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Farmers learn how to use social media tools during an OFBF training session.

Learn how to use, apply social media at free Ohio Farm Bureau workshops

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The scheduled workshops will help both beginners and advanced social media users learn more they can apply when lending their voices to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or when promoting agriculture or their business.

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Learn the basics of selling timber

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Landowners interested in learning how to successfully sell timber while meeting their woodland ownership goals are invited to attend the “Basics of Selling Timber Workshop."

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Learn winning campaign techniques at September seminar

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Those interested in running for public office now or at some point in the future, will have an opportunity to sharpen their campaigning skills during a two-day seminar in Columbus Sept. 1 and 2.

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Watch Ohio Farm Bureau's Home Canning and Food Preservation meeting below.

Learning How to Preserve the Food You Grow

Published Jul. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau recently held an online food preservation meeting discussing freezing and water bath techniques. Watch the recording of this meeting and bulk up your food preservation IQ.

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Fill out the form below to request the interactive e-Learning Unit on Ohio Soils and 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Learning more about Ohio soils and nutrients

Published Sep. 18, 2013

Our second e-learning unit on water quality/nutrient management is now available for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This unit will provide you with a better understanding of the methods for soil sampling, how the soil test results relate to crop fertility recommendations and the steps to take to develop a nutrient management plan.

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Learning the finer points of farming

Published Mar. 20, 2014

Frequent flier Porter Gale loves meeting people on planes. Recently, she found herself sitting next to a farmer.

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AgriPOWER Class VI member, Jarred Black blogs about his experience in session two

Learning to be more proactive for agriculture

Published Aug. 26, 2014

AgriPower Class VI met Aug. 14 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster for our second session. The session’s focus was centered on the role of media in agriculture today and how to best use social media to promote agriculture. We also were privileged to tour the OARDC facility as well as several local farms during our three-day session.

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Kayla Jones blogs about her experience with AgriPOWER Class VI session two.

Learning where to find the answers

Published Aug. 26, 2014

What a whirlwind session! We learned about so many aspects of agriculture in such a short period of time. Everything from social media to touring Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and had good conversations about GMOs, migrant farm workers and water quality. These are all issues that we in the agriculture industry face on a regular basis and we need to be able to support each other using our own talents and strengths.

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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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Legal tips for all purpose vehicle use

Published May. 15, 2013

Many farmers utilize all purpose vehicles (APV) or all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on their farms. While APVs can be extremely helpful to farmers, they can also create problems when they are used to trespass on farm property. Ohio Farm Bureau has a brochure available to members in its legal information series that covers issues related to APVs that farmers may encounter.

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Legislation for marketing agreements would mean produce grower opportunties

Published Apr. 5, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association have been working on legislation that would establish a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.

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Listen to a full discussion about Ohio's SWCDs at www.townhallohio.org.

Legislation would restore SWCD funds

Published Feb. 22, 2010

SWCD funding was significantly cut last year to balance the state’s budget. Language in Senate Bill 155 directs a portion of the state’s existing fee on the sale of new tires to help restore funding to local SWCDs.

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Legislative process continues to shape livestock board

Published Mar. 11, 2010

As the House Agriculture Committee approved implementing legislation for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, the Senate began work on its version of the bill.

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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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Lessons learned from OSHA overstep

Published May. 19, 2014

OSHA overstepped its authority in trying to regulate an Ohio farmer. He called Farm Bureau and made the problem go away. OFBF director of ag law Leah Curtis talks with Joe Cornely about the lessons learned from another federal agency going too far.

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Be a part of The Food Dialogues on Sept. 22, 2011

Let's Talk about the Future of Food

Published Sep. 14, 2011

All are invited to join online or in-person Sept. 22 for “The Food Dialogues” – A new conversation about the future of food in the United States

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Let’s talk about Cheerios

Published Jan. 17, 2014

After more than a year of being heavily lobbied to remove genetically modified ingredients from Cheerios, two weeks ago General Mills announced that its original Cheerios are now non-GMO. Many folks in the farm community have expressed strong views on Cheerios news.

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License plates issued for all-purpose vehicles

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Rules designed to curb trespassing, provide public trails.

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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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Life is Better with Animals

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau's Animals For Life Foundation is launching the “Life is Better with Animals” campaign to show importance of mutually beneficial human and animal interactions.

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Ty Kellogg

Like agriculture, the integrity is in the process

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Organization Director Ty Kellogg volunteered these thoughts as he accompanied farmers to the organization's annual meeting.

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Steve Hirsch is Ohio Farm Bureau's president and a Ross County farmer.

Like farmers, Farm Bureau must be innovative

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Just as we’re open to changing the way we farm, we’re again considering some changes to the way we do things in Farm Bureau.

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Livestock board considers veal housing

Published Nov. 11, 2010

During a recent meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board agreed to set targets for its standards on veal calf housing. In separate votes, the board approved two “key concepts."

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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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Livestock board proposes euthanasia standards

Published Oct. 14, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board unanimously voted in favor of proposed euthanasia standards for farm animals.

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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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Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs shared the Ohio Department of Agriculture's plans for the Board

Livestock care bill introduced

Published Feb. 1, 2010

Lawmakers consider program's enforcement, funding

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Livestock care bill introduced

Published Feb. 4, 2010

Legislation (HB 414) to determine the specifics by which the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will operate has been introduced.

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The next step is underway in establishing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Livestock care board begins to take shape

Published Jan. 21, 2010

In the months since voters approved Issue 2, creating a Livestock Care Standards Board, the state’s coalition of livestock groups and others who worked for its passage have been preparing to take a serious look at how livestock and poultry are raised in the state.

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Livestock Care Board looks toward group housing for veal

Published Nov. 3, 2010

During a recent meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board agreed to set targets for its standards on veal calf housing.

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Livestock Care Board to be focus of Town Hall Ohio

Published Mar. 19, 2010

Progress toward establishing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will be discussed this week on Town Hall Ohio. Additionally, efforts by out-of-state animal rights activists to take over the Care Board's duties will be explained.

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OFBF members joined state officials and Gov. Strickland as he signed the implementing legislation for the Board.

Livestock care board to start work

Published Apr. 16, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is expected to begin meeting in the coming weeks as almost all members have been appointed.

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Pickaway County farmer Mike Videkovich asked members of the Board to consider all aspects of animal care issues.

Livestock care board wraps up listening sessions

Published Jun. 10, 2010

After holding six public listening sessions throughout the state, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is ready to talk specifics.

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Hear more from the speakers in this story by clicking on the link at the bottom of the story.

Livestock coalition meeting looks at animal care issues

Published May. 14, 2010

Representatives of the American Humane Association, which is supporting the efforts of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, recently addressed a record crowd of more than 200 individuals at the Ohio Livestock Coalition annual meeting.

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Livestock display travels to Delaware County

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Delaware County Farm Bureau took notice when an animal activist group displayed anti-animal agriculture information in the Delaware Library. In an effort to help educate the public about the positives of animal agriculture, the board formed a committee to put together its own display for the library.

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Livestock farmers prepare to reach out to community

Published Jan. 15, 2009

As the livestock industry faces increasing criticism, farmers are working to share their stories with consumers.

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Livestock issues discussed on Town Hall Ohio

Published May. 7, 2010

Modern livestock agriculture and its adversaries are highlighted on this week’s episode of Town Hall Ohio.

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Livestock lessons

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, discusses animal agriculture issues with OFBF organization directors during a training meeting held last month in Columbus.

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Livestock meeting is April 6

Published Mar. 12, 2009

The Ohio Livestock Coalition is holding its annual meeting and industry symposium on April 6 at Der Dutchman in Plain City.

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Members of OFBF Advisory Teams will meet to discuss issues and make policy recommendations.

Livestock, climate issues to be discussed at OFBF conference

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Trends and Issues conference will feature presenters on animal agriculture and consumer issues, climate change and an update on livestock care and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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LLC forms among those Ohio is now allowing to be filed online

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office will now accept the most frequently used business filings online in what it says is an ongoing effort to improve and modernize operations.

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Lobbying via video

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Guernsey County Farm Bureau uses electronic communication to meet with legislators.

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Local action protects area farmers from road restriction

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Harrison County Farm Bureau took immediate action when a village council talked about enforcing the weight limit on a road used by chicken producers.

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Lea Kimley (third from left) was recognized for exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the Ohio State Fair.

Local celebration honors Clark County State Fair champion

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.

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The Mahoning Valley's finest chefs pair up with local farmers to share the best the region has to offer.

Local chef-farmer partnership goes well beyond food

Published May. 31, 2013

Mahoning Valley's finest chefs have paired up with local farmers to share the best the region has to offer. Ohio Farm Bureau's Ty Kellogg shares why partnerships like this go beyond food.

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Our Ohio cooking instructor Marilou Suszko, right, explains cuts of pork.

Local events connect Ohioans to the farm

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Nearly 40 Grow and Know events have taken place throughout the state ranging from local foods cooking classes and farm tours to farm market tours and on-farm dinners.

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Farmers gathered with other community members to share a meal and raise money for a local humane organization.

Local food connects a community at county Farm Bureau event

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Medina County Farm Bureau hosts farm tour and dinner in woods on a local dairy farm featuring local foods, and benefiting a local animal shelter.

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OFBF is currently following state legislation involving drainage, oil drilling, deer and several other issues.

Looking at legislation

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Here’s a brief look at some agriculture-related legislation in which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is involved and/or continues to monitor at the Statehouse.

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A groundswell of support for Issue 2 saw tens of thousands of yard signs posted in fields & yards across the state.

Looking back on Issue 2

Published Dec. 23, 2009

A brief history of one of the largest grassroots campaigns in Ohio agriculture.

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Delegates settle in for the first of a two-day session in approving OFBF policies for 2010

Looking Forward and Back

Published Dec. 3, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders congratulate members, but look toward year ahead on second day of annual meeting

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