Porteus is a former OFBF president and Seger is an ag communcations major.
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Rob Portman finds himself representing Ohioans during what he calls 'difficult times.' Talks about career and U.S. challenges on Ohio Farm Bureau's Town Hall Ohio radio program.
Many Ohio counties defined as “rural” by methods applied by the State of Ohio and other agencies, are excluded under Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s current definition, which has ramifications for farmers seeking certain types of mortgages. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Bob Latta have led other members of Ohio’s congressional delegation in reaching out to CFPB on this issue.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Sandy Kuhn is leading the effort to take the organization’s Advisory Council program back to its roots — connecting people to make a difference on the issues that impact their way of life.
Opportunities available for pork farmers to renew PQA Plus certification.
Preble County Farm Bureau is building a community of farmers and nonfarmers with its Grow It Know It seminars, designed to help people grow their skills in areas such as gardening, food preservation, cooking and sewing.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is continuing its transition to a prospective billing process, which will require employers to provide payment before they receive coverage rather than after.
Energy development projects are popping up very quickly across Ohio, particularly pipeline projects. Learn what you can do to prepare for situations like the ones being seen across the state right now.
The year 2050 seems like a long way off. To an ag teacher or employer, it’s just around the corner. How do you best prepare students to be innovative stewards of the future?
From Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era, developed in 2009
The Ohio Farmland Preservation program continues to ensure that tens of thousands of acres on hundreds of farms across the state remain in agricultural production.
OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during Ohio State Vice President Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Nationwide News: Feeding livestock requires careful management. Mold and mildew can be producers’ worst enemies as they work to keep livestock healthy.
The purpose of the call was to collect information from the Farm Bureau members about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will affect their operations.
Sheep Industry celebrates acheivements, elects leaders for 2010.
Productive OFBF workers have been a driving force behind this year’s membership campaign.
Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with Ohio State University to help law enforcement, local humane officers, wildlife officers, firefighters, animal control officers and other first responders gain a basic understanding of farm animal behavior and handling.
A pilot program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, the Division of Wildlife and hunting groups to address deer damage and give hunters access to land is being expanded.
OFBF's $2500 reward program has been a good deal for Farm Bureau members and their watchful neighbors in recent months. Here are a few examples.
Under a new proposal, disease surveillance areas could be established when chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild or captive deer.
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture program that would allow state-inspected meat to cross state lines is expected to have a big impact in Ohio.
Legislation being considered by Ohio lawmakers would reduce Ohio’s estate tax rate and allow local governments to do away with the tax for residents in their jurisdictions.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently proposed changes to deer hunting regulations. Ohio Farm Bureau submitted comments on the proposal with support for some of the changes and concerns with others. Ohio Farm Bureau members across the state have developed substantial policies on wildlife issues, which provided the basis for the organization's comments.
Ohio Farm Bureau opposed climate change legislation that had come before Congress because it failed to meet several key principles.
Matching up elementary and high school students with Ohio’s largest industry is the goal of a proposed regional STEM school that would focus on agriculture in urban areas.
In May, private employers will receive a notice of their estimated annual workers’ compensation premium based on payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Ohio Farm Bureau recently joined conservationists, water quality specialists, environmentalists, tourism officials and charter boat captains in discussing water quality issues with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman at Lake Erie.
Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules to testify in favor of an agritourism bill that was based on model legislation created by Ohio Farm Bureau.
Lake Erie provided the backdrop for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Trends and Issues Conference as OFBF members gathered to discuss how to improve the organization’s programs and policies.
As Ohio voters considered the best way to set care standards for livestock, researchers attempted to shine a light on the complex science and societal expectations that shape animal care decisions.
To Create a Stronger Economy and a Positive Future
The opportunity to participate in the discussions that shape agriculture is the No. 1 benefit of membership in Ohio Farm Bureau, according to Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has rescinded administrative rules applying to private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds operating in intrastate commerce.
As lawmakers return from summer recess, here we reflect on a few policy victories Farm Bureau members secured during the first part of the year.
In less than 40 years, the world’s population is expected to expand by 30 percent.
During Ohio Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol, hundreds of Ohio farmers gathered to support legislation that would repeal Ohio's estate tax. The tax is particularly burdensome for farmers because it can force their heirs to sell land or take out loans to settle the estate.
Food prices will be higher this year and that means farmers have an opportunity to help politicians, the media and the public understand more about the complex task of putting food on the table.
Trees are an interesting source of a lot?of legal questions. As with many property management issues, the best practice is to work cooperatively with neighbors to address concerns you may have about the trees on?or near your property lines.
A listing of OFBF.org links to posts regarding the agreement reached between Ohio agriculture groups, Gov. Ted Strickland and the Humane Society of the United States.
During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.
Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen said the company has had good business across the country and feels good about its growth. Specifically, he highlighted a new Master Certified Farm Agent program and estate planning services.
2014 proved to be a year of change for Nationwide, according to CEO Steve Rasmussen who provided his annual comments to Ohio Farm Bureau members.
Animal behavior researcher Temple Grandin stirred some debate at a recent Animal Welfare Symposium at Ohio State University when she asserted that sow gestation stalls should be phased out because “I can’t sell them.”
Dr. Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, recently visited with Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee to discuss the oil and gas industry and how to avoid what he described as a natural resources curse.
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.
Dates and locations for the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Cabinet meetings have been set, and county Farm Bureau leaders are invited to attend for a great opportunity to broaden leadership skills, gather new ideas, and of course interact with their peers.
The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo will be held March 31 to April 2 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Farm Bureau is working at the national level to defend farmers from what it believes to be onerous regulatory proposals.
The Farm Bureau family expresses its condolences to the family of Debbie Porteus, wife of OFBF President Brent Porteus, who lost her valiant battle with cancer Aug. 9.
Ohio agriculture suffered a shocking loss with the tragic death of farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill. She was killed in an auto accident May 19 in western Ohio.