News & Events

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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May we introduce…

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ron Warnock, volunteer and Betsy Anderson, staff

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On Your Behalf - Oct. 15

Published Oct. 15, 2009

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

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Advisory Councils have new platform to discuss issues

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Grassroots program now featured in Buckeye Farm News

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Voters to decide veteran compensation, gambling issues

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Two state issues that voters Nov. 3 will be deciding deal with compensation for military veterans and casinos in four Ohio cities.

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From left, Don Smith, Larry and Betsy Moore, Barbara Sinn, Kathy and Steve Frankenburg (front) and Michel family (back).

Farmers honored for conservation efforts

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Five farm families were honored for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation during ceremonies at the Farm Science Review.

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Moroschan receives crop advising award

Published Oct. 15, 2009

David Moroschan of Seneca County recently received Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Excellence in Crop Advising Award.

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Young supporters showed their support for Issue 2 and Ohio farmers at the rally in Columbus

Farmers, supporters rally for Issue 2 in Columbus

Published Oct. 14, 2009

Broad support shown for Livestock Care

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Gordon Gee talks about State Issue 2

Published Oct. 9, 2009

Dr. Gee gave Ohio Farm Bureau his opinion on Issue 2 during recording of its Town Hall Ohio radio program. Here's what he had to say.

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Small farmers would be hit hardest by USDA food safety proposal

Published Oct. 8, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out at USDA hearing

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Dr. Gee on Town Hall Ohio

OSU’s Gee and new vet school dean to appear on Town Hall Ohio

Published Oct. 7, 2009

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee and OSU’s new Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Lonnie King are this week’s special guests on Town Hall Ohio.

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AFBF: Staple Food Prices Trending Down From Year Ago

Published Oct. 6, 2009

Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the fourth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.

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Issue 2 to hit airwaves in Cleveland on Tuesday

Published Oct. 5, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher, HSUS's Paul Shapiro to debate State Issue 2 live on Cleveland radio station. Listeners calls will be taken.

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These are the faces of Issue 2

The Faces of Issue 2

Published Oct. 5, 2009

Out of state animal rights activists say Issue 2 is about “big ag” and not family farms. With nearly 60,000 family farmers in its membership, Ohio Farm Bureau knows this isn’t true. Meet some multigenerational family farmers who agree.

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Statement on governor's plan to deal with the budget shortfall

Published Oct. 2, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recognizes the challenges facing Gov. Strickland and the Ohio General Assembly

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AFBF: Proposed Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Bad for Farmers

Published Sep. 30, 2009

Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would impede the growth of the U.S. biofuels industry, limit opportunity for American farmers and ranchers to grow their businesses and hinder American energy independence, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Watch the Issue 2 television ad

Safe, Local Ohio Food launches Statewide Issue 2 outreach

Published Sep. 30, 2009

Ad campaign, Web site, rallies call for YES vote for Issue 2

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News Briefs

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Farm income & expenses forecast, broadband funds, new commission, pork support, value-added grants, new Web site for beginning farmers and country of origin labels.

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Gearhardt explains the CAUV formula

What's behind the recent increases in CAUV?

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Some rural landowners may be surprised when discovering their latest CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation) values have increased some several hundred percent over the last three years.

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Ohioans signed their names to express opposition to House climate legislation during a rally in Lima last month.

Farmers want changes as climate bill goes to Senate

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Saying that it could reduce net farm income by more than $5 billion over the next 10 years, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) President Brent Porteus recently told a panel of lawmakers that farmers were concerned about cap and trade legislation passed by the U.S. House.

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Farmers of Ohio Unite

Published Sep. 24, 2009

“Now is the time for all farmers, regardless of what they produce, to come together in a unified effort to protect Ohio agriculture,”

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