFBF support; EPA blog post causes concern

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Starting in November, some farmers who store oil products must have a written plan for preventing and addressing spills.

New EPA rule requires farms to have spill prevention plan

Published May. 17, 2010

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule would require farms to have a spill prevention plan in place later this year.

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AFBF responds to health care bill

Published May. 17, 2010

According to American Farm Bureau Health Policy Specialist Pat Wolff, without a way to keep costs under control, provisions in the new health care bill could put some farmers in a pinch.

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Farm groups outline concerns with climate regulations

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio farm organizations recently sent a letter to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown asking him to carefully consider the unintended environmental and economic impacts of climate change legislation.

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AgriPOWER Institute seeks applicants

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute, which equips farmers and agricultural professionals with the leadership skills needed to be influencers in public policy issues that impact their businesses.

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Youth conferences focus on leadership

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Farm Bureau presents reward

Published May. 17, 2010

A Pike County man recently received a $2,500 reward from Farm Bureau for information he provided to the Pike County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest and conviction of an individual who committed a crime on the property of a Pike County Farm Bureau member.

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OFBF pulling for members in new partnership

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) are teaming up to provide discounts and promotions for Ohio Farm Bureau members in 2010.

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Where 'agvocates' go to get social

Published May. 17, 2010

Members of the agriculture community are using social media as a rapid and influential way to connect and share information with both those within and outside of traditional agricultural circles.

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May We Introduce

Published May. 17, 2010

John Birney, Rebecca Everman

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Nationwide News: Don’t discount your discounts

Published May. 17, 2010

In addition to strong representation and a credible voice on farm policy issues, Ohio Farm Bureau gives members a way to join together with others throughout the ag industry.

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OFBF members now save on zoo tickets

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members can receive savings on admission tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay water park.

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Trivia contest shares farm info

Published May. 17, 2010

The Wayne County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Family Farm Trivia Contest in which listeners have the opportunity to win grocery gift cards by answering a daily agricultural trivia question.

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OFBF, Velvet partner to find new ice cream flavor

Published May. 17, 2010

A few scoops of ice cream have always been a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. This summer, Ohioans have the opportunity to help develop a flavor of ice cream that they’ll be able to enjoy year-round in the Ohio Farm Bureau and Velvet Ice Cream flavor contest.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships for 2010-11

Published May. 19, 2010

Ten students receive $1,000

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Ohio Farm Bureau statement on animal abuse video

Published May. 26, 2010

The following is a statement from Ohio Farm Bureau regarding today's video showing abuse of animals on an Ohio dairy farm.

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Baker, Ervin to be honored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Dr. David Baker, Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies at Heidelberg University, and Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus in Agricultural Communications at Ohio State University, are honorees for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation's 2010 Golf Invitational

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Alyssa Holter talks with third-grade students from Southern Elementary in Racine about Holstein cows & how to milk them.

Southern Elementary Student wins free Ohio dairy farm trip for classmates

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program

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OSIA offers $1,000 Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Are you an Ohio Sheep Producer? Are you ready to attend college or are you attending college? If you can answer these two questions positively, then you are eligible for the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship.

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Hunters, farmers face a shared threat

Published Jun. 10, 2010

When animal rights groups backed an anti-hunting ballot measure in Ohio in 1998, the state’s hunters saw a bigger picture.

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Pickaway County farmer Mike Videkovich asked members of the Board to consider all aspects of animal care issues.

Livestock care board wraps up listening sessions

Published Jun. 10, 2010

After holding six public listening sessions throughout the state, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is ready to talk specifics.

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'We Are Farm Bureau'

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Cristen Bartus of Lucas County, Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County, Tracie Isler of Marion County, Nick Rizzo of Montgomery County and Renae Scheiderer of Monroe County were recently named finalists in the contest, which highlights the diversity of Ohio Farm Bureau members.

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OFBF condemns abuse, stands up for Ohio farmers

Published Jun. 10, 2010

There is no excuse for the mistreatment of the animals in a video recently released by an animal rights group, but there is also no reason to think that abuse is common on Ohio farms.

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The Message Board

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Nominate an outstanding Crop Adviser; Figured Up; Their Words; Scholarly Pursuits

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Some NRCS programs were expanded under the 2008 Farm Bill while others are targeted for specific areas of Ohio.

More conservation funding opportunities available through NRCS programs

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Lance Hoffman was admiring a Union County farmer’s new concrete heavy use pad this spring when he shook his head in disbelief. He had just learned that federal conservation funding had paid most of the cost of the pad.

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Opinion: A cooperative approach to managing deer

Published Jun. 10, 2010

As Ohio’s deer herd continues to grow, hunters, landowners and farmers must unite and work together in order to balance deer herds with the habitat and minimize deer-human conflicts. Easier said than done; however, one proven method is QDM cooperatives.

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OFBF expresses concerns about food safety procedures

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is urging the Food and Drug Administration to prepare an agricultural cost/benefit analysis before moving forward with plans to enact new food safety procedures.

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News Briefs

Published Jun. 10, 2010

House bill contains vital tax provisions; Child employment act could affect farm youth

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Coalition kicks off campaign in response to D.C. lobbyists

Published Jun. 10, 2010

As the nation’s largest animal rights organization gathers signatures to place constitutional restrictions on livestock farming in Ohio, farmers are organizing in response.

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The Hocking County Farm Bureau helped start the Hocking Hills Farmers Market in Logan.

County Farm Bureaus help launch farmers markets

Published Jun. 10, 2010

The goal of a partnership between farmers and consumers became a reality for the Hocking County Farm Bureau.

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AFBF creates online resource for rural community building

Published Jun. 11, 2010

A new blog created by American Farm Bureau Federation provides a forum for county and state Farm Bureaus to share resources, ideas and information on improving the quality of life in rural communities.

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Third graders win a free trip to dairy farm

Published Jun. 11, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition has announced the winner of a statewide essay contest for third graders in response to the question “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”

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Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau President Jerry Lahmers, Sheriff Walt Wilson

County rewards $2,500

Published Jun. 11, 2010

The Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau recently presented a $2,500 reward check to a county resident for his help in capturing a person who stole a vehicle belonging to Shook Auto Inc. of New Philadelphia.

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Thomas, Petzel

May We Introduce

Published Jun. 11, 2010

Bill Thomas, Pat Petzel

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Nationwide News: Don’t forget your retirement

Published Jun. 11, 2010

While the economic crisis may still linger, there is good news: Consumers are spending less and reducing their debt. Smart moves, especially now. This recession has demonstrated the value of a healthy household balance sheet.

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The benefits of local food production and the need to feed the world

Published Jun. 11, 2010

A report released this spring detailed the benefits of having a thriving local food system, saying it can help boost an area’s economy and make it less reliant on outside food sources. On the other hand, some say that placing too much emphasis on local food systems and not large scale food production can hurt efforts to feed the world.

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The Facts About Egg Safety in Ohio

Published Jun. 21, 2010

A guest editorial by Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture

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Animals For Life Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

Published Jun. 21, 2010

The Animals for Life Foundation, which was created last year to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency, has just made available its first-ever Request for Proposals (RFPs).

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The Hartschuhs spend a lot of time together in the tractor.

Crawford County Farm Couple wins “I am Farm Bureau” contest

Published Jun. 29, 2010

Rose and Greg Hartschuh of Crawford County have been selected as winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s I Am Farm Bureau contest. The grain and dairy farming couple won the contest by receiving the most online votes among five finalists on the I am Farm Bureau contest website.

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Agreement Validates Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for the agreement announced today between the Ohioans for Livestock Care coalition and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Jack Fisher details the Ohio agriculture agreement

Published Jul. 1, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Executive Vice President answers questions about Wednesday's agreement between Ohio farm organizations and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Climb the corn wall at the Land and Living exhibit

Farm Bureau offers agriculture experience at the Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 7, 2010

Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the “Land and Living” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 28 to Aug. 8.

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Ohio veterinarians, farmers, consumer advocates, food safety experts and others will set the state's animal care policy

The Agreement

Published Jul. 14, 2010

Animal care decisions off the ballot, in the hands of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. A feature story in the July 15, 2010 Buckeye Farm News.

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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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Our Take: The Agreement

Published Jul. 15, 2010

Integrity of the Livestock Care Standards Board was worth protecting.

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Bob Scott sits in his truck above the Little Darby Creek, which flows through his Union County Farm.

Farmers engage on water issues

Published Jul. 15, 2010

Talks with EPA yield positive results.

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