Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would strengthen private property rights was approved last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944), prohibits states that receive federal economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Ohio Farm Bureau was very involved with the initiative to reform eminent domain law in Ohio, to ensure the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes is strictly limited.
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According to Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau's director of energy, utility and local government policy, pipelines being used to carry materials such as ethane and/or other natural gas liquids do not qualify for eminent domain as the laws are currently written and interpreted.
All employers have a new deadline to meet under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You are required to inform employees about what – if any – health insurance you will provide them and the employee’s ability to purchase health insurance coverage through state or federally administered insurance exchanges. The deadline is Oct. 1.
A proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers calls for cutting the number of state departments in half and merging them into other offices.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Chad Endsley as director of agricultural law.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Chad Endsley director of agricultural law.
Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.
A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.
Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to oil spill prevention rules that will apply to some farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage. The deadline for farms to comply with the new rules is November 2010.
Can we have clean water without limiting our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming the environment?
The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.
For the first time in more than 20 years, changes are being proposed for how the nation’s 2 million agricultural workers and families are protected when working with pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revising its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Tell us how the proposed rule will affect you.
Virtually all waters of the United States could fall under regulatory control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if the agency is successful in expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act.
COLUMBUS - Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse last month to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.
Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Seth Everitt marketing communications specialist.
New hire joins Ohio Farm Bureau
In an industry booming with opportunity, are we stuck with a prevailing conversation that is this half-sighted? Not only is the demand for the quantity of food on a perpetually upward trend, but people are demanding more types of food.
Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.
Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohio’s laws on livestock care.