The new year brought victories on state and federal estate taxes that have been the focus of Ohio Farm Bureau membersí grassroots efforts for more than two decades. On Jan. 1, Ohioís estate tax ended, and Farm Bureau-supported federal estate taxes exemptions became permanent.
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The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, United Producers Inc., Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2013.
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 first full week of the new year was a busy one for Ohio Farm Bureau, with its involvement in several political events and the appointment of several of Ohioís elected officials to U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees.
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.
A federal court judge in Maryland ruled in late December in favor of Perdue Farmsí poultry grower Hudson Farms in a case filed against them by the Waterkeeper Alliance, which failed to prove the poultry growers violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the Pocomoke River.
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 Shepherdís Symposium in December.
County Farm Bureaus share scholarship opportunities, highlight local leaders who have played a big role in shaping Ohio Farm Bureauís actions in 2013, host cooking competitions and more in this monthís County Farm Bureau Round-up.
Farm Bureauís grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee the week of Dec. 10.
As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.