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USDA Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farmers and ranchers who believe that the United States Department of Agriculture has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they are Hispanic or because they are women may be eligible to apply for compensation.

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The invasive Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Clermont County, threatening Ohio forests & maple syrup business

Bust this bug: Asian longhorned beetle poses new threat to state’s forests

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to eat away more than $2.5 billion in standing timber as well as Ohio’s $5 billion nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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News Briefs: Free trade agreements Truck dispute resolved Greenhouse gas rules

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Congressional committees advance Free Trade Agreements; Tariffs lifted as truck dispute resolved; Supreme Court says states can’t enforce greenhouse gas rules

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Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on Town Hall Ohio

Lieutenant governor: State reform ideas have been in the works for years

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Gov. John Kasich’s administration is determined to make Ohio a state to do business in again and that means making drastic, and sometimes controversial, changes, says the state’s lieutenant governor.

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Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, left, joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on a recent edition of Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio EPA director calls for improving the agency’s permitting process

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is determined to improve the permitting process at the agency, which has more than 1,300 rules.

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OFBF will help connect consumers to Ohio agriculture at our state fair exhibit.

Meet Ohio Farm Bureau at the fair

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, July 27 to Aug. 7, where the organization will be inviting consumers to connect with agriculture at the 'Land and Living' exhibit.

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HSUS, egg producers seek national hen standards

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to support national legislation addressing housing for laying hens and abandon state-by-state ballot initiatives.

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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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Nationwide News: Do you have the right farm coverage?

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The worst time to find out you don’t have the right coverage is when you have a claim.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.

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Consumers want to know about issues that impact them.

Farmer engagement must move beyond ‘feeding the world’

Published Jul. 20, 2011

A growing body of evidence suggests that Americans who do not farm or ranch really don’t give a rip that America’s farmers and ranchers are striving to feed the world.

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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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How an old tractor or truck can help seriously ill kids

Published Jul. 20, 2011

If you have an old vehicle on your land that has been sitting there for years, or a used car to get rid of, the Ronald McDonald House can help.

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Five Livestock Care Informational Sessions to be held across Ohio

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will hold five informational sessions in August and September to provide an overview of the state's new livestock care standards.

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Come visit the Land & Living exhibit during the Ohio State Fair

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the 2011 Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 19, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

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Ohio farmers left behind as other nations complete trade agreements

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Pending free trade agreements (FTA) between the United States and Korea, Panama and Colombia would amount to more than $2.5 billion in additional exports, economic development and jobs.

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Farmer John Price answers students' questions about raising pigs.

Students learn about food at central Ohio farm

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Two elementary school classes recently received a field trip to Price Farms Organics in Delaware County after winning a statewide essay contest from the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

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Ohio Farm Bureau worked on behalf of Ohio farmers to change Ohio's animals at large law.

Ohio Farm Bureau making progress on farmers' policy issues

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to work closely with lawmakers and state officials on issues such as the Ohio Estate Tax, state budget, transportation, on-farm energy production, farmers markets and eminent domain.

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Early Farm Bureau leader Murray Lincoln's vision shaped Farm Bureau's future.

Built on Belief: Remembering why Farm Bureau was created

Published Jun. 23, 2011

It was a matter of circumstance that lent a title to a movement. One hundred years ago, in Broome County, N.Y., the chamber of commerce added a new department and the first “farm bureau” was born.

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Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch

News briefs: Trade agreements, farm bill, corn production

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch was recently in Washington, D.C. to visit with several lawmakers and their staff. | The Fertilizer Institute announced that between 1980 and 2010, U.S. farmers nearly doubled corn production using slightly fewer fertilizer nutrients than were used in 1980.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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The art and science behind polls

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Knowing what’s on the minds of voters and consumers can be a valuable tool. Getting that knowledge can be as simple as doing a poll. But doing the right type of poll & doing it correctly is both an art & science, longtime pollster Martin Saperstein tells Town Hall Ohio.

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Ohio's record rainfall caused concern about overflowing manure storage sites

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The record rainfall this spring in Ohio created not only a planting headache for farmers but major manure storage challenges.

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Individuals and organizations may now make financial contributions to the Animals for Life Foundation online.

Animals for Life Foundation now accepting online donations

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Continuing to grow its ability to increase public acceptance & recognition that animals bring value to human life in a number of ways for a number of reasons, the AFL Foundation recently upgraded its website for individuals and organizations to make financial donations at the click of a mouse.

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Taking precautions can help farmers protect the well-being of their animals.

Prevent feed accidents for optimum animal health

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Nationwide News: Feeding livestock requires careful management. Mold and mildew can be producers’ worst enemies as they work to keep livestock healthy.

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Steve Berk

Berk named organization director

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Steve Berk has been named organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.

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Deadlines near for conferences and contests

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.

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A grain bin and silo entrapment seminar will be held July 30 in Farmdale.

Northeast Ohio seminar focuses on bin and silo entrapment rescue

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Most individuals working in an agricultural setting know it can happen, but bins and silo entrapments still killed more than two dozen people in the United States last year.

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Horse owners can take precautions to stop spread of EHV

Published Jun. 23, 2011

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.

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Ohio Farm Bureau wins communication awards

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau was recently honored during the American Farm Bureau’s annual public relations conference for several of its communications programs, including editorial and feature writing, social media programming and graphic design.

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Farmerbloggers.com is like a daily newspaper for what's happening on farms across the country

Group blog features top farmer bloggers across America

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Farmerbloggers.com makes farming easier to follow. Ohio contributors include Wayne County Farm Bureau member Mike Haley and his wife, Pam, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, and Geauga County dairy farmer and Farm Bureau member Brenda Hastings.

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Temple Grandin is interviewed during a presentation to farmers in Wood County.

Ohio farmers hear from well-known animal behaviorist Temple Grandin

Published Jun. 23, 2011

More than 250 people, along with members of the media, traveled to the Nichols farm near Cygnet to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin as she presented her views on how livestock farmers should be working with the nonfarm public on animal care education.

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Working together, Ohio farmers to determine best course for their communities

Published Jun. 23, 2011

If you’ve never attended a county annual meeting, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Farm Bureau in action, to connect with others who believe in the way of life agriculture provides and to give your input on how Farm Bureau can find common ground that benefits you and your community.

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Lester Lynd

Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The Ohio Ag Council will induct the late Edwin J. Carey of Marion, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, Dr. Thomas B. Turner of Somerset and Fred Yoder of Plain City into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture launches 'Ag is Cool' state fair contest

Published Jun. 23, 2011

In addition to an educational program that will showcase Ohio agriculture for fourth-graders, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is launching an 'Ag is Cool!' multimedia contest.

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Survey sheds light on food purchasing habits

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Consumer confidence in food safety is at its highest point in seven years, with 88 percent of shoppers 'completely' or 'somewhat' confident in the safety of food at the supermarket, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released earlier this month.

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From left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Dir. Jim Zehringer & State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler

Come to the Ohio State Fair!

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced several new items on the Ohio State Fair agenda for 2011, including a program in which Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering.

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From left, Hardin Co. Sheriff Keith A. Everhart, Connie Ward, Travasso & Hardin Co. Farm Bureau Pres. Kerry Oberlitner

Hardin County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 Reward

Published Jun. 23, 2011

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.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: A Matter of Fairness

Published Jun. 6, 2011

Despite poring through studies, reports and opinions, Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher says instinct rather than intellect tells him there is something wrong with Ohio's estate tax. .

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Tom and Bev Theobold are just one of many Butler County Farm families telling their stories on our county blog pages.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - June 2011

Published Jun. 1, 2011

Ohio's county Farm Bureau are always active. The early summer months are no exception. Here's a quick look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their blog pages at OFBF.org.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association offers Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Jun. 1, 2011

$1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship available to college-aged sheep producers in Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2011.

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State Rep. and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Peterson shares the impact of wet weather on his Fayette County farm.

Delayed planting raises questions for farmers

Published May. 26, 2011

Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.

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Several changes made to National Leafy Greens Agreement after farmers speak up

Farmers: Food safety proposals must fit Ohio

Published May. 25, 2011

More than 1½ years ago, Ohio produce growers gathered in Columbus to testify about a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement aimed at improving food safety and quality. The voluntary program was not very popular with Ohio farmers.

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Catch the "Agriculture is Cool" program at the Ohio State Fair.

New state fair program links kids to the farm

Published May. 25, 2011

This year the Ohio State Fair is launching a new program called “Agriculture is Cool” that would provide a fun and educational experience to fourth graders.

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Lindsay Hill

Remembering Lindsay Hill

Published May. 25, 2011

Ohio agriculture suffered a shocking loss with the tragic death of farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill. She was killed in an auto accident May 19 in western Ohio.

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Supporters of horse processing say it is a humane end of life option for animals that might be abandoned or neglected.

Unwanted horses on the rise in the U.S. with no easy solution

Published May. 25, 2011

'Let loose to die in the woods.' 'Starved to death.' 'Tied to a stranger’s trailer.' All of these are write-in comments from horse owners responding to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey about the neglect and abuse of horses that they have seen nationwide.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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Ohio Farm Bureau was among groups that asked to exempt milk from oil spill rules.

Milk exempted from oil spill rules

Published May. 25, 2011

For the first time, the U.S. EPA will ensure that all milk and milk products will be formally exempted from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.

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