News & Events

Big questions about Big Data

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Expert says farmers need to both embrace, be wary of data collection, application

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How local ideas led to AFBF policies

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohioans voting at the meeting debated and discussed a variety of policies and were successful in advancing three recommendations submitted by fellow farmers.

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Attend a workers' compensation safety meeting

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible.

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A look at the 2014 Farm Bill

Published Feb. 12, 2014

A broad overview of programs impacting farmers in the 2014 Farm Bill

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Understand the Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement

Published Feb. 12, 2014

The Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement, which will set voluntary standards for farmers, has been considered for several years. Legislation passed in 2012 paved the way for voluntary programs such as this.

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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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This advisory group is thinking through Farm Bureau's membership model

Published Feb. 12, 2014

At Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting, members called for the establishment of a study group that includes 22 county leaders who would analyze and make recommendations on a new membership model for the organization to ensure its future strength.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS: Nationwide focused on making insurance simpler

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Results of a recent survey commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and conducted by Harris Interactive show that just 40 percent of consumers have read their current insurance policy in its entirety, while just 7 percent described their insurance policy as simple.

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The Beef Checkoff: Securing my future

Published Feb. 12, 2014

In 1985, the Beef Checkoff was started to promote the beef industry. Simply put, $1 from every head sold goes back to the industry. Half of that stays in Ohio and the other half goes to national programs.

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The Capital Challenge program, a collaboration among Ohio 4-H, FFA and OFBF helped strengthen student advocacy skills.

A bright horizon

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau wants to empower the next generation of Ohio food and agricultural advocates.

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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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AgriPOWER Class III in Washington D.C.

My Experience in AgriPOWER

Published Feb. 11, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau member and AgriPOWER Class III graduate Brenda Hastings discusses her experience in AgriPOWER and encourages others to apply.

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What you need to know about landowner liability, trespassing laws

Published Feb. 11, 2014

One problem we consistently hear about from Farm Bureau members is trespassing. Unfortunately, the amount of land that farmers have can often times be enticing to those who want to hike, ride ATVs, or just cause trouble. Members also are often concerned about what their liability is in certain situations, if visitors to their property get hurt. Here are five things to know about Ohio’s trespassing and landowner liability laws.

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Six tips for constructive conversations

Published Feb. 11, 2014

When engaging consumers in conversations about food system issues, try to use these keys to having a productive conversation that builds and further enhances trust:

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Don't get mad at Chipotle

Published Feb. 11, 2014

In what's probably Chipotle's most outrageous attempt to get their customers to think about the food they eat, on February 17 it will debut a new show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous.

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Useful links for landowners

Published Feb. 7, 2014

A few links to other organizations that can help landowners with questions, concerns and problems.

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Understanding OSHA’s oversight

Published Feb. 6, 2014

A recent inspection of an Ohio farm by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration raised qustions about the scope of the agency's oversight. Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law, explains the exemption that has typically applied to small farms.

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What you need to know about OSHA’s inspection of an Ohio farm

Published Feb. 6, 2014

Scott Haerr of Clark County says he was blindsided when inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed up at his family’s grain farm late last year.

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Ag-LINK applications available

Published Feb. 5, 2014

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) through March 12 at 5:00 PM.

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New severance tax bill, how Farm Bureau members say the money should be used

Published Jan. 30, 2014

House Bill 375 was recently introduced in an effort to make changes to the state’s severance tax (the tax that applies when natural resources are “severed” from the earth).

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Federal Update: Renewable Fuels Standards, Appropriations Bill

Published Jan. 30, 2014

An update of two federal issues, Renewable Fuel Standards and the Appropriations Bill, impacting food and farming.

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Nutrient Management bill heads to House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management bill, Senate Bill 150, introduced by Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 23. Ohio Farm Bureau testified in support of the bill and made it a “key vote”, as its provisions met Farm Bureau policy.

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OFBF's David White, director of commodity relations, bi-weekly blog.

Pigs, crates and consumers

Published Jan. 29, 2014

In his weekly blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses pork industry giants Smithfield and Tyson recently announcing plans to develop animal welfare improvements that include moving away from the practice of using gestation crates.

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Farm Bill Passes in House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 251 to 166 to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The Senate could take up the measure as early as tomorrow but more likely early next week.

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Cold weather has farmers keeping an eye on propane supply

Published Jan. 24, 2014

Farmers and other Ohioans who heat with propane may face shortages during the current cold snap.

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