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Farmers air concerns in D.C.

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Local leaders make trip as federal issues mount

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We're talking about Oprah's Vegan Challenge

Farmers a bit surprised by Oprah's Vegan Challenge show

Published Feb. 2, 2011

When farmers learned that Oprah Winfrey was doing a show promoting a vegan lifestyle there was more than a little concern. But to the surprise of much of the agricultural community, the show may actually have done farmers a favor.

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Farmer input needed on tax reform

Published Jul. 17, 2013

Farmer input is needed on a recently announced approach to tax reform in the U.S. Senate, and Farm Bureau members have been asked to contact their representatives and senators to voice opinions about what should and shouldn't be part of a rewritten tax code.

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Consumers want to know about issues that impact them.

Farmer engagement must move beyond ‘feeding the world’

Published Jul. 20, 2011

A growing body of evidence suggests that Americans who do not farm or ranch really don’t give a rip that America’s farmers and ranchers are striving to feed the world.

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Farm-to-Table Study program explores food system in Costa Rica

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Participants will explore the food system from the “farm to the table” while considering various aspects of animal health and welfare, food safety, food protection and security, and public health.

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Collegiate Young Farmers' Farm to Fork Food Dialogues brought a variety of food interests together at once.

Farm to Fork Food Dialogue: A Feast for the Mind

Published Apr. 1, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.

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Prof. Harold Keener discusses OARDC's research on developing energy from biogas. Photo by Seth Teter

Farm research highlights AgriPOWER Institute

Published Feb. 5, 2009

OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute explored emerging areas of research during three days of leadership training at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

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Farm payments resume after temporary suspension

Published May. 13, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, resumed May 8.

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Farm owner successfully battles city in eminent domain case

Published Mar. 12, 2010

For almost six years Farm Bureau member Elaine Irwin has been fighting a plan to run a storm-water drainage pipe across her horse farm in northeastern Ohio.

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Farm organizations say nutrient management a priority

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Twenty agricultural groups are distributing this letter in an unprecedented campaign that encourages farmers to be proactive in the effort to improve water quality

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Farm Income Enhancement Program marks 20th anniversary

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Today, the program is so successful that it has drawn the attention of ag groups in other states and other land-grant universities.

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Farm groups outline concerns with climate regulations

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio farm organizations recently sent a letter to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown asking him to carefully consider the unintended environmental and economic impacts of climate change legislation.

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Five Ohio farm families were reconginzed during Farm Science Review for their efforts to protect natural resources.

Farm families recognized for conservation

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Five Ohio farm families, each members of Ohio Farm Bureau, were recognized with the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award.

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Farm Factor Draws a Crowd

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Ross County Farm Bureau's progressive farm tour dinner shows how Farm Bureau is uniquely positioned to bring the "agri-curious" into contact with their farmer neighbors to answer questions, build community and have some fun. Pat Petzel shares her take in this blog post.

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From L: Mike Bumgarner accepts a $50,000 check from FCS’s Andrew Wilson, Roger Earley and George Stebbins

Farm Credit Services makes $100,000 commitment to support livestock farmers

Published Sep. 2, 2009

The agricultural lending cooperative Farm Credit Services is giving $100,000 to support two initiatives that aim to advance Ohio’s livestock community.

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From left, OFBF's Mike Bumgarner with Farm Credit Services directors Andrew Wilson, Roger Earley and George Stebbins

Farm Credit Services makes $100,000 commitment to support livestock farmers

Published Sep. 10, 2009

The agricultural lending cooperative Farm Credit Services is giving $100,000 to support two initiatives that aim to advance Ohio’s livestock community.

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Joe Cornely

Farm community’s efforts on water quality attract attention

Published Feb. 12, 2013

After 20 years as a reporter and another 15 doing media relations, I can usually sense whether a news story is going to be a big deal or not. This one surprised me a little.

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Ohio Farm Bureau sponsored a recent conference examining ways farmers could help improve water quality in Lake Erie.

Farm community addresses water quality issues in Grand Lake St. Marys, Lake Erie

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Ohio’s farm community has been coming together to discuss and look for solutions to water quality and nutrient management challenges in the state. Of particular concern is Grand Lake St. Marys and the western Lake Erie Basin.

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Farm certified agents show commitment to customers

Published Aug. 13, 2009

The better your insurance agent knows and understands your farming operation, the more he or she can act as your trusted partner helping ensure you have the insurance coverages you need while helping keep your farm insurance costs reasonable.

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Steve Hirsch

Farm Bureau’s potential

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.

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Farm Bureau’s position on Ohio’s biennial budget bill

Published Jun. 27, 2013

After extensive deliberation, Ohio Farm Bureau's board of trustees voted to approve this budget bill, which provides support for many critical programs for the agricultural community.

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Farm Bureau’s landowner advocacy

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Farm Bureau works hard advocating at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, Federal Supreme Court and with local governments to ensure property rights and address other issues landowners have. Here are a few highlights of that advocacy work.

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Farm Bureau: Ditch the U.S. EPA’s proposed water rule

Published May. 8, 2014

Everyday farming practices, including fence building, planting and fertilizer application, could be affected by a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. In March the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its proposed rule, which would expand the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the CWA and give them jurisdiction over almost all areas with a hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches.

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Volunteers donated their time and efforts in a massive cabbage harvest in Sandusky County.

Farm Bureau, volunteers rally to feed Ohio’s hungry

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Through OFBF’s county-based “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign, Ohio farmers are helping to provide less fortunate Ohioans with safe and healthy food.

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OFBF and OAAE believe proposed rule could limit opportunities for agriculture students.

Farm Bureau, Ag Educators concerned about proposed farm youth labor regulations

Published Dec. 8, 2011

New regulations as proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would limit the opportunity for kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation's farms.

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Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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Farm Bureau working to protect Ohio cheese producers

Published Apr. 25, 2014

If the European Union has its way, U.S. cheese producers won’t be able to use European names such as Parmesan, asiago, feta and muenster because the EU says they are “geographical indications” and can only be displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe. But some of Ohio’s cheese producers have been making cheese the way their European ancestors did many generations ago.

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Bill Lowe

Farm Bureau volunteers help grow their organization

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award

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Farm Bureau tax reform issues

Published Apr. 24, 2013

Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses Farm Bureau concerns with federal tax reform that were addressed with working groups of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Farm Bureau task force looks to the future

Published Apr. 16, 2009

A task force launched to reexamine the direction of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recently embarked on a series of town hall meetings as it prepares to make recommendations about the future of the organization.

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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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Farm Bureau supports resolutions to stop EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Published Mar. 12, 2010

Is the "cow tax" back on the table? EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses could open the door to taxing emissions produced naturally by farm animals.

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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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A bipartisan group of lawmakers along with the governor are supporting a new proposal on caring for livestock.

Farm Bureau supports ballot measure on livestock care

Published Jun. 22, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is backing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a framework for making decisions on livestock care in Ohio.

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Farm Bureau supporting restored funding to SWCDs

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting provisions in a bill to re-establish full funding for important services that are regularly rendered on behalf of agriculture.

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Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Based on policies developed by its members, OFBF’s board of trustees has set seven public policy priority issues for 2009. These issues will help focus OFBF’s legislative efforts in the coming year.

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Farm Bureau seeks to help every farmer meet new watershed rules

Published Nov. 15, 2012

Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible. That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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Farm Bureau responds to HSUS Ohio plan

Published Apr. 25, 2013

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following statement following the launch of a new Ohio initiative by the Washington D.C. -based Humane Society of the United States.

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Farm Bureau priority issue ready for governor’s signature

Published Feb. 23, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau has several state priority issues for 2012, but one can already be marked off the list. With bipartisan support in the Ohio House and Senate, HB 276 will be sent to the governor’s office to be signed.

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Farm Bureau priorities included in state budget headed to conference committee

Published Jun. 7, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau priority issues have been addressed in both the House and Senate versions of the state budget bills. Yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed its version of the budget which will now be sent on to conference committee, to iron out differences with the House version. Listen to Brandon Kern discuss the budget bill and Farm Bureau priorities in them.

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Stallman delivers his annual address to members (AFBF photo)

Farm Bureau president delivers pointed & passionate address to farmers & critics

Published Jan. 19, 2010

Issues call to action for Farm Bureau members, and warns critics that farmers and ranchers will no longer tolerate opponents' efforts to change the landscape of American Agriculture.

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Farm Bureau presents reward

Published May. 17, 2010

A Pike County man recently received a $2,500 reward from Farm Bureau for information he provided to the Pike County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest and conviction of an individual who committed a crime on the property of a Pike County Farm Bureau member.

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Reps. Tim Derickson, Wes Rutherford, Margaret Conditt and Sen. Bill Coley at Butler County Farm Bureau's policy meeting.

Farm Bureau policy starts with members

Published Apr. 3, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it means that Farm Bureau is a “grassroots organization?” This is the time of year to be reminded of the organization’s grassroots policy development process and to get involved in it. Butler County Farm Bureau's work on policy development serves as an example of the beginning of the Farm Bureau grassroots policy development process.

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Farm Bureau pleased with Supreme Court ruling in zoning case

Published Jan. 21, 2010

A recent Ohio Supreme Court decision, which had implications for property rights and farmland preservation, protected the ability of local governments to manage growth.

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OFBF members signed 5,258 postcards to be sent to lawmakers opposing climate change & Clean Water Act legislation.

Farm Bureau opposes proposed climate change legislation

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Measure could put U.S. farmers at international disadvantage

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Farm Bureau opposes changing to a single food agency

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Farm Bureau opposes merging the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Department of Health and Human Services into a single entity.

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Farm Bureau opposed to antibiotic restrictions

Published May. 14, 2009

Legislation could jeopardize food safety

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Climb the corn wall at the Land and Living exhibit

Farm Bureau offers agriculture experience at the Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 7, 2010

Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the “Land and Living” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 28 to Aug. 8.

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OD Amanda Denes; Ted Zunis, Erie County; Jeff Belmont, county membership coordinator; NE Supervisor Danielle DuFour

Farm Bureau membership can have financial rewards

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In Northeast Ohio, as part of this year’s membership campaign, each county Farm Bureau in the region donated $100 to establish a $2,000 membership renewal promotion. In Paulding County, $2,500 was awarded as part of Farm Bureau's Property Protection program.

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Farm Bureau members urged to review pesticide rule changes

Published Jun. 8, 2012

Farm Bureau members are urged to review recent changes to an EPA rule prior applying pesticides this year.

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