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As farmers prepare to spend long hours in the tractor seat, they should also ensure they have proper signage on their tractor. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis said Farm Bureau offices have been receiving calls from members looking for signs. She offers some reminders.
Members of the Ohio Republican congressional delegation submitted a letter and a booklet of hundreds of comments to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis from constituents who oppose the proposed rulemaking that would limit the activities children can participate in on family farms.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s policy development process has begun and will continue through December. One part of the policy development process, advisory teams, has been meeting throughout March.
Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse to make capital appropriations for the current biennium, and funding for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easements was not included in the legislation.Ohio Farm Bureau staff continues to work on alternative vehicles for this priority.
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.
Spring is heating up, and so are the opportunities, activities and events of Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Scholarships, Oil & Gas Informational Meetings, Local Ag Days and more dot this month's County Farm Bureau Round-Up.
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A $3,000 grant from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is helping break down barriers that are keeping farmers from accessing markets and consumers from fresh local foods. Rural Action will use the funds to purchase a truck to be part of a food distribution system.
With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.
Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association have been working on legislation that would establish a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.
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.
April Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum to discuss the agricultural benefits of the buying local trend in the state, and what Ohio Farm Bureau has to offer.
Twenty-nine counties have attained Pacesetter status, setting the stage for them to achieve membership gain by the end of the campaign year. The Pacesetter award is for counties that had at least 93 percent of active farmer membership by March 31.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting entries for the 2012 Discussion Meet contest. Entry forms are due June 29.
Two Ohio Farm Bureau youths have been selected to be on the Junior Fair Board of the Ohio State Fair.
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.”
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program is now accepting applications for its Advisory Team.
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.
Americans have increasing concerns about their food, from the farm to the fork. And farmers can be a valuable part of the conversation.
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.
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.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging Ohio agriculture organizations with environmental education projects to apply for grants from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.
The Bethel, Ohio, home of Richard and Virginia Meyer had been filled with memories. But now it is nothing but a memory.
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.
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.
Former OFBF President Bob Peterson finds himself in a new leadership role.
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.
Research foundation bill proposed, Federal estate tax reform bills introduced
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for its annual Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience program.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The warmer weather means fields and gardens are being planted, and Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus are gearing up for a summer full of activities. Here’s a look at current and future events and opportunities being shared by our county Farm Bureaus this month.
Thousands of Ohio FFA members traveled to Columbus May 3-4 for the annual State FFA Convention. Two Ohio Farm Bureau programs used this opportunity to reach out to FFA members, and the state office hosted two chapters as well. These relationships between FFA and Farm Bureau in Ohio are a continuance from the announcement that the two organizations would team up on a summer camp for youth.
Ohio farmer and Franklin County Farm Bureau member Lisa Schacht of Schacht Family Farm and Market testified before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture during a hearing held to receive input on agricultural programs in preparation for writing the 2012 Farm Bill.
The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is once again offering the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship to college-aged sheep producers in 2012. The $1,000 scholarship is available to young people involved sheep production and management in Ohio.
This week Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted staff members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan Farm Bureaus for the annual American Farm Bureau Federation Midwest Commodity Conference. These state Farm Bureau staff members, who have responsibilities involving agricultural commodities, came together in Columbus to share experiences and expertise.
The ODA is holding Certified Livestock Manager training June 19-20 at their offices in Reynoldsburg. Part of the training will address nutrient management and water quality issues currently under consideration by a statewide working group that is jointly led by ODA, Ohio EPA and ODNR.
Clinton County Farm Bureau and Clinton County Farmers’ Market will hold the first presentation of “Fast Food from the Farm,” a monthly Grow and Know series of local foods cooking demonstrations, June 16.
Union County's North Union Elementary third graders visited New Day Farms in Raymond, Tuesday, on an all expense paid field trip. North Union student Emma Crusey won the field trip for her classmates when she wrote one of the winning essays in Ohio Livestock Coalition’s essay contest.
Ross County Farm Bureau will be hosting “Farm Factor,” a progressive farm dinner Grow and Know event, July 22 for an afternoon of fun and food.