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Food price conversations

Published Jun. 19, 2014

In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses having conversations and answering questions about rising food prices.

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Delegates assembled at Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting

Following the policy development process

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is directed by its members. They define the positions the organization takes on issues affecting farmers and rural residents through an annual policy development process. The grassroots process leads to the creation of policy positions that guide legislative and regulatory action.

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Five tips on Ohio’s dog laws for landowners

Published Jul. 11, 2013

Landowners often have competing concerns in regard to man’s best friend. Most farms are home to one or more dogs that serve as both pet and employee. However, landowners also are acutely aware of the threat other trespassing dogs may pose to their livestock.

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Five tips on eminent domain situations

Published Jun. 26, 2013

“Appropriation,” “eminent domain,” “condemnation” and “takings” are all terms that commonly refer to the government’s ability to take property for public use. However, there are limitations on this power from both the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions, as well as safeguards in the Ohio Revised Code, that protect landowners. Here are five important things to remember if you or your land becomes involved in an eminent domain situation.

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Five Tips on Drainage Law

Published Mar. 6, 2014

Water, and the ability to remove it, is extremely important to Ohio farmers. Ohio farmers are often encountering issues with the water on their property. Ohio’s water law is somewhat limited, so Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis gives five tips to help you understand how water law works in Ohio.

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A bird's eye view inside the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair.

Five tips for successful event management

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel recently shared friendraising ideas he learned to engage fairgoers at the Ohio State Fair. In this blog he shares how making some last-minute improvements allowed our guests have a much better experience.

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Five tips for open burning

Published Jun. 11, 2013

Many are unaware that open burning is regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under its air pollution abatement duties. As part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Legal Information Series, members may request a digital copy of an open burning brochure to help farmers stay on the right side of the law when it comes to burning waste.

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Five reminders about Line Fence Law

Published Nov. 19, 2012

In 2008, Ohio Line Fence Law was updated to make it more easily understood, but from time to time issues and questions arise. Some county Farm Bureau offices have recently received calls with questions, and in an attempt answer some of those questions and concerns, here is a list of five important reminders.

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Five questions to ask when approached about pipeline construction

Published Jul. 17, 2014

Pipeline construction is ramping up across the state, with an estimated 38,000 miles in the works. Some pipelines are new and others are upgrades. Here are five questions to ask if approached by a pipeline or utility representative.

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Frome left, Lou Brown, Gene Royer, Tim Stebbins, Rick Moore, and Paul Dahlinghaus.

Five Ohio farmers received 2011 Environmental Stewardship awards

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio’s land, air and water quality and to conserve the state’s natural resources.

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Five Northwest County offices shuffle locations, hours

Published Aug. 13, 2009

To make the best use of member resources, OFBF has adjusted operations in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Logan and Wyandot counties.

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Five Livestock Care Informational Sessions to be held across Ohio

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will hold five informational sessions in August and September to provide an overview of the state's new livestock care standards.

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Five legal tips for oil and gas production on your property

Published May. 28, 2013

Ohio has become an epicenter for oil and gas leasing and drilling activity. Many landowners are faced with leases and legal documents for resources they may not have realized existed on their property. Here are five tips to consider from Ohio Farm Bureau’s brochure, “A Landowner Guide to Oil and Gas Leasing.”

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Fisher: Ohio's export dependence is unquestionable

Published Sep. 22, 2010

In a letter to editors of Ohio's major newspapers, Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president stresses the importance of trade and how it relates to this autumn's election.

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Fisher: Dispatch series linking farming and water pollution lacks breadth

Published Oct. 18, 2010

While a Columbus Dispatch series, titled "Fouled by Farming," examining the relationship between agriculture and water quality was in-depth, Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president says it left readers missing the big picture.

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Fisher: HSUS should become part of Ohio’s livestock care process, not hijack it

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president responds to letter. Says Humane Society of the United States wants to upend the will of Ohio voters in last November's election.

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Fisher updates rural radio audience on Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Aug. 26, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau's executive vice president gives an update on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board in a national rural radio interview.

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Fisher shares Issue 2 success, provides advice to livestock producers

Published Jan. 18, 2010

Farm Bureau Exec calls Issue 2 victory "one step" in ongoing battle during Agri Pulse radio broadcast.

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Fisher named vice chair of OSU board

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher will become vice chair of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. His term will begin in April. Fisher originally joined the OSU board in 2006 and his term runs through 2013.

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Fisher named Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year

Published Jan. 4, 2010

Smart Business Columbus outlines how Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Director John C. Fisher maintains the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's relevancy.

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Fisher answers frequently asked questions about the Ohio Ag Agreement

Published Jul. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher answered more questions about the Ohio Agriculture deal with HSUS in an exclusive conversation with Ohio's Country Journal.

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First year of sheep and goat WebEx series will lead to future programs

Published Mar. 26, 2012

After 10 years of holding as many as 14 live demonstration programs throughout the state, sheep and goat farmers in Ohio now have a way to keep more farmers across the state up-to-date on the latest sheep and goat information.

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Fire claims persist as homeowners take risks to stay warm

Published Jan. 19, 2011

A review of Nationwide Insurance claims data reveals significant jumps in home fires started by alternative heating sources – such as fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters.

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Finney joins Farm Bureau staff

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Leah Finney has been named director of legal education for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Blogger Leah Beyer (center in green) takes beginner bloggers through an exercise to help them name their blogs.

Finding purpose in blogger workshops

Published Jun. 18, 2013

I witnessed the good that comes from being a connector and organizer of people as they worked together to learn new tools last week during Ohio Farm Bureau’s beginning blogger workshop in Wilmington.

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AgriPOWER Class IV in Washington D.C.

Finding my Voice Through AgriPOWER

Published Jan. 22, 2014

AgriPOWER Class IV graduate Terri Bauer Studer explains how she found her voice through the Ohio Farm Bureau leadership and advocacy program. Applications for Class VI due April 18.

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Find them online

Published Jul. 16, 2010

New online sites make it easy for visitors to find topics of interest dealing with livestock and other Farm Bureau issues.

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Final call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

Published May. 8, 2013

With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America.

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Federal Update: Renewable Fuels Standards, Appropriations Bill

Published Jan. 30, 2014

An update of two federal issues, Renewable Fuel Standards and the Appropriations Bill, impacting food and farming.

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Federal Policy Issues Update

Published Aug. 14, 2013

With Congress on recess for the summer, here’s a brief look at where we stand on three key issues.

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Scioto County Farm Bureau President Wyatt Bates is featured in this month's Round-up.

February 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Feb. 20, 2013

There’s quite the list of opportunities across the state in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up. Scholarships are available, meetings on all sorts of key issues are being held, community breakfasts are being served, and more.

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FDA rethinks expanded milk testing proposal

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its plan to expand milk testing after the dairy industry and state regulators criticized the methodology.

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FDA releases produce food safety rules, seeks review

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has released for public comment its proposed rule to establish science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms.

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Farmers and ranchers rely on the accuracy of GPS for precision agriculture

FCC extends deadline to comment on LightSquared waiver

Published Mar. 9, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the deadline to submit comments regarding its proposals to block LightSquared from pursuing its wireless broadband network to March 16.

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Fayette County Farm Bureau presents $2,500 reward

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Jon Hobbs of Clarksburg was presented with a reward check of $2,500 for information he provided to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest of two individuals convicted of receiving stolen property taken from Fayette County Farm Bureau member James Hobbs of Bloomingburg.

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Chad Endsley provides an explanation why some farmers may see land rental rates increase.

Farmland rental rates increasing? Land stewardship may trump price.

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Interest in renting farmland continues to be strong, as some farmers look for more land to try to take advantage of high crop values.

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Farmers’ messages heard at Ag Day at the Capitol

Published Mar. 3, 2010

A video recap of Ohio Farm Bureau's 2010 Ag Day at the Capitol.

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Several changes made to National Leafy Greens Agreement after farmers speak up

Farmers: Food safety proposals must fit Ohio

Published May. 25, 2011

More than 1½ years ago, Ohio produce growers gathered in Columbus to testify about a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement aimed at improving food safety and quality. The voluntary program was not very popular with Ohio farmers.

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Young supporters showed their support for Issue 2 and Ohio farmers at the rally in Columbus

Farmers, supporters rally for Issue 2 in Columbus

Published Oct. 14, 2009

Broad support shown for Livestock Care

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Agricultural organizations learn about equipment used to test the water leaving a field tile on Terry McClure's farm.

Farmers, allies step up efforts to protect water

Published Jul. 22, 2013

As the peak season approaches for harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie, Ohio agriculture will continue to be in the public spotlight for its impact on water quality.

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Farmers, algae and the media

Published Mar. 28, 2014

Water quality and agriculture stories will be on the front page for months and years to come. Ohio Farm Bureau is working with reporters to draw their attention to agriculture’s commitment to accept responsibility and act responsibly.

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Farmers work locally

Published Dec. 23, 2009

County Farm Bureaus across the state regularly contribute to their local communities.

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Farmers win environmental, good neighbor awards

Published May. 14, 2009

Six Ohio agricultural producers recently received the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award from commodity organizations and the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC)

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Farmers weigh questions about use of antibiotics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While antibiotic resistance is a natural biological phenomenon, some are questioning the impact that antibiotics used in livestock production might have on public health.

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Ohioans signed their names to express opposition to House climate legislation during a rally in Lima last month.

Farmers want changes as climate bill goes to Senate

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Saying that it could reduce net farm income by more than $5 billion over the next 10 years, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) President Brent Porteus recently told a panel of lawmakers that farmers were concerned about cap and trade legislation passed by the U.S. House.

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Farmers voice concerns on child labor rules

Published Feb. 15, 2012

While farmers recently welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Labor will reconsider rules regarding
youth working on farms, concerns about the proposal remain.

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Auglaize County Farm Bureau President Tom Fisher talks with Rep. Jim Jordan as a congressional staff member takes notes.

Farmers travel to Washington to take on regulation, spending

Published Mar. 26, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) 64th annual county president’s trip to Washington, D.C. sent farmers to meet with national policymakers on behalf of their peers back home.

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Jerry Lahmers shared that the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is making good progress. Lahmers, a farmer and veterin

Farmers team up to take action

Published Sep. 9, 2010

More than 400 Ohio Farm Bureau members met in Columbus last month, for the annual Leadership Conference, where President Brent Porteus stressed that the organization relies on their involvement.

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Kristin Reese, second from left, was among the farmers, chefs and media, who gathered to discuss food and farming.

Farmers take on Tinsel Town

Published Jul. 19, 2012

The two-day event brought a handful of farmers to Beverly Hills to discuss perceptions and realities of food and farming. It included entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists and more.

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South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick's YouTube protest helped fuel outcry against Yellow Tail for its donation to HSUS.

Farmers sway companies to end HSUS sponsorship

Published Mar. 26, 2010

In February, fifth-generation South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick discovered Yellow Tail Wine was donating $100,000 to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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