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State budget process continues to unfold

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Testimony is heating up in the Ohio Statehouse as advocates pursue changes to initial funding proposals for state agencies and programs. While the budget process is just getting underway, Ohio Farm Bureau is keeping a close eye on how the final budget may shape up.

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Charlie Arnot

Rethinking consumer outreach would benefit farmers

Published Apr. 20, 2011

New research is showing that the way farmers have traditionally reached out to consumers is not the most effective approach.

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Joy Mench

Creative thinking can improve animal care

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Joy Mench, an animal scientist from the University of California, Davis presented a model that divided animal care considerations into three categories:
Mind – Feelings such as pain, fear and frustration;
Nature – Species-specific behavior; and Body – Animal health and physiology.

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Peggy Kirk Hall

Animal advocates, farmers both pushing for standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Between 2002 and 2009, animal advocacy groups were successful in establishing new animal care regulations in seven states. Since 2009, agricultural interests have backed the establishment animal care regulations in 11 states.

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News Briefs

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Progress made toward Columbia FTA; lawmakers seek to eliminate Form 1099 requirement; AFBF comments on federal budget

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Sen. Rob Portman

Portman calls for less government regulation, fair foreign trade policies

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Rob Portman finds himself representing Ohioans during what he calls 'difficult times.' Talks about career and U.S. challenges on Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program.

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Jim Zehringer

Name change among Zehringer’s hopes for ODA

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer said he is looking at working with lawmakers to find a new name for his agency that will give Ohioans a better understanding of its work.

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Azure and Joe Koehler and Roger Wolfe

Preserving farmland in Fairfield County

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Farmland Preservation program continues to ensure that tens of thousands of acres on hundreds of farms across the state remain in agricultural production.

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State, farmers continue efforts to improve Grand Lake St. Marys

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Regulators are planning to continue to work with farmers following the release of new rules resulting from pollution concerns in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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Animals for Life Foundation now accepting grant applications

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Interested parties have until July 1 to complete and submit their RFP application to the Foundation.

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Nationwide Agribusiness applies more than 100 years experience protecting farms

Published Apr. 19, 2011

As farming changed radically in recent decades, Nationwide Agribusiness has kept pace through innovation and by truly listening to its customers’ needs.

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Young Agricultural Professionals contests offer opportunities, rewards

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is seeking individuals 18-35 who are interested in pursuing new opportunities offered by several annual competitions. Up for grabs--a trip to Hawaii.

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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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