Ohio Farm Bureau is taking a close look at Gov. John Kasichís 1,600-page mid-biennium review (MBR), a package of policy and budgetary provisions that lay out Kasichís 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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With a long awaited farm bill signed into law, itís now time to start putting the programs to work. Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureauís senior director of state and national policy, noted the legislation is significantly different than past bills.
Ohio Farm Bureauís policies on alternative energy and private property rights are the guiding force for why the organization recently filed a brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of a wind turbine project in central Ohio.
Farm Bureau members with agritourism enterprises have provided insight into policies they need to help their farms thrive. Farm Bureauís public policy staff have identified a number of ways Ohio can promote more of these businesses. Among these are issues related to reducing burdensome regulations and minimizing liability when the farm is opened to the public.
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 Ohioís director of agriculture. The bill has passed the senate and is awaiting a floor vote in the house.
Farmers spent time in March discussing several big picture issues facing agriculture at this yearís Trends and Issues Conference and Advisory Team meetings.
March was a busy month for the 42-member Membership Model Study Group as it met in Columbus for three full days of discussion plus held additional small group online and phone conversations.
Your banker. Your accountant. Your attorney. Three people you trust with a significant amount of detail about you and your operation. The more information you provide them, the better they understand you and your needs, and the better they can partner with you to help you and your farm operation thrive.
On May 1, Farmland will be coming to theaters in more than 60 major markets and will be screened in rural communities, too. Itís the latest documentary from Academy Award winning director James Moll.
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.