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Hancock County helps erect farm machinery caution signs

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.

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Farmer Bill Schroeder made his first-ever visit to the Statehouse to share his story with lawmakers.

H.B. 22: OFBF seeks law change after escaped livestock leads to criminal charges

Published Feb. 24, 2011

OFBF is supporting House Bill 22, which would clarify the law to ensure that farmers arenít held criminally responsible when livestock get out through no fault of the farmer.

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Guest worker program got last minute change

Published Feb. 5, 2009

With a new Congress and president in power, activists say they plan to continue their push for immigration reform.

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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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Congressman Steve Austria

Guest Column: We would be lost without GPS

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Congressman Steve Austria shares the importance of GPS to Ohio's farmers, and why he's concerned about a new technology that threatens to severely disrupt GPS signals.

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Farmers partcipate in a briefing at the Embassy of the Organization of American States.

Growing grassroots

Published Dec. 23, 2009

As a grassroots organization, OFBF sponsors several programs and events designed to promote leadership within the agricultural community.

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Last year, OFBF held its first Grow and Know event.

Grow and Know this year with Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Whether they own a patio downtown or 50 acres in rural Ohio, animal lovers, foodies, gardeners and more are invited to get in touch with their inner-farmer and make the most of their property through OFBF's 2010 Grow and Know series.

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Grow and Know

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF created a new education program this year. The first Grow & Know event was held in July at Bob Evans Farms in Gallia County and offered nonmembers and members the opportunity to learn about various aspects of farming, gardening and cooking.

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Groups debate federal animal care standards for egg laying hens

Published Jul. 18, 2012

'Buckeye Farm News' presents a brief look at two important issues being discussed by Farm Bureau members. The first is concerning federal animal care legislation that has been introduced in line with an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers.

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Farmerbloggers.com is like a daily newspaper for what's happening on farms across the country

Group blog features top farmer bloggers across America

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Farmerbloggers.com makes farming easier to follow. Ohio contributors include Wayne County Farm Bureau member Mike Haley and his wife, Pam, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, and Geauga County dairy farmer and Farm Bureau member Brenda Hastings.

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Grocery Giveaway

Published Aug. 13, 2009

This fall, three lucky Ohioans will win free groceries for a year, all for taking a few minutes to listen to the men and women who produce the food they eat every day.

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Dale Arnold, OFBF director of energy policy, met with Farm Bureau members in Van Wert County for an issues update.

Grassroots process gives you a say in your organization

Published Sep. 20, 2013

After meeting with a committee of Farm Bureau members tasked with analyzing the organizationís stance on policy issues, former Ohio tax commissioner Tom Zaino was impressed.

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Grassroots Farm Bureau policy development

Published May. 6, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development process is in its early, and arguably more important, stage. County Farm Bureau policy development meetings are being held across Ohio to identify issues or concerns members would like to move forward through to the state wide policy development process. Get a glimpse of some of these meetings in this image, and contact your county Farm Bureau to get involved!

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Grants available through OFB Foundation

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is inviting community service groups in rural, suburban and/or urban settings, as well as independent producers and agribusinesses, to apply for a series of grants to fund programs highlighting agriculture and its impact on the community.

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Grandin to headline Animals for Life Foundation summit

Published Dec. 11, 2012

World renowned animal handling pioneer and subject of an HBO movie about her life, Dr. Temple Grandin, will headline the first ever Animals for Life Summit in Columbus, March 20, 2013.

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Governor speaks to Farm Bureau members

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Gov. John Kasich recently met with the OFBF board of trustees about issues facing Ohio, including his proposal to modernize Ohio’s severance tax system to keep up with new oil and gas production.

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Governor Completes Agreement Between Ohio Ag Leaders, HSUS

Published Jan. 6, 2011

Gov. Ted Strickland has issued an executive order that completes the governorís responsibilities brokered in the agreement between Ohioís agricultural leaders and the Humane Society to enhance animal care standards while maintaining a vibrant livestock industry in Ohio.

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Sen. Tom Neihaus (R)

Governor calls for education overhaul

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Gov. Ted Strickland hopes a sweeping education plan will increase accountability and performance standards while reworking school funding.

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Governor announces Ohio Livestock Care Board Appointments

Published Apr. 6, 2010

13-member Care Board is set

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Government would get more control in proposed Clean Water Act bill

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act could negatively affect Ohio farmers if passed.

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From left, Kasich, Director of Agriculture Zehringer and Jack Fisher

Gov. Kasich highlights economic opportunities for Ohio agriculture

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Asked about his philosophy on the role of government during a recent taping of Ohio Farm Bureauís radio show 'Town Hall Ohio,' Ohio Gov. John Kasich said government should do what people canít do for themselves.

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Gordon-Coy wins 2010 Discussion Meet

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Nichole Gordon-Coy of Carrollton is the winner of OFBFís 2010 Discussion Meet.

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Gordon Gee talks about State Issue 2

Published Oct. 9, 2009

Dr. Gee gave Ohio Farm Bureau his opinion on Issue 2 during recording of its Town Hall Ohio radio program. Here's what he had to say.

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GM Discount added to OFBF member benefits

Published Dec. 14, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members can now receive a $500 discount on qualifying 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease.

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Group photo of the Young Agricultural Professionals in D.C. this year.

Getting to know Farm Bureau through Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 23, 2013

In this blog, one of the attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals Washington D.C. Leadership Experience discusses her experience on the trip and encourages other young people to get involved with Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Getting social on the web

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau found a new way to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers in 2009 by incorporating social media into its Web presence.

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Logan County Farm Bureau's Ag Coffee Shop is one of many opportunties available in the coming weeks

Get Involved with April-May-June county Farm Bureau opportunties

Published Apr. 13, 2011

There is always something happening at the local level when it comes to Farm Bureau. Hereís a quick glance of what youíll find on the county Farm Bureau blog pages here on OFBF.org from April through early June, 2011.

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Get involved with 'Agriculture is Cool'

Published Apr. 18, 2012

The program at the Ohio State Fair includes interactive stations and helps showcase the way agriculture impacts the lives of Ohioans. There are many opportunities for county Farm Bureau involvement.

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Land is cleared as part of a pipeline project in eastern Ohio.

Get answers about pipeline contracts

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The second phase of Ohioís extensive natural gas and oil exploration is now underway. Landowners across the state are being asked to sign off on pipeline easements, which means a new round of contract negotiations.

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General Assembly Approves Livestock Care Standards Board Resolution

Published Jul. 13, 2009

Farm and Commodity Groups Applaud General Assembly's Action to Approve Resolution Authorizing Livestock Care Standards Board Ballot Measure

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Larry Gearhardt

Gearhardt appointed to AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federationís Board of Directors has appointed three new members to serve on the AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee through 2011. AFBF has a distinguished history of selective participation in litigation matters that implement and advance Farm Bureauís policies.

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Gear up for Issue 2 at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 10, 2009

With an anticipated 140,000 visitors to the Farm Science Review, Ohio Farm Bureau hopes to draw not only new OFBF members but supporters for creating the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Ohio State Trustee and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus (left) joined Gee at the Statehouse event.

Gathered for Gee

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio commodity organizations recently sponsored ďA Tribute To E. Gordon GeeĒ with the members of the Ohio General Assembly in recognition of his contributions to the state and Ohio agriculture.

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Funding up for animal rights

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Total donations to the most significant domestic and international animal-rights groups reached nearly $330 million in 2007.

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Funding for water quality initiatives is essential

Published Apr. 11, 2013

Farm Bureau members are asked to remind lawmakers of the direct link between water quality and the amount of state money invested in OSU Extension, ATI and OARDC, the Ohio Sea Grant program, the National Center of Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesí Division of Soil and Water Resources.

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Full-year membership approach made for easier campaign

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Last summer, Ohio Farm Bureau reached gain for its 41st consecutive year under the new full-year membership campaign approach. The new campaign style allows volunteers to work on selling memberships as they have time.

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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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From the farm forum

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Each year, U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner holds a farm forum in his southwest Ohio district to discuss issues facing American agriculture. OFBF President Brent Porteus highlighted some of those issues for attendees during this yearís event. Below are excerpts from Porteusí speech.

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Farm Bureau members heard from experts on wide-ranging issues as they considered county Farm Bureau policy proposals.

From the county on up

Published Sep. 17, 2014

State policy development committee ready to examine county policy recommendations

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Play video above to hear Marion County Farm Bureau's Cy Prettyman explain the Follow Farming project.

From Seed to Market: "Follow Farming" through innovative local project

Published Mar. 23, 2011

For seven months, Marion County Farm Bureau leaders and others will be documenting the growth of the corn and soybean crops through its "Follow Farming" social media campaign. Along the way, they'll show the process from seed to harvest to market.

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AFBF President Stallman (r) leads farmers from across the nation during the policy session at AFBF's 90th annual meeting

From many farmers comes one voice

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Delegates gather to set national Farm Bureau policies at the 2009 annual 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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Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee addresses Ohio Farm Bureau's Bringing it to the Table conference.

Fresh thinking for Ohioís food community

Published Mar. 23, 2011

From feeding local communities to feeding a booming global population, Ohio Farm Bureauís recent Bringing it to the Table conference brought together a diverse group from Ohioís food community to inspire creative collaboration in pursuit of new opportunities.

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Free Trade Agreements are finally ratified

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The three agreements are now in the implementation phase with hope that trade will start very soon.

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Free materials available for teachers

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is offering a complete set of teaching materials to K-12 full-time teachers who are Farm Bureau members.

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North Union elementary students' visiting New Day Farms through the For Your InFARMation program.

Free educational materials available to teach third graders about livestock

Published Nov. 11, 2013

Do you know an elementary school teacher? Share Ohio Livestock Coalitionís free educational materials available through the For Your InFARMation program. The program is designed to teach Ohio third graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohioís economy.

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Four will head to Discussion Meet finals

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Pam Haley of West Salem, Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington, Andrew Spiker of Adamsville and Kelly Staley of Fredericktown have been named the four state finalists in OFBFís 2009 Discussion Meet.

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Farmers, ranchers and ag professionals gathered in Austin for AgChat's Cultivate and Connect Conference.

Four things you need to know from the 2014 AgChat Conference

Published Aug. 28, 2014

I recently traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the AgChat Foundationís annual conference, to network with farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals who are using social/new media to tell agricultureís story. There are many things I could share that were discussed at the conference, but Iíve pulled out the four of the most important to me.

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Ruth McLaughlin was the first Farm Bureau volunteer to receive the Agricultural Communicator Award.

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture honored

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Lois Boyer, Sen. George Voinovich, Wade Leaman and Ruth McLaughlin were recognized for their many years of service to agriculture.

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A video of the Stearns Homestead Farm received the most views on YouTube.com during the contest.

Four Ohioans named winners of ĎMy Ohio Agricultureí video contest

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The contest required entrants to submit a one- to three-minute video showcasing their connection to Ohio agriculture.

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