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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The EPA recently published a proposed finding that current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere endanger public health and welfare.
OFBF’s communication projects recently received recognition through the American Farm Bureau Public Relations award.
As the Doha round of world trade talks continues to be stalled, Farm Bureau is calling for an overhaul of global trade negotiations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.
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.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohio’s laws on livestock care.
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.
Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.
In an industry booming with opportunity, are we stuck with a prevailing conversation that is this half-sighted? Not only is the demand for the quantity of food on a perpetually upward trend, but people are demanding more types of food.
New hire joins Ohio Farm Bureau
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Seth Everitt marketing communications specialist.
President Obama recently signed a tax relief bill that sets for two years an estate tax rate exemption of $5 million with a maximum rate of 35 percent.
Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act
More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.
Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse last month to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
COLUMBUS - Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.
Virtually all waters of the United States could fall under regulatory control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if the agency is successful in expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act.
For the first time in more than 20 years, changes are being proposed for how the nation’s 2 million agricultural workers and families are protected when working with pesticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revising its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Tell us how the proposed rule will affect you.
The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to oil spill prevention rules that will apply to some farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage. The deadline for farms to comply with the new rules is November 2010.
Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.
A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.
Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Chad Endsley director of agricultural law.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Chad Endsley as director of agricultural law.
A proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers calls for cutting the number of state departments in half and merging them into other offices.
All employers have a new deadline to meet under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You are required to inform employees about what – if any – health insurance you will provide them and the employee’s ability to purchase health insurance coverage through state or federally administered insurance exchanges. The deadline is Oct. 1.
Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would strengthen private property rights was approved last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944), prohibits states that receive federal economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Ohio Farm Bureau was very involved with the initiative to reform eminent domain law in Ohio, to ensure the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes is strictly limited.
What steps have Ohio Farm Bureau, other ag groups and Ohio farmers taken to address water quality issues?
Eleven stops, 120 ATVs and 280 people were the makings of one great tour. Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently partnered to put on an ATV conservation tour. Watch this video to see photos and hear about the tour.
Ohioans passed three separate constitutional amendments in the recently concluded election; those decisions will be analyzed by Statehouse reporters Bill Hershey of the Dayton Daily News and Mark Kovak of the Youngstown Vindicator on this week’s Town Hall Ohio.
Ohio has elected a new governor and statewide office holders, many new lawmakers and it may soon have new administrators in state offices such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. teamed up for the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction in November, and bidders set a new record, raising $13,775 to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.
Eight finalists are competing for the most online votes to win $1,000 in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues.
As issues of animal care are raised in Ohio, Buckeye Farm News wants to understand the views of the 98 percent of people who don't see the world through a farmer's eyes. The goal is to create a starting point for dialogue.