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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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Jason Stasiulewicz

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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Students invited to learn more about political process through Capital Challenge

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

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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 ˝ day-long policy development program.

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Farmer John Price answers students' questions about raising pigs.

Students learn about food at central Ohio farm

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Two elementary school classes recently received a field trip to Price Farms Organics in Delaware County after winning a statewide essay contest from the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus (left) accepts the Pinnacle Award from AFBF President Bob Stallman

Success in Seattle

Published Jan. 11, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau racks up honors at annual meeting

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Children complete farm chores each morning at Stratford Ecological Center's Farm Camps

Summer youth camps provide opportunities to experience farm life

Published Aug. 6, 2012

Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware County offers several summer camps for children and youth that provide the opportunity for them to experience life on a farm. Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded an Agricultural Action and Awareness Grant to Stratford Ecological Center for its children’s program.

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Summit County Farm Bureau receives grant for creative programming

Published May. 1, 2014

Summit County Farm Bureau was one of four county Farm Bureaus selected nationwide to receive a $700 grant from the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee to help fund “Our Food Link”ť activities. Our Food Link is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus can use to effectively reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch joins Pat and Bobby Moser at a recent event that launched the Moser Scholars Program.

Supporters celebrate accomplishments of Bobby and Pat Moser

Published Sep. 11, 2012

During a gathering to recognize retiring Ohio State University Dean Bobby Moser and his wife Pat, Ohio’s food and farm community raised more than $900,000 to support students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Supreme Court ruling favors landowners

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is pleased with a recent ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court that upholds the private property rights of landowners along Lake Erie.

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Supreme Court ruling gives landowners a voice

Published Apr. 18, 2012

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with landowners who were denied their day in court after the EPA ordered them to stop construction on what the agency said was a wetland.

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Survey checks herd health

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Dairy farmers are encouraged to answer their telephones in January 2014 when representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact selected dairy farmers in 18 states, including Ohio.

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Survey sheds light on food purchasing habits

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Consumer confidence in food safety is at its highest point in seven years, with 88 percent of shoppers 'completely' or 'somewhat' confident in the safety of food at the supermarket, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released earlier this month.

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Farmers, nonfarmers and cities have been applying for deer damage permits.

Survey to assess Ohio's process to limit deer damage

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Anyone who applied for a deer damage permit last year will receive the survey, which is supported by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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As the drought drives up the price of corn, beef output is expected to drop to a nine-year low.

Swing in food prices expected as result of drought

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Meat and poultry prices are expected to drop over the next few months before jumping to possible record-high prices. This year’s drought — the worst in half a century -— is the reason for the bouncing around of prices.

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T-shirts with positive messages about agriculture raise funds for food bank

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee presented a check to Dana Ward of the Mid Ohio Food Bank in February. The committee raised $2,850 through the sale of t-shirts that carried positive messages about agriculture. The shirts were sold online and during the group's winter conference.

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Take breaks, keep phone and radio nearby when working alone

Published Sep. 24, 2009

All Jim Westfall wanted to do was clean up his tractor and get the lime off it. But the way he did it almost killed him.

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Take Care: Farmers say proposed livestock board is good for ag & consumers

Published Jul. 16, 2009

As Ohio faces the question of how to set standards for farm animal treatment, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is supporting an effort that would ensure all sides of the issue are heard.

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Take Issue 2 to town

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Consumers need to hear from farmers during final days of livestock care campaign

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A look behind the scenes of our May 29 Animal ID Web Meeting.

Takeaways from behind the scenes of our Animal ID Webinar

Published May. 31, 2013

Dr. Leah C. Dorman shares her thoughts about her first time hosting a web meeting, and how Ohio farmers can get all the details on the new Animal ID requirements.

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Taken at their word

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Ear-catching quotes from the past few weeks

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Taken at their word

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Ear-catching quotes ?from the past few weeks

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Taken at their word

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Ear-catching quotes from the past few weeks.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's building is located on the corner of Friday Ave. and Beef St.

Talk with Ohio Farm Bureau staff at Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farm Science Review visitors are invited to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Friday Ave. and Beef St. to talk with fellow members and staff about current programs and policy issues.

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Talking water issues with Congress, U.S. EPA

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau has been busy talking with members of Congress and federal officials about water issues.

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Talks underway about next farm bill

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Talks about the 2012 Farm Bill are already underway, and Ohio Farm Bureau members need to start thinking now about what policies they want to see implemented at the national level.

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