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Conklin cleared of animal abuse

Published Jul. 15, 2010

After viewing an unedited video of a dairy farmer caught up in an animal cruelty case, a Union County Grand Jury has cleared Gary Conklin of wrongdoing.

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OFBF members consider policies to deal with budget gap

Published Jul. 15, 2010

This spring, the OFBF Board of Trustees authorized the creation of a State of Ohio Budget Task Force.

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Climb the giant corn wall at the Ohio State Fair.

Meet Farm Bureau at the Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, at the "Land and Living" exhibit.

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Small meat processors could face tens of thousands of dollars in new costs

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Farm Bureau outlines concerns with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

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Enter the Because I Care contest for a chance to win $1,000!

Video contest shows that farmers care

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Want to see more positive videos about animal agriculture? You can help do something about it, and win up to $1,000 in the process!

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Nationwide News: Financial strength rating shows Nationwide makes the grade

Published Jul. 16, 2010

That “B” average may have served you well in school. But when it comes to choosing your insurer, it’s better to go for an A+.

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OFB Foundation honors Baker, Erven

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Dr. David Baker, professor emeritus in environmental studies at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in agricultural communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, were honored during the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s 2010 Golf Invitational.

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Greg and Rose Harstchuh received the most online votes.

Crawford County Farm Couple wins 'I am Farm Bureau' contest

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Rose and Greg Hartschuh of Crawford County have been selected as winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘I Am Farm Bureau’ contest.

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Find them online

Published Jul. 16, 2010

New online sites make it easy for visitors to find topics of interest dealing with livestock and other Farm Bureau issues.

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County annual meetings are an important step in Ohio Farm Bureau's policy process. Click video to learn more.

County Farm Bureaus to vote on policies

Published Jul. 16, 2010

During county Farm Bureau annual meetings, local farmers gather to take action on the issues facing their communities.

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Ohio’s Farmers Offer “Free Breakfast for a Year”

Published Jul. 19, 2010

Ohio farmers and Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms are teaming up to provide two Ohio families with “Free Breakfast for a Year.”

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Questions and Answers about the Ohio Ag Agreement

Published Jul. 21, 2010

A listing of OFBF.org links to posts regarding the agreement reached between Ohio agriculture groups, Gov. Ted Strickland and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Gov. Strickland posed for a fun shot at the State Fair on Wednesday. Click photo for a video interview.

'Land and Living' celebrating 10 years at State Fair

Published Jul. 28, 2010

Governor's visit highlights opening day of Ohio State Fair.

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Mike Townsley, right, of Bob Evans Farms and OFBF First Vice President Steve Hirsch are welcomed by Dr. Bobby Moser.

Bob Evans Farms, OFBF invest in youth programs at Sale of Champions

Published Aug. 9, 2010

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau, purchased this year’s reserve grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair, which will help support youth involvement in agriculture.

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Lake Effect

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Farmers taking action to help long-troubled Grand Lake St. Marys.

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Livestock Care Board members discussed the agreement to keep animal care issue of the ballot at a recent meeting

Agreement doesn't get rubber stamp from livestock board

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board welcomed a recent agreement to keep animal care issues off of the fall ballot but said it is just one of the factors it will consider.

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Debbie and Brent Porteus

Remembering Debbie Porteus

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The Farm Bureau family expresses its condolences to the family of Debbie Porteus, wife of OFBF President Brent Porteus, who lost her valiant battle with cancer Aug. 9.

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Mike Townsley (in red), of Bob Evans is seated next to OFBF's Steve Hirsch at the 2010 Sale of Champions.

Bob Evans, OFBF invest in youth with hog purchase

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Bob Evans Farms returns to Sale of Champions.

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THE MESSAGE BOARD

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The gubernatorial election, Rising CAUV values, In their words, and Save the Date for Farm Science Review.

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Get your cameras rolling for a chance at $1,000!

Because I Care

Published Aug. 12, 2010

What could you or your organization do with an extra $1,000? That's what's up for grabs in the “Because I Care” video contest, coordinated by OFBF’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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If others put agreements in place before the U.S., farmers could lose opportunities to export.

Stalled trade deals could lead to loss of market share

Published Aug. 12, 2010

After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.

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Work for farmers continues on many fronts

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Livestock care issues have been receiving a lot of attention in Ohio recently. But OFBF has continued to represent its members on a host of other issues.

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You posted, we listened. Others will too

Published Aug. 12, 2010

In the summer of 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau staff considered what needed to be included in a redesign of an OFBF.org website that, in terms of Internet standards, was stuck in 1998. Sitting atop that list was the voice of the Ohio Farm Bureau member.

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Jayne Wallace

May We Introduce......

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Jayne Wallace, Harrison County

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David Rule

On Your Behalf

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Through your support, here are some of the day-to-day activities Farm Bureau staff engage in to promote agriculture and strengthen rural Ohio.

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Farms that provide agritourism opportunities can face unique legal risks that can be managed through liability insurance

Nationwide News: Inviting the public onto your farm can increase liability

Published Aug. 12, 2010

There are lots of ways to attract visitors and extra income to farms in the autumn. However, it’s also important for farmers to understand the increased liability that comes with inviting the public onto their premises.

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A Learning Experience

Published Aug. 12, 2010

A young visitor to Ohio Farm Bureau's Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair gets a hand planting a flower. The display was one of many opportunities for visitors to learn about Ohio agriculture.

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Cuyahoga Horse Owners Reach Out

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The Cuyahoga County Equine Advisory Committee is comprised of individuals who come from various backgrounds, but who all share a love of horses. The committee is fervent in sharing its passion with others.

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Langes named outstanding tree farmers

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Earlier this year, Fulton County Farm Bureau members Donna and Walt Lange were recognized as Ohio Tree Farmers of the Year.

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Action: Spokesperson Training

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Dwight Beougher, a Franklin County Farm Bureau member, delivers a speech in front of a television camera as part of a recent spokesperson training program held by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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The 20 Ohioans in AgriPOWER's third class.

Ohio Farm Bureau Kicks-off Third AgriPOWER Institute

Published Aug. 18, 2010

Twenty Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders and advocates for Ohio agriculture have been selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in its 2010-2011 AgriPOWER institute.

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HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle provided public comments during a recent meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

HSUS recognizes authority of Livestock Care Board

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Ohio is serious about the care and treatment of its livestock, and the Livestock Care Standards Board is the authority on the issue in the state. That’s part of the message Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States delivered to the board Tuesday.

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Jenifer Weaver is congratulated by Ohio Farm Burea President Brent Porteus upon receiving her award.

Weaver announced winner of OFBF Excellence in Agriculture contest

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson has been named the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will represent Ohio in the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders named OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville as its 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. They will represent Ohio in the national contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Clockwise from top left: Brammell, Spiker, Street and Gordon Coy

Ohio Farm Bureau names Discussion Meet finalists

Published Aug. 27, 2010

Four state finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2010 Discussion Meet. They are Nichole Gordon-Coy of Carrollton, Shelby Brammell of Kenton, Andrew Spiker of Adamsville and Tim Street of Richwood.

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Ohio will thrive on exports, says Farm Bureau

Published Aug. 30, 2010

Ohio’s export industry is a bright spot in the state’s economy and has the potential to generate additional personal income and government revenues.

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OFBF comments on veal farm video

Published Aug. 31, 2010

It is disappointing that as Ohio’s farm community demonstrates a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue, activists continue divisive attacks that threaten to undermine important progress Ohio is making in its consideration of animal care issues.

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OFBF responds to Dispatch editorial

Published Sep. 1, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sent the following letter to the editor in response to The Columbus Dispatch's "Keep Your Word" editorial regarding the agreement made between Ohio's agricultural community and The Humane Society of the United States.

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Members continue to pull in discounts

Published Sep. 8, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members continue to pull in valuable discounts and promotions through the first year of a new partnership between two organizations with strong rural Ohio roots.

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Jerry Lahmers shared that the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is making good progress. Lahmers, a farmer and veterin

Farmers team up to take action

Published Sep. 9, 2010

More than 400 Ohio Farm Bureau members met in Columbus last month, for the annual Leadership Conference, where President Brent Porteus stressed that the organization relies on their involvement.

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Members of AgriPOWER Class Three

AgriPOWER Institute developing new leaders

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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OFBF's policy to better control deer damage helped lead to the hunter access program, which is expanding.

Program to connect hunters and farmers is growing

Published Sep. 9, 2010

A pilot program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, the Division of Wildlife and hunting groups to address deer damage and give hunters access to land is being expanded.

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Ohio faces difficult choices as it seeks to balance budget

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Ohio's constitution requires the state to pass a balanced budget. To do that, lawmakers are going to have to fill an $8.4 billion hole in the next fiscal cycle.

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Concerns continues over estate tax increase

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Unless Congress acts this year, the federal estate tax, commonly called the “death tax,” is scheduled to increase to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption at the beginning of 2011.

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License plates issued for all-purpose vehicles

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Rules designed to curb trespassing, provide public trails.

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Join or renew your membership in Farm Bureau during the Review and receive this free T-shirt.

Visit OFBF at the Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Visitors to the Farm Science Review who join Farm Bureau or renew their membership will receive a free “I am Farm Bureau” T-shirt.

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Nationwide News: ROPS and rollovers, lifesavers and life-takers

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Tractor rollover accidents are among the most frequent causes of farm fatalities. Rollovers also result in serious injuries that leave farmers disabled and many farm families in dire straits.

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Rather than immediately pursue a ballot initiative, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle (right) said he wants the livestock boa

HSUS offers testimony to livestock board

Published Sep. 10, 2010

Ohio is serious about the care and treatment of its livestock, and the voter-approved Livestock Care Standards Board is the authority on the issue in the state.

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Time to start thinking about 2012 Farm Bill

Published Sep. 10, 2010

At a Congressional hearing in July, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the 2012 Farm Bill must continue to provide a dependable safety net while also being fiscally responsible.

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THE MESSAGE BOARD

Published Sep. 10, 2010

For almost six years Farm Bureau member Elaine Irwin had been fighting a plan to run a storm-water drainage pipe across her horse farm in northeastern Ohio.

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