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Farm Income Enhancement Program marks 20th anniversary

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Today, the program is so successful that it has drawn the attention of ag groups in other states and other land-grant universities.

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Farm groups outline concerns with climate regulations

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio farm organizations recently sent a letter to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown asking him to carefully consider the unintended environmental and economic impacts of climate change legislation.

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Five Ohio farm families were reconginzed during Farm Science Review for their efforts to protect natural resources.

Farm families recognized for conservation

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Five Ohio farm families, each members of Ohio Farm Bureau, were recognized with the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award.

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Farm Factor Draws a Crowd

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Ross County Farm Bureau's progressive farm tour dinner shows how Farm Bureau is uniquely positioned to bring the "agri-curious" into contact with their farmer neighbors to answer questions, build community and have some fun. Pat Petzel shares her take in this blog post.

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From L: Mike Bumgarner accepts a $50,000 check from FCS’s Andrew Wilson, Roger Earley and George Stebbins

Farm Credit Services makes $100,000 commitment to support livestock farmers

Published Sep. 2, 2009

The agricultural lending cooperative Farm Credit Services is giving $100,000 to support two initiatives that aim to advance Ohio’s livestock community.

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From left, OFBF's Mike Bumgarner with Farm Credit Services directors Andrew Wilson, Roger Earley and George Stebbins

Farm Credit Services makes $100,000 commitment to support livestock farmers

Published Sep. 10, 2009

The agricultural lending cooperative Farm Credit Services is giving $100,000 to support two initiatives that aim to advance Ohio’s livestock community.

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Joe Cornely

Farm community’s efforts on water quality attract attention

Published Feb. 12, 2013

After 20 years as a reporter and another 15 doing media relations, I can usually sense whether a news story is going to be a big deal or not. This one surprised me a little.

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Ohio Farm Bureau sponsored a recent conference examining ways farmers could help improve water quality in Lake Erie.

Farm community addresses water quality issues in Grand Lake St. Marys, Lake Erie

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Ohio’s farm community has been coming together to discuss and look for solutions to water quality and nutrient management challenges in the state. Of particular concern is Grand Lake St. Marys and the western Lake Erie Basin.

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Farm certified agents show commitment to customers

Published Aug. 13, 2009

The better your insurance agent knows and understands your farming operation, the more he or she can act as your trusted partner helping ensure you have the insurance coverages you need while helping keep your farm insurance costs reasonable.

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Steve Hirsch

Farm Bureau’s potential

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.

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Farm Bureau’s position on Ohio’s biennial budget bill

Published Jun. 27, 2013

After extensive deliberation, Ohio Farm Bureau's board of trustees voted to approve this budget bill, which provides support for many critical programs for the agricultural community.

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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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Farm Bureau: Ditch the U.S. EPA’s proposed water rule

Published May. 8, 2014

Everyday farming practices, including fence building, planting and fertilizer application, could be affected by a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. In March the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its proposed rule, which would expand the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the CWA and give them jurisdiction over almost all areas with a hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches.

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Volunteers donated their time and efforts in a massive cabbage harvest in Sandusky County.

Farm Bureau, volunteers rally to feed Ohio’s hungry

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Through OFBF’s county-based “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign, Ohio farmers are helping to provide less fortunate Ohioans with safe and healthy food.

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OFBF and OAAE believe proposed rule could limit opportunities for agriculture students.

Farm Bureau, Ag Educators concerned about proposed farm youth labor regulations

Published Dec. 8, 2011

New regulations as proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would limit the opportunity for kids under the age of 16 to work on the nation's farms.

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Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

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Farm Bureau working to protect Ohio cheese producers

Published Apr. 25, 2014

If the European Union has its way, U.S. cheese producers won’t be able to use European names such as Parmesan, asiago, feta and muenster because the EU says they are “geographical indications” and can only be displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe. But some of Ohio’s cheese producers have been making cheese the way their European ancestors did many generations ago.

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Bill Lowe

Farm Bureau volunteers help grow their organization

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award

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Farm Bureau tax reform issues

Published Apr. 24, 2013

Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses Farm Bureau concerns with federal tax reform that were addressed with working groups of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Farm Bureau task force looks to the future

Published Apr. 16, 2009

A task force launched to reexamine the direction of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recently embarked on a series of town hall meetings as it prepares to make recommendations about the future of the organization.

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Farm Bureau supports youth cattle program

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, which is dedicated to youth education and leadership development.

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Farm Bureau supports resolutions to stop EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

Published Mar. 12, 2010

Is the "cow tax" back on the table? EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses could open the door to taxing emissions produced naturally by farm animals.

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Farm Bureau supports Issue 2 in May election

Published Apr. 2, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Board of Trustees has voted to support passage of State Issue 2 on the May ballot. Issue 2 would authorize a change in location for the Columbus casino, which was approved by Ohio voters last November.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers along with the governor are supporting a new proposal on caring for livestock.

Farm Bureau supports ballot measure on livestock care

Published Jun. 22, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is backing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a framework for making decisions on livestock care in Ohio.

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Farm Bureau supporting restored funding to SWCDs

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting provisions in a bill to re-establish full funding for important services that are regularly rendered on behalf of agriculture.

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