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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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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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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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Social Media: Help OFBF lead the way

Published Nov. 12, 2009

OFBF realized that to remain relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers, it had to be proactive. The result is the organization’s venture into social media, where OFBF is visible, engaged and active in the places where people congregate and participate in conversations online.

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Some funding for green energy may dry up

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.

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Southeast Ohio farm wins environmental award

Published Aug. 13, 2009

An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.

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Alyssa Holter talks with third-grade students from Southern Elementary in Racine about Holstein cows & how to milk them.

Southern Elementary Student wins free Ohio dairy farm trip for classmates

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program

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Soy-Based Toner Now Available in Replacement Printer Cartridges

Published Sep. 2, 2009

A soy-based toner created with soybean oil, called AgriTone, is now available for select laser printers.

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Springing Forward

Published Mar. 20, 2014

Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season

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If others put agreements in place before the U.S., farmers could lose opportunities to export.

Stalled trade deals could lead to loss of market share

Published Aug. 12, 2010

After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.

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Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s ‘new attitude’

Published Feb. 4, 2010

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman delivered a passionate annual address to Farm Bureau members in Seattle, showcasing Ohio Farm Bureau as an example for the nation.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus shared experiences of Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s “new attitude”

Published Jan. 11, 2010

American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.

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Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community

Published Dec. 23, 2009

An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties.

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Starting a journey through AgriPOWER

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Tom Somrack discusses his experience from the first session of the leadership program.

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Stasiulewicz joins Farm Bureau IT team

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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State agencies offer up nutrient management draft legislation

Published Apr. 11, 2013

An overview of what is going on with draft nutrient management legislation, what Farm Bureau thinks and how we got here.

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State auditor wants to ‘skinny down’ government

Published Nov. 15, 2011

State Auditor Dave Yost is on a mission to cut the fat out of state and local governments.

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State Budget - Senate maintains restored funds for Extension, OARDC

Published Jun. 11, 2009

For now, the Senate has agreed with the House to restore some of the funding that was initially cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the state budget.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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State budget process continues to unfold

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Testimony is heating up in the Ohio Statehouse as advocates pursue changes to initial funding proposals for state agencies and programs. While the budget process is just getting underway, Ohio Farm Bureau is keeping a close eye on how the final budget may shape up.

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A few of the "Agriculture in Our Backyard" horticulture contest entries

State Fair exhibit connects community with farmers

Published Jul. 18, 2012

Fun, hands-on agricultural experiences are the centerpiece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. Last year the 'Land and Living' exhibit located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building drew an estimated 350,000 visitors who learned about agriculture’s link to everyday life.

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State Fair kicks off with visit from Governor

Published Jul. 29, 2009

The Ohio State Fair got off to a soggy start on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of eager fairgoers and the activity in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) “Land and Living” exhibit.

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State fair success

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF coordinated the “Land and Living: Agriculture Your Link to Life” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair where an estimated 350,000 fairgoers participated in an interactive agricultural display in a 32,000-square-foot building used exclusively for the display. More than 9,000 children planted a flower and took it home as part of the Green2Go exhibit, 5,256 children participated in a pedal tractor course called the OFBF Country Cruise, and 28 memberships were sold during the fair.

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Rep. Robert Sprague (speaking) is joined by OFBF's Beth Vanderkooi (left) and lawmakers in support of expanding Ag-LINK.

State lawmakers want to expand agricultural loan program

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

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State policy development committee members meet for the first time this week to learn about emerging issues.

State policy development committee continues grassroots process

Published Sep. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.

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State, farmers continue efforts to improve Grand Lake St. Marys

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Regulators are planning to continue to work with farmers following the release of new rules resulting from pollution concerns in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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Low milk prices have hit dairy farmers extremely hard over the past year. Hog farmers are also struggling through tough

State, federal programs provide financial help for struggling farmers

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Whether it’s a drop in demand for their products, negative publicity or rising grain and fuel costs, some farmers across Ohio are feeling financially pinched and turning to state and federal agencies for help.

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Statement by AFBF President Stallman regarding ballot victory in Ohio, Texas

Published Nov. 5, 2009

Voters made solid statements in two ballot measures vital to the success of agriculture.

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Statement from Ohio Agriculture Director Regarding the Passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs today issued a statement regarding the passage of Ohio’s Issue 2 ballot initiative.

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Supporters celebrate Issue 2's passage Tuesday evening

Statement from Ohioans for Livestock Care in response to passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

The Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee (PAC) today released the following statement in response to the passage of State Issue 2.

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Statement from the Center for Food and Animal Issues regarding egg farm fire

Published Mar. 25, 2010

“We applaud the efforts of public safety personnel, volunteers and those in the agricultural community who rallied in response to the recent devastating fire at Ohio Fresh Eggs in Marseilles."

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Statement on Gov. Kasich’s announcement of Ohio’s commitment to water quality

Published Aug. 14, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates Gov. Kasich’s announcement today that the state will be investing $1.25 million in conservation techniques that farmers can use to help them continue their work to protect water quality.

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Statement on governor's plan to deal with the budget shortfall

Published Oct. 2, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recognizes the challenges facing Gov. Strickland and the Ohio General Assembly

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Steer clear of car accident scams

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Nationwide is looking out for our policyholders with the help of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU), a team of over 250 professional investigators who detect, investigate and help prevent fraud. SIU also trains claims associates to identify fraud schemes.

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Stenholm to speak at Leadership Conference

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm will be the keynote speaker at OFBF’s 2009 Leadership Conference. Stenholm, who represented Texas residents in Congress for 13 terms, now advocates in Washington on behalf of the agriculture industry.

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Stimulus money has positive impacts for farmers

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Stimulus package investments in infrastructure, broadband and renewable energy are of particular interest to Ohio farmers.

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Trent Loos speaks during an event held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Stop defending agriculture?

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmer says conversation with consumers needs a change in tone.

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Gov. Strickland signed HB 414 on Wednesday, immediatiely enacting the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Strickland signs bill to implement livestock care board

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Calling it the right approach for Ohioans, Gov. Ted Strickland today signed H.B. 414 which will allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to move forward.

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Strickland (left) and Kasich addressed farmers at Ag Day at the Capitol on Tuesday

Strickland, Kasich denounce HSUS ballot plan

Published Feb. 25, 2010

Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland and his GOP rival candidate John Kasich both declared their opposition to a ballot measure being planned by the out-of-state activist organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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