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Help AFBF by filling out a survey on Big Data

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The purpose of AFBF’s survey is to determine adoption of Big Data among farmers and determine the awareness of issues such as data ownership, liability and usage.

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Higher crop prices suggest increase to Grain Indemnity Program fund needed

Published Mar. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau supports Senate Bill 66 which would make several changes to Ohio’s indemnity program, including an increase in the fund cap to $15 million. The bill has passed a Senate floor vote and is now headed to the House Agriculture committee. Currently the indemnity fund is statutorily capped at $10 million, but since the last fund cap, corn prices have increased approximately 225 percent, soybeans increased 147 percent and wheat increased 191 percent.

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Highland County farmers receive ‘hero’ award

Published Apr. 15, 2014

The Highland County Farm Bureau received the Emergency Service Hero Award for its joint effort with the Highland County Fire Chiefs Association raising funds for equipment and training of local emergency service workers in grain bin rescues. The award was presented during the Highland and Clinton County American Red Cross Hero Awards Breakfast, held each year to recognize everyday heroes who reach out to help people in need, make a difference in the community or save a life.

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Highlights from 'The Food Dialogues' conversation Sept. 22

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held an online forum, “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating—on their own health and the health of the planet.

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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 Bureau’s operation.

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Hirsch, Fisher see opportunity for growth

Published Dec. 19, 2013

In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.

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History in the making

Published May. 14, 2009

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”

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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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A trail camera captures a herd of feral swine visiting a bait station on public land in southeastern Ohio.

Hog wild: Feral swine a growing problem in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.

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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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Horse troubles growing

Published Aug. 13, 2009

More than 90 percent of respondents to a recent nationwide survey believe the number of unwanted horses, as well as those neglected and abused, is increasing.

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House approves farm portion of farm bill

Published Jul. 12, 2013

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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House moves on Farm Bill

Published Jul. 12, 2012

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.

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House passes bill against EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 10, 2014

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."

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House passes livestock bill 98-0; Senate vote expected soon

Published Mar. 26, 2010

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.

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How 'Farmland' will help bridge the gap between farmers and consumers

Published Apr. 15, 2014

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.

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How a recent grant will build the local food economy in southeast Ohio

Published Mar. 25, 2014

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.

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AgriPOWER Class IV in Washington D.C.

How AgriPOWER can help you be a farm advocate

Published Mar. 18, 2014

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.

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In the Mercy for Animals video, Bob Barker delivered the less than earth-shattering news that vegans don't like veal.

How an animal rights group invented a scandal and the media’s response

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Claims made by Mercy for Animals at a recent press conference drew challenges from journalists.

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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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How Kasich’s mid-biennium review affects you

Published Apr. 15, 2014

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.

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How local ideas led to AFBF policies

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohioans voting at the meeting debated and discussed a variety of policies and were successful in advancing three recommendations submitted by fellow farmers.

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How OFBF members are working to change a law affecting road access

Published Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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Before meeting with lawmakers, OFBF volunteers signed books containing the comments of Ohio farmers opposed to the rules

How Ohio farmers protected opportunities for youths

Published Jun. 13, 2012

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.

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250 Ohio State students gathered to have a conversation about farming and where their food comes from.

How Ohio State students made a difference and why you should care

Published Apr. 2, 2013

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.

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How one local group is aiming to promote food, farms and community

Published Jul. 22, 2013

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.

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Personal outreach and workshops on niche farming have helped draw more people to the annual YAP event.

How volunteers brought together nearly 300 rising food and farm advocates

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Young professionals event continues to grow

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How we’re helping young people solve problems in their community

Published Mar. 21, 2014

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.

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How your voice was heard as the state finalized new farm nutrient legislation

Published Apr. 15, 2014

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.

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Jeff Howard (center) receives his award from nominator Tim Hesselbrock and Butler County Farm Bureau President Gail Lier

Howard receives crop advising award

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Jeff Howard received the 2008 Excellence in Crop Advising award.

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Rather than immediately pursue a ballot initiative, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle (right) said he wants the livestock boa

HSUS offers testimony to livestock board

Published Sep. 10, 2010

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.

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HSUS President Wayne Pacelle addresses issues relevant to Ohio

Published Jul. 1, 2009

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.

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HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle provided public comments during a recent meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

HSUS recognizes authority of Livestock Care Board

Published Aug. 25, 2010

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.

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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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Hundreds gather for Young Ag Professionals Leadership Conference

Published Mar. 26, 2009

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.

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Keynote speaker Mark Sanborn said leadership is about discovering potential and possibility.

Hundreds gather to share ideas at new leadership forum

Published Dec. 19, 2013

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.

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Farmers who were locally elected in every Ohio county voted on OFBF policy at the annual meeting.

Hundreds of farmers set OFBF policies for 2010

Published Dec. 17, 2009

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.

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County Farm Bureau Communication Action Team leaders discuss ways to make an impact in their local communities.

Hundreds of Ohio farmers gather to discuss opportunities to grow together

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau represents the belief that farmers working collectively can secure what’s important to farmers’ individually.

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Hunters, farmers face a shared threat

Published Jun. 10, 2010

When animal rights groups backed an anti-hunting ballot measure in Ohio in 1998, the state’s hunters saw a bigger picture.

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Hunters, landowners in favor of access program

Published May. 14, 2009

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.

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The winning recipe in the Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau ice cream flavor contest featured honey as an ingredient

Ice cream flavor contest winner favors Ohio honey

Published Jan. 19, 2011

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.

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Immigration reform bill includes solutions for agriculture

Published Apr. 24, 2013

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.

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Important things to know for the 95th OFBF annual meeting

Published Nov. 20, 2013

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.

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Improving Ohio’s Water: Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms from the Farm

Published Jul. 31, 2013

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.

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In case of a flood – are you covered?

Published Mar. 21, 2012

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.

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In their words

Published Jun. 10, 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to listen in on 'Town Hall Ohio' in recent weeks, here’s what you missed.

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Income tax tip: Small business investor deduction

Published Mar. 26, 2014

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.

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Influenza and county fairs

Published Aug. 8, 2012

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.

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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 society’s most challenging problems.

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Innovation, cooperation on display at OEFFA conference

Published Feb. 19, 2013

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.

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