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There’s quite the list of opportunities across the state in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up. Scholarships are available, meetings on all sorts of key issues are being held, community breakfasts are being served, and more.
The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing its plan to expand milk testing after the dairy industry and state regulators criticized the methodology.
The Food and Drug Administration has released for public comment its proposed rule to establish science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the deadline to submit comments regarding its proposals to block LightSquared from pursuing its wireless broadband network to March 16.
Jon Hobbs of Clarksburg was presented with a reward check of $2,500 for information he provided to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest of two individuals convicted of receiving stolen property taken from Fayette County Farm Bureau member James Hobbs of Bloomingburg.
Interest in renting farmland continues to be strong, as some farmers look for more land to try to take advantage of high crop values.
A video recap of Ohio Farm Bureau's 2010 Ag Day at the Capitol.
More than 1½ years ago, Ohio produce growers gathered in Columbus to testify about a proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement aimed at improving food safety and quality. The voluntary program was not very popular with Ohio farmers.
Broad support shown for Livestock Care
As the peak season approaches for harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie, Ohio agriculture will continue to be in the public spotlight for its impact on water quality.
Water quality and agriculture stories will be on the front page for months and years to come. Ohio Farm Bureau is working with reporters to draw their attention to agriculture’s commitment to accept responsibility and act responsibly.
County Farm Bureaus across the state regularly contribute to their local communities.
Six Ohio agricultural producers recently received the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award from commodity organizations and the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC)
While antibiotic resistance is a natural biological phenomenon, some are questioning the impact that antibiotics used in livestock production might have on public health.
Saying that it could reduce net farm income by more than $5 billion over the next 10 years, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) President Brent Porteus recently told a panel of lawmakers that farmers were concerned about cap and trade legislation passed by the U.S. House.
While farmers recently welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Labor will reconsider rules regarding
youth working on farms, concerns about the proposal remain.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) 64th annual county president’s trip to Washington, D.C. sent farmers to meet with national policymakers on behalf of their peers back home.
Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules recently to testify about an agritourism bill that is based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.
More than 400 Ohio Farm Bureau members met in Columbus last month, for the annual Leadership Conference, where President Brent Porteus stressed that the organization relies on their involvement.
The two-day event brought a handful of farmers to Beverly Hills to discuss perceptions and realities of food and farming. It included entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists and more.
In February, fifth-generation South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick discovered Yellow Tail Wine was donating $100,000 to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Some farms storing oil required to have a spill prevention control plan in place soon.
“Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work.” That’s a post on the Farmer’s Diary blog from Butler County Farm Bureau member and dairy farmer Rosemary Beeler, as she tells about her day on the farm.
Thanks to the farmers on our Facebook page who shared the reasons that they would encourage other farmers to join Farm Bureau. You can join in the conversation at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau.
Delegates at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd Annual Meeting voted to maintain a strong farm income safety net, address dairy price volatility and urge greater oversight of regulatory actions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ohio Farm Bureau is helping hundreds of Ohio farmers express their concerns to the U.S. EPA on a guidance document that would expand the agency’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act.
Hundreds of farmers & other Ohioans rally at Ohio Statehouse to repeal estate tax.
Daryl Knipp, a produce farmer and an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, joined nearly 60 other farmers and agricultural leaders from 14 states in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for immigration reform. Here are a few clips from Knipp about the fly-in and immigration reform.
“Now is the time for all farmers, regardless of what they produce, to come together in a unified effort to protect Ohio agriculture,”
June 1 is the deadline for farmers to file certification regarding highly erodible land and wetland conservation with their local U.S.Department of Agriculture service center.
Farmers recognized for 2011 accomplishments at American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii, urged to create more across the U.S. in 2012.
Ohio farmers met face to face with their lawmakers during Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol.
For more than a dozen years, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks’ Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) has been the perfect partnership between farmers and food banks.
With a long awaited farm bill signed into law, it’s now time to start putting the programs to work. Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of state and national policy, noted the legislation is significantly different than past bills.
Ohio farmers are invited to learn more about animal welfare, consumer concerns and building trust in agriculture during the Ohio Livestock Coalition's industry symposium and annual meeting Sept. 6.
Five farm families were honored for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation during ceremonies at the Farm Science Review.
Winning consumer trust is ultimately more important than defeating the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), according to a food industry expert who recently spoke at OFBF’s Trends and Issues Conference.
Social media has benefited agriculture in many ways, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Communications Specialist Dan Toland.
Talks with EPA yield positive results.
Many farmers are finding social media to be a key tool in educating consumers and combating animal rights activists.
Ohio farmers discussed consumer trust, animal care, regulations and more at the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting in April. Here's a recap of the conversations and presentations.
Jay Lehr kicked off Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting with a challenge to the farmers in attendance.
Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The program replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program and gives dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operations.
Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015.
Participants in OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute delve into a broad spectrum of information during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Ohio Farm Bureau leaders have taken in active role in helping to shape the state's future.
Farmers and ranchers are headed to Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world – for the second Food Dialogues event, June 20-21. Four separate discussions – held over two days – will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. Ohio Farm Bureau member Kristin Reese will serve as a panelist at one of the four discussions.
Local leaders make trip as federal issues mount
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.