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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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OFBF lends support to Annie’s Project

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering with Ohio State University Extension to help expand Annie’s Project, a risk management program for women in agriculture that will be held throughout Ohio in 2010.

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OFBF Legal Information Series available in online magazine

Published May. 5, 2014

Eminent domain, oil and gas leasing, open burning and all purpose vehicle use are just some of the topics covered in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series brochures, which are being redesigned and made available electronically, for Ohio Farm Bureau members only.

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OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher told farmers that HSUS would not give up without a fight.

OFBF leaders celebrate Issue 2, realize work ahead

Published Dec. 17, 2009

OFBF President Brent Porteus and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher addressed annual meeting delegates, focusing on State Issue 2, its significance and what lies ahead.

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OFBF leaders attend Nationwide Conference

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau participants joined representatives of Farm Bureaus from seven other states at Nationwide’s National Policyholder Conference held this summer in Columbus.

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Farmers have expressed concern about bad lease agreements with oil and gas companies.

OFBF helps property owners deal with oil, gas well issues

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Many companies do it right, but be on the lookout for those that don’t.

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OFBF helps develop recommendations for improving state’s waterways

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau helped out on a state report that makes dozens of recommendations on how to decrease the impact of agricultural nutrients entering Ohio’s streams and water resources.

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OFBF expresses concerns about food safety procedures

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is urging the Food and Drug Administration to prepare an agricultural cost/benefit analysis before moving forward with plans to enact new food safety procedures.

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OFBF Executive Vice President thanks Ohio voters

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher thanked Ohio voters this week through a letter to editors of newspapers around the state.

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OFBF examining Ohio's metal theft law

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Members say more needs to be done

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OFBF endorses Issues 1 and 2

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Two statewide issues that will appear on the May 4 ballot have received the support of Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees.

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OFBF endorses Issue 1

Published Mar. 11, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for State Issue 1, which will renew Ohio’s highly successful Third Frontier program.

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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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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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OFBF condemns abuse, stands up for Ohio farmers

Published Jun. 10, 2010

There is no excuse for the mistreatment of the animals in a video recently released by an animal rights group, but there is also no reason to think that abuse is common on Ohio farms.

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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 by the numbers

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization reached a record membership of 235,064 in 2009. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization's polices. The retention rate for membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau this year was 89.86 percent.

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OFBF applauds Ohio Congressmen, Appeals Court for reducing regulatory burdens

Published Apr. 4, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have been commended by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) for their sponsorship of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.

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Stimpert (left) and Shapiro in the Town Hall Ohio Studios

OFBF and HSUS on the air to debate animal issues

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Representatives of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will debate a wide range of animal care issues on this week's broadcast of Town Hall Ohio.

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OFBF's Keith Stimpert

OFBF and HSUS discuss animal care on WOSU Radio

Published Jul. 7, 2009

Keith Stimpert of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States discussed animal care issues on WOSU Radio's "Open Line" on Wednesday, July 8.

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OFBF adds additional incentive to ‘Faces of Farming and Ranching’ search

Published Aug. 22, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is awarding an additional $2,500 to a member if selected in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search. The deadline to enter is Sept. 8.

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OFB Foundation scholarships available in 2011

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Ohio students pursuing an agricultural-related degree are invited to apply for a set of $1,000 scholarships available through three program areas supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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OFB Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing ag-related degrees

Published Dec. 22, 2009

Students with a traditional farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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OFB Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing ag-related degrees

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Students with a farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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OFB Foundation offering Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for 2010-2011

Published Sep. 14, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2010-11 program year. The $1,000 - $3,000 grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, environmental and/or economic development.

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OFB Foundation names recipients of Agricultural Action and Awareness grants

Published Jan. 24, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups, and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.

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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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OFB Foundation holds annual auction

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is holding its fifth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction through Dec. 2 to support its Community Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.

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OFB Foundation funds local programs

Published Mar. 21, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation helps smaller, community-based groups through a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants. The grants help groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting. The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education and ecological and/or economic development. The Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants for the 2014 program year.

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The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships and grants.

OFB Foundation awards scholarships

Published May. 25, 2011

Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.

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OFB Foundation awards grants for local programs

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded
a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.

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OFB Foundation and Animals for Life Foundation Sponsor Community Silent Auction

Published Oct. 22, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and the new Animals for Life Foundation have united to host the sixth annual Rural–Urban Community Auction in November. The online event's proceeds will support grantsmanship, scholarship and community outreach programs.

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OFB Foundation accepting applications for Agriculture Action & Awareness Grants

Published Sep. 2, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) invites community service groups in rural, suburban and/or urban settings, as well as independent producers and agribusinesses to apply for a series of grants for 2010 to fund programs highlighting agriculture and its impact on the community.

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OFB Foundation

Published Dec. 23, 2009

This past year 11 service groups throughout Ohio received $30,000 from the Foundation in grants. The Foundation also awarded a total of 10 academic scholarships worth $1,000 each in three scholarship programs.

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ODA director describes approach to oversight

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Over the years, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has been consistent in running and growing the state’s $107 billion agriculture industry, the department’s director said.

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Obama speaks on issues important to Farm Bureau

Published Feb. 4, 2010

The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomed President Obama’s call in his recent State of the Union address for Congress to pass energy legislation that includes more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power.

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Obama plan would end direct payments to some farms

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Proposal sets $500,000 sales threshold

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Nutrient Management bill heads to House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management bill, Senate Bill 150, introduced by Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 23. Ohio Farm Bureau testified in support of the bill and made it a “key vote”, as its provisions met Farm Bureau policy.

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Click the video above to catch a preview of NRCS Chief Dave White in the Town Hall Ohio studio.

NRCS Chief talks conservation, farm bill, water quality on Town Hall Ohio

Published Mar. 11, 2011

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Chief Dave White talks the issues on the March 12-13 edition of Town Hall Ohio. Here's a video preview.

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Now is the time to weigh in on proposed severance tax changes

Published Jul. 18, 2012

Gov. John Kasich has introduced a proposal that would make significant changes in the Ohio severance tax system, which applies to oil and natural gas wells.

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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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November deadline set for enrollment in workers' comp group rating

Published Jun. 10, 2014

The Ohio BWC is moving to a prospective billing process, meaning it will collect payment before issuing coverage rather than after. As part of this change, farmers will have to enroll in their group rating program by Nov. 14, 2014.

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November 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Nov. 16, 2012

Winter weather is on the way. But that doesn’t freeze up the events, activities and opportunities for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Here’s this month’s update.

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Hill co-hosted the final two seasons of Ohio Farm Bureau's "Ohio Farm & Country" television show.

Noted agricultural broadcaster killed in crash

Published May. 20, 2011

Agriculture mourns death of Ohio farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill.

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Northwest county offices adjust locations, hours

Published Sep. 24, 2009

To make the best use of member resources, the Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood county Farm Bureaus have adjusted their operations.

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A grain bin and silo entrapment seminar will be held July 30 in Farmdale.

Northeast Ohio seminar focuses on bin and silo entrapment rescue

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Most individuals working in an agricultural setting know it can happen, but bins and silo entrapments still killed more than two dozen people in the United States last year.

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Nominations sought for Excellence in Crop Advising Award

Published May. 5, 2010

Nominations for the Excellence in Crop Advising Award are now being accepted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Ohio Certified Crop Advising Program.

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Nominate your neighbor for annual award

Published Jan. 21, 2010

County Farm Bureau members, community leaders and members of the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) have an opportunity to recognize the efforts neighbors have made in rural Ohio to positively develop and enhance relationships and communications.

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Nominate a Certified Crop Adviser for award program

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program is currently seeking nominations for the 2011 Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.

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Young Ag Professionals toured Scioto Downs, among other locations during last weekend's tours. Photo by Steve Berk.

No organic, grassfed, or GMO free?

Published Jul. 2, 2013

This past weekend the Ohio Farm Bureau put on a summer tour for the Young Ag Professionals. This event intrigued me because they had many tour options and I felt it would be a great way to network with other members of Farm Bureau as well as learn about some great places within the state.

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