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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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Proposed changes to deer hunting regulations, Farm Bureau support and concerns

Published Mar. 14, 2014

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently proposed changes to deer hunting regulations. Ohio Farm Bureau submitted comments on the proposal with support for some of the changes and concerns with others. Ohio Farm Bureau members across the state have developed substantial policies on wildlife issues, which provided the basis for the organization's comments.

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Eminent domain issue resurfaces on Capitol Hill

Published Mar. 13, 2014

Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would strengthen private property rights was approved last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944), prohibits states that receive federal economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Ohio Farm Bureau was very involved with the initiative to reform eminent domain law in Ohio, to ensure the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes is strictly limited.

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Tax reform proposal provisions important to farming

Published Mar. 13, 2014

The following is a list of the provisions important to farm businesses and to related industries.

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New federal tax reform proposal

Published Mar. 13, 2014

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a comprehensive tax reform proposal Feb. 26. The proposal lowers tax rates for individuals and businesses and broadens the tax base by eliminating over 220 tax credits, deductions and exclusions. It also would simplify and streamline the tax code.

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Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of corporate communications.

Trumbull County masters media relations

Published Mar. 13, 2014

Joe Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of corporate communications, discusses a relationship between farmers in Trumbull County and their local paper the Warren Tribune Chronicle.

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Five Tips on Drainage Law

Published Mar. 6, 2014

Water, and the ability to remove it, is extremely important to Ohio farmers. Ohio farmers are often encountering issues with the water on their property. Ohioís water law is somewhat limited, so Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis gives five tips to help you understand how water law works in Ohio.

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2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Feb. 28, 2014

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 3-5. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state and the farmers while on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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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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Animals make our lives better

Published Feb. 25, 2014

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.

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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 Bureauís 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 Bureauís Workersí 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 Bureauís 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 Bureauís 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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