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'Buckeye Farm News' presents a brief look at two important issues being discussed by Farm Bureau members. The first is concerning federal animal care legislation that has been introduced in line with an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers.
OFBF created a new education program this year. The first Grow & Know event was held in July at Bob Evans Farms in Gallia County and offered nonmembers and members the opportunity to learn about various aspects of farming, gardening and cooking.
Whether they own a patio downtown or 50 acres in rural Ohio, animal lovers, foodies, gardeners and more are invited to get in touch with their inner-farmer and make the most of their property through OFBF's 2010 Grow and Know series.
As a grassroots organization, OFBF sponsors several programs and events designed to promote leadership within the agricultural community.
Farm Bureau membership is poised to grow as members have some new avenues to invite friends, business contacts and neighbors to be a part of the organization.
Insights about agriculture, the law from co-chair of the Young Agricultural Professionals state committee. Brad Heimerl has a unique perspective on agriculture and the law.
Meet Kristin Reese of Fairfield County. The latest featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.
Meet Taysha Reitzel of Williams County. The latest featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.
Meet Ron Burns of Union County. The latest featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.
Meet Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County, the latest featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.
Meet Derek and Emily Schmitt of Fairfield County, the latest featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.
Meet Marlene Eick of Delaware County. The latest featured editor of the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.
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.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels shares Ohio agriculture's global impact during Ohio Agriculture week.
With a new Congress and president in power, activists say they plan to continue their push for immigration reform.
OFBF is supporting House Bill 22, which would clarify the law to ensure that farmers aren’t held criminally responsible when livestock get out through no fault of the farmer.
Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.
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.
Using a tractor to haul equipment on a roadway may not be legal if it’s a wide load. A Union County Farm Bureau member was surprised to find this out because he’d been hauling a piece of equipment that way for a long time.
Ohio Farm Bureau is encouraging lawmakers to restore funding that was cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the proposed state budget.
Last week, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay of the mandate requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance to their full-time workers by the start of 2014.
Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.
Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.
OFBF has been working on HwO since November 2013 and helped set up its framework by putting together a 16-member steering committee that will guide Healthy Water Ohio’s activities.
The Healthy Water Coalition is a unique group of diverse interests that pulled together to take a strategic look at how to preserve our water. Guests: Steve Hirsch, Ohio Farm Bureau; Josh Knights, Ohio Nature Conservancy; Ann Aquillo, Scott's Miracle Gro; Jack Williams, City of Ottawa.
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.
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.
Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown were recently elected co-chairs of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.
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.
Farm Bureau members are encouraged to become engaged in informing voters about the three measures on the November ballot.
As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.
Ohio Farm Bureau is holding educational seminars around the state to help answer questions about oil and natural gas royalties.
Ohio Farm Bureau will be working with federal and pipeline officials to ensure southern and central Ohio landowners’ properties are properly repaired and other concerns are addressed during construction of the Columbia Gas Transmission Leach Xpress project.
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.
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.
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.
Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”
Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions
The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.
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.
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.
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.
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.