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Jody Carney

Carney is new Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

Published Sep. 9, 2011

Jody Carney has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's organization director for Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties.

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Farmers gathered with other community members to share a meal and raise money for a local humane organization.

Local food connects a community at county Farm Bureau event

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Medina County Farm Bureau hosts farm tour and dinner in woods on a local dairy farm featuring local foods, and benefiting a local animal shelter.

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Researcher Simon Tripp (l) appeared with OFBF's Jack Fisher to discuss the results of Battelle's study on agbioscience.

Report: ‘Agbioscience’ can drive economy, sustainability

Published Sep. 6, 2011

A newly released study from the Columbus-based research and development organization Battelle finds that agriculture and agricultural bioscience — “agbioscience” — are providing crucial wide ranging opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the United States.

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Agritourism is an economic driver.

News Briefs, Sept. 8: 'Drop-in' biofuels | Agritourism boost | Lake restoration

Published Sep. 6, 2011

U.S. government investing in 'drop-in' biofuels; Agritourism offering economic boost; New interactive farming game; USDA awards grant for lake restoration effort

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Debt reduction committee could impact farm programs

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers are watching to see if farm programs will be on the chopping block as 12 members of a federal 'super committee' prepare to identify ways to reduce the national debt.

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USDA offers new rule on animal disease traceability

Published Sep. 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a new rule that it says will improve its ability to trace livestock and poultry when there is a disease event.

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Some funding for green energy may dry up

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President Sparky Weilnau greets visitors to his farm for the Down on the Farm event.

Erie County farm opens to community

Published Sep. 6, 2011

More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.

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Farmers with assets tied up in land, buildings and equipment can face unique succession planning challenges.

Nationwide News: Succession planning helps farmers prepare for the future

Published Sep. 6, 2011

All family-owned businesses are important to our economy, but few are as critical to the future strength and stability of our nation as family-owned farms.

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Farmers and agricultural professionals discuss new tools and a new tone to help them connect with customers.

Beyond the Choir: Ohio agvocates work to reach out to nonfarmers

Published Sep. 6, 2011

The AgChat Foundation’s recent Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Nashville was anything but a traditional farmer and rancher gathering.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's building is located on the corner of Friday Ave. and Beef St.

Talk with Ohio Farm Bureau staff at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farm Science Review visitors are invited to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Friday Ave. and Beef St. to talk with fellow members and staff about current programs and policy issues.

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Ohio Farm Bureau sponsored a recent conference examining ways farmers could help improve water quality in Lake Erie.

Farm community addresses water quality issues in Grand Lake St. Marys, Lake Erie

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Ohio’s farm community has been coming together to discuss and look for solutions to water quality and nutrient management challenges in the state. Of particular concern is Grand Lake St. Marys and the western Lake Erie Basin.

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Heimerl, Mossbarger and Reese

Ohio women who grow food are starting conversations with the women who buy it

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Three Ohio farm women who are Farm Bureau members are working to bridge the disconnect between consumers and their food by sharing their personal experiences through a new program called CommonGround.

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Dale Arnold

Oil and Gas Development Briefings being held across Ohio

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is holding a series of briefings across Ohio to help landowners learn more about emerging oil and gas issues in Ohio, how it will impact them and their communities and how they can potentially benefit from it.

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Animals for Life Foundation awards grants to improve human-animal bond

Published Sep. 6, 2011

The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $30,000 in grants in 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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Farmers are considering if miscanthus grass could provide an economic boost to northeast Ohio.

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau helps community explore new economic opportunity

Published Sep. 6, 2011

When an energy company began reaching out to farmers in northeast Ohio about growing grass for biofuels, it was a perfect opportunity for the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau to bring the community together.

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Court ruling could impact conservation, CAUV

Published Sep. 6, 2011

An Ohio appeals court is considering if Ohio’s Constitution allows landowners to seek Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) for land enrolled in federal retirement or conservation programs.

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Dr. Bobby Moser speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Ohio Farm Bureau Statement Regarding Moser Retirement

Published Sep. 3, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Ohio State University trustee John C. (Jack) Fisher on the impending retirement of Dr. Bobby D. Moser, Ohio State University Vice President, agricultural administration and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Board recommends 'Yes' on Issue 2, urges members to study both points of view

Published Sep. 1, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau board members recognized strong emotions on both sides of the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 debate, but believed it was the responsibility of leadership to make a recommendation to members.

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Fazekas and Mauk

Collective Bargaining Debate to Air on Town Hall Ohio

Published Aug. 24, 2011

The first-ever debate between the Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 campaigns will take place on this weekend’s broadcast of 'Town Hall Ohio.' Campaign spokespersons Melissa Fazekas of We Are Ohio and Jason Mauk of Building a Better Ohio will appear on the weekly public affairs radio program.

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Court affirms right to farm policy in Ohio

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed with a Mahoning County winery’s argument that it is exempt from local zoning regulations. The ruling not only benefits the northeast Ohio winery but the entire agriculture industry.

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Conversation to explore all sides of food production Sept. 16

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Farmers of all types and production methods, consumer opinion leaders and food writers, food processors, restaurateurs, food retailers and others are invited to gather again for a tour of two north-central Ohio farms that will explore the factors that led them down very unique paths.

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Farmers feared new regulations would require them to obtain a commercial drivers license.

Department of Transportation says no new CDL requirements for farmers

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of farmers and said it will not issue new regulations related to agricultural transportation and commercial drivers license (CDL) provisions, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out on leafy greens plan

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association continue to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture aware of concerns that Ohio farmers have with a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

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Farm-to-Table Study program explores food system in Costa Rica

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Participants will explore the food system from the “farm to the table” while considering various aspects of animal health and welfare, food safety, food protection and security, and public health.

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A Gallia County man recently received a $2,500 reward from Ohio Farm Bureau for his role in helping prevent crime.

$2,500 reward issued in Gallia County

Published Aug. 23, 2011

A Gallia County man recently received a $2,500 reward for reporting information that led to the arrest of an individual who committed a crime on a Farm Bureau member's property.

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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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Ohio's livestock care standards will go into effect starting Sept. 29, 2011.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Issued

Published Aug. 23, 2011

After more than a year of work, animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective on Sept. 29, 2011.

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One thousand new farmers markets have been recoreded with USDA.

News Briefs: Chesapeake Bay | New farmers markets | Higher interest rates?

Published Aug. 23, 2011

An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Bay Model” and the model authored by the Agriculture Department.

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Two members of the Tea Party shared more about their movement on Town Hall Ohio

'Town Hall Ohio' explores engagement in the political process

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Get informed and get involved could be the rallying call of the Tea Party, says two leaders of the Tea Party movement in Ohio.

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ReshapeOhio.org allows Ohioans to try their hand at redrawing their own congressional districts.

Ohioans can provide input in redistricting process

Published Aug. 23, 2011

With just a few computer clicks, Farm Bureau members can provide their input on how Ohio’s congressional districts and state legislative districts should be redrawn.

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Natiowide News: Offering agritourism? Be sure you’re covered

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Farmers who offer agritourism activities need to discuss their specific types of businesses with their insurance agent.

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AgriPOWER Institute is a yearlong program focusing on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry

Ohio Farm Bureau kicks off 4th AgriPOWER Institute Program

Published Aug. 23, 2011

OFBF has selected 19 Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders and advocates for Ohio agriculture to participate in its 2011-2012 AgriPOWER Institute.

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Orville Crocker sawing a large cherry log harvested from the farm in 1996.

Healthy woods grow on good advice

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Most woodland owners only have one or two timber sales in their lifetime, and it is important that they are well informed before they make these long-term decisions.

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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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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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