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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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Rural broadband Internet survey offers prizes

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau members have the opportunity to win one of six free computers or broadband Internet access for a year by providing feedback on their access to broadband connections.

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Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge showcases innovations in rural America

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, a new program that allows individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in the nation’s rural regions.

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Larry Antosch

Rural homeowners face new rules for sewage treatment

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The Ohio Department of Health is working to update its rules for home sewage treatment systems in order to better protect the environment and human health.

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Ohio Farm Bureau asked farmers to vote on the water quality issues that matter most to them.

Safe drinking water tops farmers’ concerns in ‘Buckeye Poll’

Published Oct. 15, 2013

When it comes to Ohio’s water resources, what do farmers care about?

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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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Save on farm insurance

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Your farm’s long-term success is ultimately about profitability. While controlling expenses is one critical component of profitability, so is protecting your farm’s or ranch’s assets with the right insurance and risk management tools. How can you strike a balance between savings and security?

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From left, Boggs, Lisa Schacht, Strickland and David Schacht

Schacht Family Market highlighted during Sustainable Agriculture Week

Published Apr. 20, 2010

Farm Bureau members honored by Ohio's First Lady and Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Cindy Hollingshead

Scholarship fund honors Hollingshead

Published May. 25, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has established a new scholarship program in memory of long-time Ohio Farm Bureau staff member Cindy Hollingshead, who passed away this year after serving 39 years as the organization’s executive secretary.

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Scholarship programs announced

Published Jan. 6, 2012

Students pursuing agricultural-related areas of study may apply for $1,000 scholarships from the Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services and United Producers Inc.

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Scholarship programs announced

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, United Producers Inc., Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2013.

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'Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food" by Cris Peterson

Seed Soil Sun named children’s book of the year

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2011 Award for Children’s Literature is 'Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food' by Cris Peterson.

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Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown looks for input from Ohio farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

OFBF helped facilitate a listening session for Sen. Sherrod Brown at Patterson Fruit Farm in northeast Ohio as he gathers input for the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown discusses the 2012 Farm Bill

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Sen. Sherrod Brown recently called to chat about the Farm Bill with Ohio Farm Bureau's Joe Cornely. Check out what he had to say.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown talks politics, economics

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When new Republican members of Congress are elected, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown does more than welcome his new Ohio counterparts – he sits down with them to talk about how to improve Ohio.

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Senate Bill 150: Separating facts and fiction

Published Aug. 13, 2014

A bill that requires fertilizer applicator certification for most of Ohio’s farmers is now law. But some news stories about the Toledo water crisis and Senate Bill 150 have made it sound like the bill signed into law in June doesn’t do anything until 2017 and has “no teeth.” Here are some points about the new law that you may need to know as you have conversations about fertilizer regulation in Ohio.

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Senate bill aims to incentivize biogas

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, D, joined a bipartisan group of seven senators in introducing the bill, which seeks to reduce billions of gallons of fossil fuels through renewable energy sources produced from animal waste.

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Senate joins House in support of Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 25, 2009

Lawmakers vote to give Ohioans an opportunity to support farm animal care in November.

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Senate makes Farm Bill amendment to crop insurance program

Published May. 24, 2013

Though the Senate deliberated on the Farm Bill for four days this week, time did not allow for the bill to be voted on before the Memorial Day break. Farm Bureau opposed an amendment to reduce the crop insurance premium subsidy, however, the amendment passed by a vote of 59-33. Farm Bureau will continue to work for the protection of crop insurance as a risk management tool in this Farm Bill.

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Senate passes immigration bill

Published Jun. 28, 2013

Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a vote of 68 to 32. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly supported the bill, including the agricultural provisions which were the result of a compromise agreement with the United Farmworkers Union.

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Fisher spoke in support of a bill introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor (r) that aims to increase the use of bioproducts Ohio

Senator, farm groups urge state to choose bio-products

Published Jul. 16, 2009

A bill introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, would implement a program in Ohio to expand the use of bio-products by state agencies.

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Send nominations for Outstanding Crop Adviser

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Once again, county Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Extension offices and Soil and Water offices will have the opportunity to recognize Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) for their outstanding work with agricultural producers.

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Seneca County’s coats from the Heartland

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Seneca County Farm Bureau collected new and gently used coats in all sizes as part of its “Coats from the Heartland” initiative. Collected coats were distributed to the needy throughout northwest Ohio.

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Marion County Farm Bureau's Harvest Hustle is one of many late summer/early fall Farm Bureau activities throughout Ohio.

September 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Sep. 5, 2012

As we roll into harvest season, there are still county Farm Bureau farm tours, on-farm dinners, annual meetings and other opportunities available out there across the state.

Here’s a look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their websites for the month of September.

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Sequestration cuts cause transfer of funds within USDA

Published Apr. 24, 2013

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced his intent to transfer $156 million from the direct payment program to several other Farm Service Agency programs due to sequestration cuts. Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses this announcement.

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Hastings Dairy

Session helps farmers connect with consumers

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Americans have increasing concerns about their food, from the farm to the fork. And farmers can be a valuable part of the conversation.

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Ohioans who value farming and rural living are invited to share their stories through the "I am Farm Bureau" contest.

Share some good news

Published Apr. 16, 2010

The people and culture of rural Ohio will be showcased through a new promotion, which allows Farm Bureau members to win prizes for sharing photos and stories about how they are tied to agriculture.

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Sheep and Goat WebEx Series to be held across Ohio in February

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Ohio sheep and goat farmers invited to attend four February sessions concentrating on sheep and goat health programs.

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Members of the Fort Loramie FFA received the $1,000 grand prize for their creative video that demonstrated how farmers c

Shelby County FFA group wins 'Because I Care' contest

Published Nov. 11, 2010

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 “People’s Choice” Grand Prize winner in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Bruce Buurma stands outside the apartments he provides to migrant workers.

Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms

Published Nov. 7, 2013

Over the years, the Buurma farming enterprise steadily expanded adding more land and new vegetable crops. But the supply of labor that has sustained the operation for six generations is drying up.

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Should pistol caliber rifles be legalized for deer hunting in Ohio?

Published Jul. 18, 2012

There is a debate taking place in Ohio's hunting community. Ohio Farm Bureau currently doesn't have a position on this issue. What do you think?

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Brown County's Jim Crocker (left) and Morrow County's Eddie Lou Meimer model Farm Bureau membership award apparel.

Sign new Farm Bureau members, Earn new Farm Bureau gear

Published Mar. 31, 2011

Now through Aug. 31, 2011, Farm Bureau members bringing new members into the organization can earn free Farm Bureau gear for doing so.

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Sign up now for youth conferences

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by OFBF.

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SMV and SIS signs on a tractor

Signage needed to operate tractors on roadways

Published Mar. 22, 2012

As farmers prepare to spend long hours in the tractor seat, they should also ensure they have proper signage on their tractor. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis said Farm Bureau offices have been receiving calls from members looking for signs. She offers some reminders.

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Simpson earns award for tagging gadget

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Floyd Simpson of Belmont County won the “most widely usable” award as part of the AFBF Farmer Idea Exchange contest.

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Cassell Family

Six questions with Cindy Cassell, Clermont County Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Cindy Cassell shares how she got involved in her county membership campaign, opportunities for engaging new Farm Bureau members, and what approaches to selling membership she finds most effective.

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Six tips for constructive conversations

Published Feb. 11, 2014

When engaging consumers in conversations about food system issues, try to use these keys to having a productive conversation that builds and further enhances trust:

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Small business advocate discusses challenges facing Ohio

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.

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Schacht

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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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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Small meat processors could face tens of thousands of dollars in new costs

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Farm Bureau outlines concerns with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

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So-called 'cow tax' draws criticism

Published Jan. 15, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a proposal to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act would result in new taxes on livestock operations.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.

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