News & Events

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New program aims to help Ohio’s equine industry

Published Jan. 21, 2010

OFBF is helping to get the word out about a new Ohio State University Extension program that will provide helpful and up-to-date information to horse owners and enthusiasts.

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On Your Behalf - Jan. 21, 2010

Published Jan. 21, 2010

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

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Nationwide News: Personalized auto insurance can help in today’s economy

Published Jan. 21, 2010

As more Americans are forced to make tough choices to balance the monthly checkbook, it’s becoming more important than ever to have auto insurance coverage that is personalized to your needs. Nationwide, with its On Your Side Review and new On Your Side Rewards, can help you get the best value possible.

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Everitt named marketing communications specialist

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Seth Everitt marketing communications specialist.

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Vance retiring after 36 years with OFBF, Nationwide

Published Jan. 21, 2010

For as long as Bob Vance can remember, Ohio Farm Bureau has been a part of his life. He grew up on a dairy farm

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Bob Ebie and Gayle Lewis

May we introduce…

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Portage County's Bob Ebie & Gayle Lewis, publications production and advertising coordinator

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FarmerHaley on Twitter

Online 'agvocacy,' 140 characters at a time

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Wayne County farmer Mike Haley answers some questions commonly asked by farmers about online social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

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Last year, OFBF held its first Grow and Know event.

Grow and Know this year with Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Whether they own a patio downtown or 50 acres in rural Ohio, animal lovers, foodies, gardeners and more are invited to get in touch with their inner-farmer and make the most of their property through OFBF's 2010 Grow and Know series.

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EPA clarifies oil spill prevention rules for farms

Published Jan. 21, 2010

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.

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In order to pay taxes on inherited land, families can be forced to sell off parts of their farms.

Proposals look to offer relief from Ohio’s estate tax

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Legislation being considered by Ohio lawmakers would reduce Ohio’s estate tax rate and allow local governments to do away with the tax for residents in their jurisdictions.

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Food prices for consumers are significantly lower than they were a year ago, according to an American Farm Bureau survey

News Briefs - Jan. 21, 2010

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The Agriculture Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are partnering up to reduce fraud in farm programs.

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At a glance - Jan. 21, 2010

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher has received accolades for his work at the helm of the state’s largest farm organization.

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Many farmers already engage in environmentally-friendly practices.

Climate change legislation could support farmers' efforts - But at what cost?

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The debate over climate change is continuing to heat up in Congress and on farms across the country.

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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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The next step is underway in establishing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Livestock care board begins to take shape

Published Jan. 21, 2010

In the months since voters approved Issue 2, creating a Livestock Care Standards Board, the state’s coalition of livestock groups and others who worked for its passage have been preparing to take a serious look at how livestock and poultry are raised in the state.

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American Farm Bureau Supports Halt to EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislative efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to stop an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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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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Fisher shares Issue 2 success, provides advice to livestock producers

Published Jan. 18, 2010

Farm Bureau Exec calls Issue 2 victory "one step" in ongoing battle during Agri Pulse radio broadcast.

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Neighbor of the Year Award nominations being accepted

Published Jan. 18, 2010

County Farm Bureau members, community leaders and members of the Ohio Livestock Coalition have opportunity to recognize neighbors' outstanding rural communications efforts.

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Ohio farmers may apply for reduced-interest loans through Ag-Link program

Published Jan. 15, 2010

Ohio Treasury's annual program provides an interest rate reduction on operating loans and lines of credit to Ohio's farming community.

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From left, High, and Distinguished Service Award Winners Miller, Johnson, Cessna, Highfield, Irvin and Shultz.

Producers flock to Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Published Jan. 14, 2010

Sheep Industry celebrates acheivements, elects leaders for 2010.

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OSIA and OSU Extension Announce District Sheep and Goat Programs

Published Jan. 13, 2010

Series of programs educate sheep and goat producers throughout Ohio.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman looks over policy resolutions with delegates. (AFBF Photo)

That’s a Wrap

Published Jan. 13, 2010

Policy session, among other items, marks end of American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Seattle.

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Climate Bill, Federal Debt Top Concerns of AFBF Delegates

Published Jan. 13, 2010

Delegates at the 91st American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting voted to oppose cap-and-trade climate legislation and to support balancing the federal budget over the next eight years.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Adam Sharp shares what went into Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

OFBF shares Issue 2 successes at AFBF annual meeting

Published Jan. 11, 2010

Agricultural unity key to taking ownership of animal welfare debate.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus shared experiences of Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s “new attitude”

Published Jan. 11, 2010

American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus (left) accepts the Pinnacle Award from AFBF President Bob Stallman

Success in Seattle

Published Jan. 11, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau racks up honors at annual meeting

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Fisher named Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year

Published Jan. 4, 2010

Smart Business Columbus outlines how Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Director John C. Fisher maintains the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's relevancy.

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A groundswell of support for Issue 2 saw tens of thousands of yard signs posted in fields & yards across the state.

Looking back on Issue 2

Published Dec. 23, 2009

A brief history of one of the largest grassroots campaigns in Ohio agriculture.

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Farmers work locally

Published Dec. 23, 2009

County Farm Bureaus across the state regularly contribute to their local communities.

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Livestock display travels to Delaware County

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Delaware County Farm Bureau took notice when an animal activist group displayed anti-animal agriculture information in the Delaware Library. In an effort to help educate the public about the positives of animal agriculture, the board formed a committee to put together its own display for the library.

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Seneca County’s coats from the Heartland

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Seneca County Farm Bureau collected new and gently used coats in all sizes as part of its “Coats from the Heartland” initiative. Collected coats were distributed to the needy throughout northwest Ohio.

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Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community

Published Dec. 23, 2009

An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties.

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Getting social on the web

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau found a new way to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers in 2009 by incorporating social media into its Web presence.

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Communicating with consumers

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to promote and enhance its statewide communications products.

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State fair success

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF coordinated the “Land and Living: Agriculture Your Link to Life” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair where an estimated 350,000 fairgoers participated in an interactive agricultural display in a 32,000-square-foot building used exclusively for the display. More than 9,000 children planted a flower and took it home as part of the Green2Go exhibit, 5,256 children participated in a pedal tractor course called the OFBF Country Cruise, and 28 memberships were sold during the fair.

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Grow and Know

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF created a new education program this year. The first Grow & Know event was held in July at Bob Evans Farms in Gallia County and offered nonmembers and members the opportunity to learn about various aspects of farming, gardening and cooking.

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Former U.S. Rep Charlie Stenholm (I) talks with OFBF President Brent Porteus on OFBF's radio show Town Hall Ohio.

Communication and Consumer Education

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Communication and Consumer Education to Forge a Partnership between Farmers and Consumers

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Change continues to be constant at Nationwide

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Change proved to be the password at Nationwide this year, even as the insurance and financial services company continues its 83-year sponsor relationship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Members saved money in ‘09

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection. Here are a few of the benefits that members took advantage of (as of November) in 2009.

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Robert and Autumn Morrison won the use of a Kubota tractor through the Outstanding Young Farmer contest.

Among the best

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was yet another award-winning year for the Ohio Farm Bureau and its county Farm Bureaus.

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Farmers partcipate in a briefing at the Embassy of the Organization of American States.

Growing grassroots

Published Dec. 23, 2009

As a grassroots organization, OFBF sponsors several programs and events designed to promote leadership within the agricultural community.

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OFB Foundation

Published Dec. 23, 2009

This past year 11 service groups throughout Ohio received $30,000 from the Foundation in grants. The Foundation also awarded a total of 10 academic scholarships worth $1,000 each in three scholarship programs.

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Leadership Buffet

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF’s Leadership Buffet provides opportunities for members to participate in seminars that work at improving their leadership skills.

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Volunteers work to grow membership

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was the first full year under the new structure of a year-round campaign, resulting in an all-time high membership of 235,064. The new structure was intended to allow volunteers to work at selling memberships as they have time.

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Investing in youth

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau again offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months. The conferences provide opportunities for youths to bond and build leadership, teamwork and communications skills.

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Ohio farmers leave Capitol Hill during an annual trip in which they meet with Washington officials.

A strong effective organization

Published Dec. 23, 2009

A strong effective organization that is member driven, financially strong and focused on farmers

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Animal Issues

Published Dec. 23, 2009

In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau was a strong advocate for animal agriculture in the Buckeye State.

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Athens County farmer Curt Cline was one of several farmers featured in the Farmers Feed US promotion.

Preserving and Promoting the Contributions of Animals to Society

Published Dec. 23, 2009

From Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era, developed in 2009

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Watch on Washington

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF participated in several discussions of key national agricultural issues.

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