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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 membersí voices are being heard at the national level during American Farm Bureauís commodity advisory committee meetings.

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Farmers interact with customers at Clintonville Farmers' Market

Clintonville Farmersí Market continues building community in 10th Season

Published Feb. 20, 2012

A community of farmers and nonfarmers is growing in a Columbus neighborhood. Clintonville Farmersí Marketís goal is to develop relationships between farmers and emerging underserved populations in the Clintonville area.

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Schriver, Bird and Fox discuss CSAs on Town Hall Ohio

Exploring Community Supported Agriculture in Ohio

Published Feb. 16, 2012

On this weekendís Town Hall Ohio radio program: Two Ohio Community Supported Agriculture farms -- Bryn Bird of Birdís Haven Farms and Todd Schriver of Rock Dove Farms, as well as Ohio State University Extensionís direct marketing expert Julie Fox and Ohio Farm Bureauís Cara Lawson.

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Sen. Dave Daniels was introduced as the new Director of Ohio Agriculture during Ag Day at the Capitol.

Ohio Farm Bureau members meet legislators during annual Ag Day at the Capitol

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio farmers discuss agriculture issues with legislators in Columbus at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual

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Farmers voice concerns on child labor rules

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While farmers recently welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Labor will reconsider rules regarding
youth working on farms, concerns about the proposal remain.

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From left, OFBF President Steve Hirsch, First Vice President Sparky Weilnau and state trustee Keith Truckor.

American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Farmers develop national policy

Published Feb. 15, 2012

As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureauís annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nationís fiscal situation.

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Farmers weigh questions about use of antibiotics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While antibiotic resistance is a natural biological phenomenon, some are questioning the impact that antibiotics used in livestock production might have on public health.

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Listen to Brown and other 'Town Hall Ohio' guests at www.townhallohio.org or subscribe on iTunes, www.bit.ly/THOoniTunes

Sen. Sherrod Brown talks politics, economics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When new Republican members of Congress are elected, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown does more than welcome his new Ohio counterparts Ė he sits down with them to talk about how to improve Ohio.

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Rep. Robert Sprague (speaking) is joined by OFBF's Beth Vanderkooi (left) and lawmakers in support of expanding Ag-LINK.

State lawmakers want to expand agricultural loan program

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

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Policy Update: Protecting GPS, Trespassing Concerns, Court takes landowners side

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Farmers call on FCC to protect GPS; Protection for trespassers raises concerns; Supreme Court sides with landowners

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Dr. Ronald Kensinger

Ohio Stateís new animal sciences chair lays out priorities

Published Feb. 15, 2012

The college has identified key areas important to the general public and needs to continue working on them, he said. Those areas include research, biofuels and high fiber materials, animal welfare and Extension.

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Ohioans recognized for contributions to sheep production

Published Feb. 15, 2012

American Sheep Industry honors Moore family, Don Van Nostran, Roger High and Henry Zerby.

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Winter Worry: Excessive snow load can cause barn collapse

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When heavy snow meets fierce winds even the best-engineered buildings can collapse. Thatís why itís important to be adequately insured for this type of peril.

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Rep. Steve Stivers addresses farmers and ag leaders during a visit to the farm of Farm Bureau member Norman Dresbach.

Pickaway County Farm Bureau hosts congressional visit

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Congressman Steve Stivers who currently represents Ohioís 15th district comprising Madison, Union and parts of Franklin counties, is seeking re-election.

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Program guides first responders on farm animal handling

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with Ohio State University to help law enforcement, local humane officers, wildlife officers, firefighters, animal control officers and other first responders gain a basic understanding of farm animal behavior and handling.

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The Farm Bureau Property Protection Service proved to be a benefit to Butler County Farm Bureau member Tom Theobald.

$2,500 reward presented in Butler County

Published Feb. 15, 2012

The Farm Bureau Property Protection Service proved to be a benefit to Butler County Farm Bureau member Tom Theobald when a John Deere Gator was stolen from his property.

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Class members have learned from each other while touring local farms, research sites and meeting government officials.

Being an Ohio Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community

Published Feb. 15, 2012

New series of articles looks at how being a Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community.

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Preble County Farm Bureau's Grow It Know It seminar

Preble County workshops focus on food, families, community

Published Feb. 10, 2012

Preble County Farm Bureau is building a community of farmers and nonfarmers with its Grow It Know It seminars, designed to help people grow their skills in areas such as gardening, food preservation, cooking and sewing.

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Knollman Farms, of Hamilton, Ohio, received the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) Neighbor of the Year Award.

Neighbor of the Year Award nominations being accepted

Published Feb. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members, community leaders and members of the Ohio Livestock Coalition have the opportunity to recognize efforts neighbors have made in rural Ohio to positively develop and enhance relationships and communications with the annual Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's ďFarmerís Guide to Truck and Farm Implement Laws and Regulations

New Farm Bureau guide helps keep Ohio farmers trucking

Published Feb. 2, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau's ďFarmerís Guide to Truck and Farm Implement Laws and Regulations" is a 38-page spiral bound notebook outlining laws and regulations that rule the road as farmers and truckers travel across the state.

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A large number of scholarships headline opportunities for county Farm Bureau members in February.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - February 2012

Published Jan. 31, 2012

Scholarships, Oil and Gas leasing informational meetings, more activities and events highlight Farm Bureau happenings for the month of February.

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Animals for Life Foundation

Animals for Life Foundation accepting grant proposals for 2012

Published Jan. 24, 2012

Animals for Life Foundation to award grants for programs/projects helping further develop and implement vision and mission of accepting and understanding human-animal interdependency and the value animals bring to human life.

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Sheep and Goat WebEx Series to be held across Ohio in February

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Ohio sheep and goat farmers invited to attend four February sessions concentrating on sheep and goat health programs.

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Medina County Farm Bureau shows off their County Activity of Excellence Award Display at the annual meeting.

Farmers Navigating Waves of Change at Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Farmers recognized for 2011 accomplishments at American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii, urged to create more across the U.S. in 2012.

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Scholarship programs announced

Published Jan. 6, 2012

Students pursuing agricultural-related areas of study may apply for $1,000 scholarships from the Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services and United Producers Inc.

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Get caught up on all the latest events and activities across the state.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - January 2012

Published Jan. 5, 2012

The New Year is off to a quick start for Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Catch up with what's happening in the farm and food world in your neck of the woods and beyond in this month's round-up.

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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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Medina County Season's Harvest event

2011 Year in Review -- Connecting with agriculture by experiencing agriculture

Published Dec. 14, 2011

More than 11,000 nonfarmers experienced Ohio agriculture through numerous county Farm Bureau-led ďGrow and KnowĒ events in 2011.

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Honey Caramel ice cream

2011 Year in Review -- Partnering on values

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau built relationships with Bob Evans Farms, Longaberger and Velvet Ice Cream.

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2011 Year in Review -- Getting more social

Published Dec. 14, 2011

As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet for information about food production, Ohio Farm Bureau continued to increase and develop its online presence and that of its members in 2011.

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Among the show's guests: Gov. John Kasich

2011 Year in Review -- Farm Bureau on the air

Published Dec. 14, 2011

2011 marked the fifth anniversary of OFBFís weekly public affairs radio program, 'Town Hall Ohio.'

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2011 Year in Review -- Foundations award grants

Published Dec. 14, 2011

The grants improve communities and make connections.

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2011 Year in Review -- Spreading the word on responsible animal care

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureauís Center for Food and Animal Issues continued to provide assistance to those dealing with animals care and cruelty complaints through its Animal Agriculture 101 training in 2011.

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2011 Year in Review -- Working with the media

Published Dec. 14, 2011

By interacting with journalists we can assure that agricultureís views are portrayed prominently and accurately, giving the public a better understanding of the issues important to farmers.

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AgriPOWER trip to Washington, D.C.

2011 Year in Review --OFBF continually develops new leaders for Ohio agriculture

Published Dec. 14, 2011

The Young Agricultural Professionals and AgriPOWER programs continue to offer leadership development opportunities.

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2011 Year in Review -- OFBF submits arguments to Supreme Court

Published Dec. 14, 2011

OFBF weighed in on three Ohio Supreme Court cases, which came out favorably for farmers this year.

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2011 Year in Review -- From youth labor to the farm bill, OFBF spoke out

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Farmers were represented in discussions with the super committee, Sens. Brown and Portman, Reps Gibbs and Schmidt, USDA and U.S. Dept. of Labor.

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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 Bureauís mission. We are focused on strong relationships, a viable future, a sound organization and a balanced ecology.

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County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellence

Published Dec. 13, 2011

The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized through County Achievement Awards presented during Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís annual meeting Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Columbus.

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Hundreds of farmers gathered to evaluate and vote on policy proposals that were developed throughout the year.

OFBF delegates establish 2012 policy

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Energy, water quality, farm policy and Ohio State University Extension services were the primary topics delegates discussed during the 93rd annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Steve Rasmussen

Rasmussen: Farm Bureau put Nationwide on path to serve customers

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen said the company has had good business across the country and feels good about its growth. Specifically, he highlighted a new Master Certified Farm Agent program and estate planning services.

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Hirsch, Fisher look toward the future

Published Dec. 13, 2011

During their speeches at the 93rd annual meeting, both leaders challenged members to think about the who, why and how of Ohio Farm Bureauís operation.

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Ty Kellogg

Like agriculture, the integrity is in the process

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Organization Director Ty Kellogg volunteered these thoughts as he accompanied farmers to the organization's annual meeting.

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Jeffrey Wadsworth

Innovation has Ohio roots

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO of Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute, provided attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting with an overview of how his firm is leading research to solve some of societyís most challenging problems.

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Mary Byers

Author: Associations must change to stay relevant

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Despite major changes in society, the way many associations operate hasnít changed much, according to Mary Byers, an author and consultant who spoke at Ohio Farm Bureauís annual meeting.

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OFBF and OAAE believe proposed rule could limit opportunities for agriculture students.

Farm Bureau, Ag Educators concerned about proposed farm youth labor regulations

Published Dec. 8, 2011

New regulations as proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would limit the opportunity for kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation's farms.

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Ohio State Fair "Agriculture is Cool" program receives International Recognition

Published Dec. 6, 2011

"Agriculture is Cool" interactive education program partnership with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's agricultural commodity groups recognized earns first place Agricultural Award of Excellence.

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More than 300 delegates from all Ohio counties debated and approved policies for the organization in 2012.

Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates counties, leaders, lifetime achievements

Published Dec. 2, 2011

Recap of achievements and awards from Ohio Farm Bureau's 93rd annual meeting Nov. 30 - Dec.2 in Columbus.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials

Published Nov. 29, 2011

New ďsmart boardĒ lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalitionís For Your InFARMation curriculum.

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Invest Ohio is source of capital for farmers, small businesses

Published Nov. 23, 2011

InvestOhio is a new tool to infuse much needed capital into Ohio's small businesses, helping them create jobs. The nearly 900,000 small businesses in Ohio are one of the backbones of the state's economy. InvestOhio encourages investors to actively support these small businesses, sparking growth and improving Ohio's competitive position.

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