News & Events

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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Member sign up made simple

Published Feb. 13, 2014

Volunteers working membership have a new option to sign up new members that is as easy as pulling a phone out of your pocket. No more carrying around forms that can be a hassle and hard to decipher later on. Ohio Farm Bureau’s volunteers.growwithfb.org website, designed to be mobile ready, allows the membership to be paid on the spot with a credit card.

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Personal outreach and workshops on niche farming have helped draw more people to the annual YAP event.

How volunteers brought together nearly 300 rising food and farm advocates

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Young professionals event continues to grow

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Our take on the farm bill

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau believes the farm bill recently passed by Congress demonstrates considerable fiscal responsibility and reduces the federal government budget deficit.

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Big questions about Big Data

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Expert says farmers need to both embrace, be wary of data collection, application

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How local ideas led to AFBF policies

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohioans voting at the meeting debated and discussed a variety of policies and were successful in advancing three recommendations submitted by fellow farmers.

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Attend a workers' compensation safety meeting

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible.

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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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Understand the Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement

Published Feb. 12, 2014

The Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement, which will set voluntary standards for farmers, has been considered for several years. Legislation passed in 2012 paved the way for voluntary programs such as this.

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Farmers, nonfarmers and cities have been applying for deer damage permits.

Survey to assess Ohio's process to limit deer damage

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Anyone who applied for a deer damage permit last year will receive the survey, which is supported by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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This advisory group is thinking through Farm Bureau's membership model

Published Feb. 12, 2014

At Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting, members called for the establishment of a study group that includes 22 county leaders who would analyze and make recommendations on a new membership model for the organization to ensure its future strength.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS: Nationwide focused on making insurance simpler

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Results of a recent survey commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and conducted by Harris Interactive show that just 40 percent of consumers have read their current insurance policy in its entirety, while just 7 percent described their insurance policy as simple.

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The Beef Checkoff: Securing my future

Published Feb. 12, 2014

In 1985, the Beef Checkoff was started to promote the beef industry. Simply put, $1 from every head sold goes back to the industry. Half of that stays in Ohio and the other half goes to national programs.

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The Capital Challenge program, a collaboration among Ohio 4-H, FFA and OFBF helped strengthen student advocacy skills.

A bright horizon

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau wants to empower the next generation of Ohio food and agricultural advocates.

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Farm Bureau’s landowner advocacy

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Farm Bureau works hard advocating at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, Federal Supreme Court and with local governments to ensure property rights and address other issues landowners have. Here are a few highlights of that advocacy work.

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AgriPOWER Class III in Washington D.C.

My Experience in AgriPOWER

Published Feb. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau member and AgriPOWER Class III graduate Brenda Hastings discusses her experience in AgriPOWER and encourages others to apply.

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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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Six tips for constructive conversations

Published Feb. 11, 2014

When engaging consumers in conversations about food system issues, try to use these keys to having a productive conversation that builds and further enhances trust:

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Don't get mad at Chipotle

Published Feb. 11, 2014

In what's probably Chipotle's most outrageous attempt to get their customers to think about the food they eat, on February 17 it will debut a new show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous.

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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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Understanding OSHA’s oversight

Published Feb. 6, 2014

A recent inspection of an Ohio farm by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration raised qustions about the scope of the agency's oversight. Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law, explains the exemption that has typically applied to small farms.

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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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Ag-LINK applications available

Published Feb. 5, 2014

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) through March 12 at 5:00 PM.

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New severance tax bill, how Farm Bureau members say the money should be used

Published Jan. 30, 2014

House Bill 375 was recently introduced in an effort to make changes to the state’s severance tax (the tax that applies when natural resources are “severed” from the earth).

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Federal Update: Renewable Fuels Standards, Appropriations Bill

Published Jan. 30, 2014

An update of two federal issues, Renewable Fuel Standards and the Appropriations Bill, impacting food and farming.

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Nutrient Management bill heads to House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management bill, Senate Bill 150, introduced by Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 23. Ohio Farm Bureau testified in support of the bill and made it a “key vote”, as its provisions met Farm Bureau policy.

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OFBF's David White, director of commodity relations, bi-weekly blog.

Pigs, crates and consumers

Published Jan. 29, 2014

In his weekly blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses pork industry giants Smithfield and Tyson recently announcing plans to develop animal welfare improvements that include moving away from the practice of using gestation crates.

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Farm Bill Passes in House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 251 to 166 to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The Senate could take up the measure as early as tomorrow but more likely early next week.

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Cold weather has farmers keeping an eye on propane supply

Published Jan. 24, 2014

Farmers and other Ohioans who heat with propane may face shortages during the current cold snap.

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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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AgriPOWER Class IV in Washington D.C.

Finding my Voice Through AgriPOWER

Published Jan. 22, 2014

AgriPOWER Class IV graduate Terri Bauer Studer explains how she found her voice through the Ohio Farm Bureau leadership and advocacy program. Applications for Class VI due April 18.

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Let’s talk about Cheerios

Published Jan. 17, 2014

After more than a year of being heavily lobbied to remove genetically modified ingredients from Cheerios, two weeks ago General Mills announced that its original Cheerios are now non-GMO. Many folks in the farm community have expressed strong views on Cheerios news.

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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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Ohio Sheep and Goat Web Programs throughout February

Published Jan. 16, 2014

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is again partnering with Ohio State University Extension to sponsor the 2014 Sheep and Goat Web series, a training and informational program for farmers. The Web series will assist sheep and goat farmers in becoming better managers and provide advice to those interested in entering this growing industry.

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Resources for Ohio Landowners

Published Jan. 16, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau works to provide landowners with the information to help manage their property and to stay up to date on rural issues

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Know of other ag related scholarships? Let us know!

2014 Scholarship programs

Published Jan. 3, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014.

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Regional Cabinet meeting dates set

Published Jan. 2, 2014

Dates and locations for the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Cabinet meetings have been set, and county Farm Bureau leaders are invited to attend for a great opportunity to broaden leadership skills, gather new ideas, and of course interact with their peers.

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Updates from 95th American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 2, 2014

Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff will travel to San Antonio Jan. 11-15 to celebrate this past year's achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Follow along here as we share the story from the digital eyes and ears of those in attendance.

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Farm Bureau grassroots effort continues with AFBF Resolution Committee

Published Dec. 20, 2013

Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Resolution Committee meeting this week. Several of Ohio’s policy suggestions were accepted and will come before the voting delegates at American Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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2013 County Farm Bureau Outreach Highlights

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Here is just a sample of the ways that county Farm Bureaus throughout the state have worked to reach out to their communities this year. There are many more ways to get involved than what we could print here.

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OFBF working on helping members deal with the Affordable Care Act

Published Dec. 19, 2013

With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, OFBF has been studying the intricacies of the act and how it affects the entire health care industry. In the works is a health benefits plan to help Ohio Farm Bureau members deal with ACA issues

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An update on farm nutrient legislation

Published Dec. 19, 2013

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.

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Farm bill could be finished in January

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 2013.

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Nationwide News: New product helps farmers provide benefits to their employees

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Nationwide has a new program called benefits that can help you offer your employees a competitive benefits package that supplements their regular health insurance program.

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Survey checks herd health

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Dairy farmers are encouraged to answer their telephones in January 2014 when representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact selected dairy farmers in 18 states, including Ohio.

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EPA plans to scale back Renewable Fuels Standard

Published Dec. 19, 2013

The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.

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Delegates ask committee to study organizational changes

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Farm Bureau delegates reviewed a new membership model proposal from the organization's state code committee before calling for a committee to further study the issue.

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Rasmussen to farmers: Nationwide stands for you

Published Dec. 19, 2013

During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.

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Hirsch, Fisher see opportunity for growth

Published Dec. 19, 2013

In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.

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Keynote speaker Mark Sanborn said leadership is about discovering potential and possibility.

Hundreds gather to share ideas at new leadership forum

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Mark Sanborn, a nationally recognized speaker and author, kicked off the first-ever Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum with a message that resonated with Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.

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