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OFBF by the numbers

Published Dec. 23, 2009

OFBF is a federation of county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties. The organization reached a record membership of 235,064 in 2009. Nearly 60,000 of those members are farmers who each get one vote on the organization's polices. The retention rate for membership in the Ohio Farm Bureau this year was 89.86 percent.

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A new era for the Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Dec. 23, 2009

In 2009, Ohio Farm Bureau finalized a plan to ensure its future viability. More than 2,800 participants provided input into the 250 page plan titled "Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era." The process resulted in the following updated vision statetment for the organization: "Ohio Farm Bureau's Vision is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs, addresses public expectations and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace." The plan also identifies Farm Bureau's core values as Integrity and Honesty, Grassroots Involvement, Promoting Agriculture, Member Advocacy and Teamwork.

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In 2009, farmers worked to debate & establish positions on important issues & advocated for Ohio ag at all levels.

True to our roots

Published Dec. 23, 2009

As Ohio Farm Bureau reflects on another year of accomplishments, it is appropriate to revisit this fundamental question: "Who is Ohio Farm Bureau?"

Hint: It's not a team of hired professionals in an office building in Columbus.

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OFB Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing ag-related degrees

Published Dec. 22, 2009

Students with a traditional farm background, as well as those coming from suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected to agriculture, are invited to apply for three scholarships supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

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Lindsay Hill and Andy Vance, front, and Brandon and Julia Weber, rear, will compete in Seattle in January.

On their way to Seattle

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of DeGraff and Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington were winners in Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer contests and will represent Ohio during the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle Jan. 10 and 11.

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OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

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Larry Gearhardt

Gearhardt appointed to AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors has appointed three new members to serve on the AFBF General Counsel Advisory Committee through 2011. AFBF has a distinguished history of selective participation in litigation matters that implement and advance Farm Bureau’s policies.

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Bill would establish Ohio Agriculture Week

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Citing the contributions of Ohio’s farmers to the economy and the state’s rich agricultural heritage, OFBF testified in favor of a bill that would designate the week of Thanksgiving as Ohio Agriculture Week.

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To the highest bidder

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Members & guests at OFBF's 91st annual meeting had their choice of unique gifts highlighting Ohio’s rural communities & OFBF’s corporate friends in the OFB Foundation Rural-Urban Community Auction.

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Animal disease outbreak courses scheduled for January

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Training sessions will be held throughout Ohio in January to help communities prepare for an animal disease outbreak.

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Wyandot County postcard is voters’ pick

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Wyandot County Farm Bureau was the People’s Choice winner in this year’s “Growing a Masterpiece” art exhibit. Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors the contest, which asks local Farm Bureaus to develop artistic representations of agriculture in their county.

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Ohioans win free groceries for a year

Published Dec. 17, 2009

A promotion that invited Ohio consumers to learn more about the farmers who produce their food has provided three Ohioans with free groceries for a year.

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OFBF testifies in favor of ODA administering part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has the expertise needed to administer parts of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Legislative Relations Chris Henney recently told Ohio lawmakers.

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by George Stadtlander, Chief Managed Care Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Medical Mutual of Ohio’s view of healthcare reform

Published Dec. 17, 2009

As healthcare reform legislation makes it way through Congress, you should know that Medical Mutual of Ohio is not opposed to reform. We agree that some sort of reform, which will affect rural Ohio as much as urban Ohio, is necessary.

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Volunteers’ efforts drive OFBF’s growth

Published Dec. 17, 2009

The following Farm Bureau volunteers have been named to the prestigious Ambassador Club for the high degree of success they achieved during the membership campaign. Each signed a minimum of 10 new Farm Bureau members.

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AFBF's chief economist said the pork industry is facing challenges that will fundamentally alter it.

Dairy, pork industries hit hard, slowly starting to recover

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Both the U.S. dairy and pork industries need to drastically reduce the number of cattle and hogs in order to raise prices and have production be more in balance with demand, ag economists said.

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Nationwide CEO cites bond with farmers

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Nationwide Insurance CEO Steve Rasmussen told delegates at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting that the company cherishes the long-standing relationship with its founder.

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Farmers challenged to take on their critics

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Jay Lehr kicked off Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting with a challenge to the farmers in attendance.

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OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher told farmers that HSUS would not give up without a fight.

OFBF leaders celebrate Issue 2, realize work ahead

Published Dec. 17, 2009

OFBF President Brent Porteus and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher addressed annual meeting delegates, focusing on State Issue 2, its significance and what lies ahead.

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Ohio Farm Bureau trustees, officers elected

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Brent Porteus of Coshocton has been re-elected president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and to serve as District 12 trustee, serving members from Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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The Envisioned Future Report gathered input from more than 2,800 Ohio Farm Bureau members

New strategic plan will guide Ohio Farm Bureau

Published Dec. 17, 2009

A 250-page strategic plan titled Ohio Farm Bureau's Envisioned Future — The New Era was developed in 2009 to guide the organization in coming years.

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Farmers who were locally elected in every Ohio county voted on OFBF policy at the annual meeting.

Hundreds of farmers set OFBF policies for 2010

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Three hundred and forty six delegates represented their county Farm Bureaus and voted on policies that will shape the direction of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) in 2010 at the organization’s 91st annual meeting in Cincinnati this month.

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Jack Fisher, OFBF executive vice president

Jack Fisher: Ohio Ag Man of the Year

Published Dec. 15, 2009

Ohio Farmer Editor Tim White named OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher his Ohio Ag Man of the Year for his leadership on livestock issues and the passage of Issue 2 in November.

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OFBF's Chris Henney testified in favor of the bill

Bill will allow ODA to administer part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 10, 2009

Passed in the Senate Wednesday, a bill to help facilitate the transfer of the NPDES program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity to ODA from Ohio EPA is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Brent Porteus was elected to serve his second one-year term as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Farm Bureau elects 2010 leadership

Published Dec. 9, 2009

President Porteus re-elected, three new members join board of trustees

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