The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $47,000 in grants for fiscal year 2012 projects that will help improve the human-animal bond, including equestrian and service dog programs to aid people living with disabilities along with a farm animal handling program for first responders.
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Animals for Life Foundation to award grants for programs/projects helping further develop and implement vision and mission of accepting and understanding human-animal interdependency and the value animals bring to human life.
OFBFís Animals for Life Foundation is now up and running and accepting donations.
The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) is accepting grant proposals from organizations planning programs that promote its mission pillars of animal care, animal use and the human-animal bond.
The intentional release of lions, bears, tigers and other exotic species in rural Muskingum County has created significant public demand for new laws to control ownership of such animals. But the topic of wild and dangerous animals has been on Farm Bureauís agenda for several months.
Ohio House Republican Leader gives opinion on Issue 2.
In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau was a strong advocate for animal agriculture in the Buckeye State.
Training sessions will be held throughout Ohio in January to help communities prepare for an animal disease outbreak.
With issues of livestock care being prominently debated in Ohio, farmers are reminded to be vigilant in taking measures to protect themselves from becoming the targets of undercover animal rights activists.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio State University Extension teamed up to host more than 150 first-responders at the Animal Agriculture 202 seminar April 12. The daylong seminar trained attendees on the proper handling of large animals in times of crisis.
Between 2002 and 2009, animal advocacy groups were successful in establishing new animal care regulations in seven states. Since 2009, agricultural interests have backed the establishment animal care regulations in 11 states.
On Nov. 20, the Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony and accepted five amendments to Senate Bill 150, legislation to address nutrient management and water quality in Ohio but delayed a vote while more work is done.
Congressman Zack Space, representing Ohio's 18th District, tells the Humane Society of the United States that when it comes to livestock care, Ohioans have already spoken.
Members of Ohio Farm Bureauís AgriPOWER class recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their fifth session.
Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the propertyís value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.
2009 was yet another award-winning year for the Ohio Farm Bureau and its county Farm Bureaus.
Reduced funding forces layoffs, and more are projected
Numerous provisions of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft farm bill follow the American Farm Bureau Federation’s core principles for “rational, acceptable farm policy,” but there is room for adjustments to improve the legislation. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman delivered that message to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders in a letter today following a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.
The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislative efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to stop an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to spread farm bill cuts across key program areas. The organizationís proposal represents a balance of multiple commodity and regional interests.
American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureauís board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.
Health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for farmers and ranchers and must be reduced so that they do not burden farm and ranch businesses with costs they cannot afford, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members of the Senate Finance Committee.
The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agencyís ďpollution dietĒ for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.
As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureauís annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nationís fiscal situation.
The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows Ė Minnesota Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference. The business also publishes Feed & Grain Magazine and Case IHís Farm Forum magazine.
If nothing else, the nationís ongoing discussion about food production has revealed the complexity of issues relating to economic, environmental and social sustainability.
OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmersí concerns over metal theft.
We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?
Twenty-two Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture
A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.
Participants in AgriPOWER Class VI recently spent a few days in Wooster for their second session in the program. They spent three days learning about social media, media relations, visual media, and telling their story as well as touring the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and several other farms in the area. Here are a few excerpts from participant blogs, and links to their full blogs.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federationís (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.
AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. Itís hard to believe it has been nine months. We began this journey as 19 strangers with a passion for agriculture and personal development, and came out as 19 friends with a greater understanding of each other and the industry in which we all are connected. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program. I have grown as a person, an agriculturalist and a leader. All attributes that will be helpful for the future of our industry and my family.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute, which equips farmers and agricultural professionals with the leadership skills needed to be influencers in public policy issues that impact their businesses.
Ohio Farm Bureauís AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.
Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.
A class of 22 recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureauís AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership training program launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues.
AgriPOWER Institute Class VII met for its first session where they got to know one another, learned about their personalities, strengths and skills as well as worked on public speaking skills. Two class members, Angela Shoemaker and Vicky Shaw, blogged about the experience. Excerpts from their blogs are below with links to the full blogs.
AgriPOWER Institute Class VII met for its second session which focused on social media, blogging, media relations and connecting with consumers. They also toured Consolidated Grain and Barge, Motz Turf Farm and Turner Farms. Two class members, Sara Campbell and Chris Kick, blogged about the experience.
The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.
AgriPOWER class member Rebekah Headings discusses her experience with the first session of the leadership program.
AgriPOWER Institute Class V has graduated. Ohio Farm Bureau's Callie Wells, member of Class V, provides her thoughts on the relationships built and value of the leadership program.
Paul Shapiro, the director of the Humane Society of the United Statesí (HSUS) Factory Farming Campaign, recently spoke to OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute, a group of individuals wishing to enhance their leadership skills in becoming advocates for agriculture.
Members of OFBFís AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nationís capitol.
The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.
Showing school kids where their food comes from is very important, but few teachers have expertise in agriculture, and it is tough to fund field trips and other learning opportunities. This is where the Ag Is Cool program can help.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture would see its funding drop by just under 9 percent in a two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.
The agriculture community is passionate about agriculture education. Whether itís training the next generation of farmers or reaching out to the 98 percent of individuals who are several generations removed from first-hand farming experiences, we know there is a need to connect agriculture education to many audiences.
On the heels of his proposal to prevent a more than $7 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Ted Strickland recently told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members that itís time for the state to toughen up and make wise decisions.
Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.