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Lester Lynd

Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The Ohio Ag Council will induct the late Edwin J. Carey of Marion, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, Dr. Thomas B. Turner of Somerset and Fred Yoder of Plain City into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture launches 'Ag is Cool' state fair contest

Published Jun. 23, 2011

In addition to an educational program that will showcase Ohio agriculture for fourth-graders, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is launching an 'Ag is Cool!' multimedia contest.

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Survey sheds light on food purchasing habits

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Consumer confidence in food safety is at its highest point in seven years, with 88 percent of shoppers 'completely' or 'somewhat' confident in the safety of food at the supermarket, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released earlier this month.

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From left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Dir. Jim Zehringer & State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler

Come to the Ohio State Fair!

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced several new items on the Ohio State Fair agenda for 2011, including a program in which Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering.

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From left, Hardin Co. Sheriff Keith A. Everhart, Connie Ward, Travasso & Hardin Co. Farm Bureau Pres. Kerry Oberlitner

Hardin County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 Reward

Published Jun. 23, 2011

A Hardin County man is awarded $2,500 from Ohio Farm Bureau for providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual committing a crime on Farm Bureau member property.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: A Matter of Fairness

Published Jun. 6, 2011

Despite poring through studies, reports and opinions, Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher says instinct rather than intellect tells him there is something wrong with Ohio's estate tax. .

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Tom and Bev Theobold are just one of many Butler County Farm families telling their stories on our county blog pages.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - June 2011

Published Jun. 1, 2011

Ohio's county Farm Bureau are always active. The early summer months are no exception. Here's a quick look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their blog pages at OFBF.org.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association offers Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Jun. 1, 2011

$1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship available to college-aged sheep producers in Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2011.

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State Rep. and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Peterson shares the impact of wet weather on his Fayette County farm.

Delayed planting raises questions for farmers

Published May. 26, 2011

Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.

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Several changes made to National Leafy Greens Agreement after farmers speak up

Farmers: Food safety proposals must fit Ohio

Published May. 25, 2011

More than 1½ years ago, Ohio produce growers gathered in Columbus to testify about a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement aimed at improving food safety and quality. The voluntary program was not very popular with Ohio farmers.

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Catch the "Agriculture is Cool" program at the Ohio State Fair.

New state fair program links kids to the farm

Published May. 25, 2011

This year the Ohio State Fair is launching a new program called “Agriculture is Cool” that would provide a fun and educational experience to fourth graders.

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Lindsay Hill

Remembering Lindsay Hill

Published May. 25, 2011

Ohio agriculture suffered a shocking loss with the tragic death of farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill. She was killed in an auto accident May 19 in western Ohio.

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Supporters of horse processing say it is a humane end of life option for animals that might be abandoned or neglected.

Unwanted horses on the rise in the U.S. with no easy solution

Published May. 25, 2011

'Let loose to die in the woods.' 'Starved to death.' 'Tied to a stranger’s trailer.' All of these are write-in comments from horse owners responding to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey about the neglect and abuse of horses that they have seen nationwide.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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Ohio Farm Bureau was among groups that asked to exempt milk from oil spill rules.

Milk exempted from oil spill rules

Published May. 25, 2011

For the first time, the U.S. EPA will ensure that all milk and milk products will be formally exempted from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.

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ODA Director Jim Zehringer

Ohio Farm Bureau talks with ODA director about budget, farm challenges

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmers have a good understanding of why the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and most state agencies need to trim their budgets because farmers are usually fiscally responsible, says the department’s director.

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Ag Districts can protect your farm investments

Published May. 25, 2011

Ag Districts represent Ohio’s version of “right to farm” laws by providing protection to farmers from utility assessments, nuisance lawsuits and eminent domain takings.

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Duplication in regulatory process puts strain on farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”

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Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown looks for input from Ohio farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

OFBF helped facilitate a listening session for Sen. Sherrod Brown at Patterson Fruit Farm in northeast Ohio as he gathers input for the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Paul Davidson

Davidson elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board

Published May. 25, 2011

Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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Cindy Hollingshead

Scholarship fund honors Hollingshead

Published May. 25, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has established a new scholarship program in memory of long-time Ohio Farm Bureau staff member Cindy Hollingshead, who passed away this year after serving 39 years as the organization’s executive secretary.

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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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Brent Porteus

Nationwide News: Former Farm Bureau president elected to Nationwide Mutual Board

Published May. 25, 2011

Brent Porteus will also serve on the Nationwide Board Sponsor Committee, which oversees the company’s relationship with eight Farm Bureaus and two major agricultural cooperatives in the United States.

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Trent Loos speaks during an event held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Stop defending agriculture?

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmer says conversation with consumers needs a change in tone.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers multiple opportunities for Ohio teens during the summer of 2011.

Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 25, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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A trip to American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii is one of many rewards for contest winners.

Contests provide opportunity to tell your farm story

Published May. 25, 2011

Young Agricultural Professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 are reminded of upcoming deadlines for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals’ contests.

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The downturn in the economy has led to a spike in demand from food banks of more than 68 percent.

Farmers meet needs of hungry through Ohio Agricultural Clearance program

Published May. 25, 2011

For more than a dozen years, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks’ Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) has been the perfect partnership between farmers and food banks.

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Farmers rallied at the Statehouse earlier this year. Now more steps are needed to help end the Estate Tax.

ACTION ALERT: Take the next step to help end Ohio's Estate Tax

Published May. 20, 2011

Use OFBF's Online Action Center now to quickly help eliminate the Estate Tax and keep Ohio farmers on their land for future generations, strengthen the rural economy and preserve agricultural heritage.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 20, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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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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Options for farmers with crop damage, delayed planting from wet conditions

Published May. 19, 2011

Heavy rainfall and flood conditions across the Midwest have caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring. Producers who are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date due to an insurable cause, such as excess moisture and flooding have a number of options.

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Ohio Sheep Day scheduled for July 16 at Blue Heron Farm

Published May. 16, 2011

Ohio sheep farmers and anyone dedicated to sheep production are invited to participate in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s (OSIA) 2011 Ohio Sheep Day, to be held July 16 at Blue Heron Farm in Lisbon.

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State Treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel

$68.9 Million in Reduced Rate Loans for Ohio farmers through Ag-LINK Program

Published Apr. 27, 2011

Ohio Treasurer Mandel announces availability of reduced rate loans available to more than 800 Ohio farmers.

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Farmers consider consumer trust, animal care, regulations at OLC annual meeting

Published Apr. 21, 2011

Ohio farmers discussed consumer trust, animal care, regulations and more at the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting in April. Here's a recap of the conversations and presentations.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch

Ohio Farm Bureau elects new leaders

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Steve Hirsch has been elected president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Sparky Weilnau has been elected first vice president; Tim Willams elected to the executive committee.

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Transportation bill addresses weight variance, property rights issues

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was successful in advocating for amendments to the transportation bill that align with several of the organization’s priority issues and general policy positions.

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A crowd filled the hearing room at the Ohio Department of Ag during the April 5 Livestock Care Standards Board meeting.

Board reaches consensus on veal standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is past its final major hurdle in establishing the first comprehensive set of standards for animal care in Ohio.

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State budget process continues to unfold

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Testimony is heating up in the Ohio Statehouse as advocates pursue changes to initial funding proposals for state agencies and programs. While the budget process is just getting underway, Ohio Farm Bureau is keeping a close eye on how the final budget may shape up.

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Charlie Arnot

Rethinking consumer outreach would benefit farmers

Published Apr. 20, 2011

New research is showing that the way farmers have traditionally reached out to consumers is not the most effective approach.

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Joy Mench

Creative thinking can improve animal care

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Joy Mench, an animal scientist from the University of California, Davis presented a model that divided animal care considerations into three categories:
Mind – Feelings such as pain, fear and frustration;
Nature – Species-specific behavior; and Body – Animal health and physiology.

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Peggy Kirk Hall

Animal advocates, farmers both pushing for standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Between 2002 and 2009, animal advocacy groups were successful in establishing new animal care regulations in seven states. Since 2009, agricultural interests have backed the establishment animal care regulations in 11 states.

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News Briefs

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Progress made toward Columbia FTA; lawmakers seek to eliminate Form 1099 requirement; AFBF comments on federal budget

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Sen. Rob Portman

Portman calls for less government regulation, fair foreign trade policies

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Rob Portman finds himself representing Ohioans during what he calls 'difficult times.' Talks about career and U.S. challenges on Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program.

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Jim Zehringer

Name change among Zehringer’s hopes for ODA

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer said he is looking at working with lawmakers to find a new name for his agency that will give Ohioans a better understanding of its work.

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Azure and Joe Koehler and Roger Wolfe

Preserving farmland in Fairfield County

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Farmland Preservation program continues to ensure that tens of thousands of acres on hundreds of farms across the state remain in agricultural production.

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State, farmers continue efforts to improve Grand Lake St. Marys

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Regulators are planning to continue to work with farmers following the release of new rules resulting from pollution concerns in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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Animals for Life Foundation now accepting grant applications

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Interested parties have until July 1 to complete and submit their RFP application to the Foundation.

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Nationwide Agribusiness applies more than 100 years experience protecting farms

Published Apr. 19, 2011

As farming changed radically in recent decades, Nationwide Agribusiness has kept pace through innovation and by truly listening to its customers’ needs.

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Young Agricultural Professionals contests offer opportunities, rewards

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is seeking individuals 18-35 who are interested in pursuing new opportunities offered by several annual competitions. Up for grabs--a trip to Hawaii.

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