Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.
News & Events
- Congress extends tax breaks beneficial to farmers
- Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters
- Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food
- Tips for entrepreneurs overheard at the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum
- Catlett tells farmers to prepare for the golden age of agriculture
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Congress this week passed the $12 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), paving the way for funding of water infrastructure projects nationwide. WRRDA will fund improvements to the nation’s ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support waterways transportation. Ohio is ranked 13th in the nation for exports.
At the end of the year, Congress passed a bill that retroactively reinstates for one year more than 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. These tax provisions are essential to small businesses and rural economies, and Farm Bureau will continue to work for a long-term solution so farmers have the certainty they need to plan for the future.
Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin, Ohio.
Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin. The theme is “Be an ‘Agvocate’: Speak Up for Agriculture.”
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.
The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii.
As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.
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