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Starting in November, some farmers who store oil products must have a written plan for preventing and addressing spills.

New EPA rule requires farms to have spill prevention plan

Published May. 17, 2010

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule would require farms to have a spill prevention plan in place later this year.

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News Briefs

Published May. 17, 2010

Call goes out for immediate estate tax reform; GREEN Jobs Act gets AFBF support; EPA blog post causes concern

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A sellout crowd attended OFBF's first Grow and Know event at Malabar Farm to learn more about producing food.

Dinner table conversation

Published May. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.

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The Message Board

Published May. 17, 2010

Working with Hunters; Their Words; Save the Date; A Matter of Fact?

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Hear more from the speakers in this story by clicking on the link at the bottom of the story.

Livestock coalition meeting looks at animal care issues

Published May. 14, 2010

Representatives of the American Humane Association, which is supporting the efforts of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, recently addressed a record crowd of more than 200 individuals at the Ohio Livestock Coalition annual meeting.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board members Tony Forshey (center) and Robert Boggs hear comments from a hog farmer.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published May. 14, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs described the first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Ohio lawmakers spoke out on a proposed leafy greens marketing agreement after hearing from OFBF members in March.

Call & Response: Lawmakers act on farmers' concerns about leafy greens proposal

Published May. 14, 2010

During the last Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) county presidents trip to Washington D.C., farmers sat down with members of Congress and explained why a federal proposal on leafy greens would not work in Ohio. Not only did the lawmakers listen but they took action.

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Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Franklin Park Conservatory

Published May. 12, 2010

Learn how to grow and preserve food from your own backyard or patio and how to go green at Ohio Farm Bureau’s daylong Grow and Know seminar at Franklin Park Conservatory.

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Livestock issues discussed on Town Hall Ohio

Published May. 7, 2010

Modern livestock agriculture and its adversaries are highlighted on this week’s episode of Town Hall Ohio.

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Nominations sought for Excellence in Crop Advising Award

Published May. 5, 2010

Nominations for the Excellence in Crop Advising Award are now being accepted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the Ohio Certified Crop Advising Program.

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Ohio Farm Bureau hosting Youth Leadership Conferences this summer

Published May. 5, 2010

Conferences to help Ohio teens develop quality leadership, teamwork and communications skills.

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Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board schedules public listening sessions

Published Apr. 30, 2010

Opportunities across the state in May for the public to provide input on how and what factors should be considered in creating livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board convened for the first time on Tuesday at the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board gets to work

Published Apr. 28, 2010

“A very historic occasion,” is how Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Robert Boggs described Tuesday’s first official meeting of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

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Ohio Farm Bureau, National Tractor Pullers Association announce partnership

Published Apr. 26, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) and the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) are teaming up in a new partnership that includes discounts and promotions for OFBF members.

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Issues 1 and 2 featured on Town Hall Ohio

Published Apr. 23, 2010

Issues 1 and 2 in the May 4 Primary Election are the featured topics on this week's episode of Town Hall Ohio.

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AgriPOWER develops advocates for agriculture

Ohio Farm Bureau seeking applications for 2010-2011 AgriPOWER Institute

Published Apr. 23, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute.

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From left, Boggs, Lisa Schacht, Strickland and David Schacht

Schacht Family Market highlighted during Sustainable Agriculture Week

Published Apr. 20, 2010

Farm Bureau members honored by Ohio's First Lady and Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Endsley joins Farm Bureau staff

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Chad Endsley as director of agricultural law.

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Humane officers hear from livestock experts about proper treatment for farm animals.

OFBF sponsors training classes for humane officers

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is hosting a series of meetings to help humane officers and others who deal with animal care complaints have a better understanding of farm animal care and production practices.

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Nationwide News: Ask for annual farm insurance review before disaster strikes

Published Apr. 19, 2010

The heavy snowfall that hit eastern states in February, or “Snowmageddon” as some called it, served as a reminder to many farmers that it’s a good policy to review farm insurance coverages on a regular basis.

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Rhude, Lotus

May we introduce...

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Roger Rhude, Karen Lotus

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Guernsey County Farm Bureau Vice President Bryson Wakeley at the Guernsey County Home, Garden and Business Show.

County News

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Guernsey County Farm Bureau blooming in membership; Operation: FarmSafe; Biomass big issue in Belmont County;

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By supporting farmers, businesses support themselves

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Some county Farm Bureaus are building partnerships with companies that have connections to agriculture, and it looks as if it will pay off in terms of new long-term memberships.

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Paul Morrison of Darke County shares his thoughts with fellow farmers during a Farm Bureau Advisory Team meeting.

Farmers hear about consumer, climate issues

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Winning consumer trust is ultimately more important than defeating the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), according to a food industry expert who recently spoke at OFBF’s Trends and Issues Conference.

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OFBF is currently following state legislation involving drainage, oil drilling, deer and several other issues.

Looking at legislation

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Here’s a brief look at some agriculture-related legislation in which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is involved and/or continues to monitor at the Statehouse.

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AFBF's Legal Affairs Web site

News Briefs

Published Apr. 19, 2010

AFBF calls on Congress to nullify EPA’s greenhouse gas proposal; AFBF launches ‘Legal Affairs’ Web site

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OFBF endorses Issues 1 and 2

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Two statewide issues that will appear on the May 4 ballot have received the support of Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees.

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Do you believe farming has a future in Ohio?

Published Apr. 19, 2010

If you were to draft a 100-page plan of what agriculture and rural Ohio should look like, what would you write? More importantly, how would you put it into action? That’s exactly what Ohio farmers consider each year as they review and update Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy book.

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The Message Board

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Helping Hand; Figured Up; Hunting for Answers; In Their Words

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Ohioans who value farming and rural living are invited to share their stories through the "I am Farm Bureau" contest.

Share some good news

Published Apr. 16, 2010

The people and culture of rural Ohio will be showcased through a new promotion, which allows Farm Bureau members to win prizes for sharing photos and stories about how they are tied to agriculture.

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AgriPOWER graduates 22 advocates

Published Apr. 16, 2010

A class of 22 recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership training program launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues.

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OFBF members joined state officials and Gov. Strickland as he signed the implementing legislation for the Board.

Livestock care board to start work

Published Apr. 16, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is expected to begin meeting in the coming weeks as almost all members have been appointed.

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John C. "Jack" Fisher

Ohio Farm Bureau Praises Care Board Appointments

Published Apr. 6, 2010

The naming of the members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is “a great step toward Ohioans taking control of animal care issues,” according to John C. (Jack) Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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Governor announces Ohio Livestock Care Board Appointments

Published Apr. 6, 2010

13-member Care Board is set

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Farm Bureau supports Issue 2 in May election

Published Apr. 2, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Board of Trustees has voted to support passage of State Issue 2 on the May ballot. Issue 2 would authorize a change in location for the Columbus casino, which was approved by Ohio voters last November.

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Gov. Strickland signed HB 414 on Wednesday, immediatiely enacting the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Strickland signs bill to implement livestock care board

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Calling it the right approach for Ohioans, Gov. Ted Strickland today signed H.B. 414 which will allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to move forward.

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Who is Ohio Farm Bureau? Find out in this video & in the I am Farm Bureau Contest

Ohio Farm Bureau launches "I am Farm Bureau" contest

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Farmer? Gardener? Foodie? Wine Enthusiast? How are you Farm Bureau? Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to tell their story in the “I am Farm Bureau” contest. Prizes include pre-paid Nationwide Bank®Visa® gift cards, plus a chance to be featured in a Farm Bureau advertising campaign.

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Ohio Farm Bureau to host Grow and Know Day at Malabar Farm

Published Mar. 30, 2010

Attendees can learn skills to manage their property

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Endsley named OFBF Director of Agricultural Law

Published Mar. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Chad Endsley director of agricultural law.

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'I am Farm Bureau'

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Campaign will highlight the diversity of membership.

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Brown County receives soil education grant

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Brown County Farm Bureau has received a $500 mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.

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On Your Behalf

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Here are some additional activities in which your support of Farm Bureau helped strengthen agriculture and rural Ohio.

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Peach named Farm Bureau vice president

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Brian Peach has been named vice president of organization for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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May We Introduce

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Gary Weck, Jennifer Baldwin

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Pearle Burlingame, organization director, Tim Hume, communications key leader, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Rich Mendenhall

Mahoning County Farm Bureau talks with foodies

Published Mar. 29, 2010

The Mahoning County Farm Bureau was a key sponsor with Meridian Services for the “Our Valley Cooks Food Expo” featuring Celebrity Chef Melissa D’Arabian.

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Coshocton County Farm Bureau invests in future of farming

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Agriculture education students at River View High School in Coshocton County have a unique opportunity to learn how to produce and market a quality product thanks in part to a partnership with a county Farm Bureau.

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Gov. Strickland signs SB 131, joined by bill sponsors Sens. Cafaro (left) and Gillmor.

Bill directs state to use bio-products

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland has signed Senate Bill 131, sponsored by Sens. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, and Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, which will establish a bio-products preferred purchasing program, making Ohio the first state in the country with such a program in statute.

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Farmers have expressed concern about bad lease agreements with oil and gas companies.

OFBF helps property owners deal with oil, gas well issues

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Many companies do it right, but be on the lookout for those that don’t.

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News Briefs

Published Mar. 26, 2010

Final H-2A rules not good for agriculture; Farm Bureau urges passage of business relief act; AFBF opposes government procurement legislation

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What CBS got wrong

Published Mar. 26, 2010

Ag expert sets record straight about misleading news report on antibiotics

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