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News Briefs

Published Mar. 12, 2010

EPA announces final renewable fuel standard rules; New guidelines for National Animal Identification System; Farm Bureau opposes EPA’s spray drift regulations; OLC Meeting; Farm Bureau families raise record funds for America’s hungry

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If this was all you knew about farming, what questions would you have?

Forgive them for asking

Published Mar. 12, 2010

Addressing consumers’ concerns could pay off for farmers.

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The Message Board

Published Mar. 11, 2010

Following Up; Children's Literature Award; Figured Up; Their Words; Standard Practice

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Legislative process continues to shape livestock board

Published Mar. 11, 2010

As the House Agriculture Committee approved implementing legislation for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, the Senate began work on its version of the bill.

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OFBF endorses Issue 1

Published Mar. 11, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for State Issue 1, which will renew Ohio’s highly successful Third Frontier program.

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Chris Redfern (D), Kevin DeWine (R)

Party leaders offer opposing views on Town Hall Ohio

Published Mar. 11, 2010

Ohio’s acceptance of more than $8 billion in federal stimulus money is “not only wise, it’s appropriate,” said Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. But Kevin DeWine, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, disagreed, saying that it does not solve the state’s future budget shortfalls.

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John Kasich (R), Gov. Ted Strickland (D)

Ohio governor, challenger address 300 farmers at OFBF’s Ag Day

Published Mar. 11, 2010

Many farmers aren’t happy with the move of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to overturn the will of Ohio voters. Neither are Gov. Ted Strickland and his 2010 Republican gubernatorial opponent John Kasich.

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Farmers Michael Sprang , Matt Boyert and Michael Vallery hear from several Ohio lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Ohio farmers continue meetings with nation's lawmakers

Published Mar. 10, 2010

Ohio farmers continued their efforts in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, meeting with several top lawmakers, including Ohio Sen. George Voinovich.

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District 1 OFBF Trustee Keith Truckor welcomed county presidents to Washington, D.C. on Monday.

County Farm Bureau Presidents bringing Ohio agriculture to Capitol Hill

Published Mar. 9, 2010

For the 64th year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s county presidents are visiting Washington, D.C. to discuss agricultural issues with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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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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An Open Letter to Mr. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS

Published Mar. 2, 2010

Congressman Zack Space, representing Ohio's 18th District, tells the Humane Society of the United States that when it comes to livestock care, Ohioans have already spoken.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association wins American Sheep Industry Membership Award

Published Mar. 2, 2010

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) recently received recognition by the American Sheep Industry (ASI) for having the largest increase in membership among 25 state associations with dues of more than $2,000.

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Ohio Farm Bureau endorses State Issue 1

Published Feb. 26, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for State Issue 1, which will renew Ohio's highly successful Third Frontier program.

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Strickland (left) and Kasich addressed farmers at Ag Day at the Capitol on Tuesday

Strickland, Kasich denounce HSUS ballot plan

Published Feb. 25, 2010

Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland and his GOP rival candidate John Kasich both declared their opposition to a ballot measure being planned by the out-of-state activist organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Conference set for young adults involved in agriculture

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin. The theme is “Be an ‘Agvocate’: Speak Up for Agriculture.”

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A trail camera captures a herd of feral swine visiting a bait station on public land in southeastern Ohio.

Hog wild: Feral swine a growing problem in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.

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Clean your credit

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Think of your credit report as a report card and your credit score as the grade that indicates how you’ve handled your bills in the past. Getting high marks is important. After all, lenders use your credit (or “FICO”) score to set rates for loans and credit cards. Insurers use it when determining rates on some policies. And some employers even check it when screening employees.

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Morrison, Roush

May we introduce…

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Marilyn Morrison; Judy Roush

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Farm Bureau supports youth cattle program

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, which is dedicated to youth education and leadership development.

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Wyandot County offers 'Warmth Where Needed'

Published Feb. 22, 2010

With 125 yards of fleece and more than 7,000 knots, the Wyandot Wranglers Farm Bureau Youth has put Warmth Where Needed in Wyandot County. Members of the group made 25 fleece blankets that were donated to the county sheriff's department to be given to children and adults who could use the warmth and comfort of a blanket.

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Tips for both beginners and more experienced social media users

Add value to social media engagement

Published Feb. 22, 2010

When people see a friend post an update that says, “Eating a cookie with a glass of milk,” it often leaves them wondering a number of things, including why did he tell us this?

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Third Frontier program up for renewal

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohioans will be voting in May whether to expand funding for a program that has created jobs through investment in research and development of new technologies, including advanced projects involving agriculture.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition announces Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the All Occasions Catering and Banquet Center in Waldo. The symposium will feature four speakers who will cover a variety of topics and issues facing animal agriculture.

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Resolution opposes EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s support for a resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act could not have come at a better time and reflects true bipartisan concern, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman.

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Listen to a full discussion about Ohio's SWCDs at www.townhallohio.org.

Legislation would restore SWCD funds

Published Feb. 22, 2010

SWCD funding was significantly cut last year to balance the state’s budget. Language in Senate Bill 155 directs a portion of the state’s existing fee on the sale of new tires to help restore funding to local SWCDs.

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Members of OFBF Advisory Teams will meet to discuss issues and make policy recommendations.

Livestock, climate issues to be discussed at OFBF conference

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Trends and Issues conference will feature presenters on animal agriculture and consumer issues, climate change and an update on livestock care and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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News Briefs

Published Feb. 22, 2010

AFBF pushes for continued use of atrazine; Application period opens for 2010 - Agriculture Easement Purchase Program; Divisions merge and conservation partnership established; New association to promote Ohio ethanol

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Ag education continues to thrive, evolve in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

So much more than cows and plows.

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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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A growing backlash

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Each day there are more signs that people are becoming fed up with HSUS tactics.

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The Message Board

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Town Hall Ohio, Ohio Farm Bureau’s award-winning public affairs radio show, has been added to the programming lineup of WNCO-AM in Ashland.

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Joachim Schaeger, a German agricultural administrator, discusses farming issues with members of the AgriPOWER class.

AgriPOWER class explores Washington

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Members of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nation’s capitol.

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Lawmakers continue to look into Ohio Livestock Care Board funding

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Lawmakers and interested parties are looking into alternative funding methods and strategies for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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This undercover video by the Humane Society of the United States clearly documented disturbing animal mistreatment.

Expect the worst

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohio’s laws on livestock care.

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Stimpert (right) discusses Issue 2, Livestock Care and HSUS in Ohio. Click video to play.

Video Update: The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and HSUS

Published Feb. 18, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Keith Stimpert & Joe Cornely discuss the background of Issue 2, the Livestock Care Standards Board, & the implications of the latest actions of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Ohio.

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Redfern (top) and Dewine (bottom) talk about HSUS' move on Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio Party Chairmen annoyed by HSUS tactics

Published Feb. 12, 2010

The chairmen of Ohio's two major political parties both express displeasure with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its plan to overturn the will of Ohio voters.

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Times Recorder: “Livestock Care Standards Board deserves a fair chance to work"

Published Feb. 11, 2010

Ohio newspaper says Humane Society of the United States should "cage itself" and give Ohio-based board a fair shot.

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The Columbus Dispatch said outside interest groups should give the Livestock Care Standards Board a chance.

Columbus Dispatch opposes HSUS attempt to dictate Livestock Care Board standards

Published Feb. 10, 2010

Newspaper's editorial say Ohioans voted for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, and it should be given the chance to work.

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County programs receive national accolades

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Mercer County’s Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program and Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties’ Leadership Education and Development program (LEAD) were recognized in AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence program.

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Top: Julie and Brandon Weber; Bottom: Andy Vance and Linsday Hill

Webers, Vance and Hill reach the top 10

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Brandon and Julie Weber of Jackson County were named Top 10 finalists in the 2010 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award competition held at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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Simpson earns award for tagging gadget

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Floyd Simpson of Belmont County won the “most widely usable” award as part of the AFBF Farmer Idea Exchange contest.

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Palsgrove competes in Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Cassandra Palsgrove of Fairfield County was Ohio’s state Discussion Meet winner and competed at the AFBF annual meeting.

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Matt and Rachel Heimerl will chair the Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.

Heimerls elected co-chairs of OFBF Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown were recently elected co-chairs of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.

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Updates on the workers’ comp group rating program

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Enrollment; BWC payroll report reminder; 2 hour safety requirement; claim reserve calculation changes

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Fitch, Dunaway

May we introduce…

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Doug Fitch, Robert Dunaway

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OFB Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing ag-related degrees

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Students with a farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Catch up with OFBF at ag events

Published Feb. 5, 2010

OFBF will be participating at two trade shows in March.

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5 ways to help support Ohio agriculture

Published Feb. 5, 2010

If you believe in Ohio Farm Bureau’s efforts to protect farmers, stand up for animal agriculture, promote locally grown foods, advocate for good government and communicate with consumers, the organization needs your help. More than ever, farmers are needed to join together to address a multitude of issues facing agriculture and rural Ohio.

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Animals for Life Foundation accepting donations

Published Feb. 5, 2010

OFBF’s Animals for Life Foundation is now up and running and accepting donations.

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Fulton County Farm Bureau volunteers bag carrots that were donated to Ohio food banks.

County Farm Bureaus provide for those in need

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Farmers and Farm Bureau members have the reputation of being there when people are in need, and members in Fulton and Seneca counties put forth an extra effort to do just that.

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