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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to oil spill prevention rules that will apply to some farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage. The deadline for farms to comply with the new rules is November 2010.
Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.
Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Chad Endsley director of agricultural law.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Chad Endsley as director of agricultural law.
A proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers calls for cutting the number of state departments in half and merging them into other offices.
Ohioans passed three separate constitutional amendments in the recently concluded election; those decisions will be analyzed by Statehouse reporters Bill Hershey of the Dayton Daily News and Mark Kovak of the Youngstown Vindicator on this week’s Town Hall Ohio.
Ohio has elected a new governor and statewide office holders, many new lawmakers and it may soon have new administrators in state offices such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. teamed up for the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction in November, and bidders set a new record, raising $13,775 to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.
Eight finalists are competing for the most online votes to win $1,000 in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues.
As issues of animal care are raised in Ohio, Buckeye Farm News wants to understand the views of the 98 percent of people who don't see the world through a farmer's eyes. The goal is to create a starting point for dialogue.
Although it was a small conference, the East Region Leadership Conference had a big impact on attendees. On March 31, county Farm Bureaus in the east region came together for a new conference that targeted members who normally do not attend typical Ohio Farm Bureau Federation training events.
Ohio Farm Bureau is presenting the East Region Leadership Conference, hosted by counties in the East Region Saturday, March 31 at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all Farm Bureau members, not just to those in the eastern part of the state.
Choice Hotels is running a special promotion for Ohio Farm Bureau members. Book your reservations at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.258.2847 and after your second separate stay with arrival between March 8 and May 8, you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a free night.
Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”
At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.
Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Leah Dorman, D.V.M., as director of food programs for its Center for Food and Animal Issues.
After Ohio Farm Bureau Federation successfully advocated for elimination of the Ohio estate tax, legal professionals and farm transition planning experts say farmers shouldn't neglect sound transition planning, according to Ohio State University Extension.
County annual meetings are a time for the community to connect.
County annual meetings will be taking place throughout Ohio in the coming months, giving Farm Bureau members a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their community.
The compliance date for farms to have Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans is May 10.
The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.
If you were to draft a 100-page plan of what agriculture and rural Ohio should look like, what would you write? More importantly, how would you put it into action? That’s exactly what Ohio farmers consider each year as they review and update Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy book.
Medina County farmer Dan Bock was asked to participate on Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development committee. His first question was 'Am I qualified?'
The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) recently issued a challenge to Ohio hunters to double the amount of venison that is donated to Ohioans in need.
A recent summit hosted by the Center for Food Integrity sought to shed light on a number of factors that could influence how food is produced.
OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.
“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow us On Twitter.” By uttering these phrases, countless organizations expect people to go online and find out what all the social media fuss is about. But most don’t take the time to show how to go about finding somebody on Facebook or following them on Twitter.
Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s series "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," will deliver the keynote address at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, in Atlanta.
Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.
The head of the newly created JobsOhio wants to make one thing clear – the Department of Development is not going to be eliminated.
USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of farmers and said it will not issue new regulations related to agricultural transportation and commercial drivers license (CDL) provisions, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The cooperative efforts by members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators played a significant role in convincing the Department of Labor that its proposed rules were ill-conceived and unnecessary.
A group of Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers urging them to “Put death taxes to rest.
Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.
How much money will it cost and where will it come from? With heightened awareness about federal spending, those will be the two questions lawmakers will be asking about every proposal they consider, including the 2012 Farm Bill.
A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio’s 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Now that details are out on the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, farmers must decide whether to enroll in the new, state revenue-based program instead of the traditional system.
County Farm Bureaus share scholarship opportunities, highlight local leaders who have played a big role in shaping Ohio Farm Bureau’s actions in 2013, host cooking competitions and more in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up.
Jean Miller knows the value of Farm Bureau’s Advisory Councils goes much deeper than talking about agriculture and other issues. Over the years it has been about friendships and making a difference in the community.
Farmers are watching to see if farm programs will be on the chopping block as 12 members of a federal 'super committee' prepare to identify ways to reduce the national debt.
A series of activities and contests for Young Agricultural Professionals are coming up, and the first deadline is this month.
Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.
Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with OFBF, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding owners of dangerous wild animal that a new state law passed in June requires the registration of their animals before Nov. 5.
Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.
- Health management programs for sheep and goat producers will be the primary focus of the 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 12 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 East Main Street, in Reynoldsburg.