News & Events

9 named to AFBF Issue Advisory Committees

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The 14 committees are made up of Farm Bureau members with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of importance to U.S. farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Bob Stallman appointed committee members to serve either one-year or two-year terms.

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Open enrollment for health insurance ends Feb. 15

Published Jan. 19, 2015

If you are currently in the market for health insurance, take a close look at the plan options at Medical Mutual, which is recommended by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Prepare for changes in Workers’ Compensation

Published Jan. 19, 2015

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is continuing its transition to a prospective billing process, which will require employers to provide payment before they receive coverage rather than after.

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Nationwide News: New EZ Ag Mobile: It works where farmers work

Published Jan. 19, 2015

EZ Ag Mobile creates a self-service environment for Nationwide’s farm and ranch customers to see farm policies, pay premiums and see payment status, connect with agents and start a claim.

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2015 agriculture scholarship programs

Published Jan. 15, 2015

United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014. All scholarship programs assist students in pursuing their education in agricultural-related areas of study and aim to help promote agriculture and agribusiness as a growing field of career opportunities.

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Tax department studying OFBF’s recommended changes to CAUV

Published Jan. 12, 2015

For months, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and volunteers have studied the complicated formula of the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV), which taxes farmland for its agricultural value rather than its fair market value and acts as a strong farmland preservation program.

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OFBF rallies around Victoria Shaw, Discussion Meet competitor

Members represent Ohio Farm Bureau at AFBF Annual Convention

Published Jan. 11, 2015

Six counties participate in County Activities of Excellence Awards program; Young Ag Professionals compete in national contests

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Join county Farm Bureaus at membership kick-off meetings

Published Jan. 8, 2015

Below is a few photos of Farm Bureau member events. If they look like events you and others you know would enjoy consider attending your county's kick-off and joining the membership drive! County Farm Bureau's across the state will be holding membership kick-offs over the next few weeks. Kick-offs vary from membership benefit expos to family fun events to personal development opportunities to land and legal issue information opportunities.

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Items sold during the auction included cheese sculptures and a wooden tractor rocker.

Live, silent auction raises money for foundations

Published Dec. 22, 2014

The ninth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction raised more than $10,000 for Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting.

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Wear your pride

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are again selling T-shirts to raise money for Mid-Ohio Foodbank, with more options and new designs this year.

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Rasmussen: Nationwide taking steps to more effectively serve members

Published Dec. 22, 2014

2014 proved to be a year of change for Nationwide, according to CEO Steve Rasmussen who provided his annual comments to Ohio Farm Bureau members.

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Hirsch, Fisher encourage farmers to get involved

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.

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Medina County delegate Sarah Poling (left) participates in Ohio Farm Bureau's grassroots policy development process.

Delegates set policy update Farm Bureau’s membership model

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Water quality, taxes and agriculture’s prominence at Ohio State University were among the issues Ohio Farm Bureau delegates took action on during the 96th annual meeting.

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Congress extends tax breaks beneficial to farmers

Published Dec. 19, 2014

At the end of the year, Congress passed a bill that retroactively reinstates for one year more than 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. These tax provisions are essential to small businesses and rural economies, and Farm Bureau will continue to work for a long-term solution so farmers have the certainty they need to plan for the future.

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Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters

Published Dec. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.

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Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Demand is booming in Ohio for local food. There’s just one problem – Ohio doesn’t have enough infrastructure or food processing to meet the growing demand. That’s according to Brian Williams of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission who moderated a panel about local food councils during the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 10 in Columbus.

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Tips for entrepreneurs overheard at the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum

Published Dec. 10, 2014

The 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum kicked off this morning with sessions covering topics from leadership development to technology in agriculture to current issues in agriculture. One session brought together farm and food entrepreneurs to discuss their businesses, how they got started and how they continue to grow.

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Catlett tells farmers to prepare for the golden age of agriculture

Published Dec. 10, 2014

There’s never been a better time to be in agriculture, according to Dr. Lowell Catlett, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, who spoke to attendees at the 2nd annual Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum.

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Transition Planning and Social Security Benefits

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Nationwide is on your side to help you plan for the transition of your farm and decide when to start your social security benefits.

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Experiencing public policy

Published Dec. 8, 2014

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.

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Speaking candidly with elected officials

Published Dec. 8, 2014

We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.

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Healthy Water Ohio gets input from more than 150 stakeholders

Published Dec. 5, 2014

Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.

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OFBF supports manure regulation transfer, pending nutrient law

Published Dec. 4, 2014

This week Ohio Farm Bureau testified about House Bill 490. OFBF supports a measure to transfer manure management regulations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as a nutrient management provision for the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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Top Ohio farm photos of the week

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Harvest season is nearing an end for many farmers in Ohio. The weather this fall, particularly this past week with snow, has been very challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat. But they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are our favorite posts this week on social media including photos from the #OHharves14 and #SnowyOhioFarm hashtags.

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Talking water issues with Congress, U.S. EPA

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau has been busy talking with members of Congress and federal officials about water issues.

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Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules recently to testify about an agritourism bill that is based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Dozens of fertilizer, pesticide certification classes now offered

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio State University Extension has now scheduled 25 fertilizer certification classes and 45 combination fertilizer/pesticide application classes statewide for farmers.

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Bid now on great Foundation auction items

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Looking for the perfect holiday gift item? Check out the items up for bid on the 9th annual Rural-Urban Community Auction sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Nov. 14, 2014

Harvest season is nearing an end for some farmers in Ohio. The wet weather this fall was challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they worked on harvest every moment they could, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.

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Ohio Farm Bureau proposes improvements to farmland tax rules

Published Nov. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has presented its official recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph W. Testa that will improve and modernize the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

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CAUV Resources

Published Nov. 12, 2014

How Ohio's Current Agricultural Use Value program affects landowners.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Nov. 7, 2014

Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week. Have photos you want to share with other farmers across the state? Post them to our Facebook timeline or share on Instagram and Twitter using #OHharvest14.

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What to do about CAUV -- state PD committee to discuss taxes next week

Published Nov. 6, 2014

The state’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program is one of the top items to be discussed during Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee meeting next week. OFBF’s policy department has been gathering resources and input for the committee by meeting with tax experts and legislators, attending CAUV meetings statewide and examining the results of a recent CAUV survey conducted by OFBF.

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More fertilizer certification classes scheduled

Published Nov. 6, 2014

Ohio State University Extension has added more fertilizer certification classes for farmers. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau has set an aggressive goal of having all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by Earth Day 2015. That April 22 date is more than two years before the state required deadline.

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What you need to know about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer

Published Nov. 5, 2014

The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was recently documented in Ohio in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. There is no evidence the disease has affected the state's wild deer population. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy Outreach Dr. Leah Dorman met with state officials to talk about Ohio’s first case of the disease. She’s compiled a list of some frequently asked questions about CWD and suggestions for deer hunters when they dress the animals.

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Top ten harvest photos of the week

Published Oct. 31, 2014

Harvest season is here for Ohio farmers. The wet weather this fall has been challenging for farmers trying to get out in their fields to harvest corn and soybeans, cut hay and plant cover crops and winter wheat but they are work on harvest every moment they can, day or night. Many farmers have been sharing photos on social media of harvest. Here are ten of our favorite posts this week.

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OFBF examining CAUV formula

Published Oct. 13, 2014

For those 41 counties that underwent reappraisals and updates in 2014, record high crop prices combined with record low interest rates in recent years have created a significant spike in farmland values under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.

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From left: Sen. Bill Beagle, Sarah Landis, Lydia Black, Kara Griffith and Rep. Mike Henne.

From plan to policy

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Youth Capitol Challenge winners take their proposal to county Farm Bureau, legislators

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Farmers have filled meeting halls in recent weeks to obtain state-required certification for fertilizer application.

‘In it for the long run’

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Hundreds turn out for first fertilizer certification classes, launch OFBF water action plan

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Bill addresses concerns about state’s agritourism activities

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Many farmers who conduct agritourism activities on their property face challenges with liability and regulatory costs.

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Farmers can now enroll in new Dairy Margin Protection Program

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.

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OFBF works to strengthen propane proposals

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers to make two bills stronger that aim to prevent and respond to future propane shortages.

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What you need to know about farm bill safety net program options

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have a big decision to make — which new farm bill safety net program to participate in for the next few years. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program.

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Farmland examines how a new generation of American farmers are advancing agriculture in the United States.

'Farmland' documentary free online in October

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary “Farmland” is now available on Hulu.

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Ohio State's Bruce McPheron responds to questions from Farm Bureau members about the future of agricultural programs.

Farm Bureau members continue discussions on OSU

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke with an Ohio Farm Bureau member advisory team that is offering input on how the college can best serve Ohio’s agricultural community.

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Nationwide News: Include GPS systems when insuring equipment

Published Oct. 13, 2014

The Nationwide Agribusiness AgriChoice farm policy can include coverage for Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.

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Be ready to negotiate when pipeline construction comes through

Published Oct. 9, 2014

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is projected to have 38,000 miles of pipeline construction done statewide. The new or upgraded pipelines will carry everything from natural gas to crude oil to refined fuels. Landowners need to be aware that many projects don’t fall under eminent domain.

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Young Ag Professionals, AgriPOWER take over D.C.

Published Oct. 2, 2014

In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blog.

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D.C. adventure with OFBF AgriPower VI

Published Oct. 2, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.

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Eye-opening Washington trip

Published Sep. 29, 2014

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.

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