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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 price conversations

Published Jun. 19, 2014

In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses having conversations and answering questions about rising food prices.

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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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Farmers, ranchers and ag professionals gathered in Austin for AgChat's Cultivate and Connect Conference.

Four things you need to know from the 2014 AgChat Conference

Published Aug. 28, 2014

I recently traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the AgChat Foundation’s annual conference, to network with farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals who are using social/new media to tell agriculture’s story. There are many things I could share that were discussed at the conference, but I’ve pulled out the four of the most important to me.

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Four will head to Discussion Meet finals

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Pam Haley of West Salem, Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington, Andrew Spiker of Adamsville and Kelly Staley of Fredericktown have been named the four state finalists in OFBF’s 2009 Discussion Meet.

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North Union elementary students' visiting New Day Farms through the For Your InFARMation program.

Free educational materials available to teach third graders about livestock

Published Nov. 11, 2013

Do you know an elementary school teacher? Share Ohio Livestock Coalition’s free educational materials available through the For Your InFARMation program. The program is designed to teach Ohio third graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

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Free materials available for teachers

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is offering a complete set of teaching materials to K-12 full-time teachers who are Farm Bureau members.

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Free Trade Agreements are finally ratified

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The three agreements are now in the implementation phase with hope that trade will start very soon.

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Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee addresses Ohio Farm Bureau's Bringing it to the Table conference.

Fresh thinking for Ohio’s food community

Published Mar. 23, 2011

From feeding local communities to feeding a booming global population, Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent Bringing it to the Table conference brought together a diverse group from Ohio’s food community to inspire creative collaboration in pursuit of new opportunities.

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The Ohio Egg Quality Assurance program includes several measures to prevent and detect incidences of salmonella.

From farm to plate, how to manage salmonella risk

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Experts discuss recent food safety issues.

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AFBF President Stallman (r) leads farmers from across the nation during the policy session at AFBF's 90th annual meeting

From many farmers comes one voice

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Delegates gather to set national Farm Bureau policies at the 2009 annual meeting

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Play video above to hear Marion County Farm Bureau's Cy Prettyman explain the Follow Farming project.

From Seed to Market: "Follow Farming" through innovative local project

Published Mar. 23, 2011

For seven months, Marion County Farm Bureau leaders and others will be documenting the growth of the corn and soybean crops through its "Follow Farming" social media campaign. Along the way, they'll show the process from seed to harvest to market.

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From the farm forum

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Each year, U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner holds a farm forum in his southwest Ohio district to discuss issues facing American agriculture. OFBF President Brent Porteus highlighted some of those issues for attendees during this year’s event. Below are excerpts from Porteus’ speech.

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Full program for OFBF annual meeting

Published Nov. 11, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members from across the state will develop the organization's positions on farm and rural issues during the 91st annual meeting to be held Dec. 1 to 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

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Full-year membership approach made for easier campaign

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Last summer, Ohio Farm Bureau reached gain for its 41st consecutive year under the new full-year membership campaign approach. The new campaign style allows volunteers to work on selling memberships as they have time.

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Funding for water quality initiatives is essential

Published Apr. 11, 2013

Farm Bureau members are asked to remind lawmakers of the direct link between water quality and the amount of state money invested in OSU Extension, ATI and OARDC, the Ohio Sea Grant program, the National Center of Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources.

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Funding up for animal rights

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Total donations to the most significant domestic and international animal-rights groups reached nearly $330 million in 2007.

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Ohio State Trustee and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus (left) joined Gee at the Statehouse event.

Gathered for Gee

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio commodity organizations recently sponsored “A Tribute To E. Gordon Gee” with the members of the Ohio General Assembly in recognition of his contributions to the state and Ohio agriculture.

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Gear up for Issue 2 at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 10, 2009

With an anticipated 140,000 visitors to the Farm Science Review, Ohio Farm Bureau hopes to draw not only new OFBF members but supporters for creating the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Larry Gearhardt

Gearhardt appointed to AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors has appointed three new members to serve on the AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee through 2011. AFBF has a distinguished history of selective participation in litigation matters that implement and advance Farm Bureau’s policies.

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General Assembly Approves Livestock Care Standards Board Resolution

Published Jul. 13, 2009

Farm and Commodity Groups Applaud General Assembly's Action to Approve Resolution Authorizing Livestock Care Standards Board Ballot Measure

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Land is cleared as part of a pipeline project in eastern Ohio.

Get answers about pipeline contracts

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The second phase of Ohio’s extensive natural gas and oil exploration is now underway. Landowners across the state are being asked to sign off on pipeline easements, which means a new round of contract negotiations.

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Get involved with 'Agriculture is Cool'

Published Apr. 18, 2012

The program at the Ohio State Fair includes interactive stations and helps showcase the way agriculture impacts the lives of Ohioans. There are many opportunities for county Farm Bureau involvement.

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Logan County Farm Bureau's Ag Coffee Shop is one of many opportunties available in the coming weeks

Get Involved with April-May-June county Farm Bureau opportunties

Published Apr. 13, 2011

There is always something happening at the local level when it comes to Farm Bureau. Here’s a quick glance of what you’ll find on the county Farm Bureau blog pages here on OFBF.org from April through early June, 2011.

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Getting social on the web

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau found a new way to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers in 2009 by incorporating social media into its Web presence.

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Group photo of the Young Agricultural Professionals in D.C. this year.

Getting to know Farm Bureau through Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 23, 2013

In this blog, one of the attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals Washington D.C. Leadership Experience discusses her experience on the trip and encourages other young people to get involved with Ohio Farm Bureau.

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GM Discount added to OFBF member benefits

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members can now receive a $500 discount on qualifying 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease.

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Gordon Gee talks about State Issue 2

Published Oct. 9, 2009

Dr. Gee gave Ohio Farm Bureau his opinion on Issue 2 during recording of its Town Hall Ohio radio program. Here's what he had to say.

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