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Far left - Francis and Shirley Steffee; second from the right - Dr. Charles Parker

Ohio sheep farmers win national awards, elected to board

Published Feb. 4, 2013

Two Ohioans received national awards and one was elected to the board at the 2013 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 22- 27.

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Ohio Sheep Day scheduled for July 16 at Blue Heron Farm

Published May. 16, 2011

Ohio sheep farmers and anyone dedicated to sheep production are invited to participate in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s (OSIA) 2011 Ohio Sheep Day, to be held July 16 at Blue Heron Farm in Lisbon.

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Ohio Sheep and Goat Web Programs throughout February

Published Jan. 16, 2014

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is again partnering with Ohio State University Extension to sponsor the 2014 Sheep and Goat Web series, a training and informational program for farmers. The Web series will assist sheep and goat farmers in becoming better managers and provide advice to those interested in entering this growing industry.

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Ohio Sheep and Goat Producers invited to 'District' programs

Published Jan. 4, 2011

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio State University Extension invite Ohio sheep and goat producers to a set of “District” educational outreach programs throughout the state to learn more about different areas of sheep and goat production.

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Tuscarawas Co. Presidnet Jerry Lahmers (l) discusses the workings of the Animal Agriculture 101 program

Ohio sends its best to Texas

Published Feb. 5, 2009

2 counties, 4 young leaders earn recognition

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Ohio Sen. Grendell, joined by Sen. Gibbs, gives testimony on a resolution against a tax on emissions from livestock.

Ohio senators speak out against ‘cow tax’

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Ohio Sens. Timothy Grendell, R-Chesterland, and Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, are leading a state-based push to prevent farmers from facing a potential federal tax on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from livestock.

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Jon husted, left, and OFBF's Jack Fisher

Ohio Secretary of State visits 'Town Hall Ohio'

Published Nov. 15, 2011

As Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State, Jon Husted said his job is to protect the rights of individuals and the sanctity of the state’s elections.

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Ohio hopes to develop a marketing agreement that will fit the needs of all producers.

Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement addresses food safety concerns

Published Feb. 24, 2011

As federal officials continue to work on national food safety standards, Ohio farm groups are developing their own guidelines to better fit the needs of the state’s diverse farming community.

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Redfern (top) and Dewine (bottom) talk about HSUS' move on Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio Party Chairmen annoyed by HSUS tactics

Published Feb. 12, 2010

The chairmen of Ohio's two major political parties both express displeasure with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its plan to overturn the will of Ohio voters.

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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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A mobile slaughterhouse could serve farmers interested in raising poultry on a small scale. Photo by iStockphoto.com

Ohio looking into mobile or regional poultry slaughterhouse

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Currently, Ohio only has one small poultry processor in the northwestern area of the state, making it inconvenient and expensive for farmers who live far away.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials

Published Nov. 29, 2011

New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation curriculum.

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Environmental Stewardship Award and Neighbor of the Year award winners.

Ohio Livestock Coalition discusses emerging issues, recognizes farmers

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Emerging agricultural issues were prevalent themes at the 2012 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, and five Ohio farmers were named as recipients of the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and one rural resident for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition announces Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the All Occasions Catering and Banquet Center in Waldo. The symposium will feature four speakers who will cover a variety of topics and issues facing animal agriculture.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published Jan. 6, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published May. 21, 2013

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition, in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Mid-America, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Neighbor of the Year awards, which recognizes two rural residents – one farmer and one non-farmer.

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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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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board schedules public listening sessions

Published Apr. 30, 2010

Opportunities across the state in May for the public to provide input on how and what factors should be considered in creating livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted on the state's first-ever livestock care standards.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Euthanasia Standards

Published Oct. 6, 2010

Proposed euthanasia rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the rule making process.

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Progress continues on standards & civil penalties protecting livestock, consumers, producers, & ag livelihood.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Civil Penalty Rules

Published Oct. 20, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Wednesday passed a vote on proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce newly created livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board convened for the first time on Tuesday at the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published Apr. 28, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Robert Boggs described Tuesday’s first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board members Tony Forshey (center) and Robert Boggs hear comments from a hog farmer.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published May. 14, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs described the first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Rep. Latta with OFBF's Adam Sharp and county presidents during their trip to D.C.

Ohio lawmakers pressure Department of Labor on revised ag youth labor rules

Published Mar. 22, 2012

Members of the Ohio Republican congressional delegation submitted a letter and a booklet of hundreds of comments to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis from constituents who oppose the proposed rulemaking that would limit the activities children can participate in on family farms.

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Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs recently held a congressional hearing on pesticide regulations.

Ohio lawmakers fight regulatory redundancy

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have led an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.

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Ohio is examining new tax policy proposals

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasich’s broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohio’s tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.

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