News & Events

AFBF: Climate Bill Embarks on a Fool's Errand

Published Jul. 15, 2009

AFBF President Bob Stallman said House-passed climate legislation will have little to no impact on global temperatures. Testifying before a Senate Committee, he said without the adoption of similar actions by other countries, the U.S. "will be embarking on a fool's errand."

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AFBF: Broadband Internet Critical for Rural America

Published Jun. 9, 2009

People who live and work in rural America are often unable to access the same educational, medical, business and government services as Americans living in more populated areas, and access to modern broadband Internet service has the potential to correct this inequity, according to the AFBF.

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AFBF, Ag Library to Create Information Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Published Nov. 10, 2009

AFBF & the National Agricultural Library are teaming up to help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development.

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AFBF will hold annual meeting in Hawaii

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Arrangements must be made by Dec. 2. The annual meeting registration fee is $100.

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AFBF Urges Committee to Strengthen Climate Bill for Ag

Published Jun. 17, 2009

The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation called on the House Agriculture Committee to make drastic changes to a climate change bill before it is considered by Congress, telling the committee that to do less could result “in the economic equivalent of unilateral disarmament.”

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AFBF to recognize outstanding programs, innovative farmers

Published Jun. 29, 2009

County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.

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AFBF to recognize local innovation

Published Jul. 16, 2009

County Farm Bureaus and local Farm Bureau members are invited to apply for an opportunity to be recognized by American Farm Bureau Federation for outstanding Farm Bureau programs and innovations.

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AFBF responds to health care bill

Published May. 17, 2010

According to American Farm Bureau Health Policy Specialist Pat Wolff, without a way to keep costs under control, provisions in the new health care bill could put some farmers in a pinch.

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AFBF pushes back against U.S. EPA’s ‘federal land grab’

Published Aug. 12, 2014

Thousands of farmers and more than 250 members of Congress have joined forces nationwide in opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its regulatory authority through the Clean Water Act.

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AFBF President statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Published Jan. 29, 2010

AFBF President welcomes president's call for Congress to pass energy legislation including more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power, and more.

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AFBF President responds to "vicious attack on modern farmers"

Published Aug. 24, 2009

Read American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman's response to a controversial TIME magazine article.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman statement on Climate Change

Published Jun. 25, 2009

“Climate change legislation working its way to a vote on the House floor this week continues to be seriously flawed. The bill’s provisions and omissions are very problematic for U.S. agriculture, our national economy and domestic energy security.

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AFBF keeps pressure on EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Laurie Krebs signs copies of her book during American Farm Bureau's annual meeting.

AFBF Foundation for Agriculture names children’s book of the year

Published Apr. 16, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its seventh annual “Book of the Year” award to Laurie Krebs for 'The Beeman.' The book introduces young readers to bees, beekeepers and the pollination process.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman

AFBF files suit to protect farmers’ privacy

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ right to privacy is a top priority, said the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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AFBF creates online resource for rural community building

Published Jun. 11, 2010

A new blog created by American Farm Bureau Federation provides a forum for county and state Farm Bureaus to share resources, ideas and information on improving the quality of life in rural communities.

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Dr. Jay Lehr talks about the importance of farmers speaking for themselves

Advocacy Advised

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Speakers tell Farmers to do the speaking on opening day of Annual Meeting

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Farm Bureau members gathered to discuss issues affecting Ohio agriculture as part of Ohio Farm Bureau's Advisory Teams.

Advisory Teams meet to discuss issues, policy

Published Apr. 9, 2013

Advisory teams met March 26 to discuss top issues facing agriculture in Ohio, and suggest policies and programs Ohio Farm Bureau should support. In an audio clip accompanying her column, Director of Commodity Relations Sandy Kuhn explains what the Advisory Teams are and their purpose.

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Feed grains advisory team being briefed on the farm bill by Dr. Carl Zulauf of OSU

Advisory Teams meet as Ohio Farm Bureau policy development process begins

Published Mar. 26, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s policy development process has begun and will continue through December. One part of the policy development process, advisory teams, has been meeting throughout March.

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Advisory team members discuss agriculture education issues and opportunities.

Advisory teams advance ideas

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Farmers spent time in March discussing several big picture issues facing agriculture at this year’s Trends and Issues Conference and Advisory Team meetings.

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Advisory Councils have new platform to discuss issues

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Grassroots program now featured in Buckeye Farm News

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Members of the Answer Council of Jackson County tour the large animal hospital at Ohio State University.

Advisory Council takes trip

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The Answer Council of Jackson County decided to use a daytime trip to Ohio State University to learn more about animal health and meat safety issues.

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The line above indicates the divide between the Lake Erie and Ohio River drainage basins.

Advisory board working to develop recommendations on Lake Erie water use

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Last year, Ohio was among the eight Midwest states and two Canadian provinces to ratify the Great Lakes Compact — an agreement that governs the use and prevents the diversion of water from the Great Lakes.

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Tips for both beginners and more experienced social media users

Add value to social media engagement

Published Feb. 22, 2010

When people see a friend post an update that says, “Eating a cookie with a glass of milk,” it often leaves them wondering a number of things, including why did he tell us this?

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Action: Spokesperson Training

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Dwight Beougher, a Franklin County Farm Bureau member, delivers a speech in front of a television camera as part of a recent spokesperson training program held by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Farmers rallied at the Statehouse earlier this year. Now more steps are needed to help end the Estate Tax.

ACTION ALERT: Take the next step to help end Ohio's Estate Tax

Published May. 20, 2011

Use OFBF's Online Action Center now to quickly help eliminate the Estate Tax and keep Ohio farmers on their land for future generations, strengthen the rural economy and preserve agricultural heritage.

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ACTION ALERT: Free Trade Agreements vote near

Published Oct. 6, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are urged to contact their members of Congress to encourage the passage of Free Trade Agreements that can result in significant additional exports, economic development and jobs.

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OFBF's Action Center makes it quick & easy to contact your legislators

Action Alert: Help End Ohio's Estate Tax, call or e-mail your lawmakers today

Published Jan. 31, 2011

Burdensome estate taxes can cause the loss or break-up of family farms when heirs are forced to sell assets to pay the tax and/or administrative costs. Ohio Farm Bureau's Online Action Center makes contacting your lawmakers to urge an end to the Ohio Estate Tax a breeze.

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Contact legislative leaders on this important issue for agriculture

ACTION ALERT! - Urge final passage of Livestock Care Standards Board Resolution

Published Jun. 30, 2009

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Proposed Constitution Amendment, which received broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate last week is currently awaiting critical final action by lawmakers. Contact your legislative leaders today to urge final passage.

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A voice in government

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Dealing with government can be intimidating. But public participation is necessary to ensure policymakers understand the needs of their constituents, that rules are reasonable and programs are responsive to taxpayers. That’s where Farm Bureau can help. It provides its members with a number of opportunities to connect with public officials, to learn about laws and regulations and to shape the debate. The organization’s grassroots process gives it its credibility and its power.

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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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Ohio farmers leave Capitol Hill during an annual trip in which they meet with Washington officials.

A strong effective organization

Published Dec. 23, 2009

A strong effective organization that is member driven, financially strong and focused on farmers

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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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A non-partisan look at the implications of the Affordable Care Act

Published Feb. 20, 2014

Hear a recent Town Hall Ohio conversation about the new national healthcare program.

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Extension Connection will be published quarterly in Ohio Farm Bureau's Buckeye Farm News

A new partnership with an old friend

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Extension and Farm Bureau have long been partners in making life better for farmers and all Ohioans. In November, Ohio farmers will find the first edition of Extension Connection, produced by OSU Extension and delivered exclusively to Ohio Farm Bureau members inside Buckeye Farm News.

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A new era for the Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Dec. 23, 2009

In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau finalized a plan to ensure its future viability. More than 2,800 participants provided input into the 250 page plan titled "Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era." The process resulted in the following updated vision statetment for the organization: "Ohio Farm Bureau's Vision is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs, addresses public expectations and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace." The plan also identifies Farm Bureau's core values as Integrity and Honesty, Grassroots Involvement, Promoting Agriculture, Member Advocacy and Teamwork.

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Rick Chiricosta, President & CEO Medical Mutual of Ohio

A message to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Published Jul. 16, 2009

There is an old saying that suggests, “There is strength in numbers.” If that is true, our partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau is as solid as a rock. In these rough economic times, it is comforting to know that together we are meeting challenges head-on.

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A lot to consider

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau's Policy Development Committee holds first meeting.

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A look at the new state legislature

Published Mar. 12, 2009

Several key Ohio House and Senate committees for agriculture have new chairmen and many have been strong supporters of agriculture.

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A look at the 2014 Farm Bill

Published Feb. 12, 2014

A broad overview of programs impacting farmers in the 2014 Farm Bill

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A Learning Experience

Published Aug. 12, 2010

A young visitor to Ohio Farm Bureau's Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair gets a hand planting a flower. The display was one of many opportunities for visitors to learn about Ohio agriculture.

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A guide to influencing farm, rural policy

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Ever wonder why Farm Bureau supports one issue and opposes another, or how it makes up its mind on hot button topics such as tax policy or livestock regulations?

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This graphic explains CAUV & why values are increasing. View this story & click the link below the photo for details.

A guide to CAUV

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Farmers who are enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program have been seeing sharp increases in the taxable value of their land. This story/graphic explains why.

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A growing backlash

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Each day there are more signs that people are becoming fed up with HSUS tactics.

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Alan and Kristin Hudson

A farmer wins in court, at a cost

Published Feb. 12, 2013

In Maryland, a recent court case highlighted just how much a constructive approach to protecting the environment is needed.

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There's so much information about farming online. Here's an Ohio Farm Bureau guide to discovering.

A farm guide to the social web

Published Sep. 20, 2011

Farmers, agribusinesses, agricultural leaders and farm organizations have build an expansive and valuable Internet presence. A guide of where to start.

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Mike Schumm, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, teaches kids about ag as part of the projects developed by his council.

A Community Council in action

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Community Council program provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau members to come together to discuss local issues and then take action. Here’s an example of how the Farmers R Us Community Council, made up of seven couples in Van Wert County, took on Ag in the Classroom as one of their community activities for the year.

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The event was open to Farm Bureau members of all backgrounds who wanted a better understanding of food production.

A closer connection to food

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.

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Roush, center, pictured with OFBF President Brent Porteus (l) and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

A career of education

Published Feb. 24, 2011

After nearly 20 years working with education programs and assisting volunteers and teachers in helping students learn the origins of their food, Judy Roush is returning to the family farm upon her retirement this month.

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Darrell Rubel

A Capitol Challenge: Unlocking Teen Leadership Potential

Published Feb. 15, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery, Darrell Rubel, gives an encouraging recap of a new partnership between Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Ohio 4-H that is helping teens take an active role in public policy and impact their local communities.

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