The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.
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- Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts
- Working for a more fair CAUV formula
- Be wary of recent attempts to create county charters
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Ohio Farm Bureau Board Trustee Roger Baker was in Washington, D.C. listening to a House panel discussion about the causes of the harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Erie when his ears perked up.
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.
Does Issue 2 fit in Ohio's Constitution?
Simply put, the answer is "Yes."
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.
Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.
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.
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.
The CAT is an annual privilege tax levied “for the privilege of doing business in this state.” The CAT is a tax on gross receipts.
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.
On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will restrict the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made revisions to the Worker Protection Standard. The changes affect how the nation’s 2 million agricultural workers and families are protected when working with pesticides.
An estimated 38,000 miles of new or upgraded pipelines are in the works. Here are some helpful tips from Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of energy, utility and local government policy on what to do if you are approached by leasing agents about pipeline work planned to cross your property.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farmers who use antibiotics in food producing animals are encouraged to submit comments regarding a new Food and Drug Administration proposal.
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.
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.