Working through Ohio Farm Bureau, farmers were actively engaged in the multi-year process of drafting, writing and revising the law. The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, was first passed by the Senate. The House recently passed its version, which the Senate is expected to approve. It will then go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
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Thirty-three high school students from across the state learned how to take action in the government process by participating in the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program. Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 4-H and FFA, the policy development program took place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus in conjunction with Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ag Day at the Capitol.
Young professionals event continues to grow
With some leases going back decades or even back to the turn of the 20th century, it might be difficult to know for sure if the well is still yielding oil and gas, keeping an agreement in force.
A local Farm Bureau Community council is taking it upon itself to launch a program bringing local chefs to a local farmers market to showcase how to prepare fresh foods.
Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides part two of his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.
The passion of Ohio Farm Bureau members along with the use of some simple technology gave the organization momentum as it helped block an unpopular proposal on federal youth labor rules.
Farm machinery has not been allowed to use a portion of U.S Route 20, or the Norwalk Bypass, in Huron County for many years. Recently, several farmers including two Huron County Farm Bureau members, John Brooks and Bill Ommert, submitted testimony on House Bill 249, which seeks to resolve the longstanding issue that has impacted farmers in that area.
Ohioans voting at the meeting debated and discussed a variety of policies and were successful in advancing three recommendations submitted by fellow farmers.
Ohio Farm Bureau is taking a close look at Gov. John Kasich’s 1,600-page mid-biennium review (MBR), a package of policy and budgetary provisions that lay out Kasich’s goals for the year. The MBR has been split out into 14 separate bills so legislative committees can consider them. The MBR is comprehensive and covers everything from K-12 and higher education to various tax changes to amusement ride inspection fees.
Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.
The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.
If you have an old vehicle on your land that has been sitting there for years, or a used car to get rid of, the Ronald McDonald House can help.
Claims made by Mercy for Animals at a recent press conference drew challenges from journalists.
AgriPOWER is a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of multi-day institutes that cover public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Ohio Farm Bureau is now taking applications for Class VI. Here is what two past participants had to say about the program.
Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien recently visited Athens County to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods.
On May 1, Farmland will be coming to theaters in more than 60 major markets and will be screened in rural communities, too. It’s the latest documentary from Academy Award winning director James Moll.
The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board came one step closer to getting its feet on the ground when the Ohio House unanimously passed legislation to establish the required guidelines for the voter-approved entity.
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."
This week the House Agriculture Committee passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. At this time it is not known when or if the Farm Bill will be taken up by the entire House for consideration. Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to push for passage before the September expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill.
The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2642, the farm portion of the farm bill by a vote of 216-208. The bill removes the nutrition title, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but leaves all other provisions intact.
More than 90 percent of respondents to a recent nationwide survey believe the number of unwanted horses, as well as those neglected and abused, is increasing.
Concerns about a strain of equine herpevirus (EHV-1), which can lead to abortion in mares, and respiratory and neurological problems as well as death, recently arose after several horses were diagnosed following a Utah event that potentially exposed hundreds of animals.
The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.
Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”
Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.
In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.
During their speeches at the 93rd annual meeting, both leaders challenged members to think about the who, why and how of Ohio Farm Bureau’s operation.
Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held an online forum, “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating—on their own health and the health of the planet.
The Highland County Farm Bureau received the Emergency Service Hero Award for its joint effort with the Highland County Fire Chiefs Association raising funds for equipment and training of local emergency service workers in grain bin rescues. The award was presented during the Highland and Clinton County American Red Cross Hero Awards Breakfast, held each year to recognize everyday heroes who reach out to help people in need, make a difference in the community or save a life.
Ohio Farm Bureau supports Senate Bill 66 which would make several changes to Ohio’s indemnity program, including an increase in the fund cap to $15 million. The bill has passed a Senate floor vote and is now headed to the House Agriculture committee. Currently the indemnity fund is statutorily capped at $10 million, but since the last fund cap, corn prices have increased approximately 225 percent, soybeans increased 147 percent and wheat increased 191 percent.
Ohio Farm Bureau will be working with federal and pipeline officials to ensure southern and central Ohio landowners’ properties are properly repaired and other concerns are addressed during construction of the Columbia Gas Transmission Leach Xpress project.
Ohio Farm Bureau is holding educational seminars around the state to help answer questions about oil and natural gas royalties.
As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.
Farm Bureau members are encouraged to become engaged in informing voters about the three measures on the November ballot.
The purpose of AFBF’s survey is to determine adoption of Big Data among farmers and determine the awareness of issues such as data ownership, liability and usage.
Matt and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown were recently elected co-chairs of the OFBF Young Agricultural Professionals Advisory Team.
Five Ohio farmers are featured in a statewide radio campaign from the Ohio Livestock Coalition about animal care, food safety, the environment, communities and generations.
Most woodland owners only have one or two timber sales in their lifetime, and it is important that they are well informed before they make these long-term decisions.
The Healthy Water Coalition is a unique group of diverse interests that pulled together to take a strategic look at how to preserve our water. Guests: Steve Hirsch, Ohio Farm Bureau; Josh Knights, Ohio Nature Conservancy; Ann Aquillo, Scott's Miracle Gro; Jack Williams, City of Ottawa.
OFBF has been working on HwO since November 2013 and helped set up its framework by putting together a 16-member steering committee that will guide Healthy Water Ohio’s activities.
Healthy Water Ohio (HwO) has been busy gathering input from groups and individuals about the present and future needs of the state’s water resources. More than a year ago, Ohio Farm Bureau started work on the initiative. The goal is to develop a 20- to 30-year plan to sustainably meet water needs while enhancing the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.
Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.
Last week, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay of the mandate requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance to their full-time workers by the start of 2014.
Ohio Farm Bureau is encouraging lawmakers to restore funding that was cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the proposed state budget.
Using a tractor to haul equipment on a roadway may not be legal if it’s a wide load. A Union County Farm Bureau member was surprised to find this out because he’d been hauling a piece of equipment that way for a long time.
A Hardin County man is awarded $2,500 from Ohio Farm Bureau for providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual committing a crime on Farm Bureau member property.
Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.