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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 Bureau’s 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 Ohio’s 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

“Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.” That’s a post on the Farmer’s 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 “I can’t sell them.”

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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 board’s 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 – 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 “Life is Better with Animals” 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 governor’s responsibilities brokered in the agreement between Ohio’s 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 Ohio’s 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 “District” 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 Federation’s (OFBF) policies, 343 family-farmers served as delegates to the group’s 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 Bureau’s annual meeting.

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

Public’s 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 that’s because it is being thorough, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director (ODA) Robert Boggs told attendees at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 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 nation’s new health care law and an outlook on the politics surrounding it.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders, Weaver will represent Ohio in national competitions

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville have been recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson was recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Agriculture Award

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Gordon-Coy

Gordon-Coy wins 2010 Discussion Meet

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Nichole Gordon-Coy of Carrollton is the winner of OFBF’s 2010 Discussion Meet.

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Ruth McLaughlin was the first Farm Bureau volunteer to receive the Agricultural Communicator Award.

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture honored

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Lois Boyer, Sen. George Voinovich, Wade Leaman and Ruth McLaughlin were recognized for their many years of service to agriculture.

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Counties recognized for local programs

Published Dec. 16, 2010

The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized during the County Achievement Awards program at OFBF’s annual meeting.

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This gentleman purchased a pygmy goat from Dry Run Acres Pygmy Goat Farm, featured in Butler County's diaries.

County Farm Bureau Round-up - Dec. 2010

Published Dec. 15, 2010

A quick look at what’s happening in county Farm Bureaus throughout the state.

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Ohio Farm Bureau 2010 Year in Review: Looking Back

Published Dec. 15, 2010

2010 brought new challenges and new opportunities.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers programs for youths.

Year in Review: Investing in Youth

Published Dec. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months.

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AgriPOWER class III.

Year in Review: AgriPOWER continues to develop new leaders

Published Dec. 15, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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Year in Review: Worthy causes

Published Dec. 15, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and Animals for Life Foundation both awarded grants this year.

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Year in Review: New Ohio Farm Bureau partnerships pay off

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau teamed up with Bob Evans, The Velvet Ice Cream Company, National Tractor Pullers Association and the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau Member savings

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection.

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Year in Review: Teachable moments

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau always works to ensure agricultural information is in Ohio’s classrooms. In 2010, outreach to Ohio’s teachers continued.

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Ft. Loramie FFA received the $1,000 grand prize for their video that demonstrated how farmers care for their animals.

Year in Review: 'Because I Care' - A positive message

Published Dec. 14, 2010

The “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animals Issues, gave Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth agricultural organizations and other ag-related groups an opportunity to fight back against negative Internet videos about animal agriculture.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau Counties among nation's best

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Farm Bureau members are innovative and action oriented, and each year the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) sponsors the County Activities of Excellence program to recognize county Farm Bureaus for outstanding work.

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Year in Review: Working with the media

Published Dec. 14, 2010

When reporters want to talk to farmers, Ohio Farm Bureau works both sides of the connection, assisting farmers in preparing for their interviews and helping reporters understand the issues.

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Greg and Rose Hartschuh

Year in Review: Telling our story

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Greg and Rose Hartschuh became the faces of the new “I am Farm Bureau” campaign aimed at dispelling myths of the organization being “big agriculture,” and providing a way for Farm Bureau members to stand up, speak out, correct information and tell the stories of who they really are.

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