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The Message Board

Published Mar. 26, 2010

Census Season; Figured Up; Center on the Web; Their Words

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The Message Board

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Helping Hand; Figured Up; Hunting for Answers; In Their Words

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The Message Board

Published May. 17, 2010

Working with Hunters; Their Words; Save the Date; A Matter of Fact?

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The Message Board

Published Jun. 10, 2010

Nominate an outstanding Crop Adviser; Figured Up; Their Words; Scholarly Pursuits

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THE MESSAGE BOARD

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The gubernatorial election, Rising CAUV values, In their words, and Save the Date for Farm Science Review.

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THE MESSAGE BOARD

Published Sep. 10, 2010

For almost six years Farm Bureau member Elaine Irwin had been fighting a plan to run a storm-water drainage pipe across her horse farm in northeastern Ohio.

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The Message Board

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Bill redirects biofuel spending; Dannon investment in Minster; manure application in Indiana

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THE MESSAGE BOARD - Agriculture Grants Available

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is offering a new series of Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for 2010.

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The Message Board - Save the date | Grandin to speak at animal welfare conf.

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's annual meeting is Dec. 1-3 | Temple Grandin to speak at animal welfare symposium | By the Numbers | In their words...

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Working together, we will grow together.

The power of working together

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s recent success in shaping the affairs of our state can be seen for what it is: The dividends of engaging government in the Farm Bureau way – years of relationship building, civil communication and grassroots cooperation resulting in a remarkable string of accomplishments.

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Vilsack, Salazar, Jackson, Browner and Chu

The president’s picks

Published Feb. 5, 2009

New leaders want ‘sustainable’ policies, vow to combat global warming

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Food has been elevated in consumer consciousness. Are we finally getting what we asked for?

The story of 2010: The Food Movement

Published Dec. 13, 2010

For years, farmers lamented that generations of consumers stopped paying attention to how they were being fed. Are we finally getting what we asked for?

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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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Paula Sauer

There’s no place like (medical) home

Published Nov. 11, 2010

How many of us remember doctors who made house calls? While most of us yearn for those simpler times, there is a new model based on the old simplicity of one doctor providing personal, one-on-one, efficient health care. This model is called the Medical Home.

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Leah Curtis, OFBF director of legal education.

Thinking Critically about CAUV

Published Nov. 13, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Legal Education, Leah Curtis discusses Current Agricultural Use Values, concerns about it, factors in the calculation and asks Farm Bureau members to think critically about the CAUV program.

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Third Frontier program up for renewal

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohioans will be voting in May whether to expand funding for a program that has created jobs through investment in research and development of new technologies, including advanced projects involving agriculture.

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Third graders win a free trip to dairy farm

Published Jun. 11, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Coalition has announced the winner of a statewide essay contest for third graders in response to the question “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”

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Steve Bliesner, New Day Farms general manager, answering North Union elementary students' questions during their trip

Third-graders win trip to Ohio egg farm

Published May. 23, 2012

Union County's North Union Elementary third graders visited New Day Farms in Raymond, Tuesday, on an all expense paid field trip. North Union student Emma Crusey won the field trip for her classmates when she wrote one of the winning essays in Ohio Livestock Coalition’s essay contest.

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This advisory group is thinking through Farm Bureau's membership model

Published Feb. 12, 2014

At Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting, members called for the establishment of a study group that includes 22 county leaders who would analyze and make recommendations on a new membership model for the organization to ensure its future strength.

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This Means You

Published Sep. 10, 2009

They don't walk the barns every day. They don't balance the farm books. They don't feed the world. But they are going to tell you how to do it. And that's why you need to vote "Yes" on Issue 2. Without it, emotionally-driven regulations loom over all farmers.

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This week from the Statehouse and Congress

Published Jun. 6, 2014

A run down of updates on issues Farm Bureau is involved with at the Statehouse and Congress: severance tax, Kasich signs SB150, agritourism bill, invasive species bill, renewable energy standard, manure authority transfer bill, WRRDA, taxes, honeybee health.

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Thoughts on Food: Catch up on the conversation

Published Oct. 12, 2011

When the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance set out to start a new conversation about the future of food, it made sure it wasn’t forgetting current trends showing where an increasing number of conversations are being held.

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Three bills farmers need to watch

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Congress may take action this fall on three bills of critical importance to farmers. According to the American Farm Bureau, here is what you should know.

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Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch shows off the GM member benefit

Three new vehicles added to successful General Motors Farm Bureau member benefit

Published Feb. 27, 2012

One of the most popular Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) member benefits is the $500 General Motors discount. Three new cars were recently added to the growing list of qualifying vehicles for this successful member benefit: The Chevrolet 2013 Malibu, Camaro ZL1 and the new Buick Verano.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members can request a recording of this webinar via the form below.

Three Questions and Answers about Spill Prevention Control

Published Jul. 22, 2013

We get a lot of calls into the office about whether a farm needs a spill plan – the official title is Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures – and honestly, it is a bit of a maze to determine but the experts at U.S. EPA who walked us through it on the webinar made the process manageable.

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Three top tips for memberships

Published Jul. 31, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members share pointers to increasing memberships

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Time to start thinking about 2012 Farm Bill

Published Sep. 10, 2010

At a Congressional hearing in July, American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the 2012 Farm Bill must continue to provide a dependable safety net while also being fiscally responsible.

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Times Recorder: “Livestock Care Standards Board deserves a fair chance to work"

Published Feb. 11, 2010

Ohio newspaper says Humane Society of the United States should "cage itself" and give Ohio-based board a fair shot.

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Tips for trouble-free RV travel

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Nationwide Insurance has compiled five years of RV claims data that show tire problems and roof damage are two of the leading issues its customers face.

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Tips from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Leadership Buffet program

Published Mar. 12, 2010

When you need to recruit someone new to help with a local activity, what’s your strategy?

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To the highest bidder

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Members & guests at OFBF's 91st annual meeting had their choice of unique gifts highlighting Ohio’s rural communities & OFBF’s corporate friends in the OFB Foundation Rural-Urban Community Auction.

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Tough talk

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Strickland describes economic plans, challenges on OFBF radio show

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Tough times hit livestock sector

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Producers of beef, hogs and chicken may have to wait for the global recession to end before they can expect any significant price improvement.

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Tom Mechamer takes guests through his greenhouse.

Tour showcases diverse agricultural opportunities

Published Nov. 15, 2011

The tour showcased both the successes and challenges to the agriculture industry in Wayne County.

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Children learned how to milk cows at last year's fair

Town Hall Ohio looks ahead to the Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 22, 2009

Ohio Expo Center and State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler and Marketing and Public Relations Director Christina Leeds, will discuss the vast variety of attractions for fairgoers at the 156th Ohio State Fair.

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Town Hall Ohio recap: Trade is important to Ohio

Published Oct. 6, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s weekly Town Hall Ohio radio program recently focused on trade, why it’s often portrayed negatively in political ads, and what Ohioans need to know. Joe Cornely hosts this video recap.

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Trade crucial to Ohio economy

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau continues to share the message that job growth and a strengthened economy would result from expanding Ohio’s position in international trade.

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Investigative reporter Lisa Ling (l) received an all-access tour of a slaughterhouse. Photo credit: Oprah.com

Transparency pays off for Cargill on "Oprah"

Published Feb. 24, 2011

When one of the nation’s largest meatpackers opened its beef slaughter plant to a camera crew from The Oprah Winfrey Show, few were predicting the company would earn a pat on the back from a leading food system critic and positive words from Winfrey herself.

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Transportation bill addresses weight variance, property rights issues

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation was successful in advocating for amendments to the transportation bill that align with several of the organization’s priority issues and general policy positions.

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Ralph Coffman speaks with leaders.

Trip to Washington provides a platform for local leaders

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The purpose of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual county presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C. is for local Farm Bureau leaders to have conversations with their lawmakers about legislation and regulation and to represent the voices of Farm Bureau members in their counties.

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Trivia contest shares farm info

Published May. 17, 2010

The Wayne County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Family Farm Trivia Contest in which listeners have the opportunity to win grocery gift cards by answering a daily agricultural trivia question.

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4 Wheel Drive, Extended Cab LT

Truck giveaway celebrates Farm Bureau members’ efforts to bring people together

Published Jun. 13, 2012

By encouraging a friend or neighbor to join Ohio Farm Bureau, more than 1,000 volunteers kicked off this year’s campaign to grow their organization and its efforts to connect Ohioans on important issues.

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Truck weight law reminders

Published Mar. 21, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis has received several calls recently about variances for gross vehicle weight, axle weight and tire weight limits. Here are six reminders from Curtis to clear up any confusion.

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Truck weight rules could impact business

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is wrapping up listening sessions regarding rule changes placing regulatory burdens on vehicles traveling within Ohio with a 10,000- to 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating.

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In 2009, farmers worked to debate & establish positions on important issues & advocated for Ohio ag at all levels.

True to our roots

Published Dec. 23, 2009

As Ohio Farm Bureau reflects on another year of accomplishments, it is appropriate to revisit this fundamental question: "Who is Ohio Farm Bureau?"

Hint: It's not a team of hired professionals in an office building in Columbus.

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Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of corporate communications.

Trumbull County masters media relations

Published Mar. 13, 2014

Joe Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of corporate communications, discusses a relationship between farmers in Trumbull County and their local paper the Warren Tribune Chronicle.

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Turfgrass industry pumps $3 billion into Ohio

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Ohio’s turfgrass industry is growing, providing billions of dollars in economic output for the state, according to a recently released study.

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Turnpike legislation, transportation budget align with Farm Bureau policy

Published Mar. 21, 2013

As the combined turnpike legislation and transportation budget head to the Governor for his signature, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of State Policy Brandon Kern takes a look back at the success Farm Bureau has had in working with lawmakers throughout the process to include provisions addressing concerns raised by Farm Bureau members during policy development.

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More than 2,000 people enjoyed the BBQ burnoff event, which raise more than $6,500 for Community Hospice of Tuscarawas.

Tuscarawas County BBQ burnoff pulls together community, raises money for charity

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau took the idea of hosting a barbecue burnoff and turned it into an event that pulled together the community, raised money for a local hospice and promoted Farm Bureau, Nationwide and OSU Extension.

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Ann Frederick wrote a guest column for her fellow horse owners as part of Hamilton County's award winning program.

Two County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellent programs

Published Oct. 22, 2012

Hamilton and Wayne County Farm Bureaus are two of the 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program.

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