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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.
A strong effective organization that is member driven, financially strong and focused on farmers
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?
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.
“Climate change legislation working its way to a vote on the House floor this week continues to be seriously flawed. The bill’s provisions and omissions are very problematic for U.S. agriculture, our national economy and domestic energy security.
Read American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman's response to a controversial TIME magazine article.
AFBF President welcomes president's call for Congress to pass energy legislation including more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power, and more.
According to American Farm Bureau Health Policy Specialist Pat Wolff, without a way to keep costs under control, provisions in the new health care bill could put some farmers in a pinch.
County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.
County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.
The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation called on the House Agriculture Committee to make drastic changes to a climate change bill before it is considered by Congress, telling the committee that to do less could result “in the economic equivalent of unilateral disarmament.”
Arrangements must be made by Dec. 2. The annual meeting registration fee is $100.
AFBF & the National Agricultural Library are teaming up to help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development.
People who live and work in rural America are often unable to access the same educational, medical, business and government services as Americans living in more populated areas, and access to modern broadband Internet service has the potential to correct this inequity, according to the AFBF.
AFBF President Bob Stallman said House-passed climate legislation will have little to no impact on global temperatures. Testifying before a Senate Committee, he said without the adoption of similar actions by other countries, the U.S. "will be embarking on a fool's errand."
Ideal growing conditions across much of the Corn Belt so far this summer point to the second-largest corn crop ever, which is bringing a bearish tone to the market, according to Terry Francl, senior economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has said S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act, leaves no water unregulated in the United States and could even impact standing water from rain in a dry area.
A crop and livestock producer from Texas today said cap-and-trade climate change legislation could hike the cost of fuel used for farming to the point that it will have a devastating economic impact on his and similar family-owned businesses.
Terry Bradshaw, four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, two-time Super Bowl “Most Valuable Player” and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, will deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting on Jan. 11, 2010, in Seattle, Wash.
In testimony Wednesday on Capitol Hill, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it was a long, hard road to passage of the 2008 farm bill, however it is now time to implement the bill.
Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the third consecutive quarter, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.
Ohio farmers are optimistic voters will make the right choice this Nov. 3, while farmers nationwide wait and see how Issue 2 will impact their future.
Speakers at Farm Bureau’s second annual commodity outlook conference, Oct. 15-16, in Albuquerque, N.M., painted a “cautiously optimistic” outlook for U.S. agriculture, with crop and dairy producers likely faring better than livestock producers who will still face challenges in the year ahead.
America’s pork and dairy producers have lost much of their equity over the last year. With a wave of restructuring and forced herd sales expected over the next few months, the American Farm Bureau Federation asked President Obama to initiate and continue several national measures to provide relief.
Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would impede the growth of the U.S. biofuels industry, limit opportunity for American farmers and ranchers to grow their businesses and hinder American energy independence, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the fourth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of Congress to support a change to the tax code that makes it more feasible for farmers and ranchers to donate food they grow to charitable organizations.
An inaugural class of 20 selected individuals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute.
Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members came to Columbus to discuss current political issues and meet with lawmakers during the organization’s annual Ag Day at the Capital. Here are some highlights from the event:
Court ruling creates potential for more regulations on dust produced by farmers.