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Up for Discussion

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process gives all active members an equal say in directing the organization. While you’re encouraged to bring up any issues important to you, here are a few current policy issues for you to consider.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: A Matter of Fairness

Published Jun. 6, 2011

Despite poring through studies, reports and opinions, Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher says instinct rather than intellect tells him there is something wrong with Ohio's estate tax. .

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Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher

Up Front: Farming and water quality

Published Feb. 29, 2012

Preview Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher's "Up Front" editorial column for the March/April issue of Our Ohio magazine.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher ponders food prices in his May/June Our Ohio editorial.

Up Front: Our Daily Bread

Published Apr. 8, 2011

For Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher, a trip to the grocery store's bread aisle highlights the variety of food choices available in the United States, the price we pay for our food here and abroad, and who ultimately has control over food prices.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher discusses Farm Bureau members' chance to win a truck.

Up Front: Tell Your Friends

Published Jun. 1, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher discusses the new "Every Member Sign a Member" sweepstakes, in which members can enter to win a truck and several other prizes.

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Updates from 94th American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 12, 2013

Follow the latest updates from American Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013.

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Updates from 95th American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 2, 2014

Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff will travel to San Antonio Jan. 11-15 to celebrate this past year's achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Follow along here as we share the story from the digital eyes and ears of those in attendance.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capitol 2013

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members from throughout the state will converge in Columbus on Feb. 12 to discuss the organization's priority issues for the year and meet with their legislators. Follow all the updates here.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Feb. 27, 2013

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents will be taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 4-6. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state, and the farmers on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting

Published Nov. 26, 2012

Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting, Nov. 28-30, 2012.

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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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Updates on the workers’ comp group rating program

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Enrollment; BWC payroll report reminder; 2 hour safety requirement; claim reserve calculation changes

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USDA examining whether to make NAIS mandatory

Published May. 14, 2009

Saying that the United States has “got to have a system that works,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is vowing to make changes to the National Animal Identification System

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USDA Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farmers and ranchers who believe that the United States Department of Agriculture has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they are Hispanic or because they are women may be eligible to apply for compensation.

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USDA offers new rule on animal disease traceability

Published Sep. 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a new rule that it says will improve its ability to trace livestock and poultry when there is a disease event.

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USDA orders mandatory PEDv reporting, issues first PEDv vaccine

Published Jun. 19, 2014

A Federal Order has been issued requiring pork producers, veterinarians and diagnostic labs to report presumptive or confirmed positive occurrences of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), Deltacoronavirus, (PDCoV) or other novel swine enteric coronaviruses. Also, USDA’s APHIS has issued a conditional license to Harrisvaccines, Inc. of Ames, Iowa for a vaccine that may aid in the control of PEDv.

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USDA seeks input on animal traceability plan

Published Nov. 15, 2011

After farmers raised concerns about the USDA’s initial proposal on a national identification system, the agency has offered a revised plan.

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USDA to interview Ohio soybean, wheat growers for survey

Published Oct. 17, 2012

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced at the beginning of October that it will be collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states, including Ohio.

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Useful links for landowners

Published Feb. 7, 2014

A few links to other organizations that can help landowners with questions, concerns and problems.

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OFBF staff Kern and Lesicko at the Quasar digester in Wooster on a recent tour of ATI and OARDC.

Ushering in agriculture’s next generation of leaders

Published Aug. 22, 2013

More and more young people are pursuing higher education degrees in agriculture. In turn, our industry is reaping the benefits of a workforce with diverse experience, higher levels of technological expertise and hands-on experience that will help us tackle agriculture’s next set of challenges. In this blog, OFBF Director of State Policy Brandon Kern discusses several programs preparing the next generation.

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Vance retiring after 36 years with OFBF, Nationwide

Published Jan. 21, 2010

For as long as Bob Vance can remember, Ohio Farm Bureau has been a part of his life. He grew up on a dairy farm

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Vanderkooi named OFBF director of state policy

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Beth Vanderkooi will help the organization represent its members at the Ohio Statehouse and with others in state government.

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Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau announce flavor contest winner

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Alex Grooms, of Williamsburg, Ohio, is the winner of Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's 2010 Create-a-Flavor contest with his creation, Honey Caramel Ice Cream.

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Video contest highlights Ohioans’ connections to agriculture

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is inviting Ohioans to share how food and farming touches their lives in the “My Ohio Agriculture – What’s Our Connection?” video contest.

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Enter the Because I Care contest for a chance to win $1,000!

Video contest shows that farmers care

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Want to see more positive videos about animal agriculture? You can help do something about it, and win up to $1,000 in the process!

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Stimpert (right) discusses Issue 2, Livestock Care and HSUS in Ohio. Click video to play.

Video Update: The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and HSUS

Published Feb. 18, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Keith Stimpert & Joe Cornely discuss the background of Issue 2, the Livestock Care Standards Board, & the implications of the latest actions of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Ohio.

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Join or renew your membership in Farm Bureau during the Review and receive this free T-shirt.

Visit OFBF at the Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Visitors to the Farm Science Review who join Farm Bureau or renew their membership will receive a free “I am Farm Bureau” T-shirt.

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Come visit the Land & Living exhibit during the Ohio State Fair

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the 2011 Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 19, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

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Volunteer roles need filled under new structure

Published Jan. 15, 2009

All levels of involvement are welcome under Farm Bureau's overhauled programming structure

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Farm Bureau members meeting with U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.

Volunteers bring farmers' views to Washington

Published Mar. 21, 2014

For the 68th year, Ohio’s county Farm Bureau presidents traveled to Washington, D.C., despite challenging weather, to meet with lawmakers and discuss issues important to Farm Bureau members.

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Volunteers work to grow membership

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was the first full year under the new structure of a year-round campaign, resulting in an all-time high membership of 235,064. The new structure was intended to allow volunteers to work at selling memberships as they have time.

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Volunteers’ efforts drive OFBF’s growth

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The following Farm Bureau volunteers have been named to the prestigious Ambassador Club for the high degree of success they achieved during the membership campaign. Each signed a minimum of 10 new Farm Bureau members.

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Voters to decide veteran compensation, gambling issues

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Two state issues that voters Nov. 3 will be deciding deal with compensation for military veterans and casinos in four Ohio cities.

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Watch on Washington

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF participated in several discussions of key national agricultural issues.

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Spencer Waugh

Waugh named to Ohio Farm Bureau public policy department

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Spencer Waugh has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as director of legislative relations.

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Emily Krueger was the first Ohioian to compete in the Collegiate Discussion Meet and took home the top prize.

Wayne County student wins Collegiate Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.

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We can fix this! - Farm Nutrients and Water Quality Resources

Published Jul. 3, 2013

Farmers are committed to accepting responsibility and acting responsibly regarding managing nutrients to enhance water quality. Use this page to keep track of what people are saying and doing about the issue.

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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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Weather causing food price increases

Published Mar. 25, 2014

Droughts, unusually cold winter weather, rising exports and a virus outbreak in the hog population are expected to cause food prices to increase this year.

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Jenifer Weaver is congratulated by Ohio Farm Burea President Brent Porteus upon receiving her award.

Weaver announced winner of OFBF Excellence in Agriculture contest

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson has been named the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will represent Ohio in the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis conducted a members-only CAUV web meeting in February.

Web events an early hit with Farm Bureau members

Published Mar. 12, 2013

Imagine sitting at home in your comfy clothes, kicking up your feet in your favorite chair and having access to all the Farm Bureau experts and information you want, live or on-demand...all at the click of a button.

That’s what we’re doing, and you’re telling us you appreciate it.

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Web site to match farmers with desired hunters

Published Sep. 24, 2009

It’s not quite E-harmony.com, but a new Web site is hoping to match farmers and hunters in four Ohio counties.

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Web-Based Hunter Access Program available August 26

Published Aug. 24, 2009

Pilot project to be focused in Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

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Top: Julie and Brandon Weber; Bottom: Andy Vance and Linsday Hill

Webers, Vance and Hill reach the top 10

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Brandon and Julie Weber of Jackson County were named Top 10 finalists in the 2010 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award competition held at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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Sen Peterson & JCARR's Whitney Patterson talk about rulewatchohio.gov

Website allows citizens to track, get updates on rules affecting them

Published Sep. 12, 2013

Former Ohio Farm Bureau President and current state senator Bob Peterson shares more about a new website allowing you to track rules that may affect your farm, business or family.

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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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Well worth it? What you need to know before purchasing a gas well

Published Jun. 5, 2014

Thinking about purchasing a gas well? Beware of financial liabilities

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Keith Burgett (L) & Carroll County Farm Bureau President John Davis discuss a large drilling project on Burgett's farm.

Westward Expansion: Oil & Gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio

Published Mar. 19, 2012

As oil and gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio, farmers think through impacts.

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What CBS got wrong

Published Mar. 26, 2010

Ag expert sets record straight about misleading news report on antibiotics

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What do Indie Women, Millennials and Kids have in common?

Published Apr. 24, 2014

Snippets from a recent 'Town Hall Ohio' with the 'Supermarket Guru' Phil Lempert discussing top food trends in 2014.

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