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Delegates assembled at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting

Following the policy development process

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is directed by its members. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action.

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Ohio Statehouse

Capital budget appropriations leave out Clean Ohio funding

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse to make capital appropriations for the current biennium, and funding for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easements was not included in the legislation.Ohio Farm Bureau staff continues to work on alternative vehicles for this priority.

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Feed grains advisory team being briefed on the farm bill by Dr. Carl Zulauf of OSU

Advisory Teams meet as Ohio Farm Bureau policy development process begins

Published Mar. 26, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s policy development process has begun and will continue through December. One part of the policy development process, advisory teams, has been meeting throughout March.

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First year of sheep and goat WebEx series will lead to future programs

Published Mar. 26, 2012

After 10 years of holding as many as 14 live demonstration programs throughout the state, sheep and goat farmers in Ohio now have a way to keep more farmers across the state up-to-date on the latest sheep and goat information.

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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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SMV and SIS signs on a tractor

Signage needed to operate tractors on roadways

Published Mar. 22, 2012

As farmers prepare to spend long hours in the tractor seat, they should also ensure they have proper signage on their tractor. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis said Farm Bureau offices have been receiving calls from members looking for signs. She offers some reminders.

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(L to R) Muskingum Co. Farm Bureau President James McDonald, James Secrest, and OFBF's Kari Burkey and Danielle DuFour

$2,500 reward presented in Muskingum County

Published Mar. 21, 2012

James Secrest of Caldwell was presented with a $2,500 reward check for information he provided to the Muskingum County Sherriff’s office.

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Lorain County farmer uses Our Ohio Buying Local program to promote business

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Farm Bureau members selling agricultural products directly to consumers are able to have a free business listing on the 'Our Ohio' Buying Local Directory.

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Reps. Bill Batchelder, left, and Vernon Sykes discuss plans to modernize the state's constitution.

Commission to review possible changes to Ohio Constitution

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The constitutional review process typically lasts several years. While the topics have not been determined yet, both the co-chairs believe the commission will address redistricting, term limits, home rule, judicial elections, taxes and citizen initiated changes to the constitution.

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Sen. Chris Widener joins OFBF's Jack Fisher in a discussion about agricultural education opportunities.

Proposed STEM school would focus on agriculture

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Matching up elementary and high school students with Ohio’s largest industry is the goal of a proposed regional STEM school that would focus on agriculture in urban areas.

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Briefs: AFBF criticizes proposed EPA guidelines, century farm stories wanted

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Water Act Protection Guide” is one step closer to being implemented; An interactive website launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture last year to celebrate century farms will be expanded with more articles and videos,

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Ruling on wind farm consistent with OFBF policy

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Power Siting Board acted properly in approving the construction and operation of a wind farm in Champaign County, a finding that had been encouraged by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Now is the time to engage candidates

Published Mar. 21, 2012

With the March primary over, it is the perfect time for Ohio Farm Bureau members to reach out to their political candidates.

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John C. "Jack" Fisher

Fisher named vice chair of OSU board

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher will become vice chair of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. His term will begin in April. Fisher originally joined the OSU board in 2006 and his term runs through 2013.

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In case of a flood – are you covered?

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Homeowners are often unaware that flood damage is not covered by their home insurance. Flood insurance is the single best way you can protect yourself from flood losses. Here are a few facts regarding floods and the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Our Take: Chipotle’s commercial highlights persistent divide

Published Mar. 21, 2012

A video for the burrito chain Chipotle that received millions of views on YouTube got another bump when it aired on national television during the Grammy Awards.

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Sawdust coin activity for children

Fairfield, Hocking County Farm Bureaus host fourth Annual Ag Days

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Fairfield and Hocking County Farm Bureaus will be hosting Ag Days April 14 and 15 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds. Ag Days is a free event held to share the importance of agriculture in communities, and several thousand attend this two-day event each year.

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AgriPOWER Institute Class IV

AgriPOWER Institute graduates its fourth class, begins the search for Class V

Published Mar. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.

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Keith Burgett (L) & Carroll County Farm Bureau President John Davis discuss a large drilling project on Burgett's farm.

Westward Expansion: Oil & Gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio

Published Mar. 19, 2012

As oil and gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio, farmers think through impacts.

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Ohio Farm Bureau reacts to state agencies' water quality recommendations

Published Mar. 15, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency today announced their recommendations for reducing excess agricultural nutrients from affecting or entering the western basin of Lake Erie.

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ODA Director Daniels presenting Bluegrass Farms and Feed the World with commendations at Ohio Agriculture Day

Ohio Agriculture Day focuses on state’s role in global agriculture

Published Mar. 15, 2012

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels and other agriculture leaders celebrated Ohio Agriculture Day Thursday with visits to three Ohio agribusinesses: Blue Grass Farms, Central Ohio Logistics Center, and Feed the World, LLC. All three play a large role in Ohio’s global agriculture reach.

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Young Ag Professionals at the trade show held during the annual leadership conference in Columbus March 9-10

Young Ag Professionals give back at annual conference

Published Mar. 14, 2012

An emphasis was put on giving back and getting involved at the Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference, held March 9-10 in Columbus. Donations were made to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Workshops aloso were held.

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Ohio farms have the opportunity to be featured in Ohio Business Profiles

Published Mar. 13, 2012

To raise awareness of companies registered and doing business in Ohio, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted highlights Ohio businesses each month on the Ohio Business Profile website. Ohio Farm Bureau encourages its members to submit nominations.

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Guest Opinion: Celebrating the Global Reach of Ohio Agriculture

Published Mar. 13, 2012

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels shares Ohio agriculture's global impact during Ohio Agriculture week.

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Ag is Cool Program to return to Ohio State Fair

Published Mar. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors program giving fourth grade students, teachers free admission to the fair to learn about agriculture.

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