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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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Farm Bureau members gathered to discuss issues affecting Ohio agriculture as part of Ohio Farm Bureau's Advisory Teams.

Advisory Teams meet to discuss issues, policy

Published Apr. 9, 2013

Advisory teams met March 26 to discuss top issues facing agriculture in Ohio, and suggest policies and programs Ohio Farm Bureau should support. In an audio clip accompanying her column, Director of Commodity Relations Sandy Kuhn explains what the Advisory Teams are and their purpose.

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Ohio Farm Bureau hosting blogger workshops this summer

Published Apr. 5, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau invites members to full-day workshops devoted to blogging for beginners and more advanced users.

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Reps. Tim Derickson, Wes Rutherford, Margaret Conditt and Sen. Bill Coley at Butler County Farm Bureau's policy meeting.

Farm Bureau policy starts with members

Published Apr. 3, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it means that Farm Bureau is a “grassroots organization?” This is the time of year to be reminded of the organization’s grassroots policy development process and to get involved in it. Butler County Farm Bureau's work on policy development serves as an example of the beginning of the Farm Bureau grassroots policy development process.

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250 Ohio State students gathered to have a conversation about farming and where their food comes from.

How Ohio State students made a difference and why you should care

Published Apr. 2, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides part two of his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.

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Collegiate Young Farmers' Farm to Fork Food Dialogues brought a variety of food interests together at once.

Farm to Fork Food Dialogue: A Feast for the Mind

Published Apr. 1, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.

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Higher crop prices suggest increase to Grain Indemnity Program fund needed

Published Mar. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau supports Senate Bill 66 which would make several changes to Ohio’s indemnity program, including an increase in the fund cap to $15 million. The bill has passed a Senate floor vote and is now headed to the House Agriculture committee. Currently the indemnity fund is statutorily capped at $10 million, but since the last fund cap, corn prices have increased approximately 225 percent, soybeans increased 147 percent and wheat increased 191 percent.

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Turnpike legislation, transportation budget align with Farm Bureau policy

Published Mar. 21, 2013

As the combined turnpike legislation and transportation budget head to the Governor for his signature, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of State Policy Brandon Kern takes a look back at the success Farm Bureau has had in working with lawmakers throughout the process to include provisions addressing concerns raised by Farm Bureau members during policy development.

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Truck weight law reminders

Published Mar. 21, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis has received several calls recently about variances for gross vehicle weight, axle weight and tire weight limits. Here are six reminders from Curtis to clear up any confusion.

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Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown: Tell them about your passion

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Highland County Farm Bureau Vice President Nathan Brown shares his thoughts on Farm Bureau membership.

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Ralph Coffman speaks with leaders.

Trip to Washington provides a platform for local leaders

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The purpose of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual county presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C. is for local Farm Bureau leaders to have conversations with their lawmakers about legislation and regulation and to represent the voices of Farm Bureau members in their counties.

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Larry Antosch

Rural homeowners face new rules for sewage treatment

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The Ohio Department of Health is working to update its rules for home sewage treatment systems in order to better protect the environment and human health.

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Carroll County board connects with Community Councils

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Community Councils are discussion groups of friends and neighbors who meet regularly to talk about ideas and opportunities to take action on the issues affecting them.

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Joe Maxwell, from HSUS

Exploring leadership and activism

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.

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Nationwide News: Beyond qualified. Certified.

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Nationwide understands farmers and ranchers are looking for more than an insurance agent. You want a trusted adviser.

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Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch

What do you think? Proposed water quality, nutrient management legislation

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch, gives a history of water quality and nutrient management issues in Ohio leading to a draft of proposed changes to the Ohio Revised Code dealing with nutrient management. He asks Farm Bureau members to give input on on the proposed changes.

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Osswald (Left at microphone) comments on the FDA's proposed produce safety rules at a public hearing in Chicago.

Ohio farmer comments on proposed FDA rules

Published Mar. 13, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Lane Osswald from Preble County recently traveled to Chicago to comment on proposed produce food safety rules, at one of three public hearings, on behalf of Ohio farmers.

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Many farmers are already counted – are you one? Complete the Ag Census

Published Mar. 13, 2013

The deadline for submitting Ag Census forms was Feb. 4, and 1.4 million census forms have already been returned. However, those farmers who did not respond by the original due date will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. USDA reminds farmers that their farm is important and needs to be counted. It is required by law to respond to the census if you receive a form. NASS will start following up with nonrespondents by March 14 through either a phone call or visit.

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Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis conducted a members-only CAUV web meeting in February.

Web events an early hit with Farm Bureau members

Published Mar. 12, 2013

Imagine sitting at home in your comfy clothes, kicking up your feet in your favorite chair and having access to all the Farm Bureau experts and information you want, live or on-demand...all at the click of a button.

That’s what we’re doing, and you’re telling us you appreciate it.

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Preparing Students for 2050

Published Mar. 12, 2013

The year 2050 seems like a long way off. To an ag teacher or employer, it’s just around the corner. How do you best prepare students to be innovative stewards of the future?

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Janet Cassidy

CIFT highlights food's path from farm to plate

Published Mar. 8, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Marketing Communications Janet Cassidy shares insight from her day at the Center for Innovative Food Technology's Ohio Food Industry Expo.

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Ohio Farm Bureau reviewing governor's budget proposal

Published Feb. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy Adam Sharp says the organization is digging into the details of Gov. Kasich's two-year budget proposal. In this audio briefing, Sharp highlights agriculture's line items including Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio State University. Sharp also reviews the policies included in the budget such as nutrient management, rural schools, the Ohio Turnpike and severance and income taxes.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Feb. 27, 2013

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents will be taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 4-6. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state, and the farmers on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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Do you need an oil spill plan?

Published Feb. 26, 2013

The compliance date for farms to have Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans is May 10.

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Scioto County Farm Bureau President Wyatt Bates is featured in this month's Round-up.

February 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Feb. 20, 2013

There’s quite the list of opportunities across the state in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up. Scholarships are available, meetings on all sorts of key issues are being held, community breakfasts are being served, and more.

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Ohio Farm Bureau counting on conversation in 2013

Published Feb. 19, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is launching a pilot program this year to quantify the conversations its members have about building trust in food, farming and agriculture. “Project 155” will kick off in conjunction with “Conversation with EASE” training sessions this winter at various county Farm Bureau meetings.

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Innovation, cooperation on display at OEFFA conference

Published Feb. 19, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Seth Teter shares a number of insights gleaned from his time at the 2013 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference. Many of these efforts emphasized the value of increased coordination among both farmers and consumers.

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Darrell Rubel

A Capitol Challenge: Unlocking Teen Leadership Potential

Published Feb. 15, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery, Darrell Rubel, gives an encouraging recap of a new partnership between Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Ohio 4-H that is helping teens take an active role in public policy and impact their local communities.

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OLC provides funding for water quality, nutrient management programs

Published Feb. 13, 2013

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) recently announced that funding is available for Ohio organizations interested in hosting meetings for farmers and farm managers on water quality and nutrient management education.

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Keeping land in agriculture through CAUV

Published Feb. 13, 2013

Paul Harrison, Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee from Fostoria, recently spoke at a county Farm Bureau membership kick-off meeting and talked about the importance of CAUV. In this audio clip, he spells out the tax savings a landowner receives and why beneficiaries of CAUV should be Farm Bureau members.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman (left) congratulates OFBF President Steve Hirsch, a farmer from Ross County.

Ohio farmers take the stage at national meeting

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff traveled to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Nationwide Insurance also showed its support for Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members gathered at the Statehouse in 2011 to help eliminate the estate tax.

Estate tax changes mean more certainty for farmers

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act

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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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Lobbying via video

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Guernsey County Farm Bureau uses electronic communication to meet with legislators.

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Daniel Bock

Do the big shots make the calls, or is it the grassroots?

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Medina County farmer Dan Bock was asked to participate on Ohio Farm Bureau's policy development committee. His first question was 'Am I qualified?'

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Member Savings

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Latest member savings on GM vehicles, Grainger and Choice Hotels

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Nationwide Insurance warns about increased risks for homeowners during winter

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Simple safety steps can prevent millions of dollars in frozen pipe damage.

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Sheriff Tim Bailey, reward recipient Steven Mattix and Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Supervisor Connie Ward.

County Farm Bureaus present $2,500 rewards

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Several reward checks have been presented recently to individuals for providing information to law enforcement agencies that led to the arrest and convictions of those committing felony acts while on the property of Farm Bureau members.

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Farm Bureau members discuss local issues during a Community Council session at a recent leadership meeting.

Power through people

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Sandy Kuhn is leading the effort to take the organization’s Advisory Council program back to its roots — connecting people to make a difference on the issues that impact their way of life.

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Joe Cornely

Farm community’s efforts on water quality attract attention

Published Feb. 12, 2013

After 20 years as a reporter and another 15 doing media relations, I can usually sense whether a news story is going to be a big deal or not. This one surprised me a little.

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Alan and Kristin Hudson

A farmer wins in court, at a cost

Published Feb. 12, 2013

In Maryland, a recent court case highlighted just how much a constructive approach to protecting the environment is needed.

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Ag Linked Deposit program applications available

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s 28th year of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK). Applications are due March 13 at 5:00 PM.

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Comments being sought on new deer hunting regulations

Published Feb. 11, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has proposed several changes to Ohio hunting regulations including a plan to replace deer zones with county bag limits. Other proposals include an extension of deer hunting hours and a new deer muzzleloader season.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capitol 2013

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members from throughout the state will converge in Columbus on Feb. 12 to discuss the organization's priority issues for the year and meet with their legislators. Follow all the updates here.

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Dozens of OFBF members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information on oil & gas issues in Ohio.

Click, Watch, Learn

Published Feb. 7, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information about oil and gas leasing and exploration in the state. Members are also invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis Feb. 27 for an online meeting about Ohio’s CAUV program.

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Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs were chosen for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award

Brown, Gibbs chosen for Wheat Advocate Award

Published Feb. 5, 2013

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced its choices for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award, an award given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the award are Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Gibbs.

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Far left - Francis and Shirley Steffee; second from the right - Dr. Charles Parker

Ohio sheep farmers win national awards, elected to board

Published Feb. 4, 2013

Two Ohioans received national awards and one was elected to the board at the 2013 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 22- 27.

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Carroll County Farm Bureau members enjoy themselves at the membership kickoff.

Membership drive re-invigorated in 2013

Published Jan. 30, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Field Services, Brian Peach gives an update on the recently launched 2013 membership campaign.

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Ohio well represented at American Farm Bureau voting delegate session

Published Jan. 22, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and their policy positions were well represented at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegate body accepted several Ohio resolutions, adding them to national policy.

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The attached booklet contains profiles of agricultural education programs and resources.

Agriculture education program and resource profiles

Published Jan. 21, 2013

The agriculture community is passionate about agriculture education. Whether it’s training the next generation of farmers or reaching out to the 98 percent of individuals who are several generations removed from first-hand farming experiences, we know there is a need to connect agriculture education to many audiences.

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