News & Events

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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Election Analysis on this week's Town Hall Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2009

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.

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Low milk prices have hit dairy farmers extremely hard over the past year. Hog farmers are also struggling through tough

State, federal programs provide financial help for struggling farmers

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Whether it’s a drop in demand for their products, negative publicity or rising grain and fuel costs, some farmers across Ohio are feeling financially pinched and turning to state and federal agencies for help.

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The DOW is encouraging hunters to donate more venison to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.

Division of Wildlife issues challenge to help feed the hungry

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) recently issued a challenge to Ohio hunters to double the amount of venison that is donated to Ohioans in need.

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Ohio farmers posted tens of thousands of signs across the state that showed voters family farmers supported Issue 2.

Our Take - We can now all find agreement

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Voters have answered that question and the Livestock Care Standards Board has been established. We should now all agree that it must live up to its constitutional charge of protecting Ohio farms, families and animals.

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OFB Foundation holds annual auction

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is holding its fifth annual Rural-Urban Community Auction through Dec. 2 to support its Community Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.

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Nationwide News - Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide in the home

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Carbon monoxide (CO) can be a serious problem for you, your family members and your pets. Overexposure to this invisible, odorless and poisonous gas can cause sickness and, in some cases, even death.

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On Your Behalf

Published Nov. 12, 2009

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

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County News

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Morgan, Pike and Clark County Farm Bureaus

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Passage to Success

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting will be held in Seattle Jan. 10 to 13.

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May we introduce…

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Mary Ellen Grafton, volunteer and David White, staff

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Innovations…Rooted in Tradition

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau’s 91st annual meeting will travel south on Interstate 71 to Cincinnati Dec. 2 to 4.

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Local volunteers are the backbone of Farm Bureau’s membership campaigns.

New membership campaign will offer more flexibility, opportunities

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is moving toward a seasonal approach to its membership campaign in order to allow volunteers to contribute in ways that best suit their schedule, interests and talents.

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New COSI on Wheels program takes off

Published Nov. 12, 2009

A new COSI on Wheels program has been launched following the successful run of “Agriculture Adventures,” an OFBF-sponsored program that has reached an estimated 482,333 participants over nine years.

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Social Media: Help OFBF lead the way

Published Nov. 12, 2009

OFBF realized that to remain relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers, it had to be proactive. The result is the organization’s venture into social media, where OFBF is visible, engaged and active in the places where people congregate and participate in conversations online.

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Our Ohio: Telling Agriculture’s Story

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Fabulous Food Show, Circleville Pumpkin Show and Postcard voting

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Mike Bumgarner, vice president of OFBF’s Center for Food and Animal Issues, speaks during an animal welfare symposium.

Public attitudes shape animal welfare debate

Published Nov. 12, 2009

As Ohio voters considered the best way to set care standards for livestock, researchers attempted to shine a light on the complex science and societal expectations that shape animal care decisions.

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Animal care issues could bring activists to farms

Published Nov. 12, 2009

With issues of livestock care being prominently debated in Ohio, farmers are reminded to be vigilant in taking measures to protect themselves from becoming the targets of undercover animal rights activists.

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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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News Briefs

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Food Safety, atrazine, estate tax legislation, DCPACRE program sign-up, new institue and health care bill

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End of Ohio Department of Agriculture?

Published Nov. 12, 2009

A proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers calls for cutting the number of state departments in half and merging them into other offices.

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Efforts of farmers played a major role in getting Issue 2 passed (full caption in story).

Ohioans have spoken

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Passage of Issue 2 is a landmark step in farmers’ partnership with consumers

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Comparison of the cost and inflation-adjusted cost of a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner,

Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Declines for 2009

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings dropped 4 percent in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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OFBF Executive Vice President thanks Ohio voters

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher thanked Ohio voters this week through a letter to editors of newspapers around the state.

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AFBF, Ag Library to Create Information Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Published Nov. 10, 2009

AFBF & the National Agricultural Library are teaming up to help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development.

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Date set for 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Published Nov. 6, 2009

- Health management programs for sheep and goat producers will be the primary focus of the 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 12 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 East Main Street, in Reynoldsburg.

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Statement by AFBF President Stallman regarding ballot victory in Ohio, Texas

Published Nov. 5, 2009

Voters made solid statements in two ballot measures vital to the success of agriculture.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Online Auction Underway

Published Nov. 5, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation (Foundation) is holding its fifth annual Rural – Urban Community Auction Nov. 2 through Dec. 2 to support its Community Grantsmanship and scholarship programs.

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Statement from Ohio Agriculture Director Regarding the Passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs today issued a statement regarding the passage of Ohio’s Issue 2 ballot initiative.

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Supporters celebrate Issue 2's passage Tuesday evening

Statement from Ohioans for Livestock Care in response to passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

The Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee (PAC) today released the following statement in response to the passage of State Issue 2.

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Our Take: Final thoughts on Issue 2

Published Nov. 2, 2009

Issue 2 is not about an ideology. It is about a reality. The world is changing. And we mustn’t think that we can take no action today and be prepared for the fights that await us.

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Issue 2 Supports Ohio’s Farmers and Consumers

Published Oct. 30, 2009

This November, Ohio voters have the unique opportunity to support our livestock farmers, our food consumers and the future of Ohio. A guest opinion by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.

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Issue 2 proponents speak out on Town Hall Ohio

Published Oct. 30, 2009

Governor Ted Strickland joins hunger advocates, business leaders, humane groups and elected leaders to express their views on State Issue 2 during this week’s broadcast of Town Hall Ohio.

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A sign atop a Pickaway County silo encourages voters to approve Issue 2

AFBF: Ohio Heads to the Polls on Issue 2

Published Oct. 30, 2009

Ohio farmers are optimistic voters will make the right choice this Nov. 3, while farmers nationwide wait and see how Issue 2 will impact their future.

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Animal panel belongs in Constitution

Published Oct. 29, 2009

Ohio House Republican Leader gives opinion on Issue 2.

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PQA Plus Certification renewal opportunities available to pork farmers

Published Oct. 27, 2009

Opportunities available for pork farmers to renew PQA Plus certification.

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AFBF: Outlook ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Agriculture

Published Oct. 26, 2009

Speakers at Farm Bureau’s second annual commodity outlook conference, Oct. 15-16, in Albuquerque, N.M., painted a “cautiously optimistic” outlook for U.S. agriculture, with crop and dairy producers likely faring better than livestock producers who will still face challenges in the year ahead.

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AFBF: Fuel Costs for Ag to Skyrocket Under House Climate Bill

Published Oct. 22, 2009

A crop and livestock producer from Texas today said cap-and-trade climate change legislation could hike the cost of fuel used for farming to the point that it will have a devastating economic impact on his and similar family-owned businesses.

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Take Issue 2 to town

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Consumers need to hear from farmers during final days of livestock care campaign

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Small farmers would be hit hardest by USDA food safety proposal

Published Oct. 15, 2009

OFBF speaks out at hearing on leafy greens

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Balance of Power: Livestock Care Board checks and balances

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Issue 2 was designed to give Ohio voters the confidence that animal care questions are being effectively addressed and to give farmers the assurance that any animal care policies in Ohio will be reasonable and based on comprehensive debate.

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News briefs

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Climate change bill, pork market, dairy aid, Renewable Fuel Standards, retired dairy cows and producing more food

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Proposal would allow state-inspected meat to cross state lines

Published Oct. 15, 2009

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture program that would allow state-inspected meat to cross state lines is expected to have a big impact in Ohio.

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From left, county leaders Michael Terry and Cy Prettyman review policies with OFBF State Trustee Gale Betterly.

Policy Development Committee starts annual process

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual policy development process is well under way.

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OFBF's Young Ag Professionals stand on the steps of Capitol Hill during a recent trip to Washington.

Young Ag Professionals lobby members of Congress during D.C. trip

Published Oct. 15, 2009

More than two dozen Young Agriculture Professionals got an up close look at the political process when they visited the nation’s capital last month.

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Farm Bureau supporting restored funding to SWCDs

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting provisions in a bill to re-establish full funding for important services that are regularly rendered on behalf of agriculture.

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Answering questions about H1N1

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues recently issued a briefing to help farmers address the H1N1 influenza virus.

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Seneca County edamame grower Charles Fry

Our Ohio: Telling Agriculture's Story

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Upcoming events, coming in he next 'Our Ohio' magazine and 'Our Ohio' TV season five update

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County News

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Fairfield, Delaware and Stark County Farm Bureaus

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Nationwide News - Accident ‘forgiveness’ can mean significant savings

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Accidents can happen to the safest drivers. And when they do, safe drivers’ auto insurance rates can rise by as much as 30 percent. Plus, accidents and violations could affect your insurance rates for up to three years.

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