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Department of Labor withdraws farm youth labor proposal

Published Apr. 27, 2012

The cooperative efforts by members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators played a significant role in convincing the Department of Labor that its proposed rules were ill-conceived and unnecessary.

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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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Deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa stirs debate about 'coexistence'

Published Feb. 24, 2011

USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.

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Despite turbulent path, experts say farm bill reforms good for farmers

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Many disagreements from policymakers and nonprofit organizations created challenges while finalizing the recently-passed 2014 Farm Bill.

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Mark Kvamme, left, a California venture capitalist, is leading Ohio's efforts to retain and attract jobs.

Development director: Ohio has great potential for attracting new businesses

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The head of the newly created JobsOhio wants to make one thing clear – the Department of Development is not going to be eliminated.

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A sellout crowd attended OFBF's first Grow and Know event at Malabar Farm to learn more about producing food.

Dinner table conversation

Published May. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.

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Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe to speak at AFBF annual meeting

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s series "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," will deliver the keynote address at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, in Atlanta.

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Discover your social Web with OFBF’s Guide to Social Media

Published Aug. 13, 2009

“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow us On Twitter.” By uttering these phrases, countless organizations expect people to go online and find out what all the social media fuss is about. But most don’t take the time to show how to go about finding somebody on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (2nd from right) joined Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch (2nd from left) on Town Hall Ohio

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

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Diverse viewpoints shaping food production

Published Nov. 15, 2011

A recent summit hosted by the Center for Food Integrity sought to shed light on a number of factors that could influence how food is produced.

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The DOW is encouraging hunters to donate more venison to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.

Division of Wildlife issues challenge to help feed the hungry

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) recently issued a challenge to Ohio hunters to double the amount of venison that is donated to Ohioans in need.

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Daniel Bock

Do the big shots make the calls, or is it the grassroots?

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Medina County farmer Dan Bock was asked to participate on Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development committee. His first question was 'Am I qualified?'

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Do you believe farming has a future in Ohio?

Published Apr. 19, 2010

If you were to draft a 100-page plan of what agriculture and rural Ohio should look like, what would you write? More importantly, how would you put it into action? That’s exactly what Ohio farmers consider each year as they review and update Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy book.

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Do you have an SPCC plan?

Published Apr. 23, 2013

The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.

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Do you need an oil spill plan?

Published Feb. 26, 2013

The compliance date for farms to have Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans is May 10.

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Don't get mad at Chipotle

Published Feb. 11, 2014

In what's probably Chipotle's most outrageous attempt to get their customers to think about the food they eat, on February 17 it will debut a new show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous.

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Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the issues that impact you

Published Jul. 19, 2012

County annual meetings are a time for the community to connect.

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Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the issues that impact you

Published Aug. 16, 2012

County annual meetings will be taking place throughout Ohio in the coming months, giving Farm Bureau members a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their community.

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Avoiding tax liability may be a reason farm families focus on transition planning, but several key benefits arise.

Don’t neglect planning in light of estate tax repeal

Published Jul. 20, 2011

After Ohio Farm Bureau Federation successfully advocated for elimination of the Ohio estate tax, legal professionals and farm transition planning experts say farmers shouldn't neglect sound transition planning, according to Ohio State University Extension.

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Dorman named Director of Food Programs for Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jul. 23, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Leah Dorman, D.V.M., as director of food programs for its Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Dorman receives NIAA President’s Award

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.

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Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks

Published Sep. 13, 2012

At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.

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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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Earn a free night’s stay at Choice Hotels

Published Mar. 8, 2012

Choice Hotels is running a special promotion for Ohio Farm Bureau members. Book your reservations at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.258.2847 and after your second separate stay with arrival between March 8 and May 8, you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a free night.

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East Region hosts innovative leadership conference for local members

Published Mar. 7, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is presenting the East Region Leadership Conference, hosted by counties in the East Region Saturday, March 31 at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all Farm Bureau members, not just to those in the eastern part of the state.

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