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USDA seeks input on animal traceability plan

Published Nov. 15, 2011

After farmers raised concerns about the USDA’s initial proposal on a national identification system, the agency has offered a revised plan.

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USDA to interview Ohio soybean, wheat growers for survey

Published Oct. 17, 2012

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced at the beginning of October that it will be collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states, including Ohio.

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Useful links for landowners

Published Feb. 7, 2014

A few links to other organizations that can help landowners with questions, concerns and problems.

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OFBF staff Kern and Lesicko at the Quasar digester in Wooster on a recent tour of ATI and OARDC.

Ushering in agriculture’s next generation of leaders

Published Aug. 22, 2013

More and more young people are pursuing higher education degrees in agriculture. In turn, our industry is reaping the benefits of a workforce with diverse experience, higher levels of technological expertise and hands-on experience that will help us tackle agriculture’s next set of challenges. In this blog, OFBF Director of State Policy Brandon Kern discusses several programs preparing the next generation.

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Vance retiring after 36 years with OFBF, Nationwide

Published Jan. 21, 2010

For as long as Bob Vance can remember, Ohio Farm Bureau has been a part of his life. He grew up on a dairy farm

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Vanderkooi named OFBF director of state policy

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Beth Vanderkooi will help the organization represent its members at the Ohio Statehouse and with others in state government.

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Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau announce flavor contest winner

Published Jan. 3, 2011

Alex Grooms, of Williamsburg, Ohio, is the winner of Velvet Ice Cream and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's 2010 Create-a-Flavor contest with his creation, Honey Caramel Ice Cream.

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Video contest highlights Ohioans’ connections to agriculture

Published Mar. 23, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is inviting Ohioans to share how food and farming touches their lives in the “My Ohio Agriculture – What’s Our Connection?” video contest.

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Enter the Because I Care contest for a chance to win $1,000!

Video contest shows that farmers care

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Want to see more positive videos about animal agriculture? You can help do something about it, and win up to $1,000 in the process!

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Stimpert (right) discusses Issue 2, Livestock Care and HSUS in Ohio. Click video to play.

Video Update: The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and HSUS

Published Feb. 18, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Keith Stimpert & Joe Cornely discuss the background of Issue 2, the Livestock Care Standards Board, & the implications of the latest actions of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Ohio.

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Join or renew your membership in Farm Bureau during the Review and receive this free T-shirt.

Visit OFBF at the Farm Science Review

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Visitors to the Farm Science Review who join Farm Bureau or renew their membership will receive a free “I am Farm Bureau” T-shirt.

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Come visit the Land & Living exhibit during the Ohio State Fair

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the 2011 Ohio State Fair

Published Jul. 19, 2011

Visit Ohio Farm Bureau's "Land and Living" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

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Volunteer roles need filled under new structure

Published Jan. 15, 2009

All levels of involvement are welcome under Farm Bureau's overhauled programming structure

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Farm Bureau members meeting with U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.

Volunteers bring farmers' views to Washington

Published Mar. 21, 2014

For the 68th year, Ohio’s county Farm Bureau presidents traveled to Washington, D.C., despite challenging weather, to meet with lawmakers and discuss issues important to Farm Bureau members.

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Volunteers work to grow membership

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was the first full year under the new structure of a year-round campaign, resulting in an all-time high membership of 235,064. The new structure was intended to allow volunteers to work at selling memberships as they have time.

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Volunteers’ efforts drive OFBF’s growth

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The following Farm Bureau volunteers have been named to the prestigious Ambassador Club for the high degree of success they achieved during the membership campaign. Each signed a minimum of 10 new Farm Bureau members.

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Voters to decide veteran compensation, gambling issues

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Two state issues that voters Nov. 3 will be deciding deal with compensation for military veterans and casinos in four Ohio cities.

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Watch on Washington

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF participated in several discussions of key national agricultural issues.

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Spencer Waugh

Waugh named to Ohio Farm Bureau public policy department

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Spencer Waugh has joined Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) as director of legislative relations.

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Emily Krueger was the first Ohioian to compete in the Collegiate Discussion Meet and took home the top prize.

Wayne County student wins Collegiate Discussion Meet

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Emily Krueger of West Salem, Ohio was named the winner of the 2011 American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet held recently during the AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Orlando.

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We can fix this! - Farm Nutrients and Water Quality Resources

Published Jul. 3, 2013

Farmers are committed to accepting responsibility and acting responsibly regarding managing nutrients to enhance water quality. Use this page to keep track of what people are saying and doing about the issue.

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Recently, more than 500 farmers signed a petition asking Congress to pass a farm bill.

We need a farm bill now

Published Oct. 15, 2013

As of press time, the next step for a new farm bill is the conference process, which will work to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House and Senate have both announced their conferees and the Senate has included Ohio.

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Weather causing food price increases

Published Mar. 25, 2014

Droughts, unusually cold winter weather, rising exports and a virus outbreak in the hog population are expected to cause food prices to increase this year.

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Jenifer Weaver is congratulated by Ohio Farm Burea President Brent Porteus upon receiving her award.

Weaver announced winner of OFBF Excellence in Agriculture contest

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson has been named the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will represent Ohio in the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis conducted a members-only CAUV web meeting in February.

Web events an early hit with Farm Bureau members

Published Mar. 12, 2013

Imagine sitting at home in your comfy clothes, kicking up your feet in your favorite chair and having access to all the Farm Bureau experts and information you want, live or on-demand...all at the click of a button.

That’s what we’re doing, and you’re telling us you appreciate it.

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Web site to match farmers with desired hunters

Published Sep. 24, 2009

It’s not quite E-harmony.com, but a new Web site is hoping to match farmers and hunters in four Ohio counties.

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Web-Based Hunter Access Program available August 26

Published Aug. 24, 2009

Pilot project to be focused in Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

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Top: Julie and Brandon Weber; Bottom: Andy Vance and Linsday Hill

Webers, Vance and Hill reach the top 10

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Brandon and Julie Weber of Jackson County were named Top 10 finalists in the 2010 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award competition held at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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Sen Peterson & JCARR's Whitney Patterson talk about rulewatchohio.gov

Website allows citizens to track, get updates on rules affecting them

Published Sep. 12, 2013

Former Ohio Farm Bureau President and current state senator Bob Peterson shares more about a new website allowing you to track rules that may affect your farm, business or family.

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At www.gmoanswers.com, the public can ask questions about GMO technology and learn more about how it is used.

Website extends conversation about GMOs

Published Sep. 20, 2013

American Farm Bureau Federation is a supporting partner of a new website that seeks to help consumers find answers to questions about GMOs.

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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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Keith Burgett (L) & Carroll County Farm Bureau President John Davis discuss a large drilling project on Burgett's farm.

Westward Expansion: Oil & Gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio

Published Mar. 19, 2012

As oil and gas exploration spreads to new parts of Ohio, farmers think through impacts.

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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 to do about CAUV -- state PD committee to discuss taxes next week

Published Nov. 6, 2014

The state’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program is one of the top items to be discussed during Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee meeting next week. OFBF’s policy department has been gathering resources and input for the committee by meeting with tax experts and legislators, attending CAUV meetings statewide and examining the results of a recent CAUV survey conducted by OFBF.

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What you need to know about 2014 Farm Bill implementation

Published Sep. 26, 2014

Starting Monday, producers and landowners can start visiting their local Farm Service Agency to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres. For those farmers planting crops, this is the first of three important decisions they will need to make as implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill starts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program created under the farm bill.

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What you need to know about Chronic Wasting Disease in deer

Published Nov. 5, 2014

The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was recently documented in Ohio in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. There is no evidence the disease has affected the state's wild deer population. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Policy Outreach Dr. Leah Dorman met with state officials to talk about Ohio’s first case of the disease. She’s compiled a list of some frequently asked questions about CWD and suggestions for deer hunters when they dress the animals.

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What you need to know about farm bill safety net program options

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Farmers have a big decision to make — which new farm bill safety net program to participate in for the next few years. As part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is switching from traditional farm subsidy programs to a new risk management program.

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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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