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Zehringer appointed next Director of Ohio Dept. of Agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation commends Governor-elect Kasich's selection of Jim Zehringer to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Much to sort out as biotech seed patents approach expiration

Published Nov. 12, 2010

The patent on Round-Up Ready soybeans, a widely-used biotech seed that allows farmers to grow herbicide-resistant plants, is set to expire in 2014.

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Full program for OFBF annual meeting

Published Nov. 11, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members from across the state will develop the organization's positions on farm and rural issues during the 91st annual meeting to be held Dec. 1 to 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

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Members of the Fort Loramie FFA received the $1,000 grand prize for their creative video that demonstrated how farmers c

Shelby County FFA group wins 'Because I Care' contest

Published Nov. 11, 2010

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 “People’s Choice” Grand Prize winner in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Nationwide News -- Driving while distracted

Published Nov. 11, 2010

U.S. drivers say they are seeing first-hand the danger of driving while distracted. A new public opinion poll by Harris Interactive for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company shows nearly four out of 10 drivers say they have been hit or nearly hit by a driver who is distracted by their cell phone.

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Paula Sauer

There’s no place like (medical) home

Published Nov. 11, 2010

How many of us remember doctors who made house calls? While most of us yearn for those simpler times, there is a new model based on the old simplicity of one doctor providing personal, one-on-one, efficient health care. This model is called the Medical Home.

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News Briefs: OFBF responds to Dispatch | U.S. EPA & water issues | E15 approval

Published Nov. 11, 2010

OFBF Responds to Dispatch Series, Legislation would give U.S. EPA more authority over water issues, E15 approved for newer vehicles; Video outlines Farm Bill debate

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Governor-elect John Kasich spoke to OFBF members earlier this year during an event in Columbus.

Election 2010 -- OFBF to engage new leaders on farm issues

Published Nov. 11, 2010

Ohio has elected a new governor and statewide office holders, many new lawmakers and it may soon have new administrators in state offices such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Livestock board considers veal housing

Published Nov. 11, 2010

During a recent meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board agreed to set targets for its standards on veal calf housing. In separate votes, the board approved two “key concepts."

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A protester in Columbus in 2008.

Appeals court gives OK for 'rbST free' and other labels

Published Nov. 11, 2010

A federal appeals court recently ruled that Ohio dairy products can be labeled “rbGH free”, “rbST free” and “artificial hormone free” as long as they are accompanied by an appropriate legal disclaimer. The labels refer to a synthetic hormone that stimulates milk production in cows.

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A quick-thinking Farm Bureua member in Cuyahoga County helped these two dairy calves.

Ohio County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Nov. 4, 2010

A look at recent news and upcoming events with local Farm Bureaus throughout Ohio.

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Livestock Care Board looks toward group housing for veal

Published Nov. 3, 2010

During a recent meeting, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board agreed to set targets for its standards on veal calf housing.

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A Fort Loramie FFA student explains the role a food consumer plays in agriculture. Click to watch video.

Fort Loramie FFA wins $1,000 Grand Prize in 'Because I Care' video contest

Published Oct. 29, 2010

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 "People's Choice" Grand Prize winner in the "Because I Care" video contest sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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OFB Foundation and Animals for Life Foundation Sponsor Community Silent Auction

Published Oct. 22, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and the new Animals for Life Foundation have united to host the sixth annual Rural–Urban Community Auction in November. The online event's proceeds will support grantsmanship, scholarship and community outreach programs.

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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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Kellogg is new Farm Bureau organization director

Published Oct. 18, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Timothy "Ty" Kellogg organization director for Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

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Fisher: Dispatch series linking farming and water pollution lacks breadth

Published Oct. 18, 2010

While a Columbus Dispatch series, titled "Fouled by Farming," examining the relationship between agriculture and water quality was in-depth, Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president says it left readers missing the big picture.

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News Briefs - Broadband in rural America | Fresh produce to disadvantaged

Published Oct. 15, 2010

American Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to help ensure rural Americans have the same access to high-speed broadband Internet services that Americans in more populated areas enjoy.

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The Message Board - Save the date | Grandin to speak at animal welfare conf.

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting is Dec. 1-3 | Temple Grandin to speak at animal welfare symposium | By the Numbers | In their words...

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This graphic explains CAUV & why values are increasing. View this story & click the link below the photo for details.

A guide to CAUV

Published Oct. 15, 2010

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.

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Our Ohio TV series takes new shape

Published Oct. 15, 2010

After five successful seasons, nearly 400 segments and nearly 100,000 miles traveled across more than 70 counties, the Our Ohio TV series will be transitioning this season.

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Many issues for Congress to resolve after elections

Published Oct. 15, 2010

With the November election just around the corner, Congress has been more focused on campaigns than pending legislation.

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Five Ohio farm families were reconginzed during Farm Science Review for their efforts to protect natural resources.

Farm families recognized for conservation

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Five Ohio farm families, each members of Ohio Farm Bureau, were recognized with the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award.

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OFBF leaders met with members of Nationwide board and staff.

NATIONWIDE NEWS - Farm Bureau members share ideas at Nat'l Policyholders Conf.

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders share ideas with Nationwide at national policyholder conference.

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Volunteers help harvest a field of watermelons, which were later donated to a food bank.

County Farm Bureaus help meet food needs

Published Oct. 15, 2010

County Farm Bureau members take the lead in helping to meet food needs in both Fulton and Mahoning County.

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OFBF weighs in on Supreme Court property rights case

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Concerned that it could have implications for farmers across Ohio, Ohio Farm Bureau recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court in a case affecting the rights of landowners along Lake Erie.

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Farmers still sorting out EPA’s spill prevention rules

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Some farms storing oil required to have a spill prevention control plan in place soon.

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Talks underway about next farm bill

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Talks about the 2012 Farm Bill are already underway, and Ohio Farm Bureau members need to start thinking now about what policies they want to see implemented at the national level.

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Former OFBF Presidents,Bob Gibbs (left) and Bob Peterson are running for elected office this fall.

Former OFBF presidents hope to extend leadership in public office

Published Oct. 14, 2010

Two former Ohio Farm Bureau presidents are running for elected office this fall.

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Livestock board proposes euthanasia standards

Published Oct. 14, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board unanimously voted in favor of proposed euthanasia standards for farm animals.

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Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers.

Delivering a message

Published Oct. 14, 2010

A group of Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers urging them to “Put death taxes to rest.

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Victoria Deam of the Kountry Buddies 4-H Club explains how she cares for her dairy heifer.

Contest draws dozens of positive farm-made videos

Published Oct. 14, 2010

Vote online by Oct. 28 for your favorite of 43 "Because I Care" videos by Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth and other ag organizations. The winner will receive $1,000.

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2010 Buckeye Shepherds Symposium to Focus on Marketing

Published Oct. 13, 2010

Traditional & online marketing methods to be covered in December conference

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“What to do in Winter” will be held Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland.

Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Published Oct. 13, 2010

Learn how to make your own cheese, yogurt and other dairy products from scratch, and how to identify and obtain different meat cuts, at Ohio Farm Bureau’s Grow and Know day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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Cast your vote for the winning video by Oct. 28, 2010

Eight finalists seeking online votes in “Because I Care” video contest

Published Oct. 11, 2010

Eight finalists are competing for the most online votes to win $1,000 in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Town Hall Ohio recap: Trade is important to Ohio

Published Oct. 6, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s weekly Town Hall Ohio radio program recently focused on trade, why it’s often portrayed negatively in political ads, and what Ohioans need to know. Joe Cornely hosts this video recap.

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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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OFBF Opinion: Stop Factory Musicians!

Published Sep. 28, 2010

The annual Farm Aid concert tells us corporate agriculture drives small farmers from the land, ruins food & harms the environment. Ohio Farm Bureau communicator & music fan Joe Cornely, with tongue firmly in cheek, applies the same criticisms to to the music industry.

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News Briefs - Paying the Price for inaction

Published Sep. 24, 2010

U.S. agriculture is paying the price for inaction on Mexican Trucks. | American Farm Bureau supports Microbusiness Credit Act

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THE MESSAGE BOARD - Agriculture Grants Available

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering a new series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for 2010.

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In the Mercy for Animals video, Bob Barker delivered the less than earth-shattering news that vegans don't like veal.

How an animal rights group invented a scandal and the media’s response

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Claims made by Mercy for Animals at a recent press conference drew challenges from journalists.

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Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe to speak at AFBF annual meeting

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s series "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," will deliver the keynote address at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, in Atlanta.

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Young professionals advance in OFBF contests

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Several young agricultural professionals recently earned recognition through their success in Farm Bureau competitions.

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Animals for Life Foundation awards grants

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The Animals for Life Foundation recently awarded its first set of grants to develop and implement the Foundation’s mission, vision and goals.

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Members of the Answer Council of Jackson County tour the large animal hospital at Ohio State University.

Advisory Council takes trip

Published Sep. 24, 2010

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.

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More vehicles will fall under PUCO regulation

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Revised state rules extend the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to regulate vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds that are operating on a not-for-hire basis within the state.

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Trade crucial to Ohio economy

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to share the message that job growth and a strengthened economy would result from expanding Ohio’s position in international trade.

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Who do you want telling your story?

Published Sep. 24, 2010

More Ohio farmers finding social media fruitful in engaging a non-farming public.

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A lot to consider

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Development Committee holds first meeting.

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The Ohio Egg Quality Assurance program includes several measures to prevent and detect incidences of salmonella.

From farm to plate, how to manage salmonella risk

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Experts discuss recent food safety issues.

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