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Wildlife Federation blames farmers exclusively

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.

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Ohio revises home sewage treatment rules

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Under Ohio’s revised home sewage treatment rules, homeowners will not be required to replace their septic system “as long as there’s not sewage on the top of the ground, missing parts/pieces or backup in your home,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Dale Arnold

Control your energy costs with AEP’s new farm energy efficiency program

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The program offers options and incentives to fund energy efficiency measures that will help farmers control their energy costs.

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What to do when approached about pipeline easements

Published Apr. 3, 2015

An estimated 38,000 miles of new or upgraded pipelines are in the works. Here are some helpful tips from Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of energy, utility and local government policy on what to do if you are approached by leasing agents about pipeline work planned to cross your property.

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Nationwide News: Help us save lives on America's rural roads

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The farmer was driving a tractor with a cultivator that extended about five feet across the center line of a rural, two-lane bridge. The biker was driving in the opposite lane and didn’t see the cultivator. The biker rode directly into its path – killing him instantly.

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Prospective billing for workers’ comp begins in July

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In May, private employers will receive a notice of their estimated annual workers’ compensation premium based on payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

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What do AgriPOWER graduates say about it?

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Considering applying for AgriPOWER Class VII? Applications are due April 17. Let recent graduates of Class VI convince you!

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Kasich signs workable water quality bill into law

Published Apr. 2, 2015

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.

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Buck selected for national agricultural leadership training program

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington has been selected to be a part of the eighth class of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, a two-year, high-level program that includes intense, in-person and hands-on training.

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AgriPOWER opens doors

Published Mar. 30, 2015

AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it has been nine months. We began this journey as 19 strangers with a passion for agriculture and personal development, and came out as 19 friends with a greater understanding of each other and the industry in which we all are connected. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program. I have grown as a person, an agriculturalist and a leader. All attributes that will be helpful for the future of our industry and my family.

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Value from the people

Published Mar. 30, 2015

As Class VI of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute wrapped up, I couldn’t help but think back to the first session when my peers and I outlined our personal goals for the program. The goals I listed in that July session included learning more about Ohio agriculture and networking with agricultural professionals across the state. I did not imagine in that beginning session just how much AgriPOWER Institute would help me meet those goals.

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2015 County Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Mar. 16, 2015

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 18-20. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state and the farmers while on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill

Published Mar. 6, 2015

Ohio House Bill 61, aimed at reducing nutrient runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), has earned OFBF’s support.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's State Priority Issues for 2015

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Starting at the grassroots level, Ohio Farm Bureau has set six state priority issues with a goal of promoting agriculture and having workable legislation that preserves farmers’ livelihoods.

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Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s proposed changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula will be examined during a special meeting by the Ohio Department of Taxation’s agricultural advisory committee.

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Leah Curtis

A look at Ohio’s property tax system

Published Feb. 23, 2015

OFBF staff consistently receive questions about taxation issues, and most often, property taxes.

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Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Farmers and other rural business owners should take their time as they evaluate a federal program that helps them manage energy costs.

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Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler with OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

EPA director discusses clean water, oil and gas exploration

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Can we have clean water without limiting our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming the environment?

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Amy Milam

Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund offers protection to grain farmers

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Grain farmers in Ohio should know there is a safety net in place in case their grain elevator closes its doors. In 1983 the Ohio legislature enacted laws specific to agricultural commodity handlers, including the Grain Indemnity Fund. Here are five things to know.

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Apply to join AgriPOWER

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is currently accepting applications for members of its 2015-2016 AgriPOWER Institute Class VII.

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Nationwide News: Grain bin safety starts with proper grain management

Published Feb. 23, 2015

High crop yields combined with below-normal temperatures and a wet harvest in 2014 have farmers and other grain handlers working with less-than-ideal corn and soybeans. Experts are projecting the deadliest year for grain engulfments since 2010, when 59 entrapments were recorded.

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Where we’re at with water quality legislation in Ohio

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.

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Top 10 Ohio winter farm photos this week

Published Feb. 19, 2015

The weather has been challenging in Ohio this week, but the work doesn’t end for farmers. Early in the week we shared some winter photos from our archives and farmers across the state shared their photos with us. Here are ten of our favorite. To see the others shared with us search #OFBF on Instagram or check out posts to our Facebook Page.

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Attend a workers' compensation safety meeting

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible. For a list of dates and locations open the document attached to this page or contact your county Farm Bureau for details about upcoming meetings.

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AgriPOWER Class VI learns about local government, local agriculture

Published Feb. 6, 2015

The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.

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