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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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Farm Bureau members urged to attend training on nutrient management

Published May. 21, 2012

The ODA is holding Certified Livestock Manager training June 19-20 at their offices in Reynoldsburg. Part of the training will address nutrient management and water quality issues currently under consideration by a statewide working group that is jointly led by ODA, Ohio EPA and ODNR.

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Farm Bureau members to fill two open seats on state board

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farmers will elect the leaders of their organization during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. This year, there are two contested races that will be decided by delegates from those regions.

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AFBF shared this image on Facebook as part of the effort to raise awareness about the estate tax.

Farm Bureau members take action on estate tax

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are joining farmers nationwide to ask Congress to extend the current estate tax exemption and rate, which are set to expire Jan. 1.

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Farm Bureau members take action against turnpike privatization

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farm Bureau members who live near the turnpike have been busy attending local meetings, building coalitions and advocating against the possibility of privatizing it.

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From left: J.L. Draganic, Jim Croskey, Cynthia Koonce, Tom LeFevre, Bill Shoup,Lucy Sondles and Don Sharp.

Farm Bureau members receive stewardship, good neighbor awards

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Five farmers, two rural residents receive awards.

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Congressman Bob Latta discussing farm policy during a tour in Van Wert and Mercer counties.

Farm Bureau members keep elected officials busy during break

Published Aug. 22, 2013

While Congress and the Ohio General Assembly have both been on “break” over the last few weeks, Farm Bureau policy advocacy has been in full swing. Ohio Farm Bureau members have been busy attending town hall meetings, farm tours and discussions with their elected officials, sharing their personal farm stories and how policy is impacting them.

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Contact Rebecca Everman at 614-246-8241 or reverman@ofbf.org to volunteer at Farm Science Review

Farm Bureau members invited to help with membership at Farm Science Review

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are invited to help build our organization's strength by talking about Farm Bureau membership and programs with non members at OFBF’s building at this year’s Farm Science Review. Visitors are invited to stop by and talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.

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Farm Bureau members get Back to Basics

Published Jul. 24, 2009

For nearly 70 Ohioans, a recent trip to the Bob Evans Farm in southeast Ohio was all about getting back to basics.

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Ohio State's Bruce McPheron responds to questions from Farm Bureau members about the future of agricultural programs.

Farm Bureau members continue discussions on OSU

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Bruce McPheron, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke with an Ohio Farm Bureau member advisory team that is offering input on how the college can best serve Ohio’s agricultural community.

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Farm Bureau grassroots effort continues with AFBF Resolution Committee

Published Dec. 20, 2013

Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Resolution Committee meeting this week. Several of Ohio’s policy suggestions were accepted and will come before the voting delegates at American Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch serves on the AFBF Resolution Committee, where grassroots policy development continues.

Farm Bureau grassroots effort continues at AFBF Resolutions Committee

Published Dec. 18, 2012

Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee the week of Dec. 10.

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Farm Bureau members at the estate tax elimination rally during Ag Day at the Capital 2011

Farm Bureau efforts lead to state, federal estate tax victories

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The new year brought victories on state and federal estate taxes that have been the focus of Ohio Farm Bureau members’ grassroots efforts for more than two decades. On Jan. 1, Ohio’s estate tax ended, and Farm Bureau-supported federal estate taxes exemptions became permanent.

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Farm Bureau concerned about EPA’s greenhouse gas findings

Published May. 14, 2009

The EPA recently published a proposed finding that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere endanger public health and welfare.

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Farm Bureau communications receive national awards

Published Jul. 16, 2009

OFBF’s communication projects recently received recognition through the American Farm Bureau Public Relations award.

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Farm Bureau calls for overhauling WTO talks, keeping NAFTA intact

Published Feb. 5, 2009

As the Doha round of world trade talks continues to be stalled, Farm Bureau is calling for an overhaul of global trade negotiations.

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Farm bill passes Senate

Published Jun. 21, 2012

The Senate has passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 64-35. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Yvonne Lesicko prepared this report on the passage of the farm bill in the Senate.

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Farm Bill Passes in House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 251 to 166 to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The Senate could take up the measure as early as tomorrow but more likely early next week.

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Farm bill negotiations underway, Brown outlines priorities

Published Nov. 21, 2013

With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.

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Farm bill fails to pass the House

Published Jun. 21, 2013

Yesterday the U.S. House completed consideration of the 2013 Farm Bill. Surprisingly and unfortunately, final passage failed 195-234. Ohio members of Congress who voted against the bill include: Representatives Beatty, Chabot, Jordan, Kaptur, Ryan and Wenstrup. These individuals need to hear from Farm Bureau members immediately with the message that we need to pass a farm bill now.

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Eric Cotton was among the Ohio Farm Bureau members who spoke with Rep. Marcia Fudge about the farm bill.

Farm bill cuts in the works – will it pass this year?

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The next farm bill, whether it passes this year or next, will contain billions of dollars in cuts and eliminate some longstanding farm subsidy programs.

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Farm bill could be finished in January

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 2013.

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Farm bill and tax provisions contained in fiscal cliff fix

Published Jan. 4, 2013

On Jan. 1, the United States House and Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The Act contains an array of issues including tax policy, farm bill provisions and rural health care policy. Here are the main provisions including how Ohio's delegation voted on the Act.

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2013-14 Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Farleys named chairs of Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Published Dec. 16, 2013

Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. The Farleys will lead the team in developing and directing programs, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.

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Fairfield, Hocking County Farm Bureaus host fourth Annual Ag Days

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Fairfield and Hocking County Farm Bureaus will be hosting Ag Days April 14 and 15 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds. Ag Days is a free event held to share the importance of agriculture in communities, and several thousand attend this two-day event each year.

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FACE TO FACE: Ohio public officials farmers should get to know

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohio’s government continues to see new faces in leadership positions as a result of last November’s election and Gov. John Kasich’s cabinet appointments.

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Face time with policymakers isn’t always easy, but farmers find a way

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Despite an often rancorous political climate, farmers are finding constructive ways to weigh in on public policy as they continue a busy season of engagement with elected officials.

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Eye-opening Washington trip

Published Sep. 29, 2014

AgriPOWER Class VI member Ashley Culp blogs about her exciting and eye-opening experience during the programs trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about agricultural policy and lobbying along with the Young Ag Professionals group.

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Extremist attacks on the food chain rose in 2008

Published Mar. 26, 2009

According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a watchdog for the livestock industry, attacks on the global food chain from animal rights and environmental extremists jumped 42 percent -- from 155 in 2007 to 220 in 2008.

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Extraordinary Ohioans committed to Ag Inducted into Ohio Ag Hall of Fame

Published Jun. 8, 2009

From the Ohio Agricultural Council

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s agriculture industry will be honored Friday, August 7, 2009 by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Joe Maxwell, from HSUS

Exploring leadership and activism

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.

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Schriver, Bird and Fox discuss CSAs on Town Hall Ohio

Exploring Community Supported Agriculture in Ohio

Published Feb. 16, 2012

On this weekend’s Town Hall Ohio radio program: Two Ohio Community Supported Agriculture farms -- Bryn Bird of Bird’s Haven Farms and Todd Schriver of Rock Dove Farms, as well as Ohio State University Extension’s direct marketing expert Julie Fox and Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cara Lawson.

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Experiencing public policy

Published Dec. 8, 2014

When the words public policy are initially heard, I immediately flashback to government or political science class -- long lectures, copious notes, and fair amounts of doodling in the margins of my paper. However, the fourth session of AgriPOWER has given me the opportunity to experience firsthand the theories and practices of our government coming to life.

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This undercover video by the Humane Society of the United States clearly documented disturbing animal mistreatment.

Expect the worst

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohio’s laws on livestock care.

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Exciting Lineup for AFBF Annual Meeting in Seattle

Published Nov. 16, 2009

Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash.

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Excellence in Agriculture Finalists named

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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