News & Events

Horse troubles growing

Published Aug. 13, 2009

More than 90 percent of respondents to a recent nationwide survey believe the number of unwanted horses, as well as those neglected and abused, is increasing.

This article has 0 comments

Horse owners can take precautions to stop spread of EHV

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Concerns about a strain of equine herpevirus (EHV-1), which can lead to abortion in mares, and respiratory and neurological problems as well as death, recently arose after several horses were diagnosed following a Utah event that potentially exposed hundreds of animals.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Swine_Sounder1.jpg
A trail camera captures a herd of feral swine visiting a bait station on public land in southeastern Ohio.

Hog wild: Feral swine a growing problem in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Sale.jpg
Representatives from OFBF, Bob Evans and other supporters join exhibitor Troy Elwer following the sale.

Hog purchase involved entire community

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_forward_fb_book.jpg

History in the making

Published May. 14, 2009

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_OFBF_AnnMtg_GenSession_2014_018b.jpg

Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters

Published Dec. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Steve_Jack.jpg
Steve Hirsch and Jack Fisher

Hirsch, Fisher see opportunity for growth

Published Dec. 19, 2013

In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.

This article has 0 comments

Hirsch, Fisher look toward the future

Published Dec. 13, 2011

During their speeches at the 93rd annual meeting, both leaders challenged members to think about the who, why and how of Ohio Farm Bureau’s operation.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_ThoughtsOnFood.jpg

Highlights from 'The Food Dialogues' conversation Sept. 22

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held an online forum, “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating—on their own health and the health of the planet.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_highland_320x240.jpg

Highland County farmers receive ‘hero’ award

Published Apr. 15, 2014

The Highland County Farm Bureau received the Emergency Service Hero Award for its joint effort with the Highland County Fire Chiefs Association raising funds for equipment and training of local emergency service workers in grain bin rescues. The award was presented during the Highland and Clinton County American Red Cross Hero Awards Breakfast, held each year to recognize everyday heroes who reach out to help people in need, make a difference in the community or save a life.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_OH_Statehouse_320x2401.jpg

Higher crop prices suggest increase to Grain Indemnity Program fund needed

Published Mar. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau supports Senate Bill 66 which would make several changes to Ohio’s indemnity program, including an increase in the fund cap to $15 million. The bill has passed a Senate floor vote and is now headed to the House Agriculture committee. Currently the indemnity fund is statutorily capped at $10 million, but since the last fund cap, corn prices have increased approximately 225 percent, soybeans increased 147 percent and wheat increased 191 percent.

This article has 0 comments

Help AFBF by filling out a survey on Big Data

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The purpose of AFBF’s survey is to determine adoption of Big Data among farmers and determine the awareness of issues such as data ownership, liability and usage.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_AnnMeet_2009_277.jpg
Matt and Rachel Heimerl will chair the Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.

Heimerls elected co-chairs of OFBF Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown were recently elected co-chairs of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_OLC_logo_320x2401.jpg

Hear it from a Farmer

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Five Ohio farmers are featured in a statewide radio campaign from the Ohio Livestock Coalition about animal care, food safety, the environment, communities and generations.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_healthy_woods.jpg
Orville Crocker sawing a large cherry log harvested from the farm in 1996.

Healthy woods grow on good advice

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Most woodland owners only have one or two timber sales in their lifetime, and it is important that they are well informed before they make these long-term decisions.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_WaterQuality.jpg
Farm Bureau members look at different Lake Erie fish during a tour of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab in July.

Healthy Water Ohio Initiative

Published Aug. 12, 2014

OFBF has been working on HwO since November 2013 and helped set up its framework by putting together a 16-member steering committee that will guide Healthy Water Ohio’s activities.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_HWO_Logo_320x240.jpg

Healthy Water Ohio gets input from more than 150 stakeholders

Published Dec. 5, 2014

Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_CrawfordCounty.jpg
Community members gathered in Crawford County to learn more about food and agricultural issues.

Healthy conversation

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.

This article has 0 comments

Health care employer mandate delayed one year

Published Jul. 11, 2013

Last week, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay of the mandate requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance to their full-time workers by the start of 2014.

This article has 0 comments

Healing the cuts

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is encouraging lawmakers to restore funding that was cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the proposed state budget.

This article has 0 comments

Hauling wide loads has limits

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Using a tractor to haul equipment on a roadway may not be legal if it’s a wide load. A Union County Farm Bureau member was surprised to find this out because he’d been hauling a piece of equipment that way for a long time.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_hardin_2500_reward_320x240.jpg
From left, Hardin Co. Sheriff Keith A. Everhart, Connie Ward, Travasso & Hardin Co. Farm Bureau Pres. Kerry Oberlitner

Hardin County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 Reward

Published Jun. 23, 2011

A Hardin County man is awarded $2,500 from Ohio Farm Bureau for providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual committing a crime on Farm Bureau member property.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_HB2.jpg
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 aren’t held criminally responsible when livestock get out through no fault of the farmer.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Steve_Austria_320x240.jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_09_Presidents_Trip_1_043_cropped.jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_GrownKnow_(49).jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_brokeneggs.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_bloggers.jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_GroceryGiveaway.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_DAleA.jpg
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 organization’s stance on policy issues, former Ohio tax commissioner Tom Zaino was impressed.

This article has 0 comments

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!

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Foundation_Logo.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_animalsforlife6.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Kasich1.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Strickland_headshot_320x240.jpg
Strickland

Governor Completes Agreement Between Ohio Ag Leaders, HSUS

Published Jan. 6, 2011

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

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_ag_day.jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_LCSB_images_320x2401.jpg

Governor announces Ohio Livestock Care Board Appointments

Published Apr. 6, 2010

13-member Care Board is set

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Kasich_THO.jpg
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 Bureau’s radio show 'Town Hall Ohio,' Ohio Gov. John Kasich said government should do what people can’t do for themselves.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Gordon_Coy_320x240.jpg
Gordon-Coy

Gordon-Coy wins 2010 Discussion Meet

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Nichole Gordon-Coy of Carrollton is the winner of OFBF’s 2010 Discussion Meet.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_gee_Issue2_screenshot_320x240.jpg
Click video to play

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.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_YAPDCTrip2013_320x240.jpg
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.

This article has 0 comments

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.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_Logan_Ag_Coffee_shop_320x240.jpg
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. Here’s a quick glance of what you’ll find on the county Farm Bureau blog pages here on OFBF.org from April through early June, 2011.

This article has 0 comments
[160x120]_AgisCool3.jpg

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.

This article has 0 comments