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Joachim Schaeger, a German agricultural administrator, discusses farming issues with members of the AgriPOWER class.

AgriPOWER class explores Washington

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Members of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nation’s capitol.

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Agriculture's role in food cost discussion

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.

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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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You can learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau's budget priorities by visiting http://bit.ly/ofbfbudget.

Agriculture programs among those facing cuts in state budget proposal

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Ohio Department of Agriculture would see its funding drop by just under 9 percent in a two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

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The attached booklet contains profiles of agricultural education programs and resources.

Agriculture education program and resource profiles

Published Jan. 21, 2013

The agriculture community is passionate about agriculture education. Whether it’s training the next generation of farmers or reaching out to the 98 percent of individuals who are several generations removed from first-hand farming experiences, we know there is a need to connect agriculture education to many audiences.

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Lawmakers will sort through the governor's plans over the coming months.

Agriculture among sectors to see cuts, fee hikes in budget plan

Published Feb. 5, 2009

On the heels of his proposal to prevent a more than $7 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Ted Strickland recently told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members that it’s time for the state to toughen up and make wise decisions.

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OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

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Agricultural Labor Reform to be Considered by Senate

Published May. 23, 2013

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has passed Immigration Reform that creates a new legal status for agricultural workers: a Blue Card.

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Agreement Validates Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for the agreement announced today between the Ohioans for Livestock Care coalition and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Livestock Care Board members discussed the agreement to keep animal care issue of the ballot at a recent meeting

Agreement doesn't get rubber stamp from livestock board

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board welcomed a recent agreement to keep animal care issues off of the fall ballot but said it is just one of the factors it will consider.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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Nationwide Associate Agent and Vice President of Jennings & Associates Inc, Margie Jennings talks to Cara Lawson of OFBF

Agent visits strengthen Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide partnership

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Twice a year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) coordinates a Nationwide Agent Visitation Week, which is an opportunity for Ohio Farm Bureau to reach out to the 456 Nationwide agents in Ohio to show appreciation for their support of the partnership between Nationwide and OFBF.

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Ag-Link program offers interest reductions

Published Feb. 4, 2010

The Ohio Treasury offers the Agricultural Linked Deposit program (Ag-LINK) to provide reduced rate loans to help Ohio farmers offset the cost associated with feed, seed, fertilizer, and fuel.

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Ag-LINK Deposit program expanded

Published Jun. 28, 2012

Gov. John Kasich signed into law this week legislation expanding funds to help Ohio farmers offset costs associated with feed, seed, fertilizer and fuel through the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK).

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Ag-LINK applications available

Published Feb. 5, 2014

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) through March 12 at 5:00 PM.

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Wenner training with the Peloton's new jersey.

Ag students to race in Pelotonia to support cancer research

Published Aug. 10, 2012

A small group of Ohio State University agriculture students is teaming up in hopes to raise money and awareness for cancer research, and will represent agriculture in the upcoming Pelotonia bike ride Aug. 10-12.

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CAFFRE staff and business partners tasting tomato soy juice with Secretary Vilsack

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits Ohio State, highlights cancer-fighting research

Published Jun. 29, 2012

A group of agricultural researchers at Ohio State University may be finding ways to help fight cancer. They shared their work with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during his visit to Ohio State University this week.

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Ag Linked Deposit program applications available

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s 28th year of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK). Applications are due March 13 at 5:00 PM.

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Ag is Cool Program to return to Ohio State Fair

Published Mar. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors program giving fourth grade students, teachers free admission to the fair to learn about agriculture.

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Ag education continues to thrive, evolve in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

So much more than cows and plows.

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Ag Districts can protect your farm investments

Published May. 25, 2011

Ag Districts represent Ohio’s version of “right to farm” laws by providing protection to farmers from utility assessments, nuisance lawsuits and eminent domain takings.

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OFBF believes that the costs of regulating rual dust in would likely outweigh any benefit. Photo by istockphoto.com

Ag dealt a blow in dust case

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Court ruling creates potential for more regulations on dust produced by farmers.

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Ag Day at the Capital

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members came to Columbus to discuss current political issues and meet with lawmakers during the organization’s annual Ag Day at the Capital. Here are some highlights from the event:

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2009 AgriPOWER graduating class.

Ag advocates complete training

Published Apr. 16, 2009

An inaugural class of 20 selected individuals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute.

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AFBF: Tax Code Change Would Benefit America's Hungry

Published Jul. 20, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of Congress to support a change to the tax code that makes it more feasible for farmers and ranchers to donate food they grow to charitable organizations.

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AFBF: Staple Food Prices Trending Down From Year Ago

Published Oct. 6, 2009

Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the fourth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.

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AFBF: Proposed Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Bad for Farmers

Published Sep. 30, 2009

Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would impede the growth of the U.S. biofuels industry, limit opportunity for American farmers and ranchers to grow their businesses and hinder American energy independence, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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AFBF: Pork, Dairy Sectors Need Support

Published Sep. 8, 2009

America’s pork and dairy producers have lost much of their equity over the last year. With a wave of restructuring and forced herd sales expected over the next few months, the American Farm Bureau Federation asked President Obama to initiate and continue several national measures to provide relief.

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AFBF: Outlook ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Agriculture

Published Oct. 26, 2009

Speakers at Farm Bureau’s second annual commodity outlook conference, Oct. 15-16, in Albuquerque, N.M., painted a “cautiously optimistic” outlook for U.S. agriculture, with crop and dairy producers likely faring better than livestock producers who will still face challenges in the year ahead.

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A sign atop a Pickaway County silo encourages voters to approve Issue 2

AFBF: Ohio Heads to the Polls on Issue 2

Published Oct. 30, 2009

Ohio farmers are optimistic voters will make the right choice this Nov. 3, while farmers nationwide wait and see how Issue 2 will impact their future.

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AFBF: Nationwide, Food Prices Trending Down

Published Jul. 7, 2009

Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the third consecutive quarter, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey.

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AFBF: It's time to implement the Farm Bill

Published Jun. 25, 2009

In testimony Wednesday on Capitol Hill, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it was a long, hard road to passage of the 2008 farm bill, however it is now time to implement the bill.

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AFBF: Gridiron Great Bradshaw to address Farm Bureau

Published Aug. 12, 2009

Terry Bradshaw, four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, two-time Super Bowl “Most Valuable Player” and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, will deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting on Jan. 11, 2010, in Seattle, Wash.

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AFBF: Fuel Costs for Ag to Skyrocket Under House Climate Bill

Published Oct. 22, 2009

A crop and livestock producer from Texas today said cap-and-trade climate change legislation could hike the cost of fuel used for farming to the point that it will have a devastating economic impact on his and similar family-owned businesses.

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AFBF: Even Rainwater would be Regulated Under the CWRA

Published Jun. 15, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation has said S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act, leaves no water unregulated in the United States and could even impact standing water from rain in a dry area.

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U.S. corn production was estimated at 12.29 billion bushels

AFBF: Conditions Point to Big Corn Crop, Lower Prices

Published Jul. 13, 2009

Ideal growing conditions across much of the Corn Belt so far this summer point to the second-largest corn crop ever, which is bringing a bearish tone to the market, according to Terry Francl, senior economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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AFBF: Climate Bill Embarks on a Fool's Errand

Published Jul. 15, 2009

AFBF President Bob Stallman said House-passed climate legislation will have little to no impact on global temperatures. Testifying before a Senate Committee, he said without the adoption of similar actions by other countries, the U.S. "will be embarking on a fool's errand."

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AFBF: Broadband Internet Critical for Rural America

Published Jun. 9, 2009

People who live and work in rural America are often unable to access the same educational, medical, business and government services as Americans living in more populated areas, and access to modern broadband Internet service has the potential to correct this inequity, according to the AFBF.

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AFBF, Ag Library to Create Information Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Published Nov. 10, 2009

AFBF & the National Agricultural Library are teaming up to help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development.

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AFBF will hold annual meeting in Hawaii

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Arrangements must be made by Dec. 2. The annual meeting registration fee is $100.

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AFBF Urges Committee to Strengthen Climate Bill for Ag

Published Jun. 17, 2009

The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation called on the House Agriculture Committee to make drastic changes to a climate change bill before it is considered by Congress, telling the committee that to do less could result “in the economic equivalent of unilateral disarmament.”

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AFBF to recognize outstanding programs, innovative farmers

Published Jun. 29, 2009

County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.

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AFBF to recognize local innovation

Published Jul. 16, 2009

County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.

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AFBF responds to health care bill

Published May. 17, 2010

According to American Farm Bureau Health Policy Specialist Pat Wolff, without a way to keep costs under control, provisions in the new health care bill could put some farmers in a pinch.

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AFBF pushes back against U.S. EPA’s ‘federal land grab’

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Thousands of farmers and more than 250 members of Congress have joined forces nationwide in opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its regulatory authority through the Clean Water Act.

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AFBF President statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Published Jan. 29, 2010

AFBF President welcomes president's call for Congress to pass energy legislation including more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power, and more.

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Stallman

AFBF President responds to "vicious attack on modern farmers"

Published Aug. 24, 2009

Read American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman's response to a controversial TIME magazine article.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman statement on Climate Change

Published Jun. 25, 2009

“Climate change legislation working its way to a vote on the House floor this week continues to be seriously flawed. The bill’s provisions and omissions are very problematic for U.S. agriculture, our national economy and domestic energy security.

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AFBF keeps pressure on EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Laurie Krebs signs copies of her book during American Farm Bureau's annual meeting.

AFBF Foundation for Agriculture names children’s book of the year

Published Apr. 16, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its seventh annual “Book of the Year” award to Laurie Krebs for 'The Beeman.' The book introduces young readers to bees, beekeepers and the pollination process.

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