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Come visit the Land & Living exhibit during the Ohio State Fair

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the 2011 Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 19, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

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Five Livestock Care Informational Sessions to be held across Ohio

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will hold five informational sessions in August and September to provide an overview of the state's new livestock care standards.

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How an old tractor or truck can help seriously ill kids

Published Jul. 20, 2011

If you have an old vehicle on your land that has been sitting there for years, or a used car to get rid of, the Ronald McDonald House can help.

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Avoiding tax liability may be a reason farm families focus on transition planning, but several key benefits arise.

Don’t neglect planning in light of estate tax repeal

Published Jul. 20, 2011

After Ohio Farm Bureau Federation successfully advocated for elimination of the Ohio estate tax, legal professionals and farm transition planning experts say farmers shouldn't neglect sound transition planning, according to Ohio State University Extension.

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Consumers want to know about issues that impact them.

Farmer engagement must move beyond ‘feeding the world’

Published Jul. 20, 2011

A growing body of evidence suggests that Americans who do not farm or ranch really don’t give a rip that America’s farmers and ranchers are striving to feed the world.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.

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Nationwide News: Do you have the right farm coverage?

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The worst time to find out you don’t have the right coverage is when you have a claim.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (2nd from right) joined Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch (2nd from left) on Town Hall Ohio

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

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HSUS, egg producers seek national hen standards

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to support national legislation addressing housing for laying hens and abandon state-by-state ballot initiatives.

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OFBF will help connect consumers to Ohio agriculture at our state fair exhibit.

Meet Ohio Farm Bureau at the fair

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, July 27 to Aug. 7, where the organization will be inviting consumers to connect with agriculture at the 'Land and Living' exhibit.

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Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally, left, joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on a recent edition of Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio EPA director calls for improving the agency’s permitting process

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is determined to improve the permitting process at the agency, which has more than 1,300 rules.

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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joins Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher on Town Hall Ohio

Lieutenant governor: State reform ideas have been in the works for years

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Gov. John Kasich’s administration is determined to make Ohio a state to do business in again and that means making drastic, and sometimes controversial, changes, says the state’s lieutenant governor.

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Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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News Briefs: Free trade agreements Truck dispute resolved Greenhouse gas rules

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Congressional committees advance Free Trade Agreements; Tariffs lifted as truck dispute resolved; Supreme Court says states can’t enforce greenhouse gas rules

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The invasive Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Clermont County, threatening Ohio forests & maple syrup business

Bust this bug: Asian longhorned beetle poses new threat to state’s forests

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to eat away more than $2.5 billion in standing timber as well as Ohio’s $5 billion nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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USDA Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farmers and ranchers who believe that the United States Department of Agriculture has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they are Hispanic or because they are women may be eligible to apply for compensation.

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The Message Board

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Bill redirects biofuel spending; Dannon investment in Minster; manure application in Indiana

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Working together, we will grow together.

The power of working together

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent success in shaping the affairs of our state can be seen for what it is: The dividends of engaging government in the Farm Bureau way – years of relationship building, civil communication and grassroots cooperation resulting in a remarkable string of accomplishments.

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Animals for Life Foundation Awards Grants to Improve Human-Animal Bond

Published Aug. 8, 2011

The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $30,000 in grants for fiscal year 2011 projects that help improve the human-animal bond, including a therapy dog program for children with autism and a farm animal handling program for first responders.

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From left: Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, Paul Dahlinghaus accept OLC Environmental Stewardship Award

Ohio farmers recognized for environmental stewardship

Published Aug. 8, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Coalition named five Ohio farmer as recipients of the 2011 Ohio Environmental Stewardship Award for their many accomplishments made to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality, and to preserve the state's natural resources.

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From left: David & Steve Hirsh, Troy Elwer, Mike Townsley, Jack Fisher (complete caption at end of story)

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau partner in support of local youth at Ohio State Fair

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow for $20,000 at the Ohio State Fair's 2011 Sale of Champions.

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New Ohio Livestock Care Standards become effective Sept. 29

Published Aug. 11, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer announced animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective Sept. 29, 2011. Farm community encouraged to attend five regional informational meetings.

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Congressman Steve Austria

Guest Column: We would be lost without GPS

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Congressman Steve Austria shares the importance of GPS to Ohio's farmers, and why he's concerned about a new technology that threatens to severely disrupt GPS signals.

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Hear it from a Farmer

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Five Ohio farmers are featured in a statewide radio campaign from the Ohio Livestock Coalition about animal care, food safety, the environment, communities and generations.

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Spencer Waugh

Waugh named to Ohio Farm Bureau public policy department

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Spencer Waugh has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as director of legislative relations.

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Jason Stasiulewicz

Stasiulewicz joins Farm Bureau IT team

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Join the conversation Sept. 16

Published Aug. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for people who want to add their voice to the conversation about Ohio food.

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Representatives from OFBF, Bob Evans and other supporters join exhibitor Troy Elwer following the sale.

Hog purchase involved entire community

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

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Win up to $1,000 in the My Ohio Ag video contest

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Show how you are connected to Ohio agriculture in a short video for a chance at $500 or $1,000. Contest submissions accepted Sept. 30 – Oct. 14

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Farmers learn how to use social media tools during an OFBF training session.

Learn how to use, apply social media at free Ohio Farm Bureau workshops

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The scheduled workshops will help both beginners and advanced social media users learn more they can apply when lending their voices to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or when promoting agriculture or their business.

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Frome left, Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, and Paul Dahlinghaus.

Five Ohio farmers received 2011 Environmental Stewardship awards

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio’s land, air and water quality and to conserve the state’s natural resources.

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U.S. farmers and ranchers are encouraged to let their voices be heard at USFRAonline.org.

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance wants new conversation about food

Published Aug. 23, 2011

It’s an effort to show that America’s farmers and ranchers share consumers’ values, to emphasize dedication to continuous improvement and to engage key customer decision makers in the dialogue about the value of modern food production.

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Orville Crocker sawing a large cherry log harvested from the farm in 1996.

Healthy woods grow on good advice

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Most woodland owners only have one or two timber sales in their lifetime, and it is important that they are well informed before they make these long-term decisions.

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AgriPOWER Institute is a yearlong program focusing on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry

Ohio Farm Bureau kicks off 4th AgriPOWER Institute Program

Published Aug. 23, 2011

OFBF has selected 19 Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders and advocates for Ohio agriculture to participate in its 2011-2012 AgriPOWER Institute.

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Natiowide News: Offering agritourism? Be sure you’re covered

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Farmers who offer agritourism activities need to discuss their specific types of businesses with their insurance agent.

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ReshapeOhio.org allows Ohioans to try their hand at redrawing their own congressional districts.

Ohioans can provide input in redistricting process

Published Aug. 23, 2011

With just a few computer clicks, Farm Bureau members can provide their input on how Ohio’s congressional districts and state legislative districts should be redrawn.

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Two members of the Tea Party shared more about their movement on Town Hall Ohio

'Town Hall Ohio' explores engagement in the political process

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Get informed and get involved could be the rallying call of the Tea Party, says two leaders of the Tea Party movement in Ohio.

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One thousand new farmers markets have been recoreded with USDA.

News Briefs: Chesapeake Bay | New farmers markets | Higher interest rates?

Published Aug. 23, 2011

An updated report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms that serious and significant differences exist between the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Bay Model” and the model authored by the Agriculture Department.

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Ohio's livestock care standards will go into effect starting Sept. 29, 2011.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Issued

Published Aug. 23, 2011

After more than a year of work, animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective on Sept. 29, 2011.

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County Farm Bureau Communication Action Team leaders discuss ways to make an impact in their local communities.

Hundreds of Ohio farmers gather to discuss opportunities to grow together

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau represents the belief that farmers working collectively can secure what’s important to farmers’ individually.

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A Gallia County man recently received a $2,500 reward from Ohio Farm Bureau for his role in helping prevent crime.

$2,500 reward issued in Gallia County

Published Aug. 23, 2011

A Gallia County man recently received a $2,500 reward for reporting information that led to the arrest of an individual who committed a crime on a Farm Bureau member's property.

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Farm-to-Table Study program explores food system in Costa Rica

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Participants will explore the food system from the “farm to the table” while considering various aspects of animal health and welfare, food safety, food protection and security, and public health.

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Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out on leafy greens plan

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association continue to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture aware of concerns that Ohio farmers have with a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

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Farmers feared new regulations would require them to obtain a commercial drivers license.

Department of Transportation says no new CDL requirements for farmers

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of farmers and said it will not issue new regulations related to agricultural transportation and commercial drivers license (CDL) provisions, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Conversation to explore all sides of food production Sept. 16

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Farmers of all types and production methods, consumer opinion leaders and food writers, food processors, restaurateurs, food retailers and others are invited to gather again for a tour of two north-central Ohio farms that will explore the factors that led them down very unique paths.

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Court affirms right to farm policy in Ohio

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed with a Mahoning County winery’s argument that it is exempt from local zoning regulations. The ruling not only benefits the northeast Ohio winery but the entire agriculture industry.

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Fazekas and Mauk

Collective Bargaining Debate to Air on Town Hall Ohio

Published Aug. 24, 2011

The first-ever debate between the Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 campaigns will take place on this weekend’s broadcast of 'Town Hall Ohio.' Campaign spokespersons Melissa Fazekas of We Are Ohio and Jason Mauk of Building a Better Ohio will appear on the weekly public affairs radio program.

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Board recommends 'Yes' on Issue 2, urges members to study both points of view

Published Sep. 1, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau board members recognized strong emotions on both sides of the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 debate, but believed it was the responsibility of leadership to make a recommendation to members.

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Dr. Bobby Moser speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Ohio Farm Bureau Statement Regarding Moser Retirement

Published Sep. 3, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Ohio State University trustee John C. (Jack) Fisher on the impending retirement of Dr. Bobby D. Moser, Ohio State University Vice President, agricultural administration and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Court ruling could impact conservation, CAUV

Published Sep. 6, 2011

An Ohio appeals court is considering if Ohio’s Constitution allows landowners to seek Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) for land enrolled in federal retirement or conservation programs.

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