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Ag Districts can protect your farm investments

Published May. 25, 2011

Ag Districts represent Ohio’s version of “right to farm” laws by providing protection to farmers from utility assessments, nuisance lawsuits and eminent domain takings.

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Ag education continues to thrive, evolve in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

So much more than cows and plows.

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Ag is Cool Program to return to Ohio State Fair

Published Mar. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors program giving fourth grade students, teachers free admission to the fair to learn about agriculture.

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Ag Linked Deposit program applications available

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s 28th year of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK). Applications are due March 13 at 5:00 PM.

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CAFFRE staff and business partners tasting tomato soy juice with Secretary Vilsack

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits Ohio State, highlights cancer-fighting research

Published Jun. 29, 2012

A group of agricultural researchers at Ohio State University may be finding ways to help fight cancer. They shared their work with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during his visit to Ohio State University this week.

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Wenner training with the Peloton's new jersey.

Ag students to race in Pelotonia to support cancer research

Published Aug. 10, 2012

A small group of Ohio State University agriculture students is teaming up in hopes to raise money and awareness for cancer research, and will represent agriculture in the upcoming Pelotonia bike ride Aug. 10-12.

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Ag-LINK applications available

Published Feb. 5, 2014

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) through March 12 at 5:00 PM.

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Ag-LINK Deposit program expanded

Published Jun. 28, 2012

Gov. John Kasich signed into law this week legislation expanding funds to help Ohio farmers offset costs associated with feed, seed, fertilizer and fuel through the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK).

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Ag-Link program offers interest reductions

Published Feb. 4, 2010

The Ohio Treasury offers the Agricultural Linked Deposit program (Ag-LINK) to provide reduced rate loans to help Ohio farmers offset the cost associated with feed, seed, fertilizer, and fuel.

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Nationwide Associate Agent and Vice President of Jennings & Associates Inc, Margie Jennings talks to Cara Lawson of OFBF

Agent visits strengthen Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide partnership

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Twice a year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) coordinates a Nationwide Agent Visitation Week, which is an opportunity for Ohio Farm Bureau to reach out to the 456 Nationwide agents in Ohio to show appreciation for their support of the partnership between Nationwide and OFBF.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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Livestock Care Board members discussed the agreement to keep animal care issue of the ballot at a recent meeting

Agreement doesn't get rubber stamp from livestock board

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board welcomed a recent agreement to keep animal care issues off of the fall ballot but said it is just one of the factors it will consider.

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Agreement Validates Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for the agreement announced today between the Ohioans for Livestock Care coalition and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Agricultural Labor Reform to be Considered by Senate

Published May. 23, 2013

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has passed Immigration Reform that creates a new legal status for agricultural workers: a Blue Card.

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OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

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Lawmakers will sort through the governor's plans over the coming months.

Agriculture among sectors to see cuts, fee hikes in budget plan

Published Feb. 5, 2009

On the heels of his proposal to prevent a more than $7 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Ted Strickland recently told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members that it’s time for the state to toughen up and make wise decisions.

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The attached booklet contains profiles of agricultural education programs and resources.

Agriculture education program and resource profiles

Published Jan. 21, 2013

The agriculture community is passionate about agriculture education. Whether it’s training the next generation of farmers or reaching out to the 98 percent of individuals who are several generations removed from first-hand farming experiences, we know there is a need to connect agriculture education to many audiences.

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You can learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau's budget priorities by visiting http://bit.ly/ofbfbudget.

Agriculture programs among those facing cuts in state budget proposal

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Ohio Department of Agriculture would see its funding drop by just under 9 percent in a two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

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The Ag Is Cool “prize patrol” delivered prizes to essay contest winners and joined teacher and his class on a field trip

Agriculture really is cool!

Published Dec. 3, 2013

Showing school kids where their food comes from is very important, but few teachers have expertise in agriculture, and it is tough to fund field trips and other learning opportunities. This is where the Ag Is Cool program can help.

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Agriculture's role in food cost discussion

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.

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Joachim Schaeger, a German agricultural administrator, discusses farming issues with members of the AgriPOWER class.

AgriPOWER class explores Washington

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Members of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nation’s capitol.

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AgriPOWER class hears from HSUS rep

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Paul Shapiro, the director of the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Factory Farming Campaign, recently spoke to OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute, a group of individuals wishing to enhance their leadership skills in becoming advocates for agriculture.

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Class V of AgriPOWER Institute at graduation.

AgriPOWER Class V graduates

Published Apr. 10, 2013

AgriPOWER Institute Class V has graduated. Ohio Farm Bureau's Callie Wells, member of Class V, provides her thoughts on the relationships built and value of the leadership program.

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AgriPOWER graduates 22 advocates

Published Apr. 16, 2010

A class of 22 recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership training program launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues.

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Members of AgriPOWER Class Three

AgriPOWER Institute developing new leaders

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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AgriPOWER Institute Class IV

AgriPOWER Institute graduates its fourth class, begins the search for Class V

Published Mar. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.

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AgriPOWER Institute seeks applicants

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute, which equips farmers and agricultural professionals with the leadership skills needed to be influencers in public policy issues that impact their businesses.

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Dale Vodraska of Rittman Orchards, left, talking to Class V about the orchard.

AgriPOWER participants hone conversation skills

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.

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AgriPOWER’s second class in session

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Twenty-two Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture

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Agritourism broadly defines businesses that allow visitors to take part in agricultural activities.

Agritourism: How can we help?

Published Oct. 8, 2013

We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?

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Alert system guards against metal theft

Published Mar. 26, 2009

OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmers’ concerns over metal theft.

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Pat Hord says its not the size of his farm, but a passion for feeding people that motivates his family.

All ideas needed to address food production challenges

Published Oct. 12, 2011

If nothing else, the nation’s ongoing discussion about food production has revealed the complexity of issues relating to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

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American Farm Bureau acquires leading events, publications

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows – Minnesota Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference. The business also publishes Feed & Grain Magazine and Case IH’s Farm Forum magazine.

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From left, OFBF President Steve Hirsch, First Vice President Sparky Weilnau and state trustee Keith Truckor.

American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Farmers develop national policy

Published Feb. 15, 2012

As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nation’s fiscal situation.

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American Farm Bureau appeals Chesapeake Bay ruling

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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American Farm Bureau backs Health Insurance Tax Credit

Published Sep. 22, 2009

Health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for farmers and ranchers and must be reduced so that they do not burden farm and ranch businesses with costs they cannot afford, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members of the Senate Finance Committee.

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American Farm Bureau makes recommendations on farm bill spending

Published Oct. 12, 2011

American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to spread farm bill cuts across key program areas. The organization’s proposal represents a balance of multiple commodity and regional interests.

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American Farm Bureau Supports Halt to EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislative efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to stop an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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American Farm Bureau urges Senate Ag Committee to move Farm Bill forward

Published Apr. 24, 2012

Numerous provisions of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft farm bill follow the American Farm Bureau Federation’s core principles for “rational, acceptable farm policy,” but there is room for adjustments to improve the legislation. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman delivered that message to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders in a letter today following a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

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Amid budget cuts, Extension moves ahead with reorganization

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Reduced funding forces layoffs, and more are projected

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Robert and Autumn Morrison won the use of a Kubota tractor through the Outstanding Young Farmer contest.

Among the best

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was yet another award-winning year for the Ohio Farm Bureau and its county Farm Bureaus.

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AgriPOWER class members visited American Farm Bureau's offices to learn about the lawmaking process.

An inside look at Washington

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER class recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their fifth session.

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An Open Letter to Mr. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS

Published Mar. 2, 2010

Congressman Zack Space, representing Ohio's 18th District, tells the Humane Society of the United States that when it comes to livestock care, Ohioans have already spoken.

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An update on farm nutrient legislation

Published Dec. 19, 2013

On Nov. 20, the Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony and accepted five amendments to Senate Bill 150, legislation to address nutrient management and water quality in Ohio but delayed a vote while more work is done.

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Peggy Kirk Hall

Animal advocates, farmers both pushing for standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Between 2002 and 2009, animal advocacy groups were successful in establishing new animal care regulations in seven states. Since 2009, agricultural interests have backed the establishment animal care regulations in 11 states.

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A panel featuring the Animal Agriculture 202 speakers provided an open forum for first responders to ask questions.

Animal Agriculture 202 teaches 150 first-responders about livestock handling

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio State University Extension teamed up to host more than 150 first-responders at the Animal Agriculture 202 seminar April 12. The daylong seminar trained attendees on the proper handling of large animals in times of crisis.

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Animal care issues could bring activists to farms

Published Nov. 12, 2009

With issues of livestock care being prominently debated in Ohio, farmers are reminded to be vigilant in taking measures to protect themselves from becoming the targets of undercover animal rights activists.

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Animal disease outbreak courses scheduled for January

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Training sessions will be held throughout Ohio in January to help communities prepare for an animal disease outbreak.

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Animal Issues

Published Dec. 23, 2009

In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau was a strong advocate for animal agriculture in the Buckeye State.

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Animal panel belongs in Constitution

Published Oct. 29, 2009

Ohio House Republican Leader gives opinion on Issue 2.

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