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Options for farmers with crop damage, delayed planting from wet conditions

Published May. 19, 2011

Heavy rainfall and flood conditions across the Midwest have caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring. Producers who are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date due to an insurable cause, such as excess moisture and flooding have a number of options.

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Hill co-hosted the final two seasons of Ohio Farm Bureau's "Ohio Farm & Country" television show.

Noted agricultural broadcaster killed in crash

Published May. 20, 2011

Agriculture mourns death of Ohio farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 20, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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Farmers rallied at the Statehouse earlier this year. Now more steps are needed to help end the Estate Tax.

ACTION ALERT: Take the next step to help end Ohio's Estate Tax

Published May. 20, 2011

Use OFBF's Online Action Center now to quickly help eliminate the Estate Tax and keep Ohio farmers on their land for future generations, strengthen the rural economy and preserve agricultural heritage.

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The downturn in the economy has led to a spike in demand from food banks of more than 68 percent.

Farmers meet needs of hungry through Ohio Agricultural Clearance program

Published May. 25, 2011

For more than a dozen years, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks’ Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) has been the perfect partnership between farmers and food banks.

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A trip to American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii is one of many rewards for contest winners.

Contests provide opportunity to tell your farm story

Published May. 25, 2011

Young Agricultural Professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 are reminded of upcoming deadlines for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals’ contests.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers multiple opportunities for Ohio teens during the summer of 2011.

Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 25, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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Trent Loos speaks during an event held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Stop defending agriculture?

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmer says conversation with consumers needs a change in tone.

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Brent Porteus

Nationwide News: Former Farm Bureau president elected to Nationwide Mutual Board

Published May. 25, 2011

Brent Porteus will also serve on the Nationwide Board Sponsor Committee, which oversees the company’s relationship with eight Farm Bureaus and two major agricultural cooperatives in the United States.

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The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships and grants.

OFB Foundation awards scholarships

Published May. 25, 2011

Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.

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Cindy Hollingshead

Scholarship fund honors Hollingshead

Published May. 25, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has established a new scholarship program in memory of long-time Ohio Farm Bureau staff member Cindy Hollingshead, who passed away this year after serving 39 years as the organization’s executive secretary.

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Paul Davidson

Davidson elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board

Published May. 25, 2011

Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown looks for input from Ohio farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

OFBF helped facilitate a listening session for Sen. Sherrod Brown at Patterson Fruit Farm in northeast Ohio as he gathers input for the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Duplication in regulatory process puts strain on farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”

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Ag Districts can protect your farm investments

Published May. 25, 2011

Ag Districts represent Ohio’s version of “right to farm” laws by providing protection to farmers from utility assessments, nuisance lawsuits and eminent domain takings.

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ODA Director Jim Zehringer

Ohio Farm Bureau talks with ODA director about budget, farm challenges

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmers have a good understanding of why the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and most state agencies need to trim their budgets because farmers are usually fiscally responsible, says the department’s director.

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Ohio Farm Bureau was among groups that asked to exempt milk from oil spill rules.

Milk exempted from oil spill rules

Published May. 25, 2011

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.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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Supporters of horse processing say it is a humane end of life option for animals that might be abandoned or neglected.

Unwanted horses on the rise in the U.S. with no easy solution

Published May. 25, 2011

'Let loose to die in the woods.' 'Starved to death.' 'Tied to a stranger’s trailer.' All of these are write-in comments from horse owners responding to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey about the neglect and abuse of horses that they have seen nationwide.

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Lindsay Hill

Remembering Lindsay Hill

Published May. 25, 2011

Ohio agriculture suffered a shocking loss with the tragic death of farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill. She was killed in an auto accident May 19 in western Ohio.

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Catch the "Agriculture is Cool" program at the Ohio State Fair.

New state fair program links kids to the farm

Published May. 25, 2011

This year the Ohio State Fair is launching a new program called “Agriculture is Cool” that would provide a fun and educational experience to fourth graders.

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Several changes made to National Leafy Greens Agreement after farmers speak up

Farmers: Food safety proposals must fit Ohio

Published May. 25, 2011

More than 1˝ years ago, Ohio produce growers gathered in Columbus to testify about a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement aimed at improving food safety and quality. The voluntary program was not very popular with Ohio farmers.

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State Rep. and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Peterson shares the impact of wet weather on his Fayette County farm.

Delayed planting raises questions for farmers

Published May. 26, 2011

Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association offers Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Jun. 1, 2011

$1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship available to college-aged sheep producers in Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2011.

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Tom and Bev Theobold are just one of many Butler County Farm families telling their stories on our county blog pages.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - June 2011

Published Jun. 1, 2011

Ohio's county Farm Bureau are always active. The early summer months are no exception. Here's a quick look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their blog pages at OFBF.org.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: A Matter of Fairness

Published Jun. 6, 2011

Despite poring through studies, reports and opinions, Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher says instinct rather than intellect tells him there is something wrong with Ohio's estate tax. .

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From left, Hardin Co. Sheriff Keith A. Everhart, Connie Ward, Travasso & Hardin Co. Farm Bureau Pres. Kerry Oberlitner

Hardin County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 Reward

Published Jun. 23, 2011

A Hardin County man is awarded $2,500 from Ohio Farm Bureau for providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual committing a crime on Farm Bureau member property.

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From left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Dir. Jim Zehringer & State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler

Come to the Ohio State Fair!

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced several new items on the Ohio State Fair agenda for 2011, including a program in which Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering.

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Survey sheds light on food purchasing habits

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Consumer confidence in food safety is at its highest point in seven years, with 88 percent of shoppers 'completely' or 'somewhat' confident in the safety of food at the supermarket, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released earlier this month.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture launches 'Ag is Cool' state fair contest

Published Jun. 23, 2011

In addition to an educational program that will showcase Ohio agriculture for fourth-graders, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is launching an 'Ag is Cool!' multimedia contest.

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Lester Lynd

Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The Ohio Ag Council will induct the late Edwin J. Carey of Marion, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, Dr. Thomas B. Turner of Somerset and Fred Yoder of Plain City into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Working together, Ohio farmers to determine best course for their communities

Published Jun. 23, 2011

If you’ve never attended a county annual meeting, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Farm Bureau in action, to connect with others who believe in the way of life agriculture provides and to give your input on how Farm Bureau can find common ground that benefits you and your community.

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Temple Grandin is interviewed during a presentation to farmers in Wood County.

Ohio farmers hear from well-known animal behaviorist Temple Grandin

Published Jun. 23, 2011

More than 250 people, along with members of the media, traveled to the Nichols farm near Cygnet to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin as she presented her views on how livestock farmers should be working with the nonfarm public on animal care education.

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Farmerbloggers.com is like a daily newspaper for what's happening on farms across the country

Group blog features top farmer bloggers across America

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Farmerbloggers.com makes farming easier to follow. Ohio contributors include Wayne County Farm Bureau member Mike Haley and his wife, Pam, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, and Geauga County dairy farmer and Farm Bureau member Brenda Hastings.

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Ohio Farm Bureau wins communication awards

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau was recently honored during the American Farm Bureau’s annual public relations conference for several of its communications programs, including editorial and feature writing, social media programming and graphic design.

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Horse owners can take precautions to stop spread of EHV

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Concerns about a strain of equine herpevirus (EHV-1), which can lead to abortion in mares, and respiratory and neurological problems as well as death, recently arose after several horses were diagnosed following a Utah event that potentially exposed hundreds of animals.

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A grain bin and silo entrapment seminar will be held July 30 in Farmdale.

Northeast Ohio seminar focuses on bin and silo entrapment rescue

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Most individuals working in an agricultural setting know it can happen, but bins and silo entrapments still killed more than two dozen people in the United States last year.

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Deadlines near for conferences and contests

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.

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Steve Berk

Berk named organization director

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Steve Berk has been named organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.

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Taking precautions can help farmers protect the well-being of their animals.

Prevent feed accidents for optimum animal health

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Nationwide News: Feeding livestock requires careful management. Mold and mildew can be producers’ worst enemies as they work to keep livestock healthy.

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Individuals and organizations may now make financial contributions to the Animals for Life Foundation online.

Animals for Life Foundation now accepting online donations

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Continuing to grow its ability to increase public acceptance & recognition that animals bring value to human life in a number of ways for a number of reasons, the AFL Foundation recently upgraded its website for individuals and organizations to make financial donations at the click of a mouse.

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Ohio's record rainfall caused concern about overflowing manure storage sites

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The record rainfall this spring in Ohio created not only a planting headache for farmers but major manure storage challenges.

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The art and science behind polls

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Knowing what’s on the minds of voters and consumers can be a valuable tool. Getting that knowledge can be as simple as doing a poll. But doing the right type of poll & doing it correctly is both an art & science, longtime pollster Martin Saperstein tells Town Hall Ohio.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch

News briefs: Trade agreements, farm bill, corn production

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch was recently in Washington, D.C. to visit with several lawmakers and their staff. | The Fertilizer Institute announced that between 1980 and 2010, U.S. farmers nearly doubled corn production using slightly fewer fertilizer nutrients than were used in 1980.

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Early Farm Bureau leader Murray Lincoln's vision shaped Farm Bureau's future.

Built on Belief: Remembering why Farm Bureau was created

Published Jun. 23, 2011

It was a matter of circumstance that lent a title to a movement. One hundred years ago, in Broome County, N.Y., the chamber of commerce added a new department and the first “farm bureau” was born.

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Ohio Farm Bureau worked on behalf of Ohio farmers to change Ohio's animals at large law.

Ohio Farm Bureau making progress on farmers' policy issues

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to work closely with lawmakers and state officials on issues such as the Ohio Estate Tax, state budget, transportation, on-farm energy production, farmers markets and eminent domain.

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Farmer John Price answers students' questions about raising pigs.

Students learn about food at central Ohio farm

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Two elementary school classes recently received a field trip to Price Farms Organics in Delaware County after winning a statewide essay contest from the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

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Ohio farmers left behind as other nations complete trade agreements

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Pending free trade agreements (FTA) between the United States and Korea, Panama and Colombia would amount to more than $2.5 billion in additional exports, economic development and jobs.

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