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The Ag Is Cool “prize patrol” delivered prizes to essay contest winners and joined teacher and his class on a field trip

Agriculture really is cool!

Published Dec. 3, 2013

Showing school kids where their food comes from is very important, but few teachers have expertise in agriculture, and it is tough to fund field trips and other learning opportunities. This is where the Ag Is Cool program can help.

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Agriculture's role in food cost discussion

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.

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Joachim Schaeger, a German agricultural administrator, discusses farming issues with members of the AgriPOWER class.

AgriPOWER class explores Washington

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Members of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nation’s capitol.

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AgriPOWER class hears from HSUS rep

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Paul Shapiro, the director of the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Factory Farming Campaign, recently spoke to OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute, a group of individuals wishing to enhance their leadership skills in becoming advocates for agriculture.

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Class V of AgriPOWER Institute at graduation.

AgriPOWER Class V graduates

Published Apr. 10, 2013

AgriPOWER Institute Class V has graduated. Ohio Farm Bureau's Callie Wells, member of Class V, provides her thoughts on the relationships built and value of the leadership program.

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AgriPOWER Class VI is in session

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Rebekah Headings discusses her experience with the first session of the leadership program.

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AgriPOWER graduates 22 advocates

Published Apr. 16, 2010

A class of 22 recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership training program launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues.

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Members of AgriPOWER Class Three

AgriPOWER Institute developing new leaders

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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AgriPOWER Institute Class IV

AgriPOWER Institute graduates its fourth class, begins the search for Class V

Published Mar. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.

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AgriPOWER Institute seeks applicants

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute, which equips farmers and agricultural professionals with the leadership skills needed to be influencers in public policy issues that impact their businesses.

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Dale Vodraska of Rittman Orchards, left, talking to Class V about the orchard.

AgriPOWER participants hone conversation skills

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.

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AgriPOWER’s second class in session

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Twenty-two Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture

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Agritourism broadly defines businesses that allow visitors to take part in agricultural activities.

Agritourism: How can we help?

Published Oct. 8, 2013

We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?

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Alert system guards against metal theft

Published Mar. 26, 2009

OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmers’ concerns over metal theft.

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Pat Hord says its not the size of his farm, but a passion for feeding people that motivates his family.

All ideas needed to address food production challenges

Published Oct. 12, 2011

If nothing else, the nation’s ongoing discussion about food production has revealed the complexity of issues relating to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

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American Farm Bureau acquires leading events, publications

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The purchase includes five IDEAg branded farm shows – Minnesota Farmfest, Dakotafest, Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference. The business also publishes Feed & Grain Magazine and Case IH’s Farm Forum magazine.

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From left, OFBF President Steve Hirsch, First Vice President Sparky Weilnau and state trustee Keith Truckor.

American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Farmers develop national policy

Published Feb. 15, 2012

As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, farmers at American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting laid out a plan to preserve the core purpose of the federal legislation while recognizing the nation’s fiscal situation.

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American Farm Bureau appeals Chesapeake Bay ruling

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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American Farm Bureau backs Health Insurance Tax Credit

Published Sep. 22, 2009

Health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for farmers and ranchers and must be reduced so that they do not burden farm and ranch businesses with costs they cannot afford, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members of the Senate Finance Committee.

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American Farm Bureau makes recommendations on farm bill spending

Published Oct. 12, 2011

American Farm Bureau is asking Congress to spread farm bill cuts across key program areas. The organization’s proposal represents a balance of multiple commodity and regional interests.

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American Farm Bureau Supports Halt to EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislative efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to stop an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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American Farm Bureau urges Senate Ag Committee to move Farm Bill forward

Published Apr. 24, 2012

Numerous provisions of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s draft farm bill follow the American Farm Bureau Federation’s core principles for “rational, acceptable farm policy,” but there is room for adjustments to improve the legislation. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman delivered that message to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders in a letter today following a meeting of the organization’s board of directors.

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Amid budget cuts, Extension moves ahead with reorganization

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Reduced funding forces layoffs, and more are projected

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Robert and Autumn Morrison won the use of a Kubota tractor through the Outstanding Young Farmer contest.

Among the best

Published Dec. 23, 2009

2009 was yet another award-winning year for the Ohio Farm Bureau and its county Farm Bureaus.

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AgriPOWER class members visited American Farm Bureau's offices to learn about the lawmaking process.

An inside look at Washington

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER class recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their fifth session.

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