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Small business advocate discusses challenges facing Ohio

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS Sharing rural roads safely

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Driving defensively is important for all drivers but is especially critical for farm machinery operators.

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From left: J.L. Draganic, Jim Croskey, Cynthia Koonce, Tom LeFevre, Bill Shoup,Lucy Sondles and Don Sharp.

Farm Bureau members receive stewardship, good neighbor awards

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Five farmers, two rural residents receive awards.

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Conservation advocate Josh Knights (left) joined Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher in a conversation on 'Town Hall Ohio.'.

Conservation group’s director discusses partnerships with farmers

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Josh Knights discussed the work of The Nature Conservancy.

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At www.gmoanswers.com, the public can ask questions about GMO technology and learn more about how it is used.

Website extends conversation about GMOs

Published Sep. 20, 2013

American Farm Bureau Federation is a supporting partner of a new website that seeks to help consumers find answers to questions about GMOs.

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Fill out the form below to request the interactive e-Learning Unit on Ohio Soils and 4R Nutrient Stewardship

Learning more about Ohio soils and nutrients

Published Sep. 18, 2013

Our second e-learning unit on water quality/nutrient management is now available for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This unit will provide you with a better understanding of the methods for soil sampling, how the soil test results relate to crop fertility recommendations and the steps to take to develop a nutrient management plan.

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Sen Peterson & JCARR's Whitney Patterson talk about rulewatchohio.gov

Website allows citizens to track, get updates on rules affecting them

Published Sep. 12, 2013

Former Ohio Farm Bureau President and current state senator Bob Peterson shares more about a new website allowing you to track rules that may affect your farm, business or family.

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David Fikes, VP of consumer/community affairs & communications for the Food Marketing Institute speaking to OLC.

Customers: Empowered, Informed, Entitled

Published Sep. 11, 2013

In this blog, Dr. Leah C. Dorman, Ohio Farm Bureau director of food programs, discusses what she and other attendees of the Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting learned about sharing their story with empowered, informed and entitled customers.

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Join Leah Curtis for a series of CAUV meetings this autumn.

Online meetings explain CAUV increase in 23 counties

Published Sep. 5, 2013

Landowners in 23 counties with property enrolled in the current agricultural use valuation program (CAUV) will once again see an increase in CAUV values. Ohio Farm Bureau offers online meetings for members to share why.

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Employers required to notify workers by Oct 1

Published Sep. 3, 2013

All employers have a new deadline to meet under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You are required to inform employees about what – if any – health insurance you will provide them and the employee’s ability to purchase health insurance coverage through state or federally administered insurance exchanges. The deadline is Oct. 1.

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Why Usefulness trumps Awesomeness with Consumers

Published Aug. 30, 2013

At a time when all the world’s information can fit in your pocket, the rules for remaining relevant to your customers are quickly changing. Whether you’re using social media to agvocate or to try to do business, how do you rise above the noise?

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Join Ohio Farm Bureau at Farm Science Review

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Farm Science Review visitors are invited to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Friday Avenue and Beef Street to talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.

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Capital Challenge first place team - Ag Ed Policy Development.

Capital Challenge proved teens are amazing

Published Aug. 29, 2013

Teens from 4-H, FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau came together at the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to answer the question, “My community would be better if…” In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel discusses learning from the Capital Challenge why teens should be engaged in solving problems and improving their communities.

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Opportunities for agricultural education

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Recently, we asked where we should invest in agricultural education. Here's what you told us.

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A bird's eye view inside the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair.

Five tips for successful event management

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel recently shared friendraising ideas he learned to engage fairgoers at the Ohio State Fair. In this blog he shares how making some last-minute improvements allowed our guests have a much better experience.

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OFBF staff Kern and Lesicko at the Quasar digester in Wooster on a recent tour of ATI and OARDC.

Ushering in agriculture’s next generation of leaders

Published Aug. 22, 2013

More and more young people are pursuing higher education degrees in agriculture. In turn, our industry is reaping the benefits of a workforce with diverse experience, higher levels of technological expertise and hands-on experience that will help us tackle agriculture’s next set of challenges. In this blog, OFBF Director of State Policy Brandon Kern discusses several programs preparing the next generation.

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Congressman Bob Latta discussing farm policy during a tour in Van Wert and Mercer counties.

Farm Bureau members keep elected officials busy during break

Published Aug. 22, 2013

While Congress and the Ohio General Assembly have both been on “break” over the last few weeks, Farm Bureau policy advocacy has been in full swing. Ohio Farm Bureau members have been busy attending town hall meetings, farm tours and discussions with their elected officials, sharing their personal farm stories and how policy is impacting them.

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Best of the songs of ‘Town Hall Ohio’

Published Aug. 22, 2013

If you're a regular listener to the radio show Town Hall Ohio, you know show host Joe Cornely has fun matching the show's topics to songs that fit the theme. Joe is a music buff and supplied us with his list of favorite show topics and songs that fit nicely together. Who knew there was a song about bio products made from soybeans?

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Comment period extended for Food Safety Modernization Act rules

Published Aug. 20, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period to Nov. 15 for the produce safety rule and the preventive controls for human food rule which implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Ohio Farm Bureau is in the process of drafting comments and is interested in members’ concerns regarding these proposed rules.

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Visitors to the Ag & Hort Building were able to do and see many fun things, including chicks hatching.

Four friendraising tips that attracted fairgoers

Published Aug. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery Darrell Rubel shares four takeaways from his experience being a part of the team charged to do something different with the Ag and Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair this year.

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The First Place Capital Challenge Team.

Capital Challenge winners advocate a better understanding of agriculture

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Engaging young people in democracy was the goal of the first ever Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.

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Federal Policy Issues Update

Published Aug. 14, 2013

With Congress on recess for the summer, here’s a brief look at where we stand on three key issues.

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House subcommittee members

Butler County hosts House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Butler County Farm Bureau helped coordinate a subcommittee meeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at the Butler County Fair July 24.

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Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard talks about state government, civic engagement and Ohio agriculture with Jack Fisher, OFBF.

Our conversation with Rep. Heard

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Ohio House Minority Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard recently sat down for a conversation on Ohio Farm Bureau’s Town Hall Ohio to share her perspectives on taxes, the economy and other issues impacting the state.

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On the water

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio along with public officials and water quality advocates recently traveled to Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie to learn about water quality issues as well as research that could help farmers provide solutions.

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What insights do you have for agricultural education?

Published Aug. 14, 2013

The definition of agricultural education can be very broad, which makes it difficult to decide where to focus resources. A significant challenge that needs to be addressed is what responsibility Farm Bureau has on this issue and where should we engage.

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When consumers weigh in on farm policy

Published Aug. 14, 2013

In the July/August edition of Our Ohio magazine, we asked consumers to give us their thoughts on new Food and Drug Administration produce rules intended to improve safety. In the end, more than 150 people filled out our survey and many submitted additional comments describing their concerns.

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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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NATIONWIDE NEWS Agritainment exposures increase liability

Published Aug. 14, 2013

Before exposing your farm to the public, consider the need for increased protection.

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What’s going on with water quality at the Statehouse?

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Dr. Larry Antosch summarizes SB 150, regarding nutrient management that has been introduced at the Ohio Statehouse.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Leadership Development Chip Nelson

New presidents searching for new direction

Published Aug. 13, 2013

Director of Leadership Development, Chip Nelson, discusses his recent experience working with a group of leaders at Ohio Farm Bureau's new presidents training.

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Animals for Life foundation selects Recipients of 2013 Grants

Published Aug. 12, 2013

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected 11 projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2013 fiscal year.

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Ohio Farm Bureau supports member urging Ohio Supreme Court to accept case

Published Aug. 7, 2013

Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of legal education, explains why Farm Bureau is supporting an Ohio Supreme Court case pursued by a member who suffered significant losses after a county drainage project caused his tomato field to flood.

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Farmers invited to build trust at 16th annual Ohio Livestock Coalition meeting

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Ohio farmers are invited to learn more about animal welfare, consumer concerns and building trust in agriculture during the Ohio Livestock Coalition's industry symposium and annual meeting Sept. 6.

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Eleven stops, 120 ATVs, 280 people and one great tour

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Eleven stops, 120 ATVs and 280 people were the makings of one great tour. Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently partnered to put on an ATV conservation tour. Watch this video to see photos and hear about the tour.

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Fill out the form below to request Ohio Farm Bureau's interactive e-Learning Unit on Harmful Algal Blooms

Improving Ohio’s Water: Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms from the Farm

Published Jul. 31, 2013

We all have a role in protecting Ohio’s valuable and plentiful water resources. Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to view a new e-Learning tool to help them apply practices to reduce Harmful Algal Blooms.

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Watch Ohio Farm Bureau's Home Canning and Food Preservation meeting below.

Learning How to Preserve the Food You Grow

Published Jul. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau recently held an online food preservation meeting discussing freezing and water bath techniques. Watch the recording of this meeting and bulk up your food preservation IQ.

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July 2013 County Farm Bureau Roundup

Published Jul. 23, 2013

Summertime is fun time for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Check out what fun things Farm Bureau is up to and things you can do in your neck of the woods in this month’s County Farm Bureau Roundup.

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The Food Dialogues: Ohio

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Join us for a conversation about food production, farming technologies and protecting the environment. We invite you to join a discussion let bay a panel of experts, farmers and thought leaders for a dynamic conversation about the future of food.

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Movie Night on the Farm attendees watching "Hoodwinked" after an evening full of fun on the farm.

Auglaize County Farm Bureau’s Movie Night on the Farm

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Auglaize County Farm Bureau's Movie on the Farm event was full of fun activities, and opportunities for conversations about Farm Bureau and agriculture. Organization Director Jill Smith shares her experience and thoughts about the event in this blog post.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members can request a recording of this webinar via the form below.

Three Questions and Answers about Spill Prevention Control

Published Jul. 22, 2013

We get a lot of calls into the office about whether a farm needs a spill plan – the official title is Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures – and honestly, it is a bit of a maze to determine but the experts at U.S. EPA who walked us through it on the webinar made the process manageable.

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How one local group is aiming to promote food, farms and community

Published Jul. 22, 2013

A local Farm Bureau Community council is taking it upon itself to launch a program bringing local chefs to a local farmers market to showcase how to prepare fresh foods.

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Agricultural organizations learn about equipment used to test the water leaving a field tile on Terry McClure's farm.

Farmers, allies step up efforts to protect water

Published Jul. 22, 2013

As the peak season approaches for harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie, Ohio agriculture will continue to be in the public spotlight for its impact on water quality.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman

AFBF files suit to protect farmers’ privacy

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ right to privacy is a top priority, said the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Up for Discussion

Published Jul. 22, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process gives all active members an equal say in directing the organization. While you’re encouraged to bring up any issues important to you, here are a few current policy issues for you to consider.

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More than 2,000 people enjoyed the BBQ burnoff event, which raise more than $6,500 for Community Hospice of Tuscarawas.

Tuscarawas County BBQ burnoff pulls together community, raises money for charity

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau took the idea of hosting a barbecue burnoff and turned it into an event that pulled together the community, raised money for a local hospice and promoted Farm Bureau, Nationwide and OSU Extension.

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Hancock County helps erect farm machinery caution signs

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Hancock County Farm Bureau has purchased 75 Caution--Farm Machinery signs to put up on county and township roads.

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Battelle for Kids helps school districts prepare students for the future

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Battelle offers a wide array of school improvement services to educators nationwide.

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Tips for trouble-free RV travel

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Nationwide Insurance has compiled five years of RV claims data that show tire problems and roof damage are two of the leading issues its customers face.

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Ohio State Trustee and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus (left) joined Gee at the Statehouse event.

Gathered for Gee

Published Jul. 18, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio commodity organizations recently sponsored “A Tribute To E. Gordon Gee” with the members of the Ohio General Assembly in recognition of his contributions to the state and Ohio agriculture.

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