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Livestock board’s proposal rethinks use of sow stalls

Published Jan. 19, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is considering rules that could lead to changes in the way farmers house pregnant pigs.

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Senate President Tom Niehaus

New look legislature: Change at Statehouse could have implications for farmers

Published Jan. 19, 2011

More than two dozen new faces were sworn into the legislature earlier this month, with the House of Representatives switching to a Republican majority and the Senate gaining two Republican majority seats.

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Visitors to jswest.com can view live streaming video to get a glimpse at what life is like for chickens.

Rebuilding trust key to preserving production

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Animal behavior researcher Temple Grandin stirred some debate at a recent Animal Welfare Symposium at Ohio State University when she asserted that sow gestation stalls should be phased out because “I can’t sell them.”

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Foundation offers scholarships for agriculture-related degrees

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture are invited to apply for a set of scholarships through three programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Leah Finney

Finney joins Farm Bureau staff

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Leah Finney has been named director of legal education for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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David Lierer Sr. looks back as his son David Lierer Jr. (l) and and Bryan Crosier (r) repair a trencher.

Farmers show daily life, hard work in online diary

Published Jan. 19, 2011

“Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.” That’s a post on the Farmer’s Diary blog from Butler County Farm Bureau member and dairy farmer Rosemary Beeler, as she tells about her day on the farm.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown

Estate tax relief a win for Farm Bureau

Published Jan. 19, 2011

President Obama recently signed a tax relief bill that sets for two years an estate tax rate exemption of $5 million with a maximum rate of 35 percent.

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Hear more from Dale Arnold in this video.

What landowners should look for in oil, natural gas leases

Published Jan. 19, 2011

With gas prices continuing to skyrocket, interest in tapping into Ohio’s natural resources for gas and oil is booming. More and more landowners are being approached by strangers asking if they are interested in leasing their property for oil and natural gas exploration.

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OFB Foundation names recipients of Agricultural Action and Awareness grants

Published Jan. 24, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups, and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.

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Ohio sheep producers honored at Buckeye Shepherds Symposium

Published Jan. 25, 2011

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program honored many significant contributors to the sheep industry during its annual meeting and awards ceremony held in December.

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OFBF's Action Center makes it quick & easy to contact your legislators

Action Alert: Help End Ohio's Estate Tax, call or e-mail your lawmakers today

Published Jan. 31, 2011

Burdensome estate taxes can cause the loss or break-up of family farms when heirs are forced to sell assets to pay the tax and/or administrative costs. Ohio Farm Bureau's Online Action Center makes contacting your lawmakers to urge an end to the Ohio Estate Tax a breeze.

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We're talking about Oprah's Vegan Challenge

Farmers a bit surprised by Oprah's Vegan Challenge show

Published Feb. 2, 2011

When farmers learned that Oprah Winfrey was doing a show promoting a vegan lifestyle there was more than a little concern. But to the surprise of much of the agricultural community, the show may actually have done farmers a favor.

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American Farm Bureau Federation presented OFBF with the traveling FBACT trophy for the second consecutive time.

OFBF Public Policy programming honored as one of best in nation

Published Feb. 4, 2011

The American Farm Bureau Federation presented OFBF with the traveling FBACT (Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team) trophy for the Midwest Region. The award is presented once every congressional cycle. This is the second consecutive award won by Ohio.

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Emily Krueger of Wayne County Farm Bureau brings home 1st place in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet.

Ohioan wins National Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 9, 2011

Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.

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Click the video to watch clips from the rally and hear why farmers are supporting a repeal.

Farmers rally to repeal Ohio estate tax

Published Feb. 16, 2011

Hundreds of farmers & other Ohioans rally at Ohio Statehouse to repeal estate tax.

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Click the video above to hear Kvamme explain his plan to attract businesses and spur economic growth.

Ohio taking new path toward job creation

Published Feb. 17, 2011

Mark Kvamme, director of the Ohio Department of Development, appears this weekend on Ohio Farm Bureau’s radio show Town Hall Ohio to discuss a new private-public partnership intended to bring jobs to the state. Here's a preview.

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Click the video above to watch Rep. Batchelder talk about his duties in the Town Hall Ohio radio studio.

Ohio Speaker of the House on this week's Town Hall Ohio

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohio Speaker of the House, Rep. William Batchelder, joined Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher to share more about his duties and talk Ohio politics on Town Hall Ohio. Here's a sneak peek of the Feb. 26 show.

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Spend three weeks in Germany as part of an AFBF-sponsored agriculture study tour.

Applications being accepted for three-week agriculture study tour in Germany

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for a 21-day agricultural study tour through the McCloy Fellowship Program.

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Farmer Bill Schroeder made his first-ever visit to the Statehouse to share his story with lawmakers.

H.B. 22: OFBF seeks law change after escaped livestock leads to criminal charges

Published Feb. 24, 2011

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.

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Investigative reporter Lisa Ling (l) received an all-access tour of a slaughterhouse. Photo credit: Oprah.com

Transparency pays off for Cargill on "Oprah"

Published Feb. 24, 2011

When one of the nation’s largest meatpackers opened its beef slaughter plant to a camera crew from The Oprah Winfrey Show, few were predicting the company would earn a pat on the back from a leading food system critic and positive words from Winfrey herself.

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Farmers share why membership matters

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Thanks to the farmers on our Facebook page who shared the reasons that they would encourage other farmers to join Farm Bureau. You can join in the conversation at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau.

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Deadline is March 1 to nominate a good neighbor

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with OFBF, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Legal issues surrounding farm animal welfare among topics at OLC annual meeting

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) will host its Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 4 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University.

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Roush, center, pictured with OFBF President Brent Porteus (l) and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

A career of education

Published Feb. 24, 2011

After nearly 20 years working with education programs and assisting volunteers and teachers in helping students learn the origins of their food, Judy Roush is returning to the family farm upon her retirement this month.

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OD Amanda Denes; Ted Zunis, Erie County; Jeff Belmont, county membership coordinator; NE Supervisor Danielle DuFour

Farm Bureau membership can have financial rewards

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In Northeast Ohio, as part of this year’s membership campaign, each county Farm Bureau in the region donated $100 to establish a $2,000 membership renewal promotion. In Paulding County, $2,500 was awarded as part of Farm Bureau's Property Protection program.

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Emily Krueger was the first Ohioian to compete in the Collegiate Discussion Meet and took home the top prize.

Wayne County student wins Collegiate Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.

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Save on farm insurance

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Your farm’s long-term success is ultimately about profitability. While controlling expenses is one critical component of profitability, so is protecting your farm’s or ranch’s assets with the right insurance and risk management tools. How can you strike a balance between savings and security?

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OFB Foundation awards grants for local programs

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded
a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.

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Fairfield County and Fulton County Farm Bureau members display their projects during AFBF's annual meeting.

County Farm Bureaus recognized for outstanding programming

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Fairfield and Funton County Farm Bureaus were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in the 2011 County Activities of Excellence program. They were among 15 local Farm Bureaus selected nationally to share their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBF’s annual meeting.

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FACE TO FACE: Ohio public officials farmers should get to know

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohio’s government continues to see new faces in leadership positions as a result of last November’s election and Gov. John Kasich’s cabinet appointments.

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Farm Bureau members gathered to discuss and vote on the organization's policies.

Farmers set national policy on agricultural issues for 2011

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Delegates at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd Annual Meeting voted to maintain a strong farm income safety net, address dairy price volatility and urge greater oversight of regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Chad Endsley provides an explanation why some farmers may see land rental rates increase.

Farmland rental rates increasing? Land stewardship may trump price.

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Interest in renting farmland continues to be strong, as some farmers look for more land to try to take advantage of high crop values.

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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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The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed was designated as a

New Ohio rules establish ‘watersheds in distress’

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Rules recently adopted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) allow the agency to take additional action to address water quality issues, such as those that have occurred at Grand Lake St. Marys.

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OFBF Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold

Patience, caution pays off for Ohio landowners on gas lease agreements

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In eastern Ohio, the big land rush is on, driven by natural gas and oil exploration. The payout for property owners who lease out their land can be huge or pitiful, depending on the terms of the lease.

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Ohio hopes to develop a marketing agreement that will fit the needs of all producers.

Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement addresses food safety concerns

Published Feb. 24, 2011

As federal officials continue to work on national food safety standards, Ohio farm groups are developing their own guidelines to better fit the needs of the state’s diverse farming community.

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Buckeye Farm News Briefs - 2-24-11

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is holding open houses. | Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program applications are available. | A Kansas State study shows meat sales decline when media attention is given to animal welfare issues. | HSUS is working on a ballot measure in Washington state.

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Truck weight rules could impact business

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is wrapping up listening sessions regarding rule changes placing regulatory burdens on vehicles traveling within Ohio with a 10,000- to 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating.

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OFBF is looking to partner with like-minded organizations to continue youth devopment in Ohio.

Youth program has storied past, new opportunities

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The goal of Farm Bureau’s youth program hasn’t changed much – to provide youths with important life skills, find future ag leaders and build relationships. Today, with young people being involved in so many activities, Farm Bureau is looking at ways to make the most of its youth programs

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OFBF President Brent Porteus at the Estate Tax Rally.

Putting estate taxes to rest

Published Feb. 24, 2011

During Ohio Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol, hundreds of Ohio farmers gathered to support legislation that would repeal Ohio's estate tax. The tax is particularly burdensome for farmers because it can force their heirs to sell land or take out loans to settle the estate.

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Jack Fisher

OFBF supports performance audits for state government

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.

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FDA rethinks expanded milk testing proposal

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its plan to expand milk testing after the dairy industry and state regulators criticized the methodology.

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Agriculture's role in food cost discussion

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.

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Conservation Farm Family Award Nominations Sought

Published Mar. 4, 2011

Nominations now being accepted for 2011 Conservation Farm Family Awards, which recognize Ohio farm families doing an outstanding job managing natural and human resources in meeting production and conservation goals.

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March is among the busiest times of year for county Farm Bureaus.

March is busy time for county Farm Bureaus

Published Mar. 10, 2011

From hearty breakfasts and scholarships, to workshops for beginning farmers and getting back to basics, to new online projects and initiatives to connect with your local farmers, Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus are certainly busy this month. Here's an overview of what's happening across the state.

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Click the video above to catch a preview of NRCS Chief Dave White in the Town Hall Ohio studio.

NRCS Chief talks conservation, farm bill, water quality on Town Hall Ohio

Published Mar. 11, 2011

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Chief Dave White talks the issues on the March 12-13 edition of Town Hall Ohio. Here's a video preview.

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County Farm Bureau Presidents return to Washington

Published Mar. 14, 2011

Ohio's county Farm Bureau Presidents take to Washington, D.C. for 65th time to share agriculture issues and concerns with Ohio lawmakers.

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Click the video above to watch an agricultural message from Kasich and Zehringer.

Zehringer declares Ohio's doors are wide open for agribusiness

Published Mar. 15, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer, in celebration of National Agriculture Week, announced the department’s commitment to promoting economic development in the state by declaring “Ohio’s doors are wide open for agribusiness”.

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A portion of county Farm Bureau presidents take in the agricultural issues forum hosted by Speaker of the House Tuesday.

It's Farm Bureau season in Washington, D.C.

Published Mar. 15, 2011

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are among 4,000 Farm Bureau members that will make the journey to Capitol Hill to share important agriculture issues with lawmakers. They prepped for Congressional visits on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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Join in on "Ohio Farm Bureau Membership Week"

Published Mar. 21, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is only able to do the work it does on behalf of Ohio farmers, food and agriculture because of the dues from its members. Learn the importance of membership, its benefits to all, and have a bit of fun by joining "Membership Week" on Facebook.

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