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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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Ohio needs more infrastructure, food processing to meet demand for local food

Published Dec. 10, 2014

Demand is booming in Ohio for local food. There’s just one problem – Ohio doesn’t have enough infrastructure or food processing to meet the growing demand. That’s according to Brian Williams of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission who moderated a panel about local food councils during the Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum Dec. 10 in Columbus.

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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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Ohioans voice opposition to House climate bill

Published Aug. 31, 2009

Saying that it would kill jobs, raise consumer costs and make America less competitive, hundreds of Ohioans rallied in Lima Aug. 21 against climate legislation passed by the U.S. House.

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Ohioans win free groceries for a year

Published Dec. 17, 2009

A promotion that invited Ohio consumers to learn more about the farmers who produce their food has provided three Ohioans with free groceries for a year.

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Ohio’s Farmers Offer “Free Breakfast for a Year”

Published Jul. 19, 2010

Ohio farmers and Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms are teaming up to provide two Ohio families with “Free Breakfast for a Year.”

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Dale Arnold

Oil and Gas Development Briefings being held across Ohio

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is holding a series of briefings across Ohio to help landowners learn more about emerging oil and gas issues in Ohio, how it will impact them and their communities and how they can potentially benefit from it.

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OLC annual meeting provides forum for livestock farmers

Published Jul. 19, 2012

Communicating with consumers and improving transparency within animal agriculture are among the topics that will be discussed at the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s 15th annual meeting and industry symposium.

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OLC media campaign focuses on consumer-farmer connection

Published Mar. 26, 2009

The Ohio Livestock Coalition kicked off an extensive media campaign in January that included radio, newspaper and Web site ads.

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OLC provides funding for water quality, nutrient management programs

Published Feb. 13, 2013

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) recently announced that funding is available for Ohio organizations interested in hosting meetings for farmers and farm managers on water quality and nutrient management education.

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On the lamb

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Jon Ricciuto, an Ohio State University animal sciences student, prepares a lamb dish during the Ohio Lamb Chef’s Day in Delaware County.

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On the water

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio along with public officials and water quality advocates recently traveled to Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie to learn about water quality issues as well as research that could help farmers provide solutions.

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Lindsay Hill and Andy Vance, front, and Brandon and Julia Weber, rear, will compete in Seattle in January.

On their way to Seattle

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of DeGraff and Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington were winners in Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer contests and will represent Ohio during the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle Jan. 10 and 11.

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On your Behalf

Published Feb. 5, 2009

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

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On Your Behalf

Published Feb. 26, 2009

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

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