The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2642, the farm portion of the farm bill by a vote of 216-208. The bill removes the nutrition title, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but leaves all other provisions intact.
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This week the House Agriculture Committee passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. At this time it is not known when or if the Farm Bill will be taken up by the entire House for consideration. Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to push for passage before the September expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board came one step closer to getting its feet on the ground when the Ohio House unanimously passed legislation to establish the required guidelines for the voter-approved entity.
On May 1, Farmland will be coming to theaters in more than 60 major markets and will be screened in rural communities, too. It’s the latest documentary from Academy Award winning director James Moll.
Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien recently visited Athens County to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods.
AgriPOWER is a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of multi-day institutes that cover public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Ohio Farm Bureau is now taking applications for Class VI. Here is what two past participants had to say about the program.
Claims made by Mercy for Animals at a recent press conference drew challenges from journalists.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau is taking a close look at Gov. John Kasich’s 1,600-page mid-biennium review (MBR), a package of policy and budgetary provisions that lay out Kasich’s goals for the year. The MBR has been split out into 14 separate bills so legislative committees can consider them. The MBR is comprehensive and covers everything from K-12 and higher education to various tax changes to amusement ride inspection fees.
Ohioans voting at the meeting debated and discussed a variety of policies and were successful in advancing three recommendations submitted by fellow farmers.
Farm machinery has not been allowed to use a portion of U.S Route 20, or the Norwalk Bypass, in Huron County for many years. Recently, several farmers including two Huron County Farm Bureau members, John Brooks and Bill Ommert, submitted testimony on House Bill 249, which seeks to resolve the longstanding issue that has impacted farmers in that area.
The passion of Ohio Farm Bureau members along with the use of some simple technology gave the organization momentum as it helped block an unpopular proposal on federal youth labor rules.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides part two of his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.
A local Farm Bureau Community council is taking it upon itself to launch a program bringing local chefs to a local farmers market to showcase how to prepare fresh foods.
Young professionals event continues to grow
Thirty-three high school students from across the state learned how to take action in the government process by participating in the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program. Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 4-H and FFA, the policy development program took place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus in conjunction with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ag Day at the Capitol.
Working through Ohio Farm Bureau, farmers were actively engaged in the multi-year process of drafting, writing and revising the law. The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, was first passed by the Senate. The House recently passed its version, which the Senate is expected to approve. It will then go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
Jeff Howard received the 2008 Excellence in Crop Advising award.
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.
HSUS President Wayne Pacelle visited with AgriTalk host Mike Adams Wednesday, addressing numerous issues, specifically Mr. Pacelle's visit to Ohio, HSUS's ballot measure and his reaction to the effort to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Read and listen to the interview here.
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.
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.
Young Agricultural Professionals learned more about the ag industry and themselves when they attended the Young Ag Professionals Leadership Conference earlier this month in Columbus.
Mark Sanborn, a nationally recognized speaker and author, kicked off the first-ever Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum with a message that resonated with Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.
Three hundred and forty six delegates represented their county Farm Bureaus and voted on policies that will shape the direction of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) in 2010 at the organization’s 91st annual meeting in Cincinnati this month.
Ohio Farm Bureau represents the belief that farmers working collectively can secure what’s important to farmers’ individually.
When animal rights groups backed an anti-hunting ballot measure in Ohio in 1998, the state’s hunters saw a bigger picture.
Hunters and landowners agree – it’s time to put a dent in the state’s wild deer herd. So does OFBF and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Alex Grooms, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Williamsburg is the winner of the Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau Create-A-Flavor contest. His creation, Honey Caramel Ice Cream, is a mix of vanilla ice cream layered with sweet Ohio honey and caramel.
Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Yvonne Lesicko gives an update on immigration reform and the inclusion of solutions for agriculture in the recently introduced immigration reform bill.
There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 - 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.
We all have a role in protecting Ohio’s valuable and plentiful water resources. Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to view a new e-Learning tool to help them apply practices to reduce Harmful Algal Blooms.
Homeowners are often unaware that flood damage is not covered by their home insurance. Flood insurance is the single best way you can protect yourself from flood losses. Here are a few facts regarding floods and the National Flood Insurance Program.
If you didn’t get a chance to listen in on 'Town Hall Ohio' in recent weeks, here’s what you missed.
Thanks to a Farm Bureau member, Ohio Farm Bureau was reminded of the need to offer further education about a new Ohio income tax deduction that may apply to your taxes this year. Many farmers may not be aware of this new deduction.
Recently, there have been several cases of influenza in pigs (H3N2) at the Butler County Fair as well as at the Ohio State Fair. With additional county fairs coming up or going on, Farm Bureau members may encounter questions from exhibitors and consumers.
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 society’s most challenging problems.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Seth Teter shares a number of insights gleaned from his time at the 2013 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference. Many of these efforts emphasized the value of increased coordination among both farmers and consumers.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s 91st annual meeting will travel south on Interstate 71 to Cincinnati Dec. 2 to 4.
Landowners are often faced with drainage issues. This is why Ohio Farm Bureau is currently engaged with the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio and other stakeholders in reviewing Ohio’s drainage laws. We hope you can take a few minutes to provide your input as a farmer or landowner. The survey is online and will take only a few minutes to complete.
Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Invasive species can have a detrimental impact on farms, and Senate Bill 192 is a step in combating the problem. Sponsored by Sen. Gayle Manning , the bill granted exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species to Ohio’s director of agriculture. The bill has passed the senate and is awaiting a floor vote in the house.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau again offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months. The conferences provide opportunities for youths to bond and build leadership, teamwork and communications skills.
Governor Ted Strickland joins hunger advocates, business leaders, humane groups and elected leaders to express their views on State Issue 2 during this week’s broadcast of Town Hall Ohio.
This November, Ohio voters have the unique opportunity to support our livestock farmers, our food consumers and the future of Ohio. A guest opinion by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher, HSUS's Paul Shapiro to debate State Issue 2 live on Cleveland radio station. Listeners calls will be taken.
Issues 1 and 2 in the May 4 Primary Election are the featured topics on this week's episode of Town Hall Ohio.
Recent research shows there is a sizeable gap between what Americans want from farmers and what they perceive they are getting.