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29 counties attain Pacesetter membership status

Published Apr. 10, 2012

Twenty-nine counties have attained Pacesetter status, setting the stage for them to achieve membership gain by the end of the campaign year. The Pacesetter award is for counties that had at least 93 percent of active farmer membership by March 31.

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'Buy local' trend rises in popularity

Published Apr. 10, 2012

April Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum to discuss the agricultural benefits of the buying local trend in the state, and what Ohio Farm Bureau has to offer.

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Attendees learn about public speaking from Emily Krueger, 2011 American Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet winner.

East Region Leadership Conference impacts attendees

Published Apr. 5, 2012

Although it was a small conference, the East Region Leadership Conference had a big impact on attendees. On March 31, county Farm Bureaus in the east region came together for a new conference that targeted members who normally do not attend typical Ohio Farm Bureau Federation training events.

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Legislation for marketing agreements would mean produce grower opportunties

Published Apr. 5, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association have been working on legislation that would establish a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.

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County Farm Bureaus to screen political candidates

Published Apr. 4, 2012

With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation grant helps develop local foods distribution system

Published Apr. 4, 2012

A $3,000 grant from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is helping break down barriers that are keeping farmers from accessing markets and consumers from fresh local foods. Rural Action will use the funds to purchase a truck to be part of a food distribution system.

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Published Apr. 4, 2012

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Fun for the whole family at Ag Days in Fairfield County.

April 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Apr. 2, 2012

Spring is heating up, and so are the opportunities, activities and events of Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Scholarships, Oil & Gas Informational Meetings, Local Ag Days and more dot this month's County Farm Bureau Round-Up.

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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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Ohio Statehouse

Capital budget appropriations leave out Clean Ohio funding

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse to make capital appropriations for the current biennium, and funding for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easements was not included in the legislation.Ohio Farm Bureau staff continues to work on alternative vehicles for this priority.

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Feed grains advisory team being briefed on the farm bill by Dr. Carl Zulauf of OSU

Advisory Teams meet as Ohio Farm Bureau policy development process begins

Published Mar. 26, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s policy development process has begun and will continue through December. One part of the policy development process, advisory teams, has been meeting throughout March.

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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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Rep. Latta with OFBF's Adam Sharp and county presidents during their trip to D.C.

Ohio lawmakers pressure Department of Labor on revised ag youth labor rules

Published Mar. 22, 2012

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.

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SMV and SIS signs on a tractor

Signage needed to operate tractors on roadways

Published Mar. 22, 2012

As farmers prepare to spend long hours in the tractor seat, they should also ensure they have proper signage on their tractor. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis said Farm Bureau offices have been receiving calls from members looking for signs. She offers some reminders.

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(L to R) Muskingum Co. Farm Bureau President James McDonald, James Secrest, and OFBF's Kari Burkey and Danielle DuFour

$2,500 reward presented in Muskingum County

Published Mar. 21, 2012

James Secrest of Caldwell was presented with a $2,500 reward check for information he provided to the Muskingum County Sherriff’s office.

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Lorain County farmer uses Our Ohio Buying Local program to promote business

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Farm Bureau members selling agricultural products directly to consumers are able to have a free business listing on the 'Our Ohio' Buying Local Directory.

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Reps. Bill Batchelder, left, and Vernon Sykes discuss plans to modernize the state's constitution.

Commission to review possible changes to Ohio Constitution

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The constitutional review process typically lasts several years. While the topics have not been determined yet, both the co-chairs believe the commission will address redistricting, term limits, home rule, judicial elections, taxes and citizen initiated changes to the constitution.

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Sen. Chris Widener joins OFBF's Jack Fisher in a discussion about agricultural education opportunities.

Proposed STEM school would focus on agriculture

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Matching up elementary and high school students with Ohio’s largest industry is the goal of a proposed regional STEM school that would focus on agriculture in urban areas.

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Briefs: AFBF criticizes proposed EPA guidelines, century farm stories wanted

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Water Act Protection Guide” is one step closer to being implemented; An interactive website launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture last year to celebrate century farms will be expanded with more articles and videos,

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Ruling on wind farm consistent with OFBF policy

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Power Siting Board acted properly in approving the construction and operation of a wind farm in Champaign County, a finding that had been encouraged by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Now is the time to engage candidates

Published Mar. 21, 2012

With the March primary over, it is the perfect time for Ohio Farm Bureau members to reach out to their political candidates.

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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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In case of a flood – are you covered?

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Homeowners are often unaware that flood damage is not covered by their home insurance. Flood insurance is the single best way you can protect yourself from flood losses. Here are a few facts regarding floods and the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Our Take: Chipotle’s commercial highlights persistent divide

Published Mar. 21, 2012

A video for the burrito chain Chipotle that received millions of views on YouTube got another bump when it aired on national television during the Grammy Awards.

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Sawdust coin activity for children

Fairfield, Hocking County Farm Bureaus host fourth Annual Ag Days

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Fairfield and Hocking County Farm Bureaus will be hosting Ag Days April 14 and 15 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds. Ag Days is a free event held to share the importance of agriculture in communities, and several thousand attend this two-day event each year.

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AgriPOWER Institute Class IV

AgriPOWER Institute graduates its fourth class, begins the search for Class V

Published Mar. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.

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Keith Burgett (L) & Carroll County Farm Bureau President John Davis discuss a large drilling project on Burgett's farm.

Westward Expansion: Oil & Gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio

Published Mar. 19, 2012

As oil and gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio, farmers think through impacts.

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Ohio Farm Bureau reacts to state agencies' water quality recommendations

Published Mar. 15, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency today announced their recommendations for reducing excess agricultural nutrients from affecting or entering the western basin of Lake Erie.

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ODA Director Daniels presenting Bluegrass Farms and Feed the World with commendations at Ohio Agriculture Day

Ohio Agriculture Day focuses on state’s role in global agriculture

Published Mar. 15, 2012

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels and other agriculture leaders celebrated Ohio Agriculture Day Thursday with visits to three Ohio agribusinesses: Blue Grass Farms, Central Ohio Logistics Center, and Feed the World, LLC. All three play a large role in Ohio’s global agriculture reach.

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Young Ag Professionals at the trade show held during the annual leadership conference in Columbus March 9-10

Young Ag Professionals give back at annual conference

Published Mar. 14, 2012

An emphasis was put on giving back and getting involved at the Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference, held March 9-10 in Columbus. Donations were made to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Workshops aloso were held.

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Ohio farms have the opportunity to be featured in Ohio Business Profiles

Published Mar. 13, 2012

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.

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Guest Opinion: Celebrating the Global Reach of Ohio Agriculture

Published Mar. 13, 2012

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels shares Ohio agriculture's global impact during Ohio Agriculture week.

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Ag is Cool Program to return to Ohio State Fair

Published Mar. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors program giving fourth grade students, teachers free admission to the fair to learn about agriculture.

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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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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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