Ohio Farm Bureauís Community Council program provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau members to come together to discuss local issues and then take action. Hereís an example of how the Farmers R Us Community Council, made up of seven couples in Van Wert County, took on Ag in the Classroom as one of their community activities for the year.
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Dealing with government can be intimidating. But public participation is necessary to ensure policymakers understand the needs of their constituents, that rules are reasonable and programs are responsive to taxpayers. Thatís where Farm Bureau can help. It provides its members with a number of opportunities to connect with public officials, to learn about laws and regulations and to shape the debate. The organizationís grassroots process gives it its credibility and its power.
Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasichís broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohioís tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.
Nationwide explains how to apply ergonomics to farm work, to reduce stress on the body and increase safety.
Ohio State agricultural communication student and Collegiate Young Farmersí Farm Bureau Liaison Kelly Fager explains why she is involved in the club and the goals the officers set for the club in the upcoming year.
The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.
Director of Political Education Doug Foxx discusses several events recently sponsored by AGGPAC, and shares how members can keep the lines of communication open and work toward creating stronger relationships with government officials.
Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.
Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Yvonne Lesicko gives an update on immigration reform and the inclusion of solutions for agriculture in the recently introduced immigration reform bill.
Yvonne Lesicko, OFBF senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs, discusses where Farm Bill progress stands.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced his intent to transfer $156 million from the direct payment program to several other Farm Service Agency programs due to sequestration cuts. Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses this announcement.
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.
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.
Springtime means that farmers are busy with preparing for and starting planting. Ohio State Universityís Ag Safety and Health Program's Health and Safety Coordinator Kent McGuire recently shared some reminders and information to keep farmers and others safe on the farm, and around farm equipment.
Planting season is fully underway in Ohio. Here's a peek at updates directly from Ohio farmers as they work to get their crops in the ground.
With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America.
Networking and staying involved in the farming community are key for young people in the agriculture industry. Ohio Farm Bureauís Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) program for 18 to 35-year-olds, provides many opportunities for young people in agriculture to further develop themselves.
The U.S. Department of Agricultureís Farm Service Agency announced that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, resumed May 8.
Farmers are in fields, neighbors are in gardens, and Ohio's county Farm Bureaus are gearing up for a summer full of activities. Catch up with what's happening this month.
Many farmers utilize all purpose vehicles (APV) or all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on their farms. While APVs can be extremely helpful to farmers, they can also create problems when they are used to trespass on farm property. Ohio Farm Bureau has a brochure available to members in its legal information series that covers issues related to APVs that farmers may encounter.
When Iím assigned to visit a farm and capture a story about Ohio agriculture, I find things work best when I generally stay out of the way. Thatís especially true when the story is about rounding up a few thousand-pound animals that were intentionally set loose.
The Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture have both marked up and reported out Farm Bills this week. Both bills passed respective committees. It is anticipated that the Senate bill will have floor consideration by the full Senate next week. The House has not yet scheduled the bill for a floor vote but the ultimate deadline is September 30 when the current 9-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires.
Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohioís farm and agribusiness community will be honored Aug. 2 by the Ohio Agricultural Council, when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohioís farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition, in partnership with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Mid-America, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Neighbor of the Year awards, which recognizes two rural residents Ė one farmer and one non-farmer.
Energy development projects are popping up very quickly across Ohio, particularly pipeline projects. Learn what you can do to prepare for situations like the ones being seen across the state right now.