Ohio Farm Bureau’s 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.
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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.
AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. It’s 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’s (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.
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.
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.
Twenty-two Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture
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?
OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmers’ concerns over metal theft.
If nothing else, the nation’s ongoing discussion about food production has revealed the complexity of issues relating to economic, environmental and social sustainability.
The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows – 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 IH’s Farm Forum magazine.
As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nation’s fiscal situation.
The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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.
American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.
American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to spread farm bill cuts across key program areas. The organization’s proposal represents a balance of multiple commodity and regional interests.
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.
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.
Reduced funding forces layoffs, and more are projected
2009 was yet another award-winning year for the Ohio Farm Bureau and its county Farm Bureaus.
Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s 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.
Members of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER class recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their fifth session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Training sessions will be held throughout Ohio in January to help communities prepare for an animal disease outbreak.
In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau was a strong advocate for animal agriculture in the Buckeye State.
Ohio House Republican Leader gives opinion on Issue 2.
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 Bureau’s agenda for several months.
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.
OFBF’s Animals for Life Foundation is now up and running and accepting donations.
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.
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.
The Animals for Life Foundation, which was created earlier this year, recently awarded its first set of grants.
The Animals for Life Foundation recently awarded its first set of grants to develop and implement the Foundation’s mission, vision and goals.
The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $30,000 in grants for fiscal year 2011 projects that help improve the human-animal bond, including a therapy dog program for children with autism and a farm animal handling program for first responders.
The Animals for Life Foundation has approved more than $30,000 in grants in fiscal year 2011 projects that help improve the human-animal bond, including a therapy dog program for children with autism and a farm animal handling program for first responders.
During the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Columbus on December 2, board members of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, a $17 billion agriculture lending cooperative serving over 85,500 farmers and rural residents, presented a $50,000 donation to the Animals for Life Foundation.
The Animals for Life Foundation, which was created last year to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency, has just made available its first-ever Request for Proposals (RFPs).
RFP applications will be considered that help the Foundation further develop and implement its vision and mission -- to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency and achieve public recognition that animals bring value to human life.
Interested parties have until July 1 to complete and submit their RFP application to the Foundation.
Continuing to grow its ability to increase public acceptance & recognition that animals bring value to human life in a number of ways for a number of reasons, the AFL Foundation recently upgraded its website for individuals and organizations to make financial donations at the click of a mouse.
The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected 11 projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2013 fiscal year.
The Animals for Life Foundation celebrates the human animal bond, and in this blog, David White talks about that bond, the foundation and its upcoming Forum.
Annual Meeting Dates and Locations - July and August
Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues recently issued a briefing to help farmers address the H1N1 influenza virus.
A federal appeals court recently ruled that Ohio dairy products can be labeled “rbGH free”, “rbST free” and “artificial hormone free” as long as they are accompanied by an appropriate legal disclaimer. The labels refer to a synthetic hormone that stimulates milk production in cows.
Each year, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute helps 20 Ohioans develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for agriculture by learning from experts in the agriculture and food industry fields.