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Food retailers continue to focus on consumers’ changing demands

Published Apr. 19, 2011

There are about 7,000 grocery stores in Ohio, ranging from corner carryouts to modern supermarkets, and like farmers, those businesses are responding to consumer demand. Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program further explores this issue.

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Melvin and Jean Knollman, center, accept their award from OFBF’s Mike Bumgarner, left, and David Glauer, OLC.

Knollman Farms named Neighbor of the Year

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Knollman Farms, of Hamilton, Ohio, recently received the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition Neighbor of the Year Award, which recognizes a farmer who has positively developed and enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities.

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AgriPOWER class III graduates

Applications being accepted for 2011-2012 AgriPOWER class

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Each year, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute helps 20 Ohioans develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in the agriculture and food industry fields.

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Logan County Farm Bureau's Ag Coffee Shop is one of many opportunties available in the coming weeks

Get Involved with April-May-June county Farm Bureau opportunties

Published Apr. 13, 2011

There is always something happening at the local level when it comes to Farm Bureau. Here’s a quick glance of what you’ll find on the county Farm Bureau blog pages here on OFBF.org from April through early June, 2011.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher ponders food prices in his May/June Our Ohio editorial.

Up Front: Our Daily Bread

Published Apr. 8, 2011

For Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher, a trip to the grocery store's bread aisle highlights the variety of food choices available in the United States, the price we pay for our food here and abroad, and who ultimately has control over food prices.

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Animals for Life Foundation now accepting grant applications

Published Apr. 4, 2011

RFP applications will be considered that help the Foundation further develop and implement its vision and mission -- to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency and achieve public recognition that animals bring value to human life.

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OFBF applauds Ohio Congressmen, Appeals Court for reducing regulatory burdens

Published Apr. 4, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have been commended by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) for their sponsorship of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.

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Brown County's Jim Crocker (left) and Morrow County's Eddie Lou Meimer model Farm Bureau membership award apparel.

Sign new Farm Bureau members, Earn new Farm Bureau gear

Published Mar. 31, 2011

Now through Aug. 31, 2011, Farm Bureau members bringing new members into the organization can earn free Farm Bureau gear for doing so.

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Applications are being accepted for the 2011-2012 AgriPOWER Institute class.

Applications being accepted for 2011-2012 AgriPOWER Institute

Published Mar. 31, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking applicants for the 2011-2012 class of its yearlong agriculture leadership and advocacy program, AgriPOWER Institute.

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Play video above about OFBF's Presidents Trip to D.C.

Ohio farmers bring issues to Congressional delegates

Published Mar. 23, 2011

American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Pat Wolff calls this time of year “Farm Bureau season” in Washington, D.C. The annual late winter and early spring migration of more than 4,000 Farm Bureau members from across the country to Capitol Hill brings the voice of farmers to lawmakers.

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You can learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau's budget priorities by visiting http://bit.ly/ofbfbudget.

Agriculture programs among those facing cuts in state budget proposal

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Ohio Department of Agriculture would see its funding drop by just under 9 percent in a two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

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Play video above to hear Marion County Farm Bureau's Cy Prettyman explain the Follow Farming project.

From Seed to Market: "Follow Farming" through innovative local project

Published Mar. 23, 2011

For seven months, Marion County Farm Bureau leaders and others will be documenting the growth of the corn and soybean crops through its "Follow Farming" social media campaign. Along the way, they'll show the process from seed to harvest to market.

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Feedstocks are delivered to quasar energy group's facility in Wooster.

Biogas expansion in Ohio relies on manure, other wastes generated on the farm

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A new regional biogas plant and more than a dozen anaerobic digesters in the works are helping Ohio increase its presence in the renewable energy industry.

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Gov. John Kasich joined OFBF staff and others when he signed a bill establishing Ohio Agriculture Week.

Legislature designates Ohio Agriculture Week March 14 to 18

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Gov. John Kasich recently signed House Bill 89, sponsored by State Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Township), which designates the second full week of March as Ohio Agriculture Week to honor the state’s agriculture community.

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Chesapeake Bay lawsuit is about proper path to a clean environment

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation is challenging the approach that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking to regulate pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Questions about higher food costs can provide an opportunity to examine the complex food production system.

Putting higher food prices into context

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Food prices will be higher this year and that means farmers have an opportunity to help politicians, the media and the public understand more about the complex task of putting food on the table.

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PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler

PUCO calls off new motor vehicle rules

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has rescinded administrative rules applying to private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds operating in intrastate commerce.

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Ohio EPA office helps businesses comply with regulation

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has created an office to help businesses comply with regulations and identify pollution prevention opportunities that can save money, increase efficiency and benefit the environment.

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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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Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, l, and OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

Ohio House speaker urges OFBF members to keep talking with legislators

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Calling the Ohio House of Representatives the “people’s house,” House Speaker William Batchelder said he would like hearings to be more accessible to the general public.

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In some rural areas, large animal veterinarians are in short supply.

Bill would address veterinarian shortage

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The U.S. House this month passed a bill that would help increase the number of veterinarians working in livestock and food animal practices and in key public health fields. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to follow suit.

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Commentary: 7 reasons why we need Cooperative Extension in the 21st century

Published Mar. 23, 2011

This commentary comes from Jim Langcuster, author of the blog Mission Extension. We’d love to hear your thoughts on why Cooperative Extension matters. Post them at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau. You can read Langcuster’s blog at missionextension.wordpress.com.

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Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee addresses Ohio Farm Bureau's Bringing it to the Table conference.

Fresh thinking for Ohio’s food community

Published Mar. 23, 2011

From feeding local communities to feeding a booming global population, Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent Bringing it to the Table conference brought together a diverse group from Ohio’s food community to inspire creative collaboration in pursuit of new opportunities.

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OFBF moves to three regions

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has transitioned to three supervisory regions: North, East and South.

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'Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food" by Cris Peterson

Seed Soil Sun named children’s book of the year

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2011 Award for Children’s Literature is 'Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food' by Cris Peterson.

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'Our Ohio' commemorative canning basket

Ohio Farm Bureau, Longaberger to offer special 'Our Ohio' basket

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau and The Longaberger Company have partnered to create a commemorative canning basket featuring Farm Bureau’s consumer brand 'Our Ohio'.

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Video contest highlights Ohioans’ connections to agriculture

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is inviting Ohioans to share how food and farming touches their lives in the “My Ohio Agriculture – What’s Our Connection?” video contest.

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Nationwide News: Help young riders avoid injury

Published Mar. 23, 2011

All Terrain Vehicles are frequently used on the farm or ranch to haul supplies or get to the field, but ATVs often serve another purpose: recreation. Unfortunately, children are frequently victims of accidents on ATVs.

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Shelby County Farm Bureau received $500 to implement its school garden project.

County Farm Bureau nets grant to help kids grow school garden

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Shelby County Farm Bureau received a $500 mini-grant from the White-Reinhardt Fund For Education to help local elementary school children grow their own school garden.

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Livestock board has difficult decisions ahead

Published Mar. 23, 2011

After nearly a year of work, dozens of meetings and thousands of public comments, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is close to completing Ohio’s initial standards for farm animal well-being.

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Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs recently held a congressional hearing on pesticide regulations.

Ohio lawmakers fight regulatory redundancy

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have led an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Membership Week Giveaway Opportunties

Published Mar. 21, 2011

Here's your chance to win some goodies for you participation in Ohio Farm Bureau's Membership Week!

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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