AgriPOWER is a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of multi-day institutes that cover public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Ohio Farm Bureau is now taking applications for Class VI. Here is what two past participants had to say about the program.
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- Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finalists to compete during state fair
- County Farm Bureau annual meetings announced
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- OFBF responds to high nitrate water warning in Columbus
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Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien recently visited Athens County to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods.
On May 1, Farmland will be coming to theaters in more than 60 major markets and will be screened in rural communities, too. It’s the latest documentary from Academy Award winning director James Moll.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board came one step closer to getting its feet on the ground when the Ohio House unanimously passed legislation to establish the required guidelines for the voter-approved entity.
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."
This week the House Agriculture Committee passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. At this time it is not known when or if the Farm Bill will be taken up by the entire House for consideration. Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to push for passage before the September expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill.
The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2642, the farm portion of the farm bill by a vote of 216-208. The bill removes the nutrition title, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but leaves all other provisions intact.
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.
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.
The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.
Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”
Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.
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.
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.
Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.
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.
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.
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.
As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.
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.
Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown were recently elected co-chairs of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.
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.
With a new Congress and president in power, activists say they plan to continue their push for immigration reform.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels shares Ohio agriculture's global impact during Ohio Agriculture week.
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.
As a grassroots organization, OFBF sponsors several programs and events designed to promote leadership within the agricultural community.
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.
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.
'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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Ted Strickland hopes a sweeping education plan will increase accountability and performance standards while reworking school funding.
13-member Care Board is set