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Cast your vote for the winning video by Oct. 28, 2010

Eight finalists seeking online votes in “Because I Care” video contest

Published Oct. 11, 2010

Eight finalists are competing for the most online votes to win $1,000 in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Eating without animals

Published Jun. 11, 2009

As issues of animal care are raised in Ohio, Buckeye Farm News wants to understand the views of the 98 percent of people who don't see the world through a farmer's eyes. The goal is to create a starting point for dialogue.

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Attendees learn about public speaking from Emily Krueger, 2011 American Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet winner.

East Region Leadership Conference impacts attendees

Published Apr. 5, 2012

Although it was a small conference, the East Region Leadership Conference had a big impact on attendees. On March 31, county Farm Bureaus in the east region came together for a new conference that targeted members who normally do not attend typical Ohio Farm Bureau Federation training events.

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East Region hosts innovative leadership conference for local members

Published Mar. 7, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is presenting the East Region Leadership Conference, hosted by counties in the East Region Saturday, March 31 at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all Farm Bureau members, not just to those in the eastern part of the state.

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Earn a free night’s stay at Choice Hotels

Published Mar. 8, 2012

Choice Hotels is running a special promotion for Ohio Farm Bureau members. Book your reservations at or 800.258.2847 and after your second separate stay with arrival between March 8 and May 8, you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a free night.

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Duplication in regulatory process puts strain on farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”

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Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks

Published Sep. 13, 2012

At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.

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Dozens of fertilizer, pesticide certification classes now offered

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio State University Extension has now scheduled 25 fertilizer certification classes and 45 combination fertilizer/pesticide application classes statewide for farmers.

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Dorman receives NIAA President’s Award

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.

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Dr. Dorman

Dorman named Director of Food Programs for Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jul. 23, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Leah Dorman, D.V.M., as director of food programs for its Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Avoiding tax liability may be a reason farm families focus on transition planning, but several key benefits arise.

Don’t neglect planning in light of estate tax repeal

Published Jul. 20, 2011

After Ohio Farm Bureau Federation successfully advocated for elimination of the Ohio estate tax, legal professionals and farm transition planning experts say farmers shouldn't neglect sound transition planning, according to Ohio State University Extension.

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Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the issues that impact you

Published Jul. 19, 2012

County annual meetings are a time for the community to connect.

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Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the issues that impact you

Published Aug. 16, 2012

County annual meetings will be taking place throughout Ohio in the coming months, giving Farm Bureau members a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their community.

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Don't get mad at Chipotle

Published Feb. 11, 2014

In what's probably Chipotle's most outrageous attempt to get their customers to think about the food they eat, on February 17 it will debut a new show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous.

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Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Farmers and other rural business owners should take their time as they evaluate a federal program that helps them manage energy costs.

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Do you need an oil spill plan?

Published Feb. 26, 2013

The compliance date for farms to have Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans is May 10.

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Do you have an SPCC plan?

Published Apr. 23, 2013

The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.

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Do you believe farming has a future in Ohio?

Published Apr. 19, 2010

If you were to draft a 100-page plan of what agriculture and rural Ohio should look like, what would you write? More importantly, how would you put it into action? That’s exactly what Ohio farmers consider each year as they review and update Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy book.

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Daniel Bock

Do the big shots make the calls, or is it the grassroots?

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Medina County farmer Dan Bock was asked to participate on Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development committee. His first question was 'Am I qualified?'

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The DOW is encouraging hunters to donate more venison to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program.

Division of Wildlife issues challenge to help feed the hungry

Published Nov. 12, 2009

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) recently issued a challenge to Ohio hunters to double the amount of venison that is donated to Ohioans in need.

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Diverse viewpoints shaping food production

Published Nov. 15, 2011

A recent summit hosted by the Center for Food Integrity sought to shed light on a number of factors that could influence how food is produced.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (2nd from right) joined Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch (2nd from left) on Town Hall Ohio

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

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Discussion Meet applications due Nov. 2

Published Sep. 2, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals are accepting entries for the 2016 Discussion Meet contest. Entry forms are due Nov. 2.The contest will be held Dec. 2.

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Discover your social Web with OFBF’s Guide to Social Media

Published Aug. 13, 2009

“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow us On Twitter.” By uttering these phrases, countless organizations expect people to go online and find out what all the social media fuss is about. But most don’t take the time to show how to go about finding somebody on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

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Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe to speak at AFBF annual meeting

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s series "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," will deliver the keynote address at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, in Atlanta.

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A sellout crowd attended OFBF's first Grow and Know event at Malabar Farm to learn more about producing food.

Dinner table conversation

Published May. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.

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Mark Kvamme, left, a California venture capitalist, is leading Ohio's efforts to retain and attract jobs.

Development director: Ohio has great potential for attracting new businesses

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The head of the newly created JobsOhio wants to make one thing clear – the Department of Development is not going to be eliminated.

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Despite turbulent path, experts say farm bill reforms good for farmers

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Many disagreements from policymakers and nonprofit organizations created challenges while finalizing the recently-passed 2014 Farm Bill.

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Deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa stirs debate about 'coexistence'

Published Feb. 24, 2011

USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.

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Farmers feared new regulations would require them to obtain a commercial drivers license.

Department of Transportation says no new CDL requirements for farmers

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of farmers and said it will not issue new regulations related to agricultural transportation and commercial drivers license (CDL) provisions, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Department of Labor withdraws farm youth labor proposal

Published Apr. 27, 2012

The cooperative efforts by members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators played a significant role in convincing the Department of Labor that its proposed rules were ill-conceived and unnecessary.

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Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers.

Delivering a message

Published Oct. 14, 2010

A group of Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers urging them to “Put death taxes to rest.

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Medina County delegate Sarah Poling (left) participates in Ohio Farm Bureau's grassroots policy development process.

Delegates set policy update Farm Bureau’s membership model

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Water quality, taxes and agriculture’s prominence at Ohio State University were among the issues Ohio Farm Bureau delegates took action on during the 96th annual meeting.

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Delegates ask committee to study organizational changes

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Farm Bureau delegates reviewed a new membership model proposal from the organization's state code committee before calling for a committee to further study the issue.

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State Rep. and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Peterson shares the impact of wet weather on his Fayette County farm.

Delayed planting raises questions for farmers

Published May. 26, 2011

Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.

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Deficit, regional differences shaping farm bill talks

Published Dec. 17, 2010

How much money will it cost and where will it come from? With heightened awareness about federal spending, those will be the two questions lawmakers will be asking about every proposal they consider, including the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Deer harvest surpasses quarter of a million?

Published Mar. 12, 2009

A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio’s 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

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Decision Time: Producers consider ACRE

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Now that details are out on the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, farmers must decide whether to enroll in the new, state revenue-based program instead of the traditional system.

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December 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Dec. 18, 2012

County Farm Bureaus share scholarship opportunities, highlight local leaders who have played a big role in shaping Ohio Farm Bureau’s actions in 2013, host cooking competitions and more in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up.

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The Ridgerunners advisory council has been meeting for more than 50 years.

Decades later, Ohio Farm Bureau Advisory Councils continue to discuss issues

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Jean Miller knows the value of Farm Bureau’s Advisory Councils goes much deeper than talking about agriculture and other issues. Over the years it has been about friendships and making a difference in the community.

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Debt reduction committee could impact farm programs

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers are watching to see if farm programs will be on the chopping block as 12 members of a federal 'super committee' prepare to identify ways to reduce the national debt.

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Deadlines upcoming for several Young Ag Professionals events

Published Jun. 11, 2009

A series of activities and contests for Young Agricultural Professionals are coming up, and the first deadline is this month.

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Deadlines near for conferences and contests

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.

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Deadline is March 1 to nominate a good neighbor

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with OFBF, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Deadline extended for local water quality project grants

Published May. 4, 2015

County Farm Bureaus will have more time to develop local partnerships and projects that help protect Ohio’s water resources.

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Deadline approaching for registration of wild, dangerous animals

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding owners of dangerous wild animal that a new state law passed in June requires the registration of their animals before Nov. 5.

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Paul Davidson

Davidson elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board

Published May. 25, 2011

Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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Date set for 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Published Nov. 6, 2009

- Health management programs for sheep and goat producers will be the primary focus of the 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 12 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 East Main Street, in Reynoldsburg.

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In addition to damage permits, OFBF policy calls for numerous methods to reduce the deer herd. Phot by

Damage Report

Published Feb. 5, 2009

There's a long way to go to control ?the deer herd, but complaining is a start

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AFBF's chief economist said the pork industry is facing challenges that will fundamentally alter it.

Dairy, pork industries hit hard, slowly starting to recover

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Both the U.S. dairy and pork industries need to drastically reduce the number of cattle and hogs in order to raise prices and have production be more in balance with demand, ag economists said.

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