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Invasive species bill is a key vote

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Invasive species can have a detrimental impact on farms, and Senate Bill 192 is a step in combating the problem. Sponsored by Sen. Gayle Manning , the bill granted exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species to Ohioís director of agriculture. The bill has passed the senate and is awaiting a floor vote in the house.

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Members identify policies to promote agritourism

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Farm Bureau members with agritourism enterprises have provided insight into policies they need to help their farms thrive. Farm Bureauís public policy staff have identified a number of ways Ohio can promote more of these businesses. Among these are issues related to reducing burdensome regulations and minimizing liability when the farm is opened to the public.

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Your input helped us weigh in on wind farm case

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureauís policies on alternative energy and private property rights are the guiding force for why the organization recently filed a brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of a wind turbine project in central Ohio.

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Farmers may have grain in the bin before farm bill details are out

Published Apr. 15, 2014

With a long awaited farm bill signed into law, itís now time to start putting the programs to work. Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureauís senior director of state and national policy, noted the legislation is significantly different than past bills.

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How Kasichís mid-biennium review affects you

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is taking a close look at Gov. John Kasichís 1,600-page mid-biennium review (MBR), a package of policy and budgetary provisions that lay out Kasichís goals for the year. The MBR has been split out into 14 separate bills so legislative committees can consider them. The MBR is comprehensive and covers everything from K-12 and higher education to various tax changes to amusement ride inspection fees.

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Face time with policymakers isnít always easy, but farmers find a way

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Despite an often rancorous political climate, farmers are finding constructive ways to weigh in on public policy as they continue a busy season of engagement with elected officials.

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How your voice was heard as the state finalized new farm nutrient legislation

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Working through Ohio Farm Bureau, farmers were actively engaged in the multi-year process of drafting, writing and revising the law. The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, was first passed by the Senate. The House recently passed its version, which the Senate is expected to approve. It will then go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

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Why weíre supporting State Issue 1

Published Apr. 9, 2014

After studying State Issue 1, which will appear on the May ballot, Ohio Farm Bureauís board of trustees is encouraging a ďYesĒ vote. Hereís some background on the issue so you can make an informed decision.

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This episode of 'Legal with Leah' addresses the use of farm equipment on roadways.

'Legal with Leah': Farm equipment on roads

Published Apr. 4, 2014

As farmers transport equipment from field to field they should be aware of Ohio laws governing weight, size, lighting and signage. Leah and Joe cover these topics on this edition of 'Legal With Leah.'

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Farmers, algae and the media

Published Mar. 28, 2014

Water quality and agriculture stories will be on the front page for months and years to come. Ohio Farm Bureau is working with reporters to draw their attention to agricultureís commitment to accept responsibility and act responsibly.

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