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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.
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to regulations on child labor. | The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is taking up the topic of agriculture’s labor issues. | The Senate Appropriations Committee is working on the agriculture spending bill for fiscal 2012.
Congressional committees advance Free Trade Agreements; Tariffs lifted as truck dispute resolved; Supreme Court says states can’t enforce greenhouse gas rules
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
Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch was recently in Washington, D.C. to visit with several lawmakers and their staff. | The Fertilizer Institute announced that between 1980 and 2010, U.S. farmers nearly doubled corn production using slightly fewer fertilizer nutrients than were used in 1980.
Here at Ohio Farm Bureau we are really excited about the next generation of leaders in food and farming, particularly when we are able to participate in events like Ohio FFA Association's Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. A few of our public policy staff members recently helped put on a workshop at the conference for 200 Ohio FFA student leaders.
This past weekend the Ohio Farm Bureau put on a summer tour for the Young Ag Professionals. This event intrigued me because they had many tour options and I felt it would be a great way to network with other members of Farm Bureau as well as learn about some great places within the state.
The Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program is currently seeking nominations for the 2011 Ohio Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.
County Farm Bureau members, community leaders and members of the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) have an opportunity to recognize the efforts neighbors have made in rural Ohio to positively develop and enhance relationships and communications.
Nominations for the Excellence in Crop Advising Award are now being accepted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Ohio Certified Crop Advising Program.
Most individuals working in an agricultural setting know it can happen, but bins and silo entrapments still killed more than two dozen people in the United States last year.
To make the best use of member resources, the Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood county Farm Bureaus have adjusted their operations.
Agriculture mourns death of Ohio farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill.
Winter weather is on the way. But that doesn’t freeze up the events, activities and opportunities for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Here’s this month’s update.
The Ohio BWC is moving to a prospective billing process, meaning it will collect payment before issuing coverage rather than after. As part of this change, farmers will have to enroll in their group rating program by Nov. 14, 2014.
With the March primary over, it is the perfect time for Ohio Farm Bureau members to reach out to their political candidates.
Gov. John Kasich has introduced a proposal that would make significant changes in the Ohio severance tax system, which applies to oil and natural gas wells.
Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Chief Dave White talks the issues on the March 12-13 edition of Town Hall Ohio. Here's a video preview.
Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management bill, Senate Bill 150, introduced by Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 23. Ohio Farm Bureau testified in support of the bill and made it a “key vote”, as its provisions met Farm Bureau policy.
Proposal sets $500,000 sales threshold
The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomed President Obama’s call in his recent State of the Union address for Congress to pass energy legislation that includes more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power.
Over the years, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has been consistent in running and growing the state’s $107 billion agriculture industry, the department’s director said.
This past year 11 service groups throughout Ohio received $30,000 from the Foundation in grants. The Foundation also awarded a total of 10 academic scholarships worth $1,000 each in three scholarship programs.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) invites community service groups in rural, suburban and/or urban settings, as well as independent producers and agribusinesses to apply for a series of grants for 2010 to fund programs highlighting agriculture and its impact on the community.
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.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups and has awarded
a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.
Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation helps smaller, community-based groups through a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants. The grants help groups that often find the larger-scale, public and private grant solicitation process daunting. The competitively awarded grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education and ecological and/or economic development. The Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants for the 2014 program year.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is holding its fifth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction through Dec. 2 to support its Community Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.
Dr. David Baker, professor emeritus in environmental studies at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, and Dr. Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in agricultural communications at Ohio State University in Columbus, were honored during the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s 2010 Golf Invitational.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation continues to develop programs helping smaller, community-based groups, and has awarded a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2011 program year.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering a series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2010-11 program year. The $1,000 - $3,000 grants support programs and projects focusing on agricultural education, environmental and/or economic development.
Students with a traditional farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Students with a farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Ohio students pursuing an agricultural-related degree are invited to apply for a set of $1,000 scholarships available through three program areas supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is awarding an additional $2,500 to a member if selected in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search. The deadline to enter is Sept. 8.
Keith Stimpert of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States discussed animal care issues on WOSU Radio's "Open Line" on Wednesday, July 8.
Representatives of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will debate a wide range of animal care issues on this week's broadcast of Town Hall Ohio.
Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have been commended by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) for their sponsorship of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.
OFBF is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization reached a record membership of 235,064 in 2009. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization's polices. The retention rate for membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau this year was 89.86 percent.
It is disappointing that as Ohio’s farm community demonstrates a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue, activists continue divisive attacks that threaten to undermine important progress Ohio is making in its consideration of animal care issues.
There is no excuse for the mistreatment of the animals in a video recently released by an animal rights group, but there is also no reason to think that abuse is common on Ohio farms.
Ohio Farm Bureau continues to speak to landowners regarding opportunities and challenges they may experience as interest in gas exploration spreads across the state.
Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing to concentrate on addressing issues brought up by the Toledo drinking water problem in early August. The harmful algal bloom issue is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio Farm Bureau has been in constant contact with lawmakers, media and agriculture/commodity groups to not only explain agriculture’s commitment to conservation and water quality but to also correct misconceptions about current regulations.
Energy, water quality, farm policy and Ohio State University Extension services were the primary topics delegates discussed during the 93rd annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for State Issue 1, which will renew Ohio’s highly successful Third Frontier program.
Two statewide issues that will appear on the May 4 ballot have received the support of Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees.
Members say more needs to be done
For those 41 counties that underwent reappraisals and updates in 2014, record high crop prices combined with record low interest rates in recent years have created a significant spike in farmland values under the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program.