Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohioís oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R Ė Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.
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- Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters
- Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food
- Tips for entrepreneurs overheard at the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum
- Catlett tells farmers to prepare for the golden age of agriculture
- Transition Planning and Social Security Benefits
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A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.
Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to oil spill prevention rules that will apply to some farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage. The deadline for farms to comply with the new rules is November 2010.
The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.
For the first time in more than 20 years, changes are being proposed for how the nationís 2 million agricultural workers and families are protected when working with pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revising its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Tell us how the proposed rule will affect you.
Virtually all waters of the United States could fall under regulatory control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if the agency is successful in expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act.
COLUMBUS - Members of Ohioís equine industry rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
Members of Ohioís equine industry rallied at the Statehouse last month to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.
Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Seth Everitt marketing communications specialist.
New hire joins Ohio Farm Bureau
In an industry booming with opportunity, are we stuck with a prevailing conversation that is this half-sighted? Not only is the demand for the quantity of food on a perpetually upward trend, but people are demanding more types of food.
Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.
Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm Bureau Federationís 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohioís laws on livestock care.
When the words public policy are initially heard, I immediately flashback to government or political science class -- long lectures, copious notes, and fair amounts of doodling in the margins of my paper. However, the fourth session of AgriPOWER has given me the opportunity to experience firsthand the theories and practices of our government coming to life.
On this weekendís Town Hall Ohio radio program: Two Ohio Community Supported Agriculture farms -- Bryn Bird of Birdís Haven Farms and Todd Schriver of Rock Dove Farms, as well as Ohio State University Extensionís direct marketing expert Julie Fox and Ohio Farm Bureauís Cara Lawson.
The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.
From the Ohio Agricultural Council
Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohioís agriculture industry will be honored Friday, August 7, 2009 by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a watchdog for the livestock industry, attacks on the global food chain from animal rights and environmental extremists jumped 42 percent -- from 155 in 2007 to 220 in 2008.
AgriPOWER Class VI member Ashley Culp blogs about her exciting and eye-opening experience during the programs trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about agricultural policy and lobbying along with the Young Ag Professionals group.
Despite an often rancorous political climate, farmers are finding constructive ways to weigh in on public policy as they continue a busy season of engagement with elected officials.