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What you need to know about Ohio water and drainage laws

Published May. 5, 2014

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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Grassroots Farm Bureau policy development

Published May. 6, 2014

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!

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Lots of opportunities for Young Ag Professionals to get involved

Published May. 7, 2014

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.

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Applications now being accepted for new conservation programs

Published May. 7, 2014

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.

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Who, not what

Published May. 8, 2014

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.

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Farm Bureau: Ditch the U.S. EPA’s proposed water rule

Published May. 8, 2014

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.

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Every farm is an experiment

Published May. 16, 2014

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.

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Lessons learned from OSHA overstep

Published May. 19, 2014

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.

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Ohio FFA Foundation is worthy of your support

Published May. 22, 2014

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.

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Congress passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act

Published May. 23, 2014

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.

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Photo by Bailey Elchinger.

Challenging spring for farmers

Published May. 29, 2014

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.

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2014 Ohio State Fair Land & Living Blog

Published Jun. 2, 2014

Get the latest updates and information about the Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair from Ohio Farm Bureau's State Fair Interns.

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County Young Ag Professionals groups taking off

Published Jun. 4, 2014

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.

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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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This week from the Statehouse and Congress

Published Jun. 6, 2014

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.

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Leading the Ohio Farm Bureau State Fair exhibit, from left, are Kelsey Rumburg, Maggie Dean and Hayley Beck.

Join us at the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair

Published Jun. 10, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit will again demonstrate agriculture’s link to everyday life through many interactive displays and activities.

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November deadline set for enrollment in workers' comp group rating

Published Jun. 10, 2014

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.

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Nationwide News: Nationwide survey examines theft-prevention measures

Published Jun. 10, 2014

Minimize your risk and protect your personal property with these tips.

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In their words

Published Jun. 10, 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to listen in on 'Town Hall Ohio' in recent weeks, here’s what you missed.

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Online tools will explain farm bill programs

Published Jun. 10, 2014

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.

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Ohio Farm Bureau advisory team will consider the future of Ohio State University

Published Jun. 10, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau also looking for member input.

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Farm Bureau invited producers growers to share their perspectives as they grappled with complex regulations.

Produce growers use conference call to help shape national policy

Published Jun. 10, 2014

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.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Leah Dorman weighs in during a panel discussion on genetically modified crops in Trumbull County.

A thoughtful conversation on GMOs as farmers reach out to their community

Published Jun. 10, 2014

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.

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Understanding CAUV values

Published Jun. 11, 2014

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.

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Dorman toured Pilot Dogs, Inc. with a 4-H Advisory Committee to learn about its program & the role of 4-H puppy raisers.

Blind Faith

Published Jun. 12, 2014

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.

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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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Food price conversations

Published Jun. 19, 2014

In his blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses having conversations and answering questions about rising food prices.

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Ohio State Fair Land & Living Exhibit -- 2014 Schedule of Events

Published Jun. 19, 2014

Discover agriculture at Ohio Farm Bureau's Land & Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 23 to Aug. 3.

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Board of Tax Appeals ruling that could affect you, input needed

Published Jun. 25, 2014

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.

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Workers’ comp billing system update, deadlines changing

Published Jul. 17, 2014

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is changing the way it bills for workers’ compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers.

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Newly formed Ohio State advisory team

Published Jul. 17, 2014

In his blog, David White discusses Ohio Farm Bureau's newly formed Ohio State advisory team and why the team has been formed.

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Five questions to ask when approached about pipeline construction

Published Jul. 17, 2014

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.

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Lake Erie water quality tour

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Invasive species. Intense thunderstorms. Massive blue-green blobs. While this may sound like the description of a sci-fi movie, it’s actually one of the many threats to Lake Erie, one of Ohio’s greatest resources. Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people and brings in $11.5 billion from visitors, almost one-third of the state’s total tourism dollars.

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Applications due Sept. 5 for County Activities of Excellence Awards

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for county Farm Bureaus to enter the 2015 County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program.

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Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge showcases innovations in rural America

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, a new program that allows individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in the nation’s rural regions.

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20 Ohioans participating in intensive agricultural leadership program

Published Jul. 31, 2014

Twenty farmers and agribusiness professionals from across the state have been selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute.

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Starting a journey through AgriPOWER

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Tom Somrack discusses his experience from the first session of the leadership program.

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AgriPOWER Class VI is in session

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Rebekah Headings discusses her experience with the first session of the leadership program.

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Lamb Jam review

Published Aug. 1, 2014

Lisa Kiley, marketing director and event coordinator at the General Denver Hotel in Wilmington and Clinton County Farm Bureau volunteer describes the recent Lamb Jam event.

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A Statement from Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio’s Agriculture Community

Published Aug. 4, 2014

The way that citizens of Toledo and the rest of the state have rallied in response to the water crisis is a lesson in the power of cooperation and community. As members of our communities, farmers believe in acting responsibly and want all Ohioans to know that we are concerned about Ohio’s water quality challenges and are committed to finding solutions.

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2014 Election Resources

Published Aug. 6, 2014

Content coming soon.

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Help AFBF by filling out a survey on Big Data

Published Aug. 12, 2014

The purpose of AFBF’s survey is to determine adoption of Big Data among farmers and determine the awareness of issues such as data ownership, liability and usage.

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Nationwide News: Staying ahead of the technology curve: Insuring drones

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Nationwide Agribusiness officially rolled out drone coverage in March 2014.

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Insights from OFB Foundation Scholarship recipients

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Bringing agriculture to the classroom through Google

Published Aug. 12, 2014

A project in several eastern Ohio counties is bringing agriculture into primary and secondary classrooms through the Google Hangouts series 'Farmtastic Agventures!'

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Advisory teams are one of many ways members provide grassroots input on policies and programs.

OFBF to switch to issue-based advisory teams

Published Aug. 12, 2014

After a review of the program, OFBF decided to switch to advisory teams that are specifically issue focused and driven and to reduce the number of teams from nine to eight.

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Farm Bureau members look at different Lake Erie fish during a tour of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab in July.

Healthy Water Ohio Initiative

Published Aug. 12, 2014

OFBF has been working on HwO since November 2013 and helped set up its framework by putting together a 16-member steering committee that will guide Healthy Water Ohio’s activities.

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Teachers participated in hands-on activities that they could use in their classrooms before touring farms in the area.

Teachers gets hands-on experience through farming workshop

Published Aug. 12, 2014

In June, Knox County Farm Bureau held AgVentures in the Classroom, a teacher workshop and field study. The two-day event gave Ohio 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers hands-on experience in teaching agriculture.

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Conservation program would help Western Lake Erie

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting a new federal conservation program that would fund conservation measures to reduce sediment and nutrient loading into Lake Erie.

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Protecting the Great Lakes

Published Aug. 12, 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.

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