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Take Care: Farmers say proposed livestock board is good for ag & consumers

Published Jul. 16, 2009

As Ohio faces the question of how to set standards for farm animal treatment, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is supporting an effort that would ensure all sides of the issue are heard.

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Take breaks, keep phone and radio nearby when working alone

Published Sep. 24, 2009

All Jim Westfall wanted to do was clean up his tractor and get the lime off it. But the way he did it almost killed him.

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T-shirts with positive messages about agriculture raise funds for food bank

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee presented a check to Dana Ward of the Mid Ohio Food Bank in February. The committee raised $2,850 through the sale of t-shirts that carried positive messages about agriculture. The shirts were sold online and during the group's winter conference.

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As the drought drives up the price of corn, beef output is expected to drop to a nine-year low.

Swing in food prices expected as result of drought

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Meat and poultry prices are expected to drop over the next few months before jumping to possible record-high prices. This year’s drought — the worst in half a century -— is the reason for the bouncing around of prices.

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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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Survey sheds light on food purchasing habits

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Consumer confidence in food safety is at its highest point in seven years, with 88 percent of shoppers 'completely' or 'somewhat' confident in the safety of food at the supermarket, according to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report released earlier this month.

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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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Supreme Court ruling gives landowners a voice

Published Apr. 18, 2012

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with landowners who were denied their day in court after the EPA ordered them to stop construction on what the agency said was a wetland.

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Supreme Court ruling favors landowners

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau is pleased with a recent ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court that upholds the private property rights of landowners along Lake Erie.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch joins Pat and Bobby Moser at a recent event that launched the Moser Scholars Program.

Supporters celebrate accomplishments of Bobby and Pat Moser

Published Sep. 11, 2012

During a gathering to recognize retiring Ohio State University Dean Bobby Moser and his wife Pat, Ohio’s food and farm community raised more than $900,000 to support students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Children complete farm chores each morning at Stratford Ecological Center's Farm Camps

Summer youth camps provide opportunities to experience farm life

Published Aug. 6, 2012

Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware County offers several summer camps for children and youth that provide the opportunity for them to experience life on a farm. Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded an Agricultural Action and Awareness Grant to Stratford Ecological Center for its children’s program.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus (left) accepts the Pinnacle Award from AFBF President Bob Stallman

Success in Seattle

Published Jan. 11, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau racks up honors at annual meeting

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Farmer John Price answers students' questions about raising pigs.

Students learn about food at central Ohio farm

Published Jun. 24, 2011

Two elementary school classes recently received a field trip to Price Farms Organics in Delaware County after winning a statewide essay contest from the Ohio Livestock Coalition.

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Last year's Capitol Challenge participants learning about policy development.

Students invited to learn more about political process through Capitol Challenge

Published Nov. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process. The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ½ day-long policy development program.

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Students invited to learn more about political process through Capital Challenge

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

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Strickland (left) and Kasich addressed farmers at Ag Day at the Capitol on Tuesday

Strickland, Kasich denounce HSUS ballot plan

Published Feb. 25, 2010

Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland and his GOP rival candidate John Kasich both declared their opposition to a ballot measure being planned by the out-of-state activist organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Gov. Strickland signed HB 414 on Wednesday, immediatiely enacting the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Strickland signs bill to implement livestock care board

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Calling it the right approach for Ohioans, Gov. Ted Strickland today signed H.B. 414 which will allow the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to move forward.

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Trent Loos speaks during an event held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Stop defending agriculture?

Published May. 25, 2011

Farmer says conversation with consumers needs a change in tone.

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Stimulus money has positive impacts for farmers

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Stimulus package investments in infrastructure, broadband and renewable energy are of particular interest to Ohio farmers.

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Stenholm to speak at Leadership Conference

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm will be the keynote speaker at OFBF’s 2009 Leadership Conference. Stenholm, who represented Texas residents in Congress for 13 terms, now advocates in Washington on behalf of the agriculture industry.

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Steer clear of car accident scams

Published Nov. 15, 2011

Nationwide is looking out for our policyholders with the help of a Special Investigations Unit (SIU), a team of over 250 professional investigators who detect, investigate and help prevent fraud. SIU also trains claims associates to identify fraud schemes.

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Statement on governor's plan to deal with the budget shortfall

Published Oct. 2, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recognizes the challenges facing Gov. Strickland and the Ohio General Assembly

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Statement from the Center for Food and Animal Issues regarding egg farm fire

Published Mar. 25, 2010

“We applaud the efforts of public safety personnel, volunteers and those in the agricultural community who rallied in response to the recent devastating fire at Ohio Fresh Eggs in Marseilles."

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Supporters celebrate Issue 2's passage Tuesday evening

Statement from Ohioans for Livestock Care in response to passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

The Ohioans for Livestock Care Political Action Committee (PAC) today released the following statement in response to the passage of State Issue 2.

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Statement from Ohio Agriculture Director Regarding the Passage of Issue 2

Published Nov. 3, 2009

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs today issued a statement regarding the passage of Ohio’s Issue 2 ballot initiative.

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Statement by AFBF President Stallman regarding ballot victory in Ohio, Texas

Published Nov. 5, 2009

Voters made solid statements in two ballot measures vital to the success of agriculture.

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Low milk prices have hit dairy farmers extremely hard over the past year. Hog farmers are also struggling through tough

State, federal programs provide financial help for struggling farmers

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Whether it’s a drop in demand for their products, negative publicity or rising grain and fuel costs, some farmers across Ohio are feeling financially pinched and turning to state and federal agencies for help.

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State, farmers continue efforts to improve Grand Lake St. Marys

Published Apr. 19, 2011

Regulators are planning to continue to work with farmers following the release of new rules resulting from pollution concerns in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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State policy development committee members meet for the first time this week to learn about emerging issues.

State policy development committee continues grassroots process

Published Sep. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.

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Rep. Robert Sprague (speaking) is joined by OFBF's Beth Vanderkooi (left) and lawmakers in support of expanding Ag-LINK.

State lawmakers want to expand agricultural loan program

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

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State fair success

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF coordinated the “Land and Living: Agriculture Your Link to Life” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair where an estimated 350,000 fairgoers participated in an interactive agricultural display in a 32,000-square-foot building used exclusively for the display. More than 9,000 children planted a flower and took it home as part of the Green2Go exhibit, 5,256 children participated in a pedal tractor course called the OFBF Country Cruise, and 28 memberships were sold during the fair.

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State Fair kicks off with visit from Governor

Published Jul. 29, 2009

The Ohio State Fair got off to a soggy start on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of eager fairgoers and the activity in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) “Land and Living” exhibit.

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A few of the "Agriculture in Our Backyard" horticulture contest entries

State Fair exhibit connects community with farmers

Published Jul. 18, 2012

Fun, hands-on agricultural experiences are the centerpiece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. Last year the 'Land and Living' exhibit located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building drew an estimated 350,000 visitors who learned about agriculture’s link to everyday life.

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State budget process continues to unfold

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Testimony is heating up in the Ohio Statehouse as advocates pursue changes to initial funding proposals for state agencies and programs. While the budget process is just getting underway, Ohio Farm Bureau is keeping a close eye on how the final budget may shape up.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.

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State Budget - Senate maintains restored funds for Extension, OARDC

Published Jun. 11, 2009

For now, the Senate has agreed with the House to restore some of the funding that was initially cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the state budget.

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State auditor wants to ‘skinny down’ government

Published Nov. 15, 2011

State Auditor Dave Yost is on a mission to cut the fat out of state and local governments.

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State agencies offer up nutrient management draft legislation

Published Apr. 11, 2013

An overview of what is going on with draft nutrient management legislation, what Farm Bureau thinks and how we got here.

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Jason Stasiulewicz

Stasiulewicz joins Farm Bureau IT team

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community

Published Dec. 23, 2009

An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus shared experiences of Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s “new attitude”

Published Jan. 11, 2010

American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.

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Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s ‘new attitude’

Published Feb. 4, 2010

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman delivered a passionate annual address to Farm Bureau members in Seattle, showcasing Ohio Farm Bureau as an example for the nation.

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If others put agreements in place before the U.S., farmers could lose opportunities to export.

Stalled trade deals could lead to loss of market share

Published Aug. 12, 2010

After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.

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Springing Forward

Published Mar. 20, 2014

Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season

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Soy-Based Toner Now Available in Replacement Printer Cartridges

Published Sep. 2, 2009

A soy-based toner created with soybean oil, called AgriTone, is now available for select laser printers.

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Alyssa Holter talks with third-grade students from Southern Elementary in Racine about Holstein cows & how to milk them.

Southern Elementary Student wins free Ohio dairy farm trip for classmates

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program

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Southeast Ohio farm wins environmental award

Published Aug. 13, 2009

An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.

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Some funding for green energy may dry up

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.

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Social Media: Help OFBF lead the way

Published Nov. 12, 2009

OFBF realized that to remain relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers, it had to be proactive. The result is the organization’s venture into social media, where OFBF is visible, engaged and active in the places where people congregate and participate in conversations online.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.

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