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Darke Co. Farm Bureau with their CAE display at the AFBF annual meeting

County Activities of Excellence Awards application now available

Published Jun. 27, 2012

Applications are available for county Farm Bureaus to enter the County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. The CAE recognizes up to 25 successful county Farm Bureau programs from across the nation.

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Wayne County Farm Bureau volunteers showcasing their CAE award winning program at the 2013 AFBF Annual Meeting.

County Activities of Excellence Awards application now available

Published Jun. 20, 2013

Applications are available for county Farm Bureaus to enter American Farm Bureau’s County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program.

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Counties recognized for local programs

Published Dec. 16, 2010

The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized during the County Achievement Awards program at OFBF’s annual meeting.

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Council report aims to boost local, nutritious foods

Published Sep. 24, 2009

The Ohio Food Policy Council released its progress report that sets final recommendations and goals to help improve the local food system in Ohio and advance access to healthy food.

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COSI on Wheels

Published Mar. 12, 2009

'Agriculture Adventures' wraps up successful run

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Coshocton County Farm Bureau invests in future of farming

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Agriculture education students at River View High School in Coshocton County have a unique opportunity to learn how to produce and market a quality product thanks in part to a partnership with a county Farm Bureau.

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Coshocton County couple works to feed a need

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Through OFBF’s “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign, farmers are combining with partners to help hungry and less fortunate Ohioans.

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Corn growers question high food costs

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Ohio farm and renewable fuel groups have fired back at food manufacturers who have pinned rising grocery prices on corn-based ethanol.

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Conversation to explore all sides of food production Sept. 16

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Farmers of all types and production methods, consumer opinion leaders and food writers, food processors, restaurateurs, food retailers and others are invited to gather again for a tour of two north-central Ohio farms that will explore the factors that led them down very unique paths.

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A trip to American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii is one of many rewards for contest winners.

Contests provide opportunity to tell your farm story

Published May. 25, 2011

Young Agricultural Professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 are reminded of upcoming deadlines for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals’ contests.

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Shelby Brammel, left, Rachel Heimerl, right

Contests offer experience for young professionals

Published Jun. 13, 2012

A little knowledge, confidence and passion are all Ohio Farm Bureau members need to start participating in the organization’s Young Agricultural Professionals contests.

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Victoria Deam of the Kountry Buddies 4-H Club explains how she cares for her dairy heifer.

Contest draws dozens of positive farm-made videos

Published Oct. 14, 2010

Vote online by Oct. 28 for your favorite of 43 "Because I Care" videos by Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth and other ag organizations. The winner will receive $1,000.

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Conservation program would help Western Lake Erie

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting a new federal conservation program that would fund conservation measures to reduce sediment and nutrient loading into Lake Erie.

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Conservation advocate Josh Knights (left) joined Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher in a conversation on 'Town Hall Ohio.'.

Conservation group’s director discusses partnerships with farmers

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Josh Knights discussed the work of The Nature Conservancy.

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Conservation Farm Family Award Nominations Sought

Published Mar. 4, 2011

Nominations now being accepted for 2011 Conservation Farm Family Awards, which recognize Ohio farm families doing an outstanding job managing natural and human resources in meeting production and conservation goals.

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Kristy Watters describers her experience at AgriPOWER Class VI session two in her blog.

Connecting and network developing

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Day one of AgriPOWER VI session two was a crash course in how to get your message out and be heard. Dan Toland from Wilt PR and Callie Wells from Ohio Farm Bureau gave overviews of social and visual media while Melanie Wilt from Wilt PR and Joe Cornely from Ohio Farm Bureau presented on structuring the message and making it digestible for the masses. We all know that what we say is important, but how you say it may be even more so if you want to be heard. The group ended the day with a delicious meal and tour of Troutman Vineyards just minutes from Wooster.

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Conklin cleared of animal abuse

Published Jul. 15, 2010

After viewing an unedited video of a dairy farmer caught up in an animal cruelty case, a Union County Grand Jury has cleared Gary Conklin of wrongdoing.

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Congress working toward farm bill, continuing resolution, waterways bill

Published Sep. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.

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Congress passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act

Published May. 23, 2014

Congress this week passed the $12 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), paving the way for funding of water infrastructure projects nationwide. WRRDA will fund improvements to the nation’s ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support waterways transportation. Ohio is ranked 13th in the nation for exports.

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Conference set for young adults involved in agriculture

Published Jan. 22, 2010

Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin, Ohio.

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Conference set for young adults involved in agriculture

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin. The theme is “Be an ‘Agvocate’: Speak Up for Agriculture.”

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Concerns continues over estate tax increase

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Unless Congress acts this year, the federal estate tax, commonly called the “death tax,” is scheduled to increase to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption at the beginning of 2011.

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The "Home Grown in Darke County" series helped build appreciation for local farms and foods.

Community outreach programs earn top honor

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii.

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Local communities spoke up to let Extension administration know that they value 4-H Youth Development programs.

Communities finding ways to save local Extension programs

Published Dec. 18, 2012

As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.

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Former U.S. Rep Charlie Stenholm (I) talks with OFBF President Brent Porteus on OFBF's radio show Town Hall Ohio.

Communication and Consumer Education

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Communication and Consumer Education to Forge a Partnership between Farmers and Consumers

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Communicating with consumers

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to promote and enhance its statewide communications products.

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Many farmers are exploring cover crops as a way to build soil and reduce nutrient runoff.

Common questions about water issues

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more

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Reps. Bill Batchelder, left, and Vernon Sykes discuss plans to modernize the state's constitution.

Commission to review possible changes to Ohio Constitution

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The constitutional review process typically lasts several years. While the topics have not been determined yet, both the co-chairs believe the commission will address redistricting, term limits, home rule, judicial elections, taxes and citizen initiated changes to the constitution.

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Comments being sought on new deer hunting regulations

Published Feb. 11, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has proposed several changes to Ohio hunting regulations including a plan to replace deer zones with county bag limits. Other proposals include an extension of deer hunting hours and a new deer muzzleloader season.

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Commentary: 7 reasons why we need Cooperative Extension in the 21st century

Published Mar. 23, 2011

This commentary comes from Jim Langcuster, author of the blog Mission Extension. We’d love to hear your thoughts on why Cooperative Extension matters. Post them at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau. You can read Langcuster’s blog at missionextension.wordpress.com.

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Comment period extended for Food Safety Modernization Act rules

Published Aug. 20, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period to Nov. 15 for the produce safety rule and the preventive controls for human food rule which implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Ohio Farm Bureau is in the process of drafting comments and is interested in members’ concerns regarding these proposed rules.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Jan. 15, 2009

The February episode of Ohio Farm and Country will start airing on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Ohio News Network (ONN) and may be seen throughout the entire month.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Ohio Farm and Country in March will share stories of people telling their stories.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Apr. 16, 2009

The May Ohio Farm and Country show will look at the current energy situation in Ohio and the prospect of the Buckeye state becoming a hub of green energy development.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Mar. 26, 2009

The latest census report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been published and the number of farms in this country is on the increase. But that’s not the case here in Ohio. Ohio Farm and Country in April will look at the latest numbers and highlight the diversity of Ohio agriculture.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published May. 14, 2009

The June show will take a closer look at Gov. Ted Strickland’s education package, which he introduced at his State of the State address in January.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Jun. 11, 2009

The July Ohio Farm and Country will feature a segment on how technology and research in the soybean seed industry has advanced over the years, and what might be on the horizon.

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From left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Dir. Jim Zehringer & State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler

Come to the Ohio State Fair!

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced several new items on the Ohio State Fair agenda for 2011, including a program in which Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering.

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The Columbus Dispatch said outside interest groups should give the Livestock Care Standards Board a chance.

Columbus Dispatch opposes HSUS attempt to dictate Livestock Care Board standards

Published Feb. 10, 2010

Newspaper's editorial say Ohioans voted for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, and it should be given the chance to work.

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Fazekas and Mauk

Collective Bargaining Debate to Air on Town Hall Ohio

Published Aug. 24, 2011

The first-ever debate between the Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 campaigns will take place on this weekend’s broadcast of 'Town Hall Ohio.' Campaign spokespersons Melissa Fazekas of We Are Ohio and Jason Mauk of Building a Better Ohio will appear on the weekly public affairs radio program.

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Cold weather has farmers keeping an eye on propane supply

Published Jan. 24, 2014

Farmers and other Ohioans who heat with propane may face shortages during the current cold snap.

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Coalition kicks off campaign in response to D.C. lobbyists

Published Jun. 10, 2010

As the nation’s largest animal rights organization gathers signatures to place constitutional restrictions on livestock farming in Ohio, farmers are organizing in response.

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Farmers interact with customers at Clintonville Farmers' Market

Clintonville Farmers’ Market continues building community in 10th Season

Published Feb. 20, 2012

A community of farmers and nonfarmers is growing in a Columbus neighborhood. Clintonville Farmers’ Market’s goal is to develop relationships between farmers and emerging underserved populations in the Clintonville area.

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Shoppers buying fresh, local food at Clinton County Farmers' Market

Clinton County series to answer fresh, local foods questions

Published May. 22, 2012

Clinton County Farm Bureau and Clinton County Farmers’ Market will hold the first presentation of “Fast Food from the Farm,” a monthly Grow and Know series of local foods cooking demonstrations, June 16.

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OFBF is working closely with lawmakers to protect farmers from national legislative efforts that could hinder operations

Climate change, water bills pose threat

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Despite an amendment to improve the measure for agriculture, Farm Bureau believes climate change legislation approved by the U.S. House still falls short.

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Many farmers already engage in environmentally-friendly practices.

Climate change legislation could support farmers' efforts - But at what cost?

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The debate over climate change is continuing to heat up in Congress and on farms across the country.

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Climate Bill, Federal Debt Top Concerns of AFBF Delegates

Published Jan. 13, 2010

Delegates at the 91st American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting voted to oppose cap-and-trade climate legislation and to support balancing the federal budget over the next eight years.

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Dozens of OFBF members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information on oil & gas issues in Ohio.

Click, Watch, Learn

Published Feb. 7, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information about oil and gas leasing and exploration in the state. Members are also invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis Feb. 27 for an online meeting about Ohio’s CAUV program.

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Clean your credit

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Think of your credit report as a report card and your credit score as the grade that indicates how you’ve handled your bills in the past. Getting high marks is important. After all, lenders use your credit (or “FICO”) score to set rates for loans and credit cards. Insurers use it when determining rates on some policies. And some employers even check it when screening employees.

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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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