Summertime is fun time for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Check out what fun things Farm Bureau is up to and things you can do in your neck of the woods in this month’s County Farm Bureau Roundup.
News & Events
- Addressing confusion about food
- Get involved, impact agriculture
- Leading the conversation with local food
- 'Legal with Leah' rewind - Farm Equipment on Roadways
- What to know about Worker Protection Standard revisions
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Derek Schmitt is a Fairfield County farmer raising show hogs and heirloom vegetables marketed at the Pickerington Farmers Market. He also serves as Fairfield County Farm Bureau president. This blog is part of Derek and his wife Emily's turn as featured editors of the Growing Our Generation eletter.
Summer is here, and the opportunities to get engaged with agriculture in your community are growing throughout Ohio Farm Bureau! Here is the latest comprehensive list of Farm Bureau tours, demonstrations, workshops, meetings and other happenings throughout the state.
Ohio governor-elect John Kasich highlighted several of his priorities and introduced the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.
Gov. John Kasich has recommended the Clean Ohio Fund receive $100 million to fund the preservation of farmlands and open spaces and improve outdoor recreational opportunities. The proposal is part of the $2.386 billion capital budget bill that is usually enacted every two years to provide funds for improving the state’s educational and public-service infrastructure.
Amended substitute Senate Bill 1 addresses Ohio Farm Bureau’s top priority by giving farmers time to request assistance. Farm Bureau successfully argued for provisions that allow farmers to apply for reasonable deadline extensions while they’re working to come into compliance.
The bill allows for common agronomic practices that are proven effective for water quality and workable for farmers.
Paul Harrison, Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee from Fostoria, recently spoke at a county Farm Bureau membership kick-off meeting and talked about the importance of CAUV. In this audio clip, he spells out the tax savings a landowner receives and why beneficiaries of CAUV should be Farm Bureau members.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Timothy "Ty" Kellogg organization director for Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.
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.
Linsey Howell, daughter of David and Lora Howell of Danville, is the 2009 recipient of the $1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.
Bob and Autumn Morrison of Jefferson County recently received a Kubota M-Series tractor following their selection as Ohio Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Couple.
H.R. 872 would have stopped a recent court ruling that would add duplicative EPA regulations under the Federal Clean Water Act.
Farmers taking action to help long-troubled Grand Lake St. Marys.
Invasive species. Intense thunderstorms. Massive blue-green blobs. While this may sound like the description of a sci-fi movie, it’s actually one of the many threats to Lake Erie, one of Ohio’s greatest resources. Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people and brings in $11.5 billion from visitors, almost one-third of the state’s total tourism dollars.
Lisa Kiley, marketing director and event coordinator at the General Denver Hotel in Wilmington and Clinton County Farm Bureau volunteer describes the recent Lamb Jam event.
Earlier this year, Fulton County Farm Bureau members Donna and Walt Lange were recognized as Ohio Tree Farmers of the Year.
Lawmakers and interested parties are looking into alternative funding methods and strategies for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.
Saying that his constituents face challenges just as unique as urban residents, Ohio Congressman Zack Space called on President Obama to establish a White House office dedicated to rural issues.
OFBF’s Leadership Buffet provides opportunities for members to participate in seminars that work at improving their leadership skills.
The conference placed emphasis on county Farm Bureaus reaching out to their communities to have constructive conversations about food and agriculture.
A new Ohio Farm Bureau staff team is helping give members the leadership tools they need to help be better leaders and manage their busy lives more effectively.
Fairfield County farmer, mother, advocate and business woman Kristin Reese writes about her business that brings local food to her customers and opens up a line of communication about today's food and agriculture.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Leadership Development Chip Nelson says he's very fortunate to have a career allowing him to meet individuals who are outstanding leaders. The interesting part, however, is they may not see themselves as outstanding leaders. Chip shares more in this post.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is working with county Farm Bureaus to provide workshops that will help farmers respond to consumer questions about agriculture.
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.
Over the next 10 years, Ohio is expected to have at least 38,000 miles of pipeline development statewide. Ohio residents are encouraged to attend upcoming scope meetings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Frequent flier Porter Gale loves meeting people on planes. Recently, she found herself sitting next to a farmer.
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.
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.
The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) will host its Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 4 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University.
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.
What recourse do farmers have if they dispute their test results from the elevator? Farm Bureau’s ag law director Leah Curtis and Joe Cornely talk about the options in the latest Legal with Leah.
There’s a difference between being ticketed and being sued if you’re involved with an equipment accident on the road. Learn more, plus road rules and what to do if you’re in an accident from Farm Bureau’s Leah Curtis.
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.
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.
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.
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is convening an agricultural study committee that will travel around the state this summer to look at current ag issues.
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.
Farmers hope others look to eastern Ohio to understand the opportunities and challenges it is facing and to prepare themselves as oil and gas development continues to expand westward.
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
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.
Rules designed to curb trespassing, provide public trails.
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau Organization Director Ty Kellogg volunteered these thoughts as he accompanied farmers to the organization's annual meeting.
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.