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Before meeting with lawmakers, OFBF volunteers signed books containing the comments of Ohio farmers opposed to the rules

How Ohio farmers protected opportunities for youths

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The passion of Ohio Farm Bureau members along with the use of some simple technology gave the organization momentum as it helped block an unpopular proposal on federal youth labor rules.

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How OFBF members are working to change a law affecting road access

Published Feb. 27, 2014

Farm machinery has not been allowed to use a portion of U.S Route 20, or the Norwalk Bypass, in Huron County for many years. Recently, several farmers including two Huron County Farm Bureau members, John Brooks and Bill Ommert, submitted testimony on House Bill 249, which seeks to resolve the longstanding issue that has impacted farmers in that area.

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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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How Kasich’s mid-biennium review affects you

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau is taking a close look at Gov. John Kasich’s 1,600-page mid-biennium review (MBR), a package of policy and budgetary provisions that lay out Kasich’s goals for the year. The MBR has been split out into 14 separate bills so legislative committees can consider them. The MBR is comprehensive and covers everything from K-12 and higher education to various tax changes to amusement ride inspection fees.

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How deer damage permit changes will affect farmers

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.

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How CAUV’s formula is changing

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.

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How an old tractor or truck can help seriously ill kids

Published Jul. 20, 2011

If you have an old vehicle on your land that has been sitting there for years, or a used car to get rid of, the Ronald McDonald House can help.

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In the Mercy for Animals video, Bob Barker delivered the less than earth-shattering news that vegans don't like veal.

How an animal rights group invented a scandal and the media’s response

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Claims made by Mercy for Animals at a recent press conference drew challenges from journalists.

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AgriPOWER Class IV in Washington D.C.

How AgriPOWER can help you be a farm advocate

Published Mar. 18, 2014

AgriPOWER is a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of multi-day institutes that cover public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Ohio Farm Bureau is now taking applications for Class VI. Here is what two past participants had to say about the program.

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How a recent grant will build the local food economy in southeast Ohio

Published Mar. 25, 2014

Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien recently visited Athens County to announce a grant award of more than $198,000 to help Rural Action and the Southeast Ohio Food Hub Network expand the distribution of locally grown foods.

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How 'Farmland' will help bridge the gap between farmers and consumers

Published Apr. 15, 2014

On May 1, Farmland will be coming to theaters in more than 60 major markets and will be screened in rural communities, too. It’s the latest documentary from Academy Award winning director James Moll.

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House passes livestock bill 98-0; Senate vote expected soon

Published Mar. 26, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board came one step closer to getting its feet on the ground when the Ohio House unanimously passed legislation to establish the required guidelines for the voter-approved entity.

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House passes bill against EPA’s proposed water rule change

Published Sep. 10, 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). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."

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House moves on Farm Bill

Published Jul. 12, 2012

This week the House Agriculture Committee passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11. At this time it is not known when or if the Farm Bill will be taken up by the entire House for consideration. Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to push for passage before the September expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill.

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House approves farm portion of farm bill

Published Jul. 12, 2013

The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2642, the farm portion of the farm bill by a vote of 216-208. The bill removes the nutrition title, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but leaves all other provisions intact.

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Horse troubles growing

Published Aug. 13, 2009

More than 90 percent of respondents to a recent nationwide survey believe the number of unwanted horses, as well as those neglected and abused, is increasing.

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Horse owners can take precautions to stop spread of EHV

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Concerns about a strain of equine herpevirus (EHV-1), which can lead to abortion in mares, and respiratory and neurological problems as well as death, recently arose after several horses were diagnosed following a Utah event that potentially exposed hundreds of animals.

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A trail camera captures a herd of feral swine visiting a bait station on public land in southeastern Ohio.

Hog wild: Feral swine a growing problem in Ohio

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The feral swine population is growing in Ohio and ending up in areas outside southeastern Ohio where the jumbo-sized creatures typically dwell.

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Representatives from OFBF, Bob Evans and other supporters join exhibitor Troy Elwer following the sale.

Hog purchase involved entire community

Published Aug. 23, 2011

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau work together to support Ohio youth at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

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History in the making

Published May. 14, 2009

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, American Farm Bureau commissioned a history titled “Forward Farm Bureau.”

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Hirsch: What we do at this meeting matters

Published Dec. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau President discusses Farm Bureau's success in annual address to annual meeting delegates.

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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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Hirsch, Fisher look toward the future

Published Dec. 13, 2011

During their speeches at the 93rd annual meeting, both leaders challenged members to think about the who, why and how of Ohio Farm Bureau’s operation.

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Hirsch, Fisher encourage farmers to get involved

Published Dec. 22, 2014

Hirsch emphasized the core purpose of the organization won’t change: to help farmers work together to help themselves, to be the single most effective voice for the agricultural community at every level and to ensure coming generations have the opportunity to continue that legacy.

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Highlights from 'The Food Dialogues' conversation Sept. 22

Published Oct. 12, 2011

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held an online forum, “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating—on their own health and the health of the planet.

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