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(L to R) Muskingum Co. Farm Bureau President James McDonald, James Secrest, and OFBF's Kari Burkey and Danielle DuFour

$2,500 reward presented in Muskingum County

Published Mar. 21, 2012

James Secrest of Caldwell was presented with a $2,500 reward check for information he provided to the Muskingum County Sherriff’s office.

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SMV and SIS signs on a tractor

Signage needed to operate tractors on roadways

Published Mar. 22, 2012

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.

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Rep. Latta with OFBF's Adam Sharp and county presidents during their trip to D.C.

Ohio lawmakers pressure Department of Labor on revised ag youth labor rules

Published Mar. 22, 2012

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.

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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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Feed grains advisory team being briefed on the farm bill by Dr. Carl Zulauf of OSU

Advisory Teams meet as Ohio Farm Bureau policy development process begins

Published Mar. 26, 2012

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.

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Ohio Statehouse

Capital budget appropriations leave out Clean Ohio funding

Published Mar. 29, 2012

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.

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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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Fun for the whole family at Ag Days in Fairfield County.

April 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Apr. 2, 2012

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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Published Apr. 4, 2012

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation grant helps develop local foods distribution system

Published Apr. 4, 2012

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.

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County Farm Bureaus to screen political candidates

Published Apr. 4, 2012

With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.

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Legislation for marketing agreements would mean produce grower opportunties

Published Apr. 5, 2012

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.

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Attendees learn about public speaking from Emily Krueger, 2011 American Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet winner.

East Region Leadership Conference impacts attendees

Published Apr. 5, 2012

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.

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'Buy local' trend rises in popularity

Published Apr. 10, 2012

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.

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29 counties attain Pacesetter membership status

Published Apr. 10, 2012

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.

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2011 Discussion Meet finalists competing at annual meeting

2012 Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet entry forms due June 29

Published Apr. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting entries for the 2012 Discussion Meet contest. Entry forms are due June 29.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published May. 4, 2012

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.

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Lucas FFA members visiting the Ohio Farm Bureau office in Columbus

Ohio Farm Bureau strengthens relationship with FFA

Published May. 9, 2012

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.

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Schacht Family Farm Market being recognized during Ohio Sustainable Agriculture Week in 2010

Ohio farmer testifies before House Ag Committee

Published May. 10, 2012

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.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association offers Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published May. 15, 2012

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.

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Conference attendees visiting Owl Creek Produce Auction

Ohio Farm Bureau hosts AFBF Midwest Commodity Conference

Published May. 17, 2012

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.

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Farm Bureau members urged to attend training on nutrient management

Published May. 21, 2012

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.

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Shoppers buying fresh, local food at Clinton County Farmers' Market

Clinton County series to answer fresh, local foods questions

Published May. 22, 2012

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.

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Steve Bliesner, New Day Farms general manager, answering North Union elementary students' questions during their trip

Third-graders win trip to Ohio egg farm

Published May. 23, 2012

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.

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Hirsch Fruit Farm, the first stop of the progressive dinner

Ross County Farm Bureau to hold progressive farm dinner

Published May. 30, 2012

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.

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