What does the law say about your land projects that impact someone else’s drainage, or about when theirs affects you? OFBF Director of Ag Law Leah Curtis and Joe Cornely discuss reasonable use standards, petition ditch law and other drainage topics.
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- Five questions to ask when approached about pipeline construction
- Newly formed Ohio State advisory team
- Workers’ comp billing system update, deadlines changing
- Board of Tax Appeals ruling that could affect you, input needed
- Ohio State Fair Land & Living Exhibit -- 2014 Schedule of Events
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Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development process is in its early, and arguably more important, stage. County Farm Bureau policy development meetings are being held across Ohio to identify issues or concerns members would like to move forward through to the state wide policy development process. Get a glimpse of some of these meetings in this image, and contact your county Farm Bureau to get involved!
Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) have a summer event coming up, and application deadlines for awards and to be a part of the YAP Advisory Team. Find all the details below.
Applications are now being accepted for two new conservation programs created under the 2014 Farm Bill. The Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP) has up to $366 million available to state and local governments, Native American tribes, nongovernmental organizations and private landowners.
Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely discusses how Ohio Farm Bureau isn't something but a bunch of somebodies using a local news story of a Hocking County Farm Bureau policy meeting as an example.
Everyday farming practices, including fence building, planting and fertilizer application, could be affected by a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. In March the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its proposed rule, which would expand the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the CWA and give them jurisdiction over almost all areas with a hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches.
In an industry booming with opportunity, are we stuck with a prevailing conversation that is this half-sighted? Not only is the demand for the quantity of food on a perpetually upward trend, but people are demanding more types of food.
OSHA overstepped its authority in trying to regulate an Ohio farmer. He called Farm Bureau and made the problem go away. OFBF director of ag law Leah Curtis talks with Joe Cornely about the lessons learned from another federal agency going too far.
In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau's David White discusses the bright future agriculture has with the young leaders that are being developed through FFA, and how you can support this future through the Ohio FFA Foundation.
Congress this week passed the $12 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), paving the way for funding of water infrastructure projects nationwide. WRRDA will fund improvements to the nation’s ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support waterways transportation. Ohio is ranked 13th in the nation for exports.
It has been an interesting spring for farmers in Ohio. A cooler than normal spring and a lot of rain caused numerous challenges. Below are a few photos shared by Ohio farmers while planting followed by some news stories discussing the consequences of the weather on planting and the impacts that are being seen, or may still be seen.
Get the latest updates and information about the Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair from Ohio Farm Bureau's State Fair Interns.
For many years one or two statewide events for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) represented most of the opportunities specifically for Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. Now many county level YAP groups are beginning to form or to become established parts of their county Farm Bureau’s programming.
Thinking about purchasing a gas well? Beware of financial liabilities
A run down of updates on issues Farm Bureau is involved with at the Statehouse and Congress: severance tax, Kasich signs SB150, agritourism bill, invasive species bill, renewable energy standard, manure authority transfer bill, WRRDA, taxes, honeybee health.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit will again demonstrate agriculture’s link to everyday life through many interactive displays and activities.
The Ohio BWC is moving to a prospective billing process, meaning it will collect payment before issuing coverage rather than after. As part of this change, farmers will have to enroll in their group rating program by Nov. 14, 2014.
Minimize your risk and protect your personal property with these tips.
If you didn’t get a chance to listen in on 'Town Hall Ohio' in recent weeks, here’s what you missed.
Ohio Farm Bureau was part of an effort to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve $3 million for online tools and educational programs to help farmers learn about several key farm bill programs.
Ohio Farm Bureau also looking for member input.
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.
Trumbull County Farm Bureau held the first event in its new learning series that aims to connect farmers and consumers while providing accurate, unbiased information about agriculture.
The Current Agricultural Use Valuation program is always top
of mind for those in agriculture. As values have trended higher, we've been fielding more questions from farmers and landowners.
Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Animal and Food Policy Leah Dorman discusses a recent experience she had while visiting Pilot Dogs, Inc. and finds a comparison to how farmers deal with blind faith and with consumers.
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.
In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses having conversations and answering questions about rising food prices.
Discover agriculture at Ohio Farm Bureau's Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 23 to Aug. 3.
Landowners with non-permanent grain storage bins should check their county auditor’s tax card to determine if the auditor is taxing the bins as real property. The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) recently ruled that non-permanent grain storage bins at a grain elevator are not “real property” under Ohio law, and should be not be considered improvements that add to the property tax bill. The case is now headed to the Ohio Supreme Court for further consideration and Ohio Farm Bureau will be weighing in with the court on this important issue through an amicus brief.
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is changing the way it bills for workers’ compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers.
In his blog, David White discusses Ohio Farm Bureau's newly formed Ohio State advisory team and why the team has been formed.
Pipeline construction is ramping up across the state, with an estimated 38,000 miles in the works. Some pipelines are new and others are upgrades. Here are five questions to ask if approached by a pipeline or utility representative.