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Brandon Kern

Working to preserve Ohio’s ag sales tax exemption

Published Apr. 3, 2015

OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.

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Workers’ comp billing system update, deadlines changing

Published Jul. 17, 2014

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is changing the way it bills for workers’ compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers.

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Work for farmers continues on many fronts

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Livestock care issues have been receiving a lot of attention in Ohio recently. But OFBF has continued to represent its members on a host of other issues.

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WNCO-AM airing Town Hall Ohio

Published Jan. 28, 2010

Town Hall Ohio, the award-winning public affairs radio program produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), has been added to the programming lineup of WNCO-AM in Ashland.

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Without Issue 2, emotionally-driven regulations loom over all farmers

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Anticipation that has gripped Ohio’s farm community for months recently culminated in a conference room when a dairy farmer took the microphone, stood up among 600 of his peers and declared, “We are going to win this. We are going to win.”

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Winter Worry: Excessive snow load can cause barn collapse

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When heavy snow meets fierce winds even the best-engineered buildings can collapse. That’s why it’s important to be adequately insured for this type of peril.

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Win up to $1,000 in the My Ohio Ag video contest

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Show how you are connected to Ohio agriculture in a short video for a chance at $500 or $1,000. Contest submissions accepted Sept. 30 – Oct. 14

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Wildlife Federation blames farmers exclusively

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.

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Wild and dangerous animals bill passes out of Ohio Senate, moves to House

Published May. 1, 2012

Senate Bill 310, also known as the wild and dangerous animals bill, has moved to the Ohio House after being approved by a vote of 30-1 in the Ohio Senate April 25.

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Why your mineral rights might be in danger

Published Sep. 25, 2014

If you think it’s always clear who owns the mineral rights to a piece of land, you might want to think again. With the explosion in oil and natural gas drilling, some of those mineral rights could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner.

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Why we’re supporting State Issue 1

Published Apr. 9, 2014

After studying State Issue 1, which will appear on the May ballot, Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees is encouraging a “Yes” vote. Here’s some background on the issue so you can make an informed decision.

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Why Usefulness trumps Awesomeness with Consumers

Published Aug. 30, 2013

At a time when all the world’s information can fit in your pocket, the rules for remaining relevant to your customers are quickly changing. Whether you’re using social media to agvocate or to try to do business, how do you rise above the noise?

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Why should you join AgriPOWER? My top six reasons to apply

Published Apr. 8, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.

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Who, not what

Published May. 8, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely discusses how Ohio Farm Bureau isn't something but a bunch of somebodies using a local news story of a Hocking County Farm Bureau policy meeting as an example.

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Who do you want telling your story?

Published Sep. 24, 2010

More Ohio farmers finding social media fruitful in engaging a non-farming public.

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Where we’re at with water quality legislation in Ohio

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.

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Where 'agvocates' go to get social

Published May. 17, 2010

Members of the agriculture community are using social media as a rapid and influential way to connect and share information with both those within and outside of traditional agricultural circles.

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When you tell your story, legislators listen and take action

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Board Trustee Roger Baker was in Washington, D.C. listening to a House panel discussion about the causes of the harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Erie when his ears perked up.

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When consumers weigh in on farm policy

Published Aug. 14, 2013

In the July/August edition of Our Ohio magazine, we asked consumers to give us their thoughts on new Food and Drug Administration produce rules intended to improve safety. In the end, more than 150 people filled out our survey and many submitted additional comments describing their concerns.

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What’s in the Ohio Constitution and why Issue 2 is a good fit

Published Sep. 18, 2009

Does Issue 2 fit in Ohio's Constitution?

Simply put, the answer is "Yes."

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What’s in the Ohio Constitution and why Issue 2 is a good fit

Published Sep. 24, 2009

There a number of reasons why Ohioans should vote “Yes” for Issue 2. It ensures safe, quality, locally grown food, strong family farms and excellent care for animals.

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What’s going on with water quality at the Statehouse?

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

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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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What you should know about zoning and land use

Published Jan. 23, 2014

Many of Ohio’s local communities have instituted zoning as a way to orderly plan the various uses of land. However, important statutory protections limit the reach of local zoning to agricultural land in certain circumstances. Here are a few things to know about zoning and land use.

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What you need to know about the commercial activity tax

Published May. 4, 2015

The CAT is an annual privilege tax levied “for the privilege of doing business in this state.” The CAT is a tax on gross receipts.

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