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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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Janet Cassidy

CIFT highlights food's path from farm to plate

Published Mar. 8, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Marketing Communications Janet Cassidy shares insight from her day at the Center for Innovative Food Technology's Ohio Food Industry Expo.

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Chesapeake Bay lawsuit is about proper path to a clean environment

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation is challenging the approach that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking to regulate pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Change continues to be constant at Nationwide

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Change proved to be the password at Nationwide this year, even as the insurance and financial services company continues its 83-year sponsor relationship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Photo by Bailey Elchinger.

Challenging spring for farmers

Published May. 29, 2014

It has been an interesting spring for farmers in Ohio. A cooler than normal spring and a lot of rain caused numerous challenges. Below are a few photos shared by Ohio farmers while planting followed by some news stories discussing the consequences of the weather on planting and the impacts that are being seen, or may still be seen.

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The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Lea Kimley.

Celebration will honor Ohio State Fair grand champion barrow exhibitor

Published Aug. 14, 2012

Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will host a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the grand champion barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

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CAUV values up? Here's why

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis explains why landowners are seeing higher taxes due to CAUV. Also, a list of counties that will see reappraisal and updates with CAUV this year.

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Catch up with OFBF at ag events

Published Feb. 5, 2010

OFBF will be participating at two trade shows in March.

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Carroll County Farm Bureau’s program recycles farm plastics

Published Nov. 20, 2012

A recycling program started by the Carroll County Farm Bureau is turning farm plastic into sidewalks and keeping tons of plastic out of landfills.

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Carroll County board connects with Community Councils

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Community Councils are discussion groups of friends and neighbors who meet regularly to talk about ideas and opportunities to take action on the issues affecting them.

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Jody Carney

Carney is new Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

Published Sep. 9, 2011

Jody Carney has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's organization director for Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties.

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The First Place Capital Challenge Team.

Capital Challenge winners advocate a better understanding of agriculture

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Engaging young people in democracy was the goal of the first ever Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.

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Capital Challenge first place team - Ag Ed Policy Development.

Capital Challenge proved teens are amazing

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Teens from 4-H, FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau came together at the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to answer the question, “My community would be better if…” In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel discusses learning from the Capital Challenge why teens should be engaged in solving problems and improving their communities.

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Ohio Statehouse

Capital budget appropriations leave out Clean Ohio funding

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse to make capital appropriations for the current biennium, and funding for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easements was not included in the legislation.Ohio Farm Bureau staff continues to work on alternative vehicles for this priority.

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Can farm bill show Congress how to get along?

Published Oct. 23, 2013

After taking a back seat to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, we may see some progress on the farm bill soon. The conference committee has been appointed and has started to meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

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Campaign will back Ballot Issue

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board officially certified as State Issue 2.

"Ohioans for Livestock Care" to educate voters on why the measure is good for farmers, consumers and animal care in Ohio

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Ohio lawmakers spoke out on a proposed leafy greens marketing agreement after hearing from OFBF members in March.

Call & Response: Lawmakers act on farmers' concerns about leafy greens proposal

Published May. 14, 2010

During the last Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) county presidents trip to Washington D.C., farmers sat down with members of Congress and explained why a federal proposal on leafy greens would not work in Ohio. Not only did the lawmakers listen but they took action.

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By supporting farmers, businesses support themselves

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Some county Farm Bureaus are building partnerships with companies that have connections to agriculture, and it looks as if it will pay off in terms of new long-term memberships.

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BWC reduces premium rates for non group employers

Published Apr. 16, 2009

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is making changes that will balance out the premium inequities created by group ratings.

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BWC grants help employees return to work

Published Aug. 16, 2012

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications for a new grant program to help employers with transitional work programs to return employees to work or keep them working in some capacity following a workplace injury.

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House subcommittee members

Butler County hosts House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Butler County Farm Bureau helped coordinate a subcommittee meeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at the Butler County Fair July 24.

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The invasive Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Clermont County, threatening Ohio forests & maple syrup business

Bust this bug: Asian longhorned beetle poses new threat to state’s forests

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to eat away more than $2.5 billion in standing timber as well as Ohio’s $5 billion nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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Bumgarner to lead OFBF Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jun. 9, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) - Michael A. Bumgarner has been named vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) new Center for Food and Animal Issues. His appointment is effective July 1, 2009.

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Bumgarner to lead OFBF Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Michael A. Bumgarner has been named vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) new Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Early Farm Bureau leader Murray Lincoln's vision shaped Farm Bureau's future.

Built on Belief: Remembering why Farm Bureau was created

Published Jun. 23, 2011

It was a matter of circumstance that lent a title to a movement. One hundred years ago, in Broome County, N.Y., the chamber of commerce added a new department and the first “farm bureau” was born.

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Sen. Cliff Hite visiting with Farm Bureau leaders at an AGGPAC sponsored luncheon.

Building relationships one elected official, one farmer at a time

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Director of Political Education Doug Foxx discusses several events recently sponsored by AGGPAC, and shares how members can keep the lines of communication open and work toward creating stronger relationships with government officials.

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Ohio Farm Bureau and Wilmington College are exploring ways to work together to build a stronger agricultural community.

Building Community through Cooperation in Wilmington

Published Apr. 12, 2013

Communications Specialist and Wilmington College graduate Chip Nelson shares how cooperative efforts between Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the college are helping boost the local economy and provide a stronger future for students and Ohio agriculture.

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Budget bill has provisions of interest to farmers

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The MBR includes Clean Ohio Fund provisions for $6 million to the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program and $36 million to the Green Space Conservation program.

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Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association supports OFBF’s $2,500 Reward Program

Published Feb. 4, 2010

The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA) has announced it is supporting Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) $2,500 Reward Program.

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Buckeye Farm News Briefs - 2-24-11

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is holding open houses. | Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program applications are available. | A Kansas State study shows meat sales decline when media attention is given to animal welfare issues. | HSUS is working on a ballot measure in Washington state.

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Published Apr. 4, 2012

No matter where, when or how it's read, the new Buckeye Farm eNews delivers the weekly headlines, and valuable time-saving relevancy. Sign up today.

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L to R: Jim Henkel, Evolution Ag; Dr. Emily Buck; Derek Hetrick.

Buck, finalist for national award, wins tractor

Published Mar. 26, 2014

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington was presented with a Case IH Farmall 45A tractor at local Case IH dealer Evolution Ag, for being named a top three finalist in American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture award. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.

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Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs were chosen for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award

Brown, Gibbs chosen for Wheat Advocate Award

Published Feb. 5, 2013

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced its choices for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award, an award given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the award are Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Gibbs.

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Brown County receives soil education grant

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Brown County Farm Bureau has received a $500 mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.

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Bringing agriculture to the classroom through Google

Published Aug. 12, 2014

A project in several eastern Ohio counties is bringing agriculture into primary and secondary classrooms through the Google Hangouts series 'Farmtastic Agventures!'

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Briefs: AFBF criticizes proposed EPA guidelines, century farm stories wanted

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Water Act Protection Guide” is one step closer to being implemented; An interactive website launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation for Agriculture last year to celebrate century farms will be expanded with more articles and videos,

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Bridging the Gap

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Critics don't understand modern agriculture. Or they just don't like it. In either case, they're pointing their fingers at farmers.

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Families pet & learn about cows during Franklin & Madison county Farm Bureau's Breakfast on the Farm

Breakfast on the Farm creates connections

Published Jun. 20, 2013

Franklin County Farm Bureau President Dwight Beougher shares how a very successful "Breakfast on the Farm" event came to fruition, how it's growing and what he looks forward to next.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders, Weaver will represent Ohio in national competitions

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville have been recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson was recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Agriculture Award

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders named OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville as its 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. They will represent Ohio in the national contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Outgoing Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs (l) was recognized for his work by OFBF President Brent Porteus.

Boggs: Livestock Care Board making progress, slowly

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is moving slowly, but that’s because it is being thorough, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director (ODA) Robert Boggs told attendees at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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From left: David & Steve Hirsh, Troy Elwer, Mike Townsley, Jack Fisher (complete caption at end of story)

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau partner in support of local youth at Ohio State Fair

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow for $20,000 at the Ohio State Fair's 2011 Sale of Champions.

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Mike Townsley (in red), of Bob Evans is seated next to OFBF's Steve Hirsch at the 2010 Sale of Champions.

Bob Evans, OFBF invest in youth with hog purchase

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Bob Evans Farms returns to Sale of Champions.

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The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Lea Kimley.

Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau, JD Equipment Purchase Grand Champion Barrow

Published Aug. 6, 2012

Companies partner to support local youth at Ohio State Fair's 2012 Sale of Champions

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Mike Townsley, right, of Bob Evans Farms and OFBF First Vice President Steve Hirsch are welcomed by Dr. Bobby Moser.

Bob Evans Farms, OFBF invest in youth programs at Sale of Champions

Published Aug. 9, 2010

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau, purchased this year’s reserve grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair, which will help support youth involvement in agriculture.

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Board recommends 'Yes' on Issue 2, urges members to study both points of view

Published Sep. 1, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau board members recognized strong emotions on both sides of the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 debate, but believed it was the responsibility of leadership to make a recommendation to members.

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A crowd filled the hearing room at the Ohio Department of Ag during the April 5 Livestock Care Standards Board meeting.

Board reaches consensus on veal standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is past its final major hurdle in establishing the first comprehensive set of standards for animal care in Ohio.

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