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U.S. farmers and ranchers are encouraged to let their voices be heard at USFRAonline.org.

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance wants new conversation about food

Published Aug. 23, 2011

It’s an effort to show that America’s farmers and ranchers share consumers’ values, to emphasize dedication to continuous improvement and to engage key customer decision makers in the dialogue about the value of modern food production.

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Frome left, Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, and Paul Dahlinghaus.

Five Ohio farmers received 2011 Environmental Stewardship awards

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio’s land, air and water quality and to conserve the state’s natural resources.

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Farmers learn how to use social media tools during an OFBF training session.

Learn how to use, apply social media at free Ohio Farm Bureau workshops

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The scheduled workshops will help both beginners and advanced social media users learn more they can apply when lending their voices to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or when promoting agriculture or their business.

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Win up to $1,000 in the My Ohio Ag video contest

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Show how you are connected to Ohio agriculture in a short video for a chance at $500 or $1,000. Contest submissions accepted Sept. 30 – Oct. 14

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Representatives from OFBF, Bob Evans and other supporters join exhibitor Troy Elwer following the sale.

Hog purchase involved entire community

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

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Join the conversation Sept. 16

Published Aug. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for people who want to add their voice to the conversation about Ohio food.

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Jason Stasiulewicz

Stasiulewicz joins Farm Bureau IT team

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Spencer Waugh

Waugh named to Ohio Farm Bureau public policy department

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Spencer Waugh has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as director of legislative relations.

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Hear it from a Farmer

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Five Ohio farmers are featured in a statewide radio campaign from the Ohio Livestock Coalition about animal care, food safety, the environment, communities and generations.

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Congressman Steve Austria

Guest Column: We would be lost without GPS

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Congressman Steve Austria shares the importance of GPS to Ohio's farmers, and why he's concerned about a new technology that threatens to severely disrupt GPS signals.

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New Ohio Livestock Care Standards become effective Sept. 29

Published Aug. 11, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer announced animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective Sept. 29, 2011. Farm community encouraged to attend five regional informational meetings.

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From left: David & Steve Hirsh, Troy Elwer, Mike Townsley, Jack Fisher (complete caption at end of story)

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau partner in support of local youth at Ohio State Fair

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow for $20,000 at the Ohio State Fair's 2011 Sale of Champions.

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From left: Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, Paul Dahlinghaus accept OLC Environmental Stewardship Award

Ohio farmers recognized for environmental stewardship

Published Aug. 8, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Coalition named five Ohio farmer as recipients of the 2011 Ohio Environmental Stewardship Award for their many accomplishments made to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality, and to preserve the state's natural resources.

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Animals for Life Foundation Awards Grants to Improve Human-Animal Bond

Published Aug. 8, 2011

The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $30,000 in grants for fiscal year 2011 projects that help improve the human-animal bond, including a therapy dog program for children with autism and a farm animal handling program for first responders.

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Working together, we will grow together.

The power of working together

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent success in shaping the affairs of our state can be seen for what it is: The dividends of engaging government in the Farm Bureau way – years of relationship building, civil communication and grassroots cooperation resulting in a remarkable string of accomplishments.

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The Message Board

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Bill redirects biofuel spending; Dannon investment in Minster; manure application in Indiana

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USDA Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farmers and ranchers who believe that the United States Department of Agriculture has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they are Hispanic or because they are women may be eligible to apply for compensation.

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The invasive Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Clermont County, threatening Ohio forests & maple syrup business

Bust this bug: Asian longhorned beetle poses new threat to state’s forests

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to eat away more than $2.5 billion in standing timber as well as Ohio’s $5 billion nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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News Briefs: Free trade agreements Truck dispute resolved Greenhouse gas rules

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Congressional committees advance Free Trade Agreements; Tariffs lifted as truck dispute resolved; Supreme Court says states can’t enforce greenhouse gas rules

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Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on Town Hall Ohio

Lieutenant governor: State reform ideas have been in the works for years

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Gov. John Kasich’s administration is determined to make Ohio a state to do business in again and that means making drastic, and sometimes controversial, changes, says the state’s lieutenant governor.

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Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, left, joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on a recent edition of Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio EPA director calls for improving the agency’s permitting process

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is determined to improve the permitting process at the agency, which has more than 1,300 rules.

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OFBF will help connect consumers to Ohio agriculture at our state fair exhibit.

Meet Ohio Farm Bureau at the fair

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, July 27 to Aug. 7, where the organization will be inviting consumers to connect with agriculture at the 'Land and Living' exhibit.

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HSUS, egg producers seek national hen standards

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to support national legislation addressing housing for laying hens and abandon state-by-state ballot initiatives.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (2nd from right) joined Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch (2nd from left) on Town Hall Ohio

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

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Nationwide News: Do you have the right farm coverage?

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The worst time to find out you don’t have the right coverage is when you have a claim.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.

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Consumers want to know about issues that impact them.

Farmer engagement must move beyond ‘feeding the world’

Published Jul. 20, 2011

A growing body of evidence suggests that Americans who do not farm or ranch really don’t give a rip that America’s farmers and ranchers are striving to feed the world.

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Avoiding tax liability may be a reason farm families focus on transition planning, but several key benefits arise.

Don’t neglect planning in light of estate tax repeal

Published Jul. 20, 2011

After Ohio Farm Bureau Federation successfully advocated for elimination of the Ohio estate tax, legal professionals and farm transition planning experts say farmers shouldn't neglect sound transition planning, according to Ohio State University Extension.

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How an old tractor or truck can help seriously ill kids

Published Jul. 20, 2011

If you have an old vehicle on your land that has been sitting there for years, or a used car to get rid of, the Ronald McDonald House can help.

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Five Livestock Care Informational Sessions to be held across Ohio

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will hold five informational sessions in August and September to provide an overview of the state's new livestock care standards.

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Come visit the Land & Living exhibit during the Ohio State Fair

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the 2011 Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 19, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

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Ohio farmers left behind as other nations complete trade agreements

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Pending free trade agreements (FTA) between the United States and Korea, Panama and Colombia would amount to more than $2.5 billion in additional exports, economic development and jobs.

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Farmer John Price answers students' questions about raising pigs.

Students learn about food at central Ohio farm

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Two elementary school classes recently received a field trip to Price Farms Organics in Delaware County after winning a statewide essay contest from the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

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Ohio Farm Bureau worked on behalf of Ohio farmers to change Ohio's animals at large law.

Ohio Farm Bureau making progress on farmers' policy issues

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to work closely with lawmakers and state officials on issues such as the Ohio Estate Tax, state budget, transportation, on-farm energy production, farmers markets and eminent domain.

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Early Farm Bureau leader Murray Lincoln's vision shaped Farm Bureau's future.

Built on Belief: Remembering why Farm Bureau was created

Published Jun. 23, 2011

It was a matter of circumstance that lent a title to a movement. One hundred years ago, in Broome County, N.Y., the chamber of commerce added a new department and the first “farm bureau” was born.

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Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch

News briefs: Trade agreements, farm bill, corn production

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch was recently in Washington, D.C. to visit with several lawmakers and their staff. | The Fertilizer Institute announced that between 1980 and 2010, U.S. farmers nearly doubled corn production using slightly fewer fertilizer nutrients than were used in 1980.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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The art and science behind polls

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Knowing what’s on the minds of voters and consumers can be a valuable tool. Getting that knowledge can be as simple as doing a poll. But doing the right type of poll & doing it correctly is both an art & science, longtime pollster Martin Saperstein tells Town Hall Ohio.

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Ohio's record rainfall caused concern about overflowing manure storage sites

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The record rainfall this spring in Ohio created not only a planting headache for farmers but major manure storage challenges.

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Individuals and organizations may now make financial contributions to the Animals for Life Foundation online.

Animals for Life Foundation now accepting online donations

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Continuing to grow its ability to increase public acceptance & recognition that animals bring value to human life in a number of ways for a number of reasons, the AFL Foundation recently upgraded its website for individuals and organizations to make financial donations at the click of a mouse.

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Taking precautions can help farmers protect the well-being of their animals.

Prevent feed accidents for optimum animal health

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Nationwide News: Feeding livestock requires careful management. Mold and mildew can be producers’ worst enemies as they work to keep livestock healthy.

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Steve Berk

Berk named organization director

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Steve Berk has been named organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.

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Deadlines near for conferences and contests

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.

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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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Horse owners can take precautions to stop spread of EHV

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Concerns about a strain of equine herpevirus (EHV-1), which can lead to abortion in mares, and respiratory and neurological problems as well as death, recently arose after several horses were diagnosed following a Utah event that potentially exposed hundreds of animals.

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Ohio Farm Bureau wins communication awards

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau was recently honored during the American Farm Bureau’s annual public relations conference for several of its communications programs, including editorial and feature writing, social media programming and graphic design.

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Farmerbloggers.com is like a daily newspaper for what's happening on farms across the country

Group blog features top farmer bloggers across America

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Farmerbloggers.com makes farming easier to follow. Ohio contributors include Wayne County Farm Bureau member Mike Haley and his wife, Pam, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, and Geauga County dairy farmer and Farm Bureau member Brenda Hastings.

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Temple Grandin is interviewed during a presentation to farmers in Wood County.

Ohio farmers hear from well-known animal behaviorist Temple Grandin

Published Jun. 23, 2011

More than 250 people, along with members of the media, traveled to the Nichols farm near Cygnet to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin as she presented her views on how livestock farmers should be working with the nonfarm public on animal care education.

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Working together, Ohio farmers to determine best course for their communities

Published Jun. 23, 2011

If you’ve never attended a county annual meeting, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Farm Bureau in action, to connect with others who believe in the way of life agriculture provides and to give your input on how Farm Bureau can find common ground that benefits you and your community.

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