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Ohio Farm Bureau Federation effectively lobbied to get language in the state transportation budget that could curb All-Terrain Vehicle trespassing.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s board voted recently to support pay increases for Ohio judges. In a briefing to the board, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about her work to increase judicial pay.
This week Ohio Farm Bureau testified about House Bill 490. OFBF supports a measure to transfer manure management regulations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as a nutrient management provision for the Western Lake Erie Basin.
In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.
The deadline to apply for Ohio Farm Bureau’s next AgriPOWER Institute is June 1.
Ohio FFA Association held its new Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) Sept. 26, at which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) staff taught 200 FFA members about government, advocating for agriculture in government, and helped them prepare to meet their legislators.
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.
With the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) rates for 2015 expected to be released in a couple of weeks, Ohio Farm Bureau was asked to testify about CAUV and describe its latest set of recommendations for changes to the formula.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has the expertise needed to administer parts of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Legislative Relations Chris Henney recently told Ohio lawmakers.
After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight.
Ohio Farm Bureau has asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
Ohio Farm Bureau is helping to coordinate a national symposium that will explore issues surrounding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.
Concerned that it could have implications for farmers across Ohio, Ohio Farm Bureau recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court in a case affecting the rights of landowners along Lake Erie.
With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, OFBF has been studying the intricacies of the act and how it affects the entire health care industry. In the works is a health benefits plan to help Ohio Farm Bureau members deal with ACA issues
Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers to make two bills stronger that aim to prevent and respond to future propane shortages.
Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER programs are are traveling to Washington, D.C. Sept. 10-12. Check here for the latest updates from those on the trip while on the ground on Capitol Hill.
Trying to get an idea of where the economy is headed? Two economics experts on Ohio Farm Bureau's radio show 'Town Hall Ohio' recently shared what financial indicators they look at and talked about the state of the economy in Ohio and across the country.
An early look at Jack Fisher's editorial in the July/August Issue of Our Ohio magazine.
Ohio Farm Bureau and Bob Evans are teaming up to present a how-to seminar for gardeners, food enthusiasts, property owners and animal lovers.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation works with new county Farm Bureau presidents every year to provide them with the skills needed to succeed at leading their organization.
A few scoops of ice cream have always been a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. This summer, Ohioans have the opportunity to help develop a flavor of ice cream that they’ll be able to enjoy year-round in the Ohio Farm Bureau and Velvet Ice Cream flavor contest.
President’s Award winners describe their successes, share award application tips
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) First Vice President Steve Hirsch believes that a single, one-size-fits-all national food safety system simply won’t work in the United States. He made that point last month while testifying before a U.S. House Ag subcommittee.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has a wealth of information and services for ag employers who hire migrant workers.
Three state agencies have jointly launched the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative, a program geared to improve water quality and reduce harmful algal blooms across Ohio, with emphasis in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. As part of a joint press conference between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the directors of each spoke about the initiative.
The Ohio Ag Council will induct the late Edwin J. Carey of Marion, Lester Lynd of Pataskala, Dr. Thomas B. Turner of Somerset and Fred Yoder of Plain City into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm and agribusiness community will be honored Aug. 2 by the Ohio Agricultural Council, when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels and other agriculture leaders celebrated Ohio Agriculture Day Thursday with visits to three Ohio agribusinesses: Blue Grass Farms, Central Ohio Logistics Center, and Feed the World, LLC. All three play a large role in Ohio’s global agriculture reach.
State Attorney General Richard Cordray is this week’s featured guest on Town Hall Ohio. Elected Ohio Attorney General in November 2008, Cordray previously served as Ohio Treasurer of State, Franklin County Treasurer, State Representative, and as Ohio’s first Solicitor General.
Redoutey Logging, Scioto County, recently accepted the 2009 National Outstanding Logger of the Year award.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is extending the filing date for group rating programs. As a result, OFBF members may submit AC-3 authorizations for group rating programs until April 1.
The Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture have both marked up and reported out Farm Bills this week. Both bills passed respective committees. It is anticipated that the Senate bill will have floor consideration by the full Senate next week. The House has not yet scheduled the bill for a floor vote but the ultimate deadline is September 30 when the current 9-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires.
Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.
A look at recent news and upcoming events with local Farm Bureaus throughout Ohio.
In addition to an educational program that will showcase Ohio agriculture for fourth-graders, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is launching an 'Ag is Cool!' multimedia contest.
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 head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is determined to improve the permitting process at the agency, which has more than 1,300 rules.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has created an office to help businesses comply with regulations and identify pollution prevention opportunities that can save money, increase efficiency and benefit the environment.
This weekend, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Town Hall Ohio radio show will feature several experts who will discuss drought preparedness.
Ohio's constitution requires the state to pass a balanced budget. To do that, lawmakers are going to have to fill an $8.4 billion hole in the next fiscal cycle.
Ohio Farm Bureau's “Ohio Farm and Country,” television show, airing weekly on ONN-TV, has been awarded a coveted national Telly Award for agricultural issues-based television programming. The show is produced in conjunction with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s first-ever Farm Blogging Workshop, held in June, is helping Ohio farmers be part of a growing online conversation about food and farming.
2010 brought new challenges and new opportunities.
Ohio Farm Bureau also looking for member input.
Gov. John Kasich has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).
Eight finalists named in competition to receive free Bob Evans grocery products for a year.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) thanks Ohio lawmakers for their unanimous support of legislation that will allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to move forward.
Two Ohio Farm Bureau youths have been selected to be on the Junior Fair Board of the Ohio State Fair.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) recently-created Center for Food and Animal Issues has assembled its team of professionals that will facilitate discussion over society’s relationship to animals.