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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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Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch

What do you think? Proposed water quality, nutrient management legislation

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch, gives a history of water quality and nutrient management issues in Ohio leading to a draft of proposed changes to the Ohio Revised Code dealing with nutrient management. He asks Farm Bureau members to give input on on the proposed changes.

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What does OSHA’s surprise inspection of an Ohio farm mean for you?

Published Jan. 17, 2014

Recently, an Ohio Farm Bureau member received an unexpected inspection from the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) on his farm. We looked into it and found no reason why the farm shouldn't have qualified for OSHA’s small farm exemption. We quickly referred the member to legal counsel knowing something strange was going on.

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What FDA’s new antibiotics strategy means for livestock farmers

Published Jun. 13, 2012

Farmers who use antibiotics in food producing animals are encouraged to submit comments regarding a new Food and Drug Administration proposal.

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What insights do you have for agricultural education?

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The definition of agricultural education can be very broad, which makes it difficult to decide where to focus resources. A significant challenge that needs to be addressed is what responsibility Farm Bureau has on this issue and where should we engage.

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What is Issue 2, and what does it do?

Published Aug. 14, 2009

Learn how your vote in Ohio can ensure that animals used in food production are healthy and well cared for, food is safe and of the highest quality, locally produced food is available at the grocery store and farmers are running their farms responsibly and following relevant regulations.

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Hear more from Dale Arnold in this video.

What landowners should look for in oil, natural gas leases

Published Jan. 19, 2011

With gas prices continuing to skyrocket, interest in tapping into Ohio’s natural resources for gas and oil is booming. More and more landowners are being approached by strangers asking if they are interested in leasing their property for oil and natural gas exploration.

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What you need to know about landowner liability, trespassing laws

Published Feb. 11, 2014

One problem we consistently hear about from Farm Bureau members is trespassing. Unfortunately, the amount of land that farmers have can often times be enticing to those who want to hike, ride ATVs, or just cause trouble. Members also are often concerned about what their liability is in certain situations, if visitors to their property get hurt. Here are five things to know about Ohio’s trespassing and landowner liability laws.

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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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What you need to know about OSHA’s inspection of an Ohio farm

Published Feb. 6, 2014

Scott Haerr of Clark County says he was blindsided when inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed up at his family’s grain farm late last year.

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What you should know about zoning and land use

Published Jan. 23, 2014

Many of Ohio’s local communities have instituted zoning as a way to orderly plan the various uses of land. However, important statutory protections limit the reach of local zoning to agricultural land in certain circumstances. Here are a few things to know about zoning and land use.

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Gearhardt explains the CAUV formula

What's behind the recent increases in CAUV?

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Some rural landowners may be surprised when discovering their latest CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation) values have increased some several hundred percent over the last three years.

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What’s going on with water quality at the Statehouse?

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

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What’s in the Ohio Constitution and why Issue 2 is a good fit

Published Sep. 18, 2009

Does Issue 2 fit in Ohio's Constitution?

Simply put, the answer is "Yes."

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What’s in the Ohio Constitution and why Issue 2 is a good fit

Published Sep. 24, 2009

There a number of reasons why Ohioans should vote “Yes” for Issue 2. It ensures safe, quality, locally grown food, strong family farms and excellent care for animals.

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When consumers weigh in on farm policy

Published Aug. 14, 2013

In the July/August edition of Our Ohio magazine, we asked consumers to give us their thoughts on new Food and Drug Administration produce rules intended to improve safety. In the end, more than 150 people filled out our survey and many submitted additional comments describing their concerns.

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Where 'agvocates' go to get social

Published May. 17, 2010

Members of the agriculture community are using social media as a rapid and influential way to connect and share information with both those within and outside of traditional agricultural circles.

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Who do you want telling your story?

Published Sep. 24, 2010

More Ohio farmers finding social media fruitful in engaging a non-farming public.

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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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Why Usefulness trumps Awesomeness with Consumers

Published Aug. 30, 2013

At a time when all the world’s information can fit in your pocket, the rules for remaining relevant to your customers are quickly changing. Whether you’re using social media to agvocate or to try to do business, how do you rise above the noise?

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Why we’re supporting State Issue 1

Published Apr. 9, 2014

After studying State Issue 1, which will appear on the May ballot, Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees is encouraging a “Yes” vote. Here’s some background on the issue so you can make an informed decision.

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Wild and dangerous animals bill passes out of Ohio Senate, moves to House

Published May. 1, 2012

Senate Bill 310, also known as the wild and dangerous animals bill, has moved to the Ohio House after being approved by a vote of 30-1 in the Ohio Senate April 25.

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Win up to $1,000 in the My Ohio Ag video contest

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Show how you are connected to Ohio agriculture in a short video for a chance at $500 or $1,000. Contest submissions accepted Sept. 30 – Oct. 14

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Winter Worry: Excessive snow load can cause barn collapse

Published Feb. 15, 2012

When heavy snow meets fierce winds even the best-engineered buildings can collapse. That’s why it’s important to be adequately insured for this type of peril.

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Without Issue 2, emotionally-driven regulations loom over all farmers

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Anticipation that has gripped Ohio’s farm community for months recently culminated in a conference room when a dairy farmer took the microphone, stood up among 600 of his peers and declared, “We are going to win this. We are going to win.”

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WNCO-AM airing Town Hall Ohio

Published Jan. 28, 2010

Town Hall Ohio, the award-winning public affairs radio program produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), has been added to the programming lineup of WNCO-AM in Ashland.

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Work for farmers continues on many fronts

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Livestock care issues have been receiving a lot of attention in Ohio recently. But OFBF has continued to represent its members on a host of other issues.

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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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Jack Fisher

Working together works

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Remarks from OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher at the 94th annual meeting

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Working together, Ohio farmers to determine best course for their communities

Published Jun. 23, 2011

If you’ve never attended a county annual meeting, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Farm Bureau in action, to connect with others who believe in the way of life agriculture provides and to give your input on how Farm Bureau can find common ground that benefits you and your community.

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Wyandot County offers 'Warmth Where Needed'

Published Feb. 22, 2010

With 125 yards of fleece and more than 7,000 knots, the Wyandot Wranglers Farm Bureau Youth has put Warmth Where Needed in Wyandot County. Members of the group made 25 fleece blankets that were donated to the county sheriff's department to be given to children and adults who could use the warmth and comfort of a blanket.

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Wyandot County postcard is voters’ pick

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Wyandot County Farm Bureau was the People’s Choice winner in this year’s “Growing a Masterpiece” art exhibit. Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors the contest, which asks local Farm Bureaus to develop artistic representations of agriculture in their county.

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Ft. Loramie FFA received the $1,000 grand prize for their video that demonstrated how farmers care for their animals.

Year in Review: 'Because I Care' - A positive message

Published Dec. 14, 2010

The “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animals Issues, gave Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth agricultural organizations and other ag-related groups an opportunity to fight back against negative Internet videos about animal agriculture.

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AgriPOWER class III.

Year in Review: AgriPOWER continues to develop new leaders

Published Dec. 15, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick's YouTube protest helped fuel outcry against Yellow Tail Wine for its donation to HSUS

Year in Review: Farmers go social in 2010

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio farmers found value in social media through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in 2010, making sure agriculture's voice was heard in important issues as conversations took place on the Web.

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Ohio Farm Bureau offers programs for youths.

Year in Review: Investing in Youth

Published Dec. 15, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau offered conferences for Farm Bureau youth during the summer months.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members join Gov. Ted Strickland and state officials following the passage of HB 414.

Year in Review: Livestock board kept its authority to address animal care issues

Published Dec. 13, 2010

Following last year’s successful Issue 2 campaign to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, Ohio Farm Bureau worked with lawmakers in 2010 to support the enabling legislation that was required for the board to begin its work.

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Year in Review: New Ohio Farm Bureau partnerships pay off

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau teamed up with Bob Evans, The Velvet Ice Cream Company, National Tractor Pullers Association and the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.

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OFBF opposed the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

Year in Review: News Highlights

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Shipping container rule, food safety, humane officer training, water regulations, hunting program

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau By the Numbers

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization’s current membership stands at 214,331. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization’s policies.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau Counties among nation's best

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Farm Bureau members are innovative and action oriented, and each year the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) sponsors the County Activities of Excellence program to recognize county Farm Bureaus for outstanding work.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau maintaining bipartisan political support

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Because of the hard work of Farm Bureau and its members to engage politicians, no matter which candidate or party is elected to office, the importance of agriculture to Ohio continues to be recognized.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau Member savings

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau members have a number of benefits available to them ranging from money savings to property protection.

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Year in Review: Ohio Farm Bureau weighs in on Supreme Court cases

Published Dec. 14, 2010

OFBF was pleased with an Ohio Supreme Court decision, which had implications for property rights and farmland preservation, as it protected the ability of local governments to manage growth.

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Year in Review: Teachable moments

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau always works to ensure agricultural information is in Ohio’s classrooms. In 2010, outreach to Ohio’s teachers continued.

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Greg and Rose Hartschuh

Year in Review: Telling our story

Published Dec. 14, 2010

Greg and Rose Hartschuh became the faces of the new “I am Farm Bureau” campaign aimed at dispelling myths of the organization being “big agriculture,” and providing a way for Farm Bureau members to stand up, speak out, correct information and tell the stories of who they really are.

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Year in Review: Working with the media

Published Dec. 14, 2010

When reporters want to talk to farmers, Ohio Farm Bureau works both sides of the connection, assisting farmers in preparing for their interviews and helping reporters understand the issues.

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Year in Review: Worthy causes

Published Dec. 15, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and Animals for Life Foundation both awarded grants this year.

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Ann Frederick

You are Invested in Agriculture

Published Jun. 29, 2012

Ann Frederick, a Hamilton County Farm Bureau member, writes a guest column for her fellow horse owners.

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