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Learning more about Ohio soils and nutrients

Published Sep. 18, 2013

Our second e-learning unit on water quality/nutrient management is now available for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This unit will provide you with a better understanding of the methods for soil sampling, how the soil test results relate to crop fertility recommendations and the steps to take to develop a nutrient management plan.

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At www.gmoanswers.com, the public can ask questions about GMO technology and learn more about how it is used.

Website extends conversation about GMOs

Published Sep. 20, 2013

American Farm Bureau Federation is a supporting partner of a new website that seeks to help consumers find answers to questions about GMOs.

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Conservation advocate Josh Knights (left) joined Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher in a conversation on 'Town Hall Ohio.'.

Conservation group’s director discusses partnerships with farmers

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Josh Knights discussed the work of The Nature Conservancy.

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From left: J.L. Draganic, Jim Croskey, Cynthia Koonce, Tom LeFevre, Bill Shoup,Lucy Sondles and Don Sharp.

Farm Bureau members receive stewardship, good neighbor awards

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Five farmers, two rural residents receive awards.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS Sharing rural roads safely

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Driving defensively is important for all drivers but is especially critical for farm machinery operators.

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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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Dale Arnold, OFBF director of energy policy, met with Farm Bureau members in Van Wert County for an issues update.

Grassroots process gives you a say in your organization

Published Sep. 20, 2013

After meeting with a committee of Farm Bureau members tasked with analyzing the organization’s stance on policy issues, former Ohio tax commissioner Tom Zaino was impressed.

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Group photo of the Young Agricultural Professionals in D.C. this year.

Getting to know Farm Bureau through Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 23, 2013

In this blog, one of the attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals Washington D.C. Leadership Experience discusses her experience on the trip and encourages other young people to get involved with Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Refreshing, rejuvenating, encouraging trip with Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 25, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Trustee Cy Prettyman tells us how his recent trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of Young Agricultural Professionals was refreshing, rejuvenating and encouraging.

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Visit bestfoodfacts.org for useful, timely, relevant and simple to understand information about food.

Best Food Facts: Your new BFF?

Published Sep. 26, 2013

In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau's David White discusses the Best Food Facts website which is dedicated to providing information on the many facets of food production, including preparation, consumption and everything in-between.

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Congress working toward farm bill, continuing resolution, waterways bill

Published Sep. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.

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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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Nationwide Claims offers unique training

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Over the summer, Nationwide’s new Commercial Farm and Agribusiness School made its debut to help claims associates develop technical expertise, as well as better establish relationships and the business confidence to drive improved outcomes for farm and agribusiness members.

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Community members gathered in Crawford County to learn more about food and agricultural issues.

Healthy conversation

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.

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Putting agriculture on the path to supply food for billions

Published Oct. 15, 2013

In less than 40 years, the world’s population is expected to expand by 30 percent.

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Meetings to cover animal disease traceability

Published Oct. 15, 2013

USDA is holding meetings for anyone who transports livestock across state lines, has their own livestock, veterinarians and their staff, OSU Extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the new Animal Disease Traceability rule.

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LLC forms among those Ohio is now allowing to be filed online

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office will now accept the most frequently used business filings online in what it says is an ongoing effort to improve and modernize operations.

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Ohio Farm Bureau asked farmers to vote on the water quality issues that matter most to them.

Safe drinking water tops farmers’ concerns in ‘Buckeye Poll’

Published Oct. 15, 2013

When it comes to Ohio’s water resources, what do farmers care about?

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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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Steve Hirsch is Ohio Farm Bureau's president and a Ross County farmer.

Like farmers, Farm Bureau must be innovative

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Just as we’re open to changing the way we farm, we’re again considering some changes to the way we do things in Farm Bureau.

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Recently, more than 500 farmers signed a petition asking Congress to pass a farm bill.

We need a farm bill now

Published Oct. 15, 2013

As of press time, the next step for a new farm bill is the conference process, which will work to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House and Senate have both announced their conferees and the Senate has included Ohio.

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Ohio considering farm nutrient bill

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.

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Could efforts to block GMO labeling be “the worst PR strategy ever.”?

The worst PR strategy ever?

Published Oct. 16, 2013

The customer might not always be right. But the customer is effectively right. In other words, what you’re offering has no value if people aren’t buying it. Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and GMO advocate, laid out a compelling case for better appreciating consumer concerns during his recent talk at the Center for Food Integrity summit where he called efforts to block GMO labeling “the worst PR strategy ever.”

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Alt and Allison discuss Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Should we or shouldn't we?

Medicaid expansion: Should we or shouldn't we?

Published Oct. 17, 2013

The state could add people who don’t qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. But should they? On the next Town Hall Ohio, airing this weekend, this tricky topic is discussed.

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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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Next generation of leaders show bright future for food, farming

Published Oct. 23, 2013

Here at Ohio Farm Bureau we are really excited about the next generation of leaders in food and farming, particularly when we are able to participate in events like Ohio FFA Association's Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. A few of our public policy staff members recently helped put on a workshop at the conference for 200 Ohio FFA student leaders.

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AgriPOWER Class V together at graduation. Wells is second from left in the front row.

You win with people in AgriPOWER

Published Oct. 24, 2013

In this blog, AgriPOWER Class V graduate Callie Wells explains how “You win with people” as a participant in AgriPOWER.

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From Carroll County's Agriculture Plastics Recycling Program that was recognized by AFBF.

Four Ohio county Farm Bureau programs among nation’s best

Published Oct. 24, 2013

We were recently thrilled to see four Ohio county Farm Bureaus chosen as winners in the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. Only 24 winners were chosen nationwide.

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Knipp, 2nd from left, with other farmers speaking to Congressman Bob Latta about immigration reform.

Farmers rally in D.C. for immigration reform

Published Oct. 31, 2013

Daryl Knipp, a produce farmer and an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, joined nearly 60 other farmers and agricultural leaders from 14 states in Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for immigration reform. Here are a few clips from Knipp about the fly-in and immigration reform.

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Bruce Buurma stands outside the apartments he provides to migrant workers.

Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms

Published Nov. 7, 2013

Over the years, the Buurma farming enterprise steadily expanded adding more land and new vegetable crops. But the supply of labor that has sustained the operation for six generations is drying up.

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North Union elementary students' visiting New Day Farms through the For Your InFARMation program.

Free educational materials available to teach third graders about livestock

Published Nov. 11, 2013

Do you know an elementary school teacher? Share Ohio Livestock Coalition’s free educational materials available through the For Your InFARMation program. The program is designed to teach Ohio third graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

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Auction proceeds will be used to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.

Foundation auction now open

Published Nov. 11, 2013

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Ninth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 11- Dec. 3.

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Nationwide News: Passing the farm to the next generation

Published Nov. 14, 2013

Have you developed a transition plan for when you retire or when it’s time to pass the farm on? When family members enter into the equation, planning can become more complicated.

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Photo courtesy www.Farmlandfilm.com

Award-winning filmmaker spotlights young farmers in ‘Farmland’ documentary

Published Nov. 14, 2013

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, 'Farmland.'

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Energy efficiency overhaul introduced

Published Nov. 14, 2013

A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.

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Leah Curtis

Understand a new taxing tool

Published Nov. 14, 2013

JEDD and JEDZ projects have become quite popular with local governments, but what do they really do?

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New membership model and dues structure proposed for Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 14, 2013

In order to support a transparent discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization, here is a look at what is being considered and why.

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Give you input on Ohio's drainage laws by Nov. 25.

Input wanted on Ohio drainage laws

Published Nov. 18, 2013

Landowners are often faced with drainage issues. This is why Ohio Farm Bureau is currently engaged with the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio and other stakeholders in reviewing Ohio’s drainage laws. We hope you can take a few minutes to provide your input as a farmer or landowner. The survey is online and will take only a few minutes to complete.

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Last year's Capitol Challenge participants learning about policy development.

Students invited to learn more about political process through Capitol Challenge

Published Nov. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process. The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ½ day-long policy development program.

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Important things to know for the 95th OFBF annual meeting

Published Nov. 20, 2013

There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 - 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.

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Farm bill negotiations underway, Brown outlines priorities

Published Nov. 21, 2013

With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.

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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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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting

Published Dec. 3, 2013

Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 4-6, 2013.

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2013-14 Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Farleys named chairs of Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Published Dec. 16, 2013

Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. The Farleys will lead the team in developing and directing programs, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.

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County Farm Bureau membership kick-off event dates set

Published Dec. 18, 2013

County Farm Bureau membership kick-offs will begin early in 2014. If you’ve never been to one of these events, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Find the dates for each county here.

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Keynote speaker Mark Sanborn said leadership is about discovering potential and possibility.

Hundreds gather to share ideas at new leadership forum

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Mark Sanborn, a nationally recognized speaker and author, kicked off the first-ever Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum with a message that resonated with Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.

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Steve Hirsch and Jack Fisher

Hirsch, Fisher see opportunity for growth

Published Dec. 19, 2013

In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.

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Steve Rasumssen

Rasmussen to farmers: Nationwide stands for you

Published Dec. 19, 2013

During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.

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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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EPA plans to scale back Renewable Fuels Standard

Published Dec. 19, 2013

The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.

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