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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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Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, l, and OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

Ohio House speaker urges OFBF members to keep talking with legislators

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Calling the Ohio House of Representatives the “people’s house,” House Speaker William Batchelder said he would like hearings to be more accessible to the general public.

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Ohio farmer Bob Peterson testifies for SJR 6, while his family watches on.

Ohio House votes to put livestock care on ballot

Published Jun. 24, 2009

Ohio farm families today joined lawmakers in support of a measure that would help ensure animal well-being, consumer choice and the availability of Ohio-grown food.

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Ohio is examining new tax policy proposals

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasich’s broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohio’s tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.

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Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs recently held a congressional hearing on pesticide regulations.

Ohio lawmakers fight regulatory redundancy

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have led an effort to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.

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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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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 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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Progress continues on standards & civil penalties protecting livestock, consumers, producers, & ag livelihood.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Civil Penalty Rules

Published Oct. 20, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Wednesday passed a vote on proposed civil penalty rules that will be used to enforce newly created livestock care standards.

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The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board voted on the state's first-ever livestock care standards.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Passes Vote on Euthanasia Standards

Published Oct. 6, 2010

Proposed euthanasia rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the rule making process.

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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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Ohio's livestock care standards will go into effect starting Sept. 29, 2011.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Issued

Published Aug. 23, 2011

After more than a year of work, animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective on Sept. 29, 2011.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published Jan. 6, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition accepting nominations for 'Neighbor of the Year' awards

Published May. 21, 2013

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition, in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Mid-America, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Neighbor of the Year awards, which recognizes two rural residents – one farmer and one non-farmer.

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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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Environmental Stewardship Award and Neighbor of the Year award winners.

Ohio Livestock Coalition discusses emerging issues, recognizes farmers

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Emerging agricultural issues were prevalent themes at the 2012 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, and five Ohio farmers were named as recipients of the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and one rural resident for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Ohio Livestock Coalition Offers Free Classroom Materials

Published Nov. 29, 2011

New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation curriculum.

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A mobile slaughterhouse could serve farmers interested in raising poultry on a small scale. Photo by iStockphoto.com

Ohio looking into mobile or regional poultry slaughterhouse

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Currently, Ohio only has one small poultry processor in the northwestern area of the state, making it inconvenient and expensive for farmers who live far away.

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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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Ohio hopes to develop a marketing agreement that will fit the needs of all producers.

Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement addresses food safety concerns

Published Feb. 24, 2011

As federal officials continue to work on national food safety standards, Ohio farm groups are developing their own guidelines to better fit the needs of the state’s diverse farming community.

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Jon husted, left, and OFBF's Jack Fisher

Ohio Secretary of State visits 'Town Hall Ohio'

Published Nov. 15, 2011

As Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State, Jon Husted said his job is to protect the rights of individuals and the sanctity of the state’s elections.

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Ohio Sen. Grendell, joined by Sen. Gibbs, gives testimony on a resolution against a tax on emissions from livestock.

Ohio senators speak out against ‘cow tax’

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Ohio Sens. Timothy Grendell, R-Chesterland, and Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, are leading a state-based push to prevent farmers from facing a potential federal tax on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from livestock.

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Tuscarawas Co. Presidnet Jerry Lahmers (l) discusses the workings of the Animal Agriculture 101 program

Ohio sends its best to Texas

Published Feb. 5, 2009

2 counties, 4 young leaders earn recognition

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Ohio Sheep and Goat Producers invited to 'District' programs

Published Jan. 4, 2011

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio State University Extension invite Ohio sheep and goat producers to a set of “District” educational outreach programs throughout the state to learn more about different areas of sheep and goat production.

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Ohio Sheep and Goat Web Programs throughout February

Published Jan. 16, 2014

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is again partnering with Ohio State University Extension to sponsor the 2014 Sheep and Goat Web series, a training and informational program for farmers. The Web series will assist sheep and goat farmers in becoming better managers and provide advice to those interested in entering this growing industry.

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Ohio Sheep Day scheduled for July 16 at Blue Heron Farm

Published May. 16, 2011

Ohio sheep farmers and anyone dedicated to sheep production are invited to participate in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s (OSIA) 2011 Ohio Sheep Day, to be held July 16 at Blue Heron Farm in Lisbon.

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Far left - Francis and Shirley Steffee; second from the right - Dr. Charles Parker

Ohio sheep farmers win national awards, elected to board

Published Feb. 4, 2013

Two Ohioans received national awards and one was elected to the board at the 2013 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 22- 27.

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Ohio Sheep Improvement Association offers Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Jun. 1, 2011

$1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship available to college-aged sheep producers in Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2011.

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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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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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Newly elected officers Daryl Clark, Jim Percival, Shawn Ray, Mark McCabe and OSIA executive director Roger High.

Ohio sheep industry awards winners, program funding and elections announced

Published Jan. 2, 2013

There has been a lot of activity in the Ohio sheep industry recently, starting in October with the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP) voting to fund several programs for the coming year, and then supporters of the Ohio sheep industry were honored at the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in December.

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Ohio sheep producers honored at Buckeye Shepherds Symposium

Published Jan. 25, 2011

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program honored many significant contributors to the sheep industry during its annual meeting and awards ceremony held in December.

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Click the video above to watch Rep. Batchelder talk about his duties in the Town Hall Ohio radio studio.

Ohio Speaker of the House on this week's Town Hall Ohio

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohio Speaker of the House, Rep. William Batchelder, joined Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher to share more about his duties and talk Ohio politics on Town Hall Ohio. Here's a sneak peek of the Feb. 26 show.

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Fager, far right, with the CYF girls on the Farm to Fork Food Dialogues planning committee.

Ohio State Collegiate Young Farmers: Building agriculture leaders

Published Apr. 18, 2013

Ohio State agricultural communication student and Collegiate Young Farmers’ Farm Bureau Liaison Kelly Fager explains why she is involved in the club and the goals the officers set for the club in the upcoming year.

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Ohio State Fair "Agriculture is Cool" program receives International Recognition

Published Dec. 6, 2011

"Agriculture is Cool" interactive education program partnership with Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's agricultural commodity groups recognized earns first place Agricultural Award of Excellence.

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State Fair ambassadors and interns with Ohio's First Lady Karen Kasich

Ohio State Fair activities

Published Aug. 2, 2012

Photos and other coverage of activities at the Ohio State Fair activity in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s “Land and Living” exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building.

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Ohio State Fair Land & Living Exhibit -- 2014 Schedule of Events

Published Jun. 19, 2014

Discover agriculture at Ohio Farm Bureau's Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 23 to Aug. 3.

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Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio await visitors to the Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

Ohio State Fair Land & Living Exhibit -- Schedule of Events

Published Jul. 15, 2013

Discover agriculture at Ohio Farm Bureau's Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4.

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Dr. Ronald Kensinger

Ohio State’s new animal sciences chair lays out priorities

Published Feb. 15, 2012

The college has identified key areas important to the general public and needs to continue working on them, he said. Those areas include research, biofuels and high fiber materials, animal welfare and Extension.

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Click the video above to hear Kvamme explain his plan to attract businesses and spur economic growth.

Ohio taking new path toward job creation

Published Feb. 17, 2011

Mark Kvamme, director of the Ohio Department of Development, appears this weekend on Ohio Farm Bureau’s radio show Town Hall Ohio to discuss a new private-public partnership intended to bring jobs to the state. Here's a preview.

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Ohio water research and resources

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The harmful algal bloom issue in Lake Erie is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio’s agriculture community has been focusing on finding ways to keep nutrients in place on farms by preventing runoff. Below are a few resources to learn more about what is being done and can be done, plus other educational materials.

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Ohio well represented at American Farm Bureau voting delegate session

Published Jan. 22, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and their policy positions were well represented at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegate body accepted several Ohio resolutions, adding them to national policy.

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Ohio will thrive on exports, says Farm Bureau

Published Aug. 30, 2010

Ohio’s export industry is a bright spot in the state’s economy and has the potential to generate additional personal income and government revenues.

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Heimerl, Mossbarger and Reese

Ohio women who grow food are starting conversations with the women who buy it

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Three Ohio farm women who are Farm Bureau members are working to bridge the disconnect between consumers and their food by sharing their personal experiences through a new program called CommonGround.

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Ohio's record rainfall caused concern about overflowing manure storage sites

Published Jun. 23, 2011

The record rainfall this spring in Ohio created not only a planting headache for farmers but major manure storage challenges.

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Emily Krueger of Wayne County Farm Bureau brings home 1st place in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet.

Ohioan wins National Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 9, 2011

Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.

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ReshapeOhio.org allows Ohioans to try their hand at redrawing their own congressional districts.

Ohioans can provide input in redistricting process

Published Aug. 23, 2011

With just a few computer clicks, Farm Bureau members can provide their input on how Ohio’s congressional districts and state legislative districts should be redrawn.

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Efforts of farmers played a major role in getting Issue 2 passed (full caption in story).

Ohioans have spoken

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Passage of Issue 2 is a landmark step in farmers’ partnership with consumers

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Individuals emerged more prepared to share their personal stories with an increasingly connected, mobile public.

Ohioans offer online agvocacy advice

Published Sep. 11, 2012

More than 100 farmers and agribusiness professionals converged in Kansas City in August to sharpen their online agvocacy skills during the AgChat Foundation’s third annual Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference.

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Ohioans recognized for contributions to sheep production

Published Feb. 15, 2012

American Sheep Industry honors Moore family, Don Van Nostran, Roger High and Henry Zerby.

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