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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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OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher testifies in favor of a bill involving the state's use of bio-based products.

Public Policy and Political Activism

Published Dec. 23, 2009

To Create a Stronger Economy and a Positive Future

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Farmers at the table

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders have taken in active role in helping to shape the state's future.

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A better state

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau's numerous successes in 2009 have made the Buckeye State a better place.

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OFBF by the numbers

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization reached a record membership of 235,064 in 2009. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization's polices. The retention rate for membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau this year was 89.86 percent.

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A new era for the Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Dec. 23, 2009

In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau finalized a plan to ensure its future viability. More than 2,800 participants provided input into the 250 page plan titled "Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era." The process resulted in the following updated vision statetment for the organization: "Ohio Farm Bureau's Vision is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs, addresses public expectations and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace." The plan also identifies Farm Bureau's core values as Integrity and Honesty, Grassroots Involvement, Promoting Agriculture, Member Advocacy and Teamwork.

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In 2009, farmers worked to debate & establish positions on important issues & advocated for Ohio ag at all levels.

True to our roots

Published Dec. 23, 2009

As Ohio Farm Bureau reflects on another year of accomplishments, it is appropriate to revisit this fundamental question: "Who is Ohio Farm Bureau?"

Hint: It's not a team of hired professionals in an office building in Columbus.

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OFB Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing ag-related degrees

Published Dec. 22, 2009

Students with a traditional farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Lindsay Hill and Andy Vance, front, and Brandon and Julia Weber, rear, will compete in Seattle in January.

On their way to Seattle

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of DeGraff and Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington were winners in Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer contests and will represent Ohio during the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle Jan. 10 and 11.

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OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

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