March was a busy month for the 42-member Membership Model Study Group as it met in Columbus for three full days of discussion plus held additional small group online and phone conversations.
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At the Feb. 11 launch meeting for the Membership Model Task Force, OFBF President Steve Hirsch laid out the work at hand.
Farm Bureau members with agritourism enterprises have provided insight into policies they need to help their farms thrive. Farm Bureauís public policy staff have identified a number of ways Ohio can promote more of these businesses. Among these are issues related to reducing burdensome regulations and minimizing liability when the farm is opened to the public.
Farm Bureau solicited input from members for its comments on how proposed rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act and revisions in the Worker Protection Standard would affect the operations of farmers and businesses.
Six counties participate in County Activities of Excellence Awards program; Young Ag Professionals compete in national contests
Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection. Here are a few of the benefits that members took advantage of (as of November) in 2009.
While Ohio Farm Bureau has achieved tremendous success in securing funding for the organizationís priority items thus far in the House and Senate versions of state budget, it must still make it past the conference committee and Gov. John Kasichís desk.
Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Field Services, Brian Peach gives an update on the recently launched 2013 membership campaign.
Miami County Farm Bureau is working with several organizations to expand its annual fight against local hunger.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank serves a large area of Ohio by providing meals to more than half a million people. Hunger. How can we best help those who need help? Guest: Matt Habash, Pres / CEO, Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Dr. Bobby Moser, Ohio State University and member of the foodbank board.
The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC), which was initially authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill, provides monthly payments to producers when market prices drop below the programís defined trigger price.
For the first time, the U.S. EPA will ensure that all milk and milk products will be formally exempted from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.
During an interview on 'Town Hall Ohio', Monsanto's Janice Person described how she developed a passion for agriculture as she became something of a social media spokesperson for the agricultural science company, which has become a lightning rod among critics of large-scale farming.
Lance Hoffman was admiring a Union County farmerís new concrete heavy use pad this spring when he shook his head in disbelief. He had just learned that federal conservation funding had paid most of the cost of the pad.
Ohio State University Extension has added more fertilizer certification classes for farmers. Under Senate Bill 150, anyone who applies fertilizer on more than 50 acres must be certified by 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau has set an aggressive goal of having all farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin certified by Earth Day 2015. That April 22 date is more than two years before the state required deadline.
More changes could be in store for Ohioís deer hunting regulations. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently modified its 2014-2015 hunting regulation proposals after considering public input and reviewing data.
A growing list of oil and gas issues briefings have been scheduled throughout Ohio. The briefings are sponsored by County Farm Bureau Public Policy Action Teams and other civic organizations, and are held to answer questions and concerns about a variety of issues oil and gas issues.
Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide and several other organizations helped raise more than $174,000 for the Ohio 4-H Foundation.
After being elected in their counties to finalize Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís (OFBF) policies, 343 family-farmers served as delegates to the groupís annual meeting.
Growing Our Generation featured editor, Marlene Eick shares her experience mentoring youth new to showing livestock and challenges you to support youth livestock exhibitors.
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.
David Moroschan of Seneca County recently received Ohio Farm Bureauís annual Excellence in Crop Advising Award.
Bobby D. Moser, vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University announced this month that he will step down as dean once his replacement is found.
John Mossbarger of Washington Court House has been elected to the board of trustees for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). He will represent Farm Bureau members from Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties in the governance of the stateís largest farm organization.
John Mossbarger of Washington Court House has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent Farm Bureau members from Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.
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.
State officials from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky announced a water quality trading pilot project Aug. 9 in which farmers can sell their credits for pollution reduction to other industrial facilities, aiming to reduce water pollution in the Ohio River.
Muskingum County Farm Bureau has always held a summer picnic for its members, but this year there are plans to change it up. To add more value to the picnic, the organization will be providing opportunity for conversations about the farm and agriculture.
Ohio Farm Bureau member and AgriPOWER Class III graduate Brenda Hastings discusses her experience in AgriPOWER and encourages others to apply.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Jim Zehringer said he is looking at working with lawmakers to find a new name for his agency that will give Ohioans a better understanding of its work.
Highland County Farm Bureau Vice President Nathan Brown shares his thoughts on Farm Bureau membership.
As farming changed radically in recent decades, Nationwide Agribusiness has kept pace through innovation and by truly listening to its customersí needs.
Nationwide Insurance CEO Steve Rasmussen told delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís 91st annual meeting that the company cherishes the long-standing relationship with its founder.
Over the summer, Nationwideís new Commercial Farm and Agribusiness School made its debut to help claims associates develop technical expertise, as well as better establish relationships and the business confidence to drive improved outcomes for farm and agribusiness members.
Simple safety steps can prevent millions of dollars in frozen pipe damage.
Nationwide agents recognized ?for Farm Bureau membership sales
Two Northeast state Farm Bureaus become sponsors of Nationwide
Preventing slips and falls
Prevent losses before they happen
On Your Side down on the farm
Put safety first for younger workers
Itís important to know that liability for off-premises recreational use of an ATV is not covered by most farm policies.
Three in four small businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan, but more than half say it would take at least three months to recover from a disaster, according to a recent Nationwide survey
Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a serious problem for you, your family members and your pets. Overexposure to this invisible, odorless and poisonous gas can cause sickness and, in some cases, even death.
Accidents can happen to the safest drivers. And when they do, safe driversí auto insurance rates can rise by as much as 30 percent. Plus, accidents and violations could affect your insurance rates for up to three years.
Farming is a complex, high-risk business. And farmers should expect their insurance agent to provide a high quality farm policy, exceptional service and, most of all, an in-depth understanding of the risks and challenges of farming.
Ohio Farm Bureau leaders share ideas with Nationwide at national policyholder conference.
Because farming and ranching are as much a lifestyle as an occupation, the entire family Ė including children and seniors Ė are often exposed to the many hazards associated with an agricultural workplace.
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.
Before exposing your farm to the public, consider the need for increased protection.