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Farmers have expressed concern about bad lease agreements with oil and gas companies.

OFBF helps property owners deal with oil, gas well issues

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Many companies do it right, but be on the lookout for those that don’t.

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Photo courtesy of Nationwide

OFBF leaders attend Nationwide Conference

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau participants joined representatives of Farm Bureaus from seven other states at Nationwide’s National Policyholder Conference held this summer in Columbus.

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OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher told farmers that HSUS would not give up without a fight.

OFBF leaders celebrate Issue 2, realize work ahead

Published Dec. 17, 2009

OFBF President Brent Porteus and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher addressed annual meeting delegates, focusing on State Issue 2, its significance and what lies ahead.

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OFBF Legal Information Series available in online magazine

Published May. 5, 2014

Eminent domain, oil and gas leasing, open burning and all purpose vehicle use are just some of the topics covered in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series brochures, which are being redesigned and made available electronically, for Ohio Farm Bureau members only.

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OFBF lends support to Annie’s Project

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering with Ohio State University Extension to help expand Annie’s Project, a risk management program for women in agriculture that will be held throughout Ohio in 2010.

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OFBF members consider policies to deal with budget gap

Published Jul. 15, 2010

This spring, the OFBF Board of Trustees authorized the creation of a State of Ohio Budget Task Force.

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OFBF members now save on zoo tickets

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members can receive savings on admission tickets to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay water park.

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OFBF moves to three regions

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has transitioned to three supervisory regions: North, East and South.

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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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American Farm Bureau Federation presented OFBF with the traveling FBACT trophy for the second consecutive time.

OFBF Public Policy programming honored as one of best in nation

Published Feb. 4, 2011

The American Farm Bureau Federation presented OFBF with the traveling FBACT (Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team) trophy for the Midwest Region. The award is presented once every congressional cycle. This is the second consecutive award won by Ohio.

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OFBF pulling for members in new partnership

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) are teaming up to provide discounts and promotions for Ohio Farm Bureau members in 2010.

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OFBF recognized by poultry industry

Published Jun. 11, 2009

OFBF recently received the Ohio Poultry Partner Award for its longtime support of the state’s egg, turkey and chicken industries.

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OFBF responds to Dispatch editorial

Published Sep. 1, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sent the following letter to the editor in response to The Columbus Dispatch's "Keep Your Word" editorial regarding the agreement made between Ohio's agricultural community and The Humane Society of the United States.

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OFBF selects Children’s Literature Award winner

Published Mar. 26, 2009

The Communications Committee of the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees has selected Farmer George Plants a Nation written by Peggy Thomas with paintings by Layne Johnson as the 2009 winner of the annual OFBF Children’s Literature Award.

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OFBF sets priorities for upcoming year

Published Mar. 12, 2010

OFBF recently laid out its state policy priorities for 2010. Here’s a glimpse at some of the ways OFBF will be working on behalf of its members.

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OFBF shares ideas with Nationwide at National Policyholder Conference

Published Nov. 20, 2012

As a sponsor of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Ohio Farm Bureau continues to endorse its policies and services and recommend that members work with Nationwide to serve their insurance needs.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Adam Sharp shares what went into Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

OFBF shares Issue 2 successes at AFBF annual meeting

Published Jan. 11, 2010

Agricultural unity key to taking ownership of animal welfare debate.

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OFBF sponsors Cattlemen’s BEST program

Published Jan. 15, 2009

The BEST program is a youth development program recognizing Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors through a series of sanctioned steer and heifer shows.

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OFBF sponsors Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST Program

Published Nov. 22, 2011

BEST is a youth development program based on a series of sanctioned cattle shows held throughout Ohio.

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Humane officers hear from livestock experts about proper treatment for farm animals.

OFBF sponsors training classes for humane officers

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is hosting a series of meetings to help humane officers and others who deal with animal care complaints have a better understanding of farm animal care and production practices.

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OFBF steps up water quality outreach

Published Aug. 16, 2012

With the release of the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative this summer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is increasing its education efforts on water quality as well as contributing financially to research on the issue.

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Fisher and Gillmor

OFBF strongly supports Bio-products Bill

Published Jun. 19, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Executive Vice President Jack Fisher is confident a new bill will preserve and create new jobs by capitalizing on the strength of Ohio’s agriculture and polymer industries.

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Rep. Sandra Stabile Harwood led the way to stop trespassers.

OFBF successfully addresses ATV trespassing

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation effectively lobbied to get language in the state transportation budget that could curb All-Terrain Vehicle trespassing.

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Jack Fisher

OFBF supports performance audits for state government

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.

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OFBF taking applications for next AgriPOWER Institute

Published Mar. 12, 2010

The deadline to apply for Ohio Farm Bureau’s next AgriPOWER Institute is June 1.

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Gov. Kasich talking to one of the 200 FFA members that attended the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference.

OFBF teaches students about government at new FFA conference

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio FFA Association held its new Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) Sept. 26, at which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) staff taught 200 FFA members about government, advocating for agriculture in government, and helped them prepare to meet their legislators.

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OFBF teams up with FFA on summer youth camp

Published Apr. 17, 2012

The camp is open to high school students (must have at least finished freshman year) and is June 22-25. The cost is $130 with limited scholarships available.

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OFBF testifies in favor of ODA administering part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has the expertise needed to administer parts of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Legislative Relations Chris Henney recently told Ohio lawmakers.

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Advisory teams are one of many ways members provide grassroots input on policies and programs.

OFBF to switch to issue-based advisory teams

Published Aug. 12, 2014

After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight.

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Dr. Leah Dorman

OFBF wants broad dialogue on antibiotic issues

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is helping to coordinate a national symposium that will explore issues surrounding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.

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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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OFBF working on helping members deal with the Affordable Care Act

Published Dec. 19, 2013

With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, OFBF has been studying the intricacies of the act and how it affects the entire health care industry. In the works is a health benefits plan to help Ohio Farm Bureau members deal with ACA issues

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OFBF Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER trip to D.C.

Published Sep. 8, 2014

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER programs are are traveling to Washington, D.C. Sept. 10-12. Check here for the latest updates from those on the trip while on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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OFBF's 'Town Hall Ohio' hosts discussion on economy

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Trying to get an idea of where the economy is headed? Two economics experts on Ohio Farm Bureau's radio show 'Town Hall Ohio' recently shared what financial indicators they look at and talked about the state of the economy in Ohio and across the country.

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Jack Fisher, OFBF executive vice president

OFBF's new Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jun. 12, 2009

An early look at Jack Fisher's editorial in the July/August Issue of Our Ohio magazine.

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OFBF, Bob Evans to host all-day seminar for members

Published May. 14, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau and Bob Evans are teaming up to present a how-to seminar for gardeners, food enthusiasts, property owners and animal lovers.

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Roehm and Utter reviewing the President's Manual.

OFBF, County Farm Bureau presidents working toward success

Published Jul. 5, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation works with new county Farm Bureau presidents every year to provide them with the skills needed to succeed at leading their organization.

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OFBF, Velvet partner to find new ice cream flavor

Published May. 17, 2010

A few scoops of ice cream have always been a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. This summer, Ohioans have the opportunity to help develop a flavor of ice cream that they’ll be able to enjoy year-round in the Ohio Farm Bureau and Velvet Ice Cream flavor contest.

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OFBF’s best programs

Published Jan. 15, 2009

President’s Award winners describe their successes, share award application tips

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Steve Hirsch, second from left, told U.S. House lawmakers that efforts to address food safety should be practical.

OFBF’s Hirsch testifies on Capitol Hill

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) First Vice President Steve Hirsch believes that a single, one-size-fits-all national food safety system simply won’t work in the United States. He made that point last month while testifying before a U.S. House Ag subcommittee.

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Office offers services when farms need migrant workers

Published Feb. 4, 2010

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a wealth of information and services for ag employers who hire migrant workers.

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Ohio agencies launch Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative

Published Jul. 19, 2012

Three state agencies have jointly launched the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative, a program geared to improve water quality and reduce harmful algal blooms across Ohio, with emphasis in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. As part of a joint press conference between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the directors of each spoke about the initiative.

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Lester Lynd

Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductees

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The Ohio Ag Council will induct the late Edwin J. Carey of Marion, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, Dr. Thomas B. Turner of Somerset and Fred Yoder of Plain City into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees announced

Published May. 21, 2013

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm and agribusiness community will be honored Aug. 2 by the Ohio Agricultural Council, when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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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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Cordray on Town Hall Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Cordray to appear on Town Hall Ohio

Published Aug. 20, 2009

State Attorney General Richard Cordray is this week’s featured guest on Town Hall Ohio. Elected Ohio Attorney General in November 2008, Cordray previously served as Ohio Treasurer of State, Franklin County Treasurer, State Representative, and as Ohio’s first Solicitor General.

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Ohio boasts best logger

Published May. 14, 2009

Redoutey Logging, Scioto County, recently accepted the 2009 National Outstanding Logger of the Year award.

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Ohio BWC extends group rating program filing date

Published Feb. 26, 2009

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is extending the filing date for group rating programs. As a result, OFBF members may submit AC-3 authorizations for group rating programs until April 1.

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Ohio Congressional delegation involved in Farm Bill progress

Published May. 16, 2013

The Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture have both marked up and reported out Farm Bills this week. Both bills passed respective committees. It is anticipated that the Senate bill will have floor consideration by the full Senate next week. The House has not yet scheduled the bill for a floor vote but the ultimate deadline is September 30 when the current 9-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires.

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Ohio considering farm nutrient bill

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.

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