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Dale Arnold answering questions from Richland County Farm Bureau members.

Prepare for pipeline development increases across Ohio

Published May. 23, 2013

Energy development projects are popping up very quickly across Ohio, particularly pipeline projects. Learn what you can do to prepare for situations like the ones being seen across the state right now.

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Preparing Students for 2050

Published Mar. 12, 2013

The year 2050 seems like a long way off. To an ag teacher or employer, it’s just around the corner. How do you best prepare students to be innovative stewards of the future?

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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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Azure and Joe Koehler and Roger Wolfe

Preserving farmland in Fairfield County

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Farmland Preservation program continues to ensure that tens of thousands of acres on hundreds of farms across the state remain in agricultural production.

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Taking precautions can help farmers protect the well-being of their animals.

Prevent feed accidents for optimum animal health

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Nationwide News: Feeding livestock requires careful management. Mold and mildew can be producers’ worst enemies as they work to keep livestock healthy.

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Farm Bureau invited producers growers to share their perspectives as they grappled with complex regulations.

Produce growers use conference call to help shape national policy

Published Jun. 10, 2014

The purpose of the call was to collect information from the Farm Bureau members about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will affect their operations.

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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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Productive workers help drive membership push

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Productive OFBF workers have been a driving force behind this year’s membership campaign.

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Program guides first responders on farm animal handling

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with Ohio State University to help law enforcement, local humane officers, wildlife officers, firefighters, animal control officers and other first responders gain a basic understanding of farm animal behavior and handling.

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OFBF's policy to better control deer damage helped lead to the hunter access program, which is expanding.

Program to connect hunters and farmers is growing

Published Sep. 9, 2010

A pilot program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, the Division of Wildlife and hunting groups to address deer damage and give hunters access to land is being expanded.

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(L-R) OFBF regional supervisor Tiffany Pattison, Jackie Metzger, Lois Sipes, Knox County FB's Diana and Gene Phillips

Property protection is paying off

Published Mar. 12, 2010

OFBF's $2500 reward program has been a good deal for Farm Bureau members and their watchful neighbors in recent months. Here are a few examples.

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Photo by Megan Nadolski

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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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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Proposed changes to deer hunting regulations, Farm Bureau support and concerns

Published Mar. 14, 2014

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently proposed changes to deer hunting regulations. Ohio Farm Bureau submitted comments on the proposal with support for some of the changes and concerns with others. Ohio Farm Bureau members across the state have developed substantial policies on wildlife issues, which provided the basis for the organization's comments.

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Proposed climate legislation fell short

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau opposed climate change legislation that had come before Congress because it failed to meet several key principles.

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Sen. Chris Widener joins OFBF's Jack Fisher in a discussion about agricultural education opportunities.

Proposed STEM school would focus on agriculture

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Matching up elementary and high school students with Ohio’s largest industry is the goal of a proposed regional STEM school that would focus on agriculture in urban areas.

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Protecting the Great Lakes

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau recently joined conservationists, water quality specialists, environmentalists, tourism officials and charter boat captains in discussing water quality issues with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman at Lake Erie.

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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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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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Executive Vice President Jack Fisher encouraged farmers to address the questions that consumers have about agriculture.

Public’s attention has turned toward farmers

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The opportunity to participate in the discussions that shape agriculture is the No. 1 benefit of membership in Ohio Farm Bureau, according to Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

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PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler

PUCO calls off new motor vehicle rules

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has rescinded administrative rules applying to private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds operating in intrastate commerce.

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Enactment of HB 476 will ensure that farmers can invest in opportunities such as on-farm anaerobic digestion.

Pulling together

Published Sep. 11, 2012

As lawmakers return from summer recess, here we reflect on a few policy victories Farm Bureau members secured during the first part of the year.

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Putting agriculture on the path to supply food for billions

Published Oct. 15, 2013

In less than 40 years, the world’s population is expected to expand by 30 percent.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus at the Estate Tax Rally.

Putting estate taxes to rest

Published Feb. 24, 2011

During Ohio Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol, hundreds of Ohio farmers gathered to support legislation that would repeal Ohio's estate tax. The tax is particularly burdensome for farmers because it can force their heirs to sell land or take out loans to settle the estate.

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Questions about higher food costs can provide an opportunity to examine the complex food production system.

Putting higher food prices into context

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Food prices will be higher this year and that means farmers have an opportunity to help politicians, the media and the public understand more about the complex task of putting food on the table.

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Questions and Answers about the Ohio Ag Agreement

Published Jul. 21, 2010

A listing of OFBF.org links to posts regarding the agreement reached between Ohio agriculture groups, Gov. Ted Strickland and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Steve Rasumssen

Rasmussen to farmers: Nationwide stands for you

Published Dec. 19, 2013

During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.

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Steve Rasmussen

Rasmussen: Farm Bureau put Nationwide on path to serve customers

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen said the company has had good business across the country and feels good about its growth. Specifically, he highlighted a new Master Certified Farm Agent program and estate planning services.

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Visitors to jswest.com can view live streaming video to get a glimpse at what life is like for chickens.

Rebuilding trust key to preserving production

Published Jan. 19, 2011

Animal behavior researcher Temple Grandin stirred some debate at a recent Animal Welfare Symposium at Ohio State University when she asserted that sow gestation stalls should be phased out because “I can’t sell them.”

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Mark Partridge

Reducing the risk of the natural resource curse

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Dr. Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, recently visited with Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee to discuss the oil and gas industry and how to avoid what he described as a natural resources curse.

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Refreshing, rejuvenating, encouraging trip with Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 25, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Trustee Cy Prettyman tells us how his recent trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of Young Agricultural Professionals was refreshing, rejuvenating and encouraging.

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Regional Cabinet meeting dates set

Published Jan. 2, 2014

Dates and locations for the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Cabinet meetings have been set, and county Farm Bureau leaders are invited to attend for a great opportunity to broaden leadership skills, gather new ideas, and of course interact with their peers.

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Registration now open for Safety Congress

Published Feb. 5, 2009

The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo will be held March 31 to April 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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Regulations could add up on farms

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Farm Bureau is working at the national level to defend farmers from what it believes to be onerous regulatory proposals.

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Debbie and Brent Porteus

Remembering Debbie Porteus

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The Farm Bureau family expresses its condolences to the family of Debbie Porteus, wife of OFBF President Brent Porteus, who lost her valiant battle with cancer Aug. 9.

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Lindsay Hill

Remembering Lindsay Hill

Published May. 25, 2011

Ohio agriculture suffered a shocking loss with the tragic death of farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill. She was killed in an auto accident May 19 in western Ohio.

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Rep. Bob Gibbs

Rep. Bob Gibbs discusses EPA/Clean Water Act

Published Jun. 21, 2012

Rep. Bob Gibbs recently spoke with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to circumvent Congress and expand its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act.

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Report shows harm of estate taxes

Published Aug. 16, 2012

The American Farm Bureau Federation said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses.

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Ohio is the nation's second largest egg producer

Report: Proposed livestock regulations would cost farmers

Published Jun. 10, 2009

A recent report from an Ohio State University economist says that if Ohio were to adopt regulations on animal production similar to those recently passed in California, the state’s egg industry “would be decimated.”

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Researcher Simon Tripp (l) appeared with OFBF's Jack Fisher to discuss the results of Battelle's study on agbioscience.

Report: ‘Agbioscience’ can drive economy, sustainability

Published Sep. 6, 2011

A newly released study from the Columbus-based research and development organization Battelle finds that agriculture and agricultural bioscience — “agbioscience” — are providing crucial wide ranging opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the United States.

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Resolution opposes EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s support for a resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act could not have come at a better time and reflects true bipartisan concern, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman.

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Resources for Ohio Landowners

Published Jan. 16, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau works to provide landowners with the information to help manage their property and to stay up to date on rural issues

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The site of a tornado in southern Ohio that leveled the home of Richard and Virginia Meyer.

Response to tornado shows meaning of 'On Your Side'

Published Apr. 17, 2012

The Bethel, Ohio, home of Richard and Virginia Meyer had been filled with memories. But now it is nothing but a memory.

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Restrictions aimed at kids working on farms raises concern

Published Nov. 15, 2011

According to the American Farm Bureau, the Department of Labor is proposing new regulations that would limit the ability of kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation’s farms.

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Charlie Arnot

Rethinking consumer outreach would benefit farmers

Published Apr. 20, 2011

New research is showing that the way farmers have traditionally reached out to consumers is not the most effective approach.

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Riding the wind

Published Feb. 4, 2010

In northwest Hardin County, a large farm covering 40,000 acres has been in the works for about 2 ½ years. This farm, however, doesn’t raise crops or animals – it captures the wind.

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Role of local government in question

Published Mar. 12, 2009

As a state commission rethinks local government in Ohio, some township trustees are bristling at notions to consolidate or eliminate the office they hold.

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Hirsch Fruit Farm, the first stop of the progressive dinner

Ross County Farm Bureau to hold progressive farm dinner

Published May. 30, 2012

Ross County Farm Bureau will be hosting “Farm Factor,” a progressive farm dinner Grow and Know event, July 22 for an afternoon of fun and food.

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Ruling on wind farm consistent with OFBF policy

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Power Siting Board acted properly in approving the construction and operation of a wind farm in Champaign County, a finding that had been encouraged by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Stallman

Rural agenda includes jobs, infrastructure

Published Mar. 26, 2009

In comments at a U.S. Department of Agriculture outlook forum, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said AFBF is employing a two-pronged approach to improve the quality of life in rural America.

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