Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.
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- Farm Bureau helping farmers meet their water quality goals
- Restructured Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has $10 million goal
- Protecting, improving agritourism
- Ohio Supreme Court case examines how grain bins are taxed
- A broader look at Ohio’s tax system
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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.
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.
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.
Through OFBF’s county-based “Farmers Feed Our Needs” campaign, Ohio farmers are helping to provide less fortunate Ohioans with safe and healthy food.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST program, which is dedicated to youth education and leadership development.
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.
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.
Ohio Farm Bureau is backing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a framework for making decisions on livestock care in Ohio.
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.
Based on policies developed by its members, OFBF’s board of trustees has set seven public policy priority issues for 2009. These issues will help focus OFBF’s legislative efforts in the coming year.
Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible. That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following statement following the launch of a new Ohio initiative by the Washington D.C. -based Humane Society of the United States.
Ohio Farm Bureau has several state priority issues for 2012, but one can already be marked off the list. With bipartisan support in the Ohio House and Senate, HB 276 will be sent to the governor’s office to be signed.
Ohio Farm Bureau priority issues have been addressed in both the House and Senate versions of the state budget bills. Yesterday, the Ohio Senate passed its version of the budget which will now be sent on to conference committee, to iron out differences with the House version. Listen to Brandon Kern discuss the budget bill and Farm Bureau priorities in them.
Issues call to action for Farm Bureau members, and warns critics that farmers and ranchers will no longer tolerate opponents' efforts to change the landscape of American Agriculture.
A Pike County man recently received a $2,500 reward from Farm Bureau for information he provided to the Pike County Sheriff’s office that led to the arrest and conviction of an individual who committed a crime on the property of a Pike County Farm Bureau member.
Have you ever wondered what it means that Farm Bureau is a “grassroots organization?” This is the time of year to be reminded of the organization’s grassroots policy development process and to get involved in it. Butler County Farm Bureau's work on policy development serves as an example of the beginning of the Farm Bureau grassroots policy development process.
A recent Ohio Supreme Court decision, which had implications for property rights and farmland preservation, protected the ability of local governments to manage growth.