News & Events

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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Supporters of horse processing say it is a humane end of life option for animals that might be abandoned or neglected.

Unwanted horses on the rise in the U.S. with no easy solution

Published May. 25, 2011

'Let loose to die in the woods.' 'Starved to death.' 'Tied to a stranger’s trailer.' All of these are write-in comments from horse owners responding to the 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey about the neglect and abuse of horses that they have seen nationwide.

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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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Ohio Farm Bureau was among groups that asked to exempt milk from oil spill rules.

Milk exempted from oil spill rules

Published May. 25, 2011

For the first time, the U.S. EPA will ensure that all milk and milk products will be formally exempted from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.

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ODA Director Jim Zehringer

Ohio Farm Bureau talks with ODA director about budget, farm challenges

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmers have a good understanding of why the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and most state agencies need to trim their budgets because farmers are usually fiscally responsible, says the department’s director.

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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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Duplication in regulatory process puts strain on farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”

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Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown looks for input from Ohio farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

OFBF helped facilitate a listening session for Sen. Sherrod Brown at Patterson Fruit Farm in northeast Ohio as he gathers input for the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Paul Davidson

Davidson elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board

Published May. 25, 2011

Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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Cindy Hollingshead

Scholarship fund honors Hollingshead

Published May. 25, 2011

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has established a new scholarship program in memory of long-time Ohio Farm Bureau staff member Cindy Hollingshead, who passed away this year after serving 39 years as the organization’s executive secretary.

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The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards scholarships and grants.

OFB Foundation awards scholarships

Published May. 25, 2011

Three scholarship programs associated with the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation have collectively selected 10 $1,000 scholarship recipients for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.

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Brent Porteus

Nationwide News: Former Farm Bureau president elected to Nationwide Mutual Board

Published May. 25, 2011

Brent Porteus will also serve on the Nationwide Board Sponsor Committee, which oversees the company’s relationship with eight Farm Bureaus and two major agricultural cooperatives in the United States.

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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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Ohio Farm Bureau offers multiple opportunities for Ohio teens during the summer of 2011.

Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 25, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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A trip to American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Hawaii is one of many rewards for contest winners.

Contests provide opportunity to tell your farm story

Published May. 25, 2011

Young Agricultural Professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 are reminded of upcoming deadlines for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals’ contests.

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The downturn in the economy has led to a spike in demand from food banks of more than 68 percent.

Farmers meet needs of hungry through Ohio Agricultural Clearance program

Published May. 25, 2011

For more than a dozen years, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks’ Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP) has been the perfect partnership between farmers and food banks.

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Farmers rallied at the Statehouse earlier this year. Now more steps are needed to help end the Estate Tax.

ACTION ALERT: Take the next step to help end Ohio's Estate Tax

Published May. 20, 2011

Use OFBF's Online Action Center now to quickly help eliminate the Estate Tax and keep Ohio farmers on their land for future generations, strengthen the rural economy and preserve agricultural heritage.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers new opportunities for youth this summer

Published May. 20, 2011

Teens from Ohio Farm Bureau member families have the opportunity to participate in three statewide youth events this summer – one completely new, one collaborative and one traditional.

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Hill co-hosted the final two seasons of Ohio Farm Bureau's "Ohio Farm & Country" television show.

Noted agricultural broadcaster killed in crash

Published May. 20, 2011

Agriculture mourns death of Ohio farm broadcaster Lindsay Hill.

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Options for farmers with crop damage, delayed planting from wet conditions

Published May. 19, 2011

Heavy rainfall and flood conditions across the Midwest have caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring. Producers who are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date due to an insurable cause, such as excess moisture and flooding have a number of options.

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Ohio Sheep Day scheduled for July 16 at Blue Heron Farm

Published May. 16, 2011

Ohio sheep farmers and anyone dedicated to sheep production are invited to participate in the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s (OSIA) 2011 Ohio Sheep Day, to be held July 16 at Blue Heron Farm in Lisbon.

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State Treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel

$68.9 Million in Reduced Rate Loans for Ohio farmers through Ag-LINK Program

Published Apr. 27, 2011

Ohio Treasurer Mandel announces availability of reduced rate loans available to more than 800 Ohio farmers.

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Farmers consider consumer trust, animal care, regulations at OLC annual meeting

Published Apr. 21, 2011

Ohio farmers discussed consumer trust, animal care, regulations and more at the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting in April. Here's a recap of the conversations and presentations.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch

Ohio Farm Bureau elects new leaders

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Steve Hirsch has been elected president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Sparky Weilnau has been elected first vice president; Tim Willams elected to the executive committee.

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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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