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2011 Excellence in Agriculture contest winners Scott and Tracie Isler

Young Ag Professionals award applications due Aug. 17

Published May. 2, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture contests. Entry forms are due Aug. 17.

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Wild and dangerous animals bill passes out of Ohio Senate, moves to House

Published May. 1, 2012

Senate Bill 310, also known as the wild and dangerous animals bill, has moved to the Ohio House after being approved by a vote of 30-1 in the Ohio Senate April 25.

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Elementary students packaging food for those in need at Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day

OSU student groups partner to inspire elementary students to be ‘hunger heroes’

Published Apr. 30, 2012

Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day, an educational awareness day for central Ohio elementary students, partnered with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Collegiate Young Farmers to help hungry families and inspire elementary students to be “hunger heroes.”

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Department of Labor withdraws farm youth labor proposal

Published Apr. 27, 2012

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.

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Adam Sharp, OFBF Vice President of Public Policy, discussing recent developments with the 2012 Farm Bill

2012 Farm Bill Update

Published Apr. 26, 2012

The Senate Agriculture Committee has passed its version of a farm bill that would dramatically reform and reauthorize farm bill programs for five years. Ohio Farm Bureau's Adam Sharp provides this audio update.

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Bill proposing rules on Lake Erie water withdrawal passes Ohio House

Published Apr. 26, 2012

House Bill (HB) 473, a bill proposing rules on how much water farms and factories in Ohio can draw from Lake Erie, passed the Ohio House of Representatives April 25 with a vote of 59-38.

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2011 Young Ag Professionals Washington, D. C. Leadership Experience participants

Young Ag Professionals accepting applications for annual Washington, D.C. trip

Published Apr. 26, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for its annual Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience program.

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American Farm Bureau urges Senate Ag Committee to move Farm Bill forward

Published Apr. 24, 2012

Numerous provisions of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft farm bill follow the American Farm Bureau Federation’s core principles for “rational, acceptable farm policy,” but there is room for adjustments to improve the legislation. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman delivered that message to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders in a letter today following a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

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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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OFBF helps develop recommendations for improving state’s waterways

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau helped out on a state report that makes dozens of recommendations on how to decrease the impact of agricultural nutrients entering Ohio’s streams and water resources.

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The Great American Food Debate: Time for a Time-Out

Published Apr. 18, 2012

What do you think? Ohio Farm Bureau has been an organization that brings people together to build relationships, share ideas and ultimately solve problems. Are you being represented in this conversation?

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April 19 News Briefs: Research Foundation proposed | Federal Estate Tax Reform

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Research foundation bill proposed, Federal estate tax reform bills introduced

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Supreme Court ruling gives landowners a voice

Published Apr. 18, 2012

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with landowners who were denied their day in court after the EPA ordered them to stop construction on what the agency said was a wetland.

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Sen. Bob Peterson takes the oath of office.

Peterson moves to Senate

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Former OFBF President Bob Peterson finds himself in a new leadership role.

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Be aware of the specifics of the Ag Districts law to avoid problems

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Ag Districts can be a great way for farmers to receive legal protections for some farming activities, but property owners need to be aware that annexation can potentially cause problems.

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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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The site of a tornado in southern Ohio that leveled the home of Richard and Virginia Meyer.

Response to tornado shows meaning of 'On Your Side'

Published Apr. 17, 2012

The Bethel, Ohio, home of Richard and Virginia Meyer had been filled with memories. But now it is nothing but a memory.

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Ohio Environmental Education Fund offers grants

Published Apr. 17, 2012

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging Ohio agriculture organizations with environmental education projects to apply for grants from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.

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OFBF teams up with FFA on summer youth camp

Published Apr. 17, 2012

The camp is open to high school students (must have at least finished freshman year) and is June 22-25. The cost is $130 with limited scholarships available.

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Award will recognize farm conservation

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The awards program through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is co-sponsored by 'Ohio Farmer' magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Hastings Dairy

Session helps farmers connect with consumers

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Americans have increasing concerns about their food, from the farm to the fork. And farmers can be a valuable part of the conversation.

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A panel featuring the Animal Agriculture 202 speakers provided an open forum for first responders to ask questions.

Animal Agriculture 202 teaches 150 first-responders about livestock handling

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio State University Extension teamed up to host more than 150 first-responders at the Animal Agriculture 202 seminar April 12. The daylong seminar trained attendees on the proper handling of large animals in times of crisis.

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Current Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team members

Young Agricultural Professionals accepting applications for Team members

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program is now accepting applications for its Advisory Team.

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County Farm Bureaus invited to enter horticulture competition

Published Apr. 13, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau will be holding a horticulture competition open to all county Farm Bureaus during the 2012 Ohio State Fair. The competition provides an opportunity to showcase agriculture in each of Ohio’s 88 counties through its theme, “Agriculture in our backyard.”

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Ohio Farm Bureau appoints two seniors to Ohio State Junior Fair Board

Published Apr. 12, 2012

Two Ohio Farm Bureau youths have been selected to be on the Junior Fair Board of the Ohio State Fair.

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