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

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohioís government continues to see new faces in leadership positions as a result of last Novemberís election and Gov. John Kasichís cabinet appointments.

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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 AFBFís annual meeting.

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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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Save on farm insurance

Published Feb. 24, 2011

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

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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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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 yearís 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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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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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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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 Ohioís 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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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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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 nationís 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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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 arenít held criminally responsible when livestock get out through no fault of the farmer.

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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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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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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 Bureauís 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Ohioís 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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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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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

ďMonday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.Ē Thatís a post on the Farmerís 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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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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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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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 ďI canít sell them.Ē

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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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Livestock boardís 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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Fire claims persist as homeowners take risks to stay warm

Published Jan. 19, 2011

A review of Nationwide Insurance claims data reveals significant jumps in home fires started by alternative heating sources Ė such as fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters.

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Life is Better with Animals

Published Jan. 19, 2011

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

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The winning recipe in the Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau ice cream flavor contest featured honey as an ingredient

Ice cream flavor contest winner favors Ohio honey

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Alex Grooms, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Williamsburg is the winner of the Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau Create-A-Flavor contest. His creation, Honey Caramel Ice Cream, is a mix of vanilla ice cream layered with sweet Ohio honey and caramel.

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Check out what's happening with your county Farm Bureau

County Farm Bureau Roundup - January, 2011

Published Jan. 17, 2011

Scholarships, hearty breakfasts, family fun, informational meetings on a wide variety of food and farm topics and even filling job openings make winter a busy season for Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Here's the latest on what's happening in your neck of the woods.

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American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman congratulates Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus on stage Sunday

Awarded in Atlanta

Published Jan. 10, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau, contestants, county Farm Bureau recognized on opening day of American Farm Bureau's annual meeting.

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Strickland

Governor Completes Agreement Between Ohio Ag Leaders, HSUS

Published Jan. 6, 2011

Gov. Ted Strickland has issued an executive order that completes the governorís responsibilities brokered in the agreement between Ohioís agricultural leaders and the Humane Society to enhance animal care standards while maintaining a vibrant livestock industry in Ohio.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published Jan. 6, 2011

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

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Ohio Sheep and Goat Producers invited to 'District' programs

Published Jan. 4, 2011

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio State University Extension invite Ohio sheep and goat producers to a set of ďDistrictĒ educational outreach programs throughout the state to learn more about different areas of sheep and goat production.

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OFB Foundation scholarships available in 2011

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Ohio students pursuing an agricultural-related degree are invited to apply for a set of $1,000 scholarships available through three program areas supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau announce flavor contest winner

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Alex Grooms, of Williamsburg, Ohio, is the winner of Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's 2010 Create-a-Flavor contest with his creation, Honey Caramel Ice Cream.

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Much of the discussion centered on the effort to balance the state budget in the face of a potential $8 billion deficit.

More than 300 farmers reach consensus on goals for 2011

Published Dec. 17, 2010

After being elected in their counties to finalize Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís (OFBF) policies, 343 family-farmers served as delegates to the groupís annual meeting.

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John Kasich

Kasich lays out vision for agriculture

Published Dec. 17, 2010

Ohio governor-elect John Kasich highlighted several of his priorities and introduced the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture during Ohio Farm Bureauís annual meeting.

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Executive Vice President Jack Fisher encouraged farmers to address the questions that consumers have about agriculture.

Publicís attention has turned toward farmers

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The opportunity to participate in the discussions that shape agriculture is the No. 1 benefit of membership in Ohio Farm Bureau, according to Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

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Deficit, regional differences shaping farm bill talks

Published Dec. 17, 2010

How much money will it cost and where will it come from? With heightened awareness about federal spending, those will be the two questions lawmakers will be asking about every proposal they consider, including the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Outgoing Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs (l) was recognized for his work by OFBF President Brent Porteus.

Boggs: Livestock Care Board making progress, slowly

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is moving slowly, but thatís because it is being thorough, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director (ODA) Robert Boggs told attendees at Ohio Farm Bureauís annual meeting.

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OFBF Communications Specialist Dan Toland shares the impact of social media on agriculture.

Farmers feeding off impact of social media

Published Dec. 17, 2010

Social media has benefited agriculture in many ways, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Communications Specialist Dan Toland.

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Nationwide Insurance CEO Steve Rasmussen addressing farmers at OFBF's annual meeting.

Nationwide sees future in services for farmers

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Nationwide Insurance was started to help farmers and it wants to continue to be in the marketplace to do just that, according to CEO Steve Rasmussen.

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Medical Mutual of Ohio details new health care law

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Representatives from Medical Mutual of Ohio provided farmers at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting with an overview of a number of new provisions in the nationís new health care law and an outlook on the politics surrounding it.

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