News & Events

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Larry Gearhardt

Gearhardt appointed to AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors has appointed three new members to serve on the AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee through 2011. AFBF has a distinguished history of selective participation in litigation matters that implement and advance Farm Bureau’s policies.

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Bill would establish Ohio Agriculture Week

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Citing the contributions of Ohio’s farmers to the economy and the state’s rich agricultural heritage, OFBF testified in favor of a bill that would designate the week of Thanksgiving as Ohio Agriculture Week.

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To the highest bidder

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Members & guests at OFBF's 91st annual meeting had their choice of unique gifts highlighting Ohio’s rural communities & OFBF’s corporate friends in the OFB Foundation Rural-Urban Community Auction.

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Animal disease outbreak courses scheduled for January

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Training sessions will be held throughout Ohio in January to help communities prepare for an animal disease outbreak.

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Wyandot County postcard is voters’ pick

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Wyandot County Farm Bureau was the People’s Choice winner in this year’s “Growing a Masterpiece” art exhibit. Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors the contest, which asks local Farm Bureaus to develop artistic representations of agriculture in their county.

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Ohioans win free groceries for a year

Published Dec. 17, 2009

A promotion that invited Ohio consumers to learn more about the farmers who produce their food has provided three Ohioans with free groceries for a year.

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OFBF testifies in favor of ODA administering part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has the expertise needed to administer parts of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Legislative Relations Chris Henney recently told Ohio lawmakers.

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by George Stadtlander, Chief Managed Care Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Medical Mutual of Ohio’s view of healthcare reform

Published Dec. 17, 2009

As healthcare reform legislation makes it way through Congress, you should know that Medical Mutual of Ohio is not opposed to reform. We agree that some sort of reform, which will affect rural Ohio as much as urban Ohio, is necessary.

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Volunteers’ efforts drive OFBF’s growth

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The following Farm Bureau volunteers have been named to the prestigious Ambassador Club for the high degree of success they achieved during the membership campaign. Each signed a minimum of 10 new Farm Bureau members.

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AFBF's chief economist said the pork industry is facing challenges that will fundamentally alter it.

Dairy, pork industries hit hard, slowly starting to recover

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Both the U.S. dairy and pork industries need to drastically reduce the number of cattle and hogs in order to raise prices and have production be more in balance with demand, ag economists said.

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Nationwide CEO cites bond with farmers

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Nationwide Insurance CEO Steve Rasmussen told delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting that the company cherishes the long-standing relationship with its founder.

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Farmers challenged to take on their critics

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Jay Lehr kicked off Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting with a challenge to the farmers in attendance.

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OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher told farmers that HSUS would not give up without a fight.

OFBF leaders celebrate Issue 2, realize work ahead

Published Dec. 17, 2009

OFBF President Brent Porteus and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher addressed annual meeting delegates, focusing on State Issue 2, its significance and what lies ahead.

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Ohio Farm Bureau trustees, officers elected

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brent Porteus of Coshocton has been re-elected president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and to serve as District 12 trustee, serving members from Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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The Envisioned Future Report gathered input from more than 2,800 Ohio Farm Bureau members

New strategic plan will guide Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Dec. 17, 2009

A 250-page strategic plan titled Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era was developed in 2009 to guide the organization in coming years.

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Farmers who were locally elected in every Ohio county voted on OFBF policy at the annual meeting.

Hundreds of farmers set OFBF policies for 2010

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Three hundred and forty six delegates represented their county Farm Bureaus and voted on policies that will shape the direction of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) in 2010 at the organization’s 91st annual meeting in Cincinnati this month.

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Jack Fisher, OFBF executive vice president

Jack Fisher: Ohio Ag Man of the Year

Published Dec. 15, 2009

Ohio Farmer Editor Tim White named OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher his Ohio Ag Man of the Year for his leadership on livestock issues and the passage of Issue 2 in November.

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OFBF's Chris Henney testified in favor of the bill

Bill will allow ODA to administer part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 10, 2009

Passed in the Senate Wednesday, a bill to help facilitate the transfer of the NPDES program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity to ODA from Ohio EPA is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Brent Porteus was elected to serve his second one-year term as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Farm Bureau elects 2010 leadership

Published Dec. 9, 2009

President Porteus re-elected, three new members join board of trustees

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Delegates from county Farm Bureaus discussed, debated and voted on OFBF's policies for 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau delegates set policy for 2010

Published Dec. 7, 2009

Priorities include climate change, wildlife damage, Extension funding and challenges to dairy farmers.

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Ohio Farm Bureau presents annual awards

Published Dec. 3, 2009

Outstanding contributions to Ohio agriculture recognized at annual meeting

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Delegates settle in for the first of a two-day session in approving OFBF policies for 2010

Looking Forward and Back

Published Dec. 3, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders congratulate members, but look toward year ahead on second day of annual meeting

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Dr. Jay Lehr talks about the importance of farmers speaking for themselves

Advocacy Advised

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Speakers tell Farmers to do the speaking on opening day of Annual Meeting

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Outstanding Young Farmer finalists announced

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Three finalists competing for Ohio Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer

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Excellence in Agriculture Finalists named

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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Everitt named OFBF Marketing Specialist

Published Dec. 2, 2009

New hire joins Ohio Farm Bureau

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Massive Carrot Harvest Feeds Ohio's Hungry

Published Nov. 30, 2009

A carrot farmer and volunteers in northwest Ohio harvest and donate more than 180,000 pounds of carrots to Ohio food banks.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's 91st Annual Meeting this week

Published Nov. 30, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau delegates from around the state will convene to determine policy for coming year and compete for awards during annual meeting.

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Melissa Mattox of Cincinnati was one of three Ohioans to win free groceries for a year (see story for full caption)

Ohio Farmers Give “Free Groceries for a Year!” to Three Ohioans

Published Nov. 24, 2009

In Time for the Holidays, Cincinnati, Fairborn, and Marion Residents are Sweepstakes Winners.

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From left, OSIA Vice President Jim Percival, Howell and OSIA Executive Director Roger High.

Knox County student receives $1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship

Published Nov. 18, 2009

Linsey Howell, daughter of David and Lora Howell of Danville, is the 2009 recipient of the $1,000 Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.

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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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