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Pearl Market seeking farmers and vendors

Published Mar. 26, 2009

The Pearl Market, set in downtown Columbus, is currently seeking farmers/growers and merchandise vendors for its 2009 Pearl Market Season.

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Pesticide use ?near water may need federal permit

Published Feb. 5, 2009

An appeals court has vacated an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that allowed pesticides to be applied to U.S. waters without a Clean Water Act permit.

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Sen. Bob Peterson takes the oath of office.

Peterson moves to Senate

Published Apr. 18, 2012

Former OFBF President Bob Peterson finds himself in a new leadership role.

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Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents Jim Petro, left, joined OFBF's Jack Fisher in a discussion about Ohio education.

Petro wants students to complete higher education

Published Jun. 13, 2012

As chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Jim Petro has a one-word goal – completion. He would like to see students attending Ohio’s 37 universities and community colleges complete their credentials and degrees, whether they are a one-year certificate, two-year degree or four-year degree.

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Petzel named OFBF Vice President of Communications

Published Aug. 28, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), Ohio’s largest general farm organization, has named Patricia Petzel vice president of communications.

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Petzel named vice president of communications

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau recently named Pat Petzel vice president of communications.

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Rep. Steve Stivers addresses farmers and ag leaders during a visit to the farm of Farm Bureau member Norman Dresbach.

Pickaway County Farm Bureau hosts congressional visit

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Congressman Steve Stivers who currently represents Ohio’s 15th district comprising Madison, Union and parts of Franklin counties, is seeking re-election.

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Picnic on the farm

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau has created a new contest as part of this year’s membership campaign.

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OFBF's David White, director of commodity relations, bi-weekly blog.

Pigs, crates and consumers

Published Jan. 29, 2014

In his weekly blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses pork industry giants Smithfield and Tyson recently announcing plans to develop animal welfare improvements that include moving away from the practice of using gestation crates.

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Plan for the future now with a wealth transfer plan

Published Jul. 16, 2009

In the mid 1980s when he was still chairman of Nationwide Insurance, Frank Sollars started working on an estate plan to pass on the farm to his five children. He wanted to make sure his family was taken care of and the process made as simple as possible.

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Plans for broadband speeding up

Published Apr. 16, 2009

New developments may help bring high-speed broadband connections to rural Ohioans.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman reviews national policy with delegates in Seattle.

Policies go up for a vote

Published Feb. 4, 2010

Three-hundred and sixty-nine Farm Bureau delegates from across the country came together in Seattle in January to determine the policies guiding the grassroots organization in 2010. Among their priorities are national climate change legislation and the federal deficit.

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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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Policy Update: Protecting GPS, Trespassing Concerns, Court takes landowners side

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Farmers call on FCC to protect GPS; Protection for trespassers raises concerns; Supreme Court sides with landowners

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Porteus, Seger named to Ohio State board

Published Jun. 11, 2013

Porteus is a former OFBF president and Seger is an ag communcations major.

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Sen. Rob Portman

Portman calls for less government regulation, fair foreign trade policies

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Rob Portman finds himself representing Ohioans during what he calls 'difficult times.' Talks about career and U.S. challenges on Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program.

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Portman sends letter regarding the definition of ‘rural’ counties

Published Jun. 11, 2013

Many Ohio counties defined as “rural” by methods applied by the State of Ohio and other agencies, are excluded under Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s current definition, which has ramifications for farmers seeking certain types of mortgages. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Bob Latta have led other members of Ohio’s congressional delegation in reaching out to CFPB on this issue.

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Farm Bureau members discuss local issues during a Community Council session at a recent leadership meeting.

Power through people

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Sandy Kuhn is leading the effort to take the organization’s Advisory Council program back to its roots — connecting people to make a difference on the issues that impact their way of life.

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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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Preble County Farm Bureau's Grow It Know It seminar

Preble County workshops focus on food, families, community

Published Feb. 10, 2012

Preble County Farm Bureau is building a community of farmers and nonfarmers with its Grow It Know It seminars, designed to help people grow their skills in areas such as gardening, food preservation, cooking and sewing.

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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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President Steve Hirsch discusses water quality at FSR

Published Sep. 19, 2014

OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during OSU VP Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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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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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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