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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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You posted, we listened. Others will too

Published Aug. 12, 2010

In the summer of 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau staff considered what needed to be included in a redesign of an OFBF.org website that, in terms of Internet standards, was stuck in 1998. Sitting atop that list was the voice of the Ohio Farm Bureau member.

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AgriPOWER Class V together at graduation. Wells is second from left in the front row.

You win with people in AgriPOWER

Published Oct. 24, 2013

In this blog, AgriPOWER Class V graduate Callie Wells explains how “You win with people” as a participant in AgriPOWER.

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Photo by Andrew Bruening, Ohio Union Photographer

Young advocates host diverse dialogue about food

Published Mar. 21, 2014

More than 300 Ohio State students hungry for discussion gathered to explore food and farming issues at the Collegiate Young Farmers’ second annual Farm to Fork Food Dialogues event.

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Young Ag Professional contests nearing

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is looking for the top young agricultural professionals in the state to apply for the following contests.

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2011 Young Ag Professionals Washington, D. C. Leadership Experience participants

Young Ag Professionals accepting applications for annual Washington, D.C. trip

Published Apr. 26, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for its annual Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience program.

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2011 Excellence in Agriculture contest winners Scott and Tracie Isler

Young Ag Professionals award applications due Aug. 17

Published May. 2, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals program is accepting applications for the 2012 Outstanding Young Farmer and Excellence in Agriculture contests. Entry forms are due Aug. 17.

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Young Ag Professionals at the trade show held during the annual leadership conference in Columbus March 9-10

Young Ag Professionals give back at annual conference

Published Mar. 14, 2012

An emphasis was put on giving back and getting involved at the Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference, held March 9-10 in Columbus. Donations were made to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Workshops aloso were held.

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OFBF's Young Ag Professionals stand on the steps of Capitol Hill during a recent trip to Washington.

Young Ag Professionals lobby members of Congress during D.C. trip

Published Oct. 15, 2009

More than two dozen Young Agriculture Professionals got an up close look at the political process when they visited the nation’s capital last month.

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Young Ag Professionals start new group

Published Apr. 15, 2014

A group of enthusiastic young people have started a new group in Delaware County focused on building a sense of community. The Delaware County Young Agricultural Professionals group is led by co-chairs Zach Taylor, Marlene Eick and Josh Main.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals recently met with lawmakers and other leaders in Washington, D.C.

Young ag professionals tell their stories to members of Congress

Published Oct. 12, 2011

About 30 young agricultural professionals, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and board members went on the three-day trip in September to learn how the political process works in D.C.

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Young ag professionals to spend day at zoo for this year’s Summer Retreat

Published May. 14, 2009

Young agricultural professionals will take a walk on the wild side this summer with an excursion to the Columbus Zoo.

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Current Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team members

Young Agricultural Professionals accepting applications for Team members

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program is now accepting applications for its Advisory Team.

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Young Agricultural Professionals contests offer opportunities, rewards

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is seeking individuals 18-35 who are interested in pursuing new opportunities offered by several annual competitions. Up for grabs--a trip to Hawaii.

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A few of the Young Agricultural Professionals at the Farm Bill Now rally during the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Young Agricultural Professionals go to D.C., Farm Bill Now rally

Published Sep. 19, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recently sent about 30 young people, staff and state board members to Washington, D.C. on the Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) annual trip where they participated in the Farm Bill Now rally and to learned about the United States political process.

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Young Farmers awarded free use of Kubota tractor

Published Apr. 24, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 Outstanding Young Farmers Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro recently received a Kubota M-Series tractor to use for 250 hours, one of the prizes for being named the state winner.

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Young professionals advance in OFBF contests

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Several young agricultural professionals recently earned recognition through their success in Farm Bureau competitions.

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Your input helped us weigh in on wind farm case

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s policies on alternative energy and private property rights are the guiding force for why the organization recently filed a brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in support of a wind turbine project in central Ohio.

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Youth conferences focus on leadership

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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OFBF is looking to partner with like-minded organizations to continue youth devopment in Ohio.

Youth program has storied past, new opportunities

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The goal of Farm Bureau’s youth program hasn’t changed much – to provide youths with important life skills, find future ag leaders and build relationships. Today, with young people being involved in so many activities, Farm Bureau is looking at ways to make the most of its youth programs

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Zehringer appointed next Director of Ohio Dept. of Agriculture

Published Nov. 16, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation commends Governor-elect Kasich's selection of Jim Zehringer to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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