Three of Ohio Farm Bureau’s biggest conferences are taking place soon, and OFBF members are encouraged to attend.
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If you believe in Ohio Farm Bureau’s efforts to protect farmers, stand up for animal agriculture, promote locally grown foods, advocate for good government and communicate with consumers, the organization needs your help. More than ever, farmers are needed to join together to address a multitude of issues facing agriculture and rural Ohio.
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.
See what annual meeting speakers had to say on the topics of ag education, estate planning, water quality, community development and taxes.
Ohio Farm Bureau's numerous successes in 2009 have made the Buckeye State a better place.
Farm Bureau at the statehouse: Budget, Education Reform, Hunting Permits
Ohio Farm Bureau wants to empower the next generation of Ohio food and agricultural advocates.
Ohio Farm Bureau is conducting an intensive review of the state and local tax burden on Ohio farmers and landowners. OFBF has hired a tax consulting firm, Howard Fleeter & Associates, to provide estimates of several types of taxes paid by the agricultural sector over the past 20 years.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery, Darrell Rubel, gives an encouraging recap of a new partnership between Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Ohio 4-H that is helping teens take an active role in public policy and impact their local communities.
After nearly 20 years working with education programs and assisting volunteers and teachers in helping students learn the origins of their food, Judy Roush is returning to the family farm upon her retirement this month.
Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Community Council program provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau members to come together to discuss local issues and then take action. Here’s an example of how the Farmers R Us Community Council, made up of seven couples in Van Wert County, took on Ag in the Classroom as one of their community activities for the year.
Farmers, agribusinesses, agricultural leaders and farm organizations have build an expansive and valuable Internet presence. A guide of where to start.
In Maryland, a recent court case highlighted just how much a constructive approach to protecting the environment is needed.
Each day there are more signs that people are becoming fed up with HSUS tactics.
Farmers who are enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program have been seeing sharp increases in the taxable value of their land. This story/graphic explains why.
Ever wonder why Farm Bureau supports one issue and opposes another, or how it makes up its mind on hot button topics such as tax policy or livestock regulations?
A young visitor to Ohio Farm Bureau's Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair gets a hand planting a flower. The display was one of many opportunities for visitors to learn about Ohio agriculture.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law a $71 billion operating budget for the state for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau staff members were engaged with legislators during the entire budget bill process on matters of importance to the agricultural community and OFBF members.
OFBF staff consistently receive questions about taxation issues, and most often, property taxes.
A broad overview of programs impacting farmers in the 2014 Farm Bill
Several key Ohio House and Senate committees for agriculture have new chairmen and many have been strong supporters of agriculture.
With the state legislature and Congress back in full session, Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy department has been busy examining various proposals that impact agriculture such as taxes, water quality and nutrient application.
Here’s a look at some notable bills introduced in Ohio and in Congress, as well as Gov. John Kasich’s tax proposals.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Development Committee holds first meeting.
There is an old saying that suggests, “There is strength in numbers.” If that is true, our partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau is as solid as a rock. In these rough economic times, it is comforting to know that together we are meeting challenges head-on.
In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau finalized a plan to ensure its future viability. More than 2,800 participants provided input into the 250 page plan titled "Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era." The process resulted in the following updated vision statetment for the organization: "Ohio Farm Bureau's Vision is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs, addresses public expectations and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace." The plan also identifies Farm Bureau's core values as Integrity and Honesty, Grassroots Involvement, Promoting Agriculture, Member Advocacy and Teamwork.
Extension and Farm Bureau have long been partners in making life better for farmers and all Ohioans. In November, Ohio farmers will find the first edition of Extension Connection, produced by OSU Extension and delivered exclusively to Ohio Farm Bureau members inside Buckeye Farm News.
Hear a recent Town Hall Ohio conversation about the new national healthcare program.
The way that citizens of Toledo and the rest of the state have rallied in response to the water crisis is a lesson in the power of cooperation and community. As members of our communities, farmers believe in acting responsibly and want all Ohioans to know that we are concerned about Ohio’s water quality challenges and are committed to finding solutions.
A strong effective organization that is member driven, financially strong and focused on farmers
Trumbull County Farm Bureau held the first event in its new learning series that aims to connect farmers and consumers while providing accurate, unbiased information about agriculture.
AgriPOWER Class VII traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying. The trip agenda included discussions with American Farm Bureau staff about their work and current agricultural policy issues at the federal level, meetings with congressional members or their staff, a visit to the New Zealand Embassy and to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read excerpts from three AgriPOWER Class VII participants followed by photos and links to more about the trip as shared by the participants!
Dealing with government can be intimidating. But public participation is necessary to ensure policymakers understand the needs of their constituents, that rules are reasonable and programs are responsive to taxpayers. That’s where Farm Bureau can help. It provides its members with a number of opportunities to connect with public officials, to learn about laws and regulations and to shape the debate. The organization’s grassroots process gives it its credibility and its power.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Proposed Constitution Amendment, which received broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate last week is currently awaiting critical final action by lawmakers. Contact your legislative leaders today to urge final passage.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau members are urged to contact their members of Congress to encourage the passage of Free Trade Agreements that can result in significant additional exports, economic development and jobs.
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.
Dwight Beougher, a Franklin County Farm Bureau member, delivers a speech in front of a television camera as part of a recent spokesperson training program held by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.
When people see a friend post an update that says, “Eating a cookie with a glass of milk,” it often leaves them wondering a number of things, including why did he tell us this?
Fairfield County farmer and mom writes about the mountain of misinformation about food out there, leaving mothers confused about how to best feed their families and her work addressing this issue.
Last year, Ohio was among the eight Midwest states and two Canadian provinces to ratify the Great Lakes Compact — an agreement that governs the use and prevents the diversion of water from the Great Lakes.
The Answer Council of Jackson County decided to use a daytime trip to Ohio State University to learn more about animal health and meat safety issues.
Grassroots program now featured in Buckeye Farm News
Farmers spent time in March discussing several big picture issues facing agriculture at this year’s Trends and Issues Conference and Advisory Team meetings.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s policy development process has begun and will continue through December. One part of the policy development process, advisory teams, has been meeting throughout March.
Advisory teams met March 26 to discuss top issues facing agriculture in Ohio, and suggest policies and programs Ohio Farm Bureau should support. In an audio clip accompanying her column, Director of Commodity Relations Sandy Kuhn explains what the Advisory Teams are and their purpose.
Speakers tell Farmers to do the speaking on opening day of Annual Meeting
A new blog created by American Farm Bureau Federation provides a forum for county and state Farm Bureaus to share resources, ideas and information on improving the quality of life in rural communities.
Protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ right to privacy is a top priority, said the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its seventh annual “Book of the Year” award to Laurie Krebs for 'The Beeman.' The book introduces young readers to bees, beekeepers and the pollination process.