The deadline for submitting Ag Census forms was Feb. 4, and 1.4 million census forms have already been returned. However, those farmers who did not respond by the original due date will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. USDA reminds farmers that their farm is important and needs to be counted. It is required by law to respond to the census if you receive a form. NASS will start following up with nonrespondents by March 14 through either a phone call or visit.
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- Talking water issues with Congress, U.S. EPA
- Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill
- Dozens of fertilizer, pesticide certification classes now offered
- Bid now on great Foundation auction items
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With the November election just around the corner, Congress has been more focused on campaigns than pending legislation.
Local ag scholarships, ag breakfasts, oil & gas informational meetings and more can be found through Ohio's county Farm Bureaus this month. Here's the complete run-down.
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.
Gov. John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 309 into law, establishing a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.
A carrot farmer and volunteers in northwest Ohio harvest and donate more than 180,000 pounds of carrots to Ohio food banks.
The warmer weather means fields and gardens are being planted, and Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus are gearing up for a summer full of activities. Here’s a look at current and future events and opportunities being shared by our county Farm Bureaus this month.
Farmers are in fields, neighbors are in gardens, and Ohio's county Farm Bureaus are gearing up for a summer full of activities. Catch up with what's happening this month.
Gary Weck, Jennifer Baldwin
John Birney, Rebecca Everman
Bill Thomas, Pat Petzel
Lucille Hastings, Christy Montoya
Roger Rhude, Karen Lotus
Jayne Wallace, Harrison County
Gene Phillips, Knox County?; Amy Hurst, Public Policy Department executive assistant?
Doug Hafer, Marion County; Allen Gahler, organization director for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.
Paul Davidson, Licking County; Dan Rapp, senior director of business development
Stephen Heppe, Portage County; Sandy Kuhn, director of commodity relations and executive director of the Ohio Livestock Coalition
Karen Debolt, Delaware County; Nick Kennedy, organization director for Columbiana, Portage, Stark and Summit counties.
Karen Neer, Clark County; Josh Henderson, organization director for Champaign, Clark and Madison counties
Carol Wagner and Chris Henney
Bill Johnson and Chip Nelson
Ron Warnock, volunteer and Betsy Anderson, staff
Jeff Mason - Henry County and Amanda Denes - organization director for Erie, Huron and Lorain counties
Richard Shelton, Adams County; Dale Arnold, director of OFBF’s Energy Services and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
Mary Ellen Grafton, volunteer and David White, staff
Portage County's Bob Ebie & Gayle Lewis, publications production and advertising coordinator
Doug Fitch, Robert Dunaway
Marilyn Morrison; Judy Roush
The state could add people who don’t qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. But should they? On the next Town Hall Ohio, airing this weekend, this tricky topic is discussed.
Are you feeling the pinch of the current economic downturn? Did you know Ohio Farm Bureau’s health insurance partner, Medical Mutual, offers in-network preventive care at no additional cost and an opportunity to earn a $75 deductible credit?
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 nation’s new health care law and an outlook on the politics surrounding it.
As healthcare reform legislation makes it way through Congress, you should know that Medical Mutual of Ohio is not opposed to reform. We agree that some sort of reform, which will affect rural Ohio as much as urban Ohio, is necessary.
Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, at the "Land and Living" exhibit.
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.
Be sure to stop by the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building at the 155th Ohio State Fair July 29 through Aug. 9. Features include a giant corn climbing wall, kiddie tractor course, chicks, ducklings, poults, the Our Ohio art display and a free plant for children under age 12.
USDA is holding meetings for anyone who transports livestock across state lines, has their own livestock, veterinarians and their staff, OSU Extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the new Animal Disease Traceability rule.
Latest member savings on GM vehicles, Grainger and Choice Hotels
Volunteers working membership have a new option to sign up new members that is as easy as pulling a phone out of your pocket. No more carrying around forms that can be a hassle and hard to decipher later on. Ohio Farm Bureau’s volunteers.growwithfb.org website, designed to be mobile ready, allows the membership to be paid on the spot with a credit card.
Ohio Farm Bureau members continue to pull in valuable discounts and promotions through the first year of a new partnership between two organizations with strong rural Ohio roots.
March was a busy month for the 42-member Membership Model Study Group as it met in Columbus for three full days of discussion plus held additional small group online and phone conversations.
At the Feb. 11 launch meeting for the Membership Model Task Force, OFBF President Steve Hirsch laid out the work at hand.
Farm Bureau members with agritourism enterprises have provided insight into policies they need to help their farms thrive. Farm Bureau’s public policy staff have identified a number of ways Ohio can promote more of these businesses. Among these are issues related to reducing burdensome regulations and minimizing liability when the farm is opened to the public.
Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection. Here are a few of the benefits that members took advantage of (as of November) in 2009.
While Ohio Farm Bureau has achieved tremendous success in securing funding for the organization’s priority items thus far in the House and Senate versions of state budget, it must still make it past the conference committee and Gov. John Kasich’s desk.
Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Field Services, Brian Peach gives an update on the recently launched 2013 membership campaign.
Miami County Farm Bureau is working with several organizations to expand its annual fight against local hunger.
The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC), which was initially authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill, provides monthly payments to producers when market prices drop below the program’s defined trigger price.
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.
Lance Hoffman was admiring a Union County farmer’s new concrete heavy use pad this spring when he shook his head in disbelief. He had just learned that federal conservation funding had paid most of the cost of the pad.