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Ohio Farm Bureau and Wilmington College are exploring ways to work together to build a stronger agricultural community.

Building Community through Cooperation in Wilmington

Published Apr. 12, 2013

Communications Specialist and Wilmington College graduate Chip Nelson shares how cooperative efforts between Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the college are helping boost the local economy and provide a stronger future for students and Ohio agriculture.

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Sen. Cliff Hite visiting with Farm Bureau leaders at an AGGPAC sponsored luncheon.

Building relationships one elected official, one farmer at a time

Published Apr. 23, 2013

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.

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Early Farm Bureau leader Murray Lincoln's vision shaped Farm Bureau's future.

Built on Belief: Remembering why Farm Bureau was created

Published Jun. 23, 2011

It was a matter of circumstance that lent a title to a movement. One hundred years ago, in Broome County, N.Y., the chamber of commerce added a new department and the first “farm bureau” was born.

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Bumgarner to lead OFBF Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jun. 9, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) - Michael A. Bumgarner has been named vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) new Center for Food and Animal Issues. His appointment is effective July 1, 2009.

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Bumgarner to lead OFBF Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Michael A. Bumgarner has been named vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) new Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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The invasive Asian longhorned beetle was discovered in Clermont County, threatening Ohio forests & maple syrup business

Bust this bug: Asian longhorned beetle poses new threat to state’s forests

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to eat away more than $2.5 billion in standing timber as well as Ohio’s $5 billion nursery industry that employs nearly 240,000 people, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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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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BWC grants help employees return to work

Published Aug. 16, 2012

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is accepting applications for a new grant program to help employers with transitional work programs to return employees to work or keep them working in some capacity following a workplace injury.

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BWC reduces premium rates for non group employers

Published Apr. 16, 2009

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is making changes that will balance out the premium inequities created by group ratings.

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By supporting farmers, businesses support themselves

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Some county Farm Bureaus are building partnerships with companies that have connections to agriculture, and it looks as if it will pay off in terms of new long-term memberships.

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Ohio lawmakers spoke out on a proposed leafy greens marketing agreement after hearing from OFBF members in March.

Call & Response: Lawmakers act on farmers' concerns about leafy greens proposal

Published May. 14, 2010

During the last Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) county presidents trip to Washington D.C., farmers sat down with members of Congress and explained why a federal proposal on leafy greens would not work in Ohio. Not only did the lawmakers listen but they took action.

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Campaign will back Ballot Issue

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board officially certified as State Issue 2.

"Ohioans for Livestock Care" to educate voters on why the measure is good for farmers, consumers and animal care in Ohio

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Can farm bill show Congress how to get along?

Published Oct. 23, 2013

After taking a back seat to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, we may see some progress on the farm bill soon. The conference committee has been appointed and has started to meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

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Capital budget appropriations leave out Clean Ohio funding

Published Mar. 29, 2012

Legislation has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse to make capital appropriations for the current biennium, and funding for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easements was not included in the legislation.Ohio Farm Bureau staff continues to work on alternative vehicles for this priority.

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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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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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Jody Carney

Carney is new Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

Published Sep. 9, 2011

Jody Carney has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's organization director for Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties.

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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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Carroll County Farm Bureau’s program recycles farm plastics

Published Nov. 20, 2012

A recycling program started by the Carroll County Farm Bureau is turning farm plastic into sidewalks and keeping tons of plastic out of landfills.

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Catch up with OFBF at ag events

Published Feb. 5, 2010

OFBF will be participating at two trade shows in March.

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CAUV values up? Here's why

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis explains why landowners are seeing higher taxes due to CAUV. Also, a list of counties that will see reappraisal and updates with CAUV this year.

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The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Lea Kimley.

Celebration will honor Ohio State Fair grand champion barrow exhibitor

Published Aug. 14, 2012

Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will host a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the grand champion barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

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Photo by Bailey Elchinger.

Challenging spring for farmers

Published May. 29, 2014

It has been an interesting spring for farmers in Ohio. A cooler than normal spring and a lot of rain caused numerous challenges. Below are a few photos shared by Ohio farmers while planting followed by some news stories discussing the consequences of the weather on planting and the impacts that are being seen, or may still be seen.

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Change continues to be constant at Nationwide

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Change proved to be the password at Nationwide this year, even as the insurance and financial services company continues its 83-year sponsor relationship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Chesapeake Bay lawsuit is about proper path to a clean environment

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation is challenging the approach that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking to regulate pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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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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Comparison of the cost and inflation-adjusted cost of a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner,

Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Declines for 2009

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings dropped 4 percent in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Clean your credit

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Think of your credit report as a report card and your credit score as the grade that indicates how you’ve handled your bills in the past. Getting high marks is important. After all, lenders use your credit (or “FICO”) score to set rates for loans and credit cards. Insurers use it when determining rates on some policies. And some employers even check it when screening employees.

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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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Climate Bill, Federal Debt Top Concerns of AFBF Delegates

Published Jan. 13, 2010

Delegates at the 91st American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting voted to oppose cap-and-trade climate legislation and to support balancing the federal budget over the next eight years.

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Many farmers already engage in environmentally-friendly practices.

Climate change legislation could support farmers' efforts - But at what cost?

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The debate over climate change is continuing to heat up in Congress and on farms across the country.

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OFBF is working closely with lawmakers to protect farmers from national legislative efforts that could hinder operations

Climate change, water bills pose threat

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Despite an amendment to improve the measure for agriculture, Farm Bureau believes climate change legislation approved by the U.S. House still falls short.

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Shoppers buying fresh, local food at Clinton County Farmers' Market

Clinton County series to answer fresh, local foods questions

Published May. 22, 2012

Clinton County Farm Bureau and Clinton County Farmers’ Market will hold the first presentation of “Fast Food from the Farm,” a monthly Grow and Know series of local foods cooking demonstrations, June 16.

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Farmers interact with customers at Clintonville Farmers' Market

Clintonville Farmers’ Market continues building community in 10th Season

Published Feb. 20, 2012

A community of farmers and nonfarmers is growing in a Columbus neighborhood. Clintonville Farmers’ Market’s goal is to develop relationships between farmers and emerging underserved populations in the Clintonville area.

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Coalition kicks off campaign in response to D.C. lobbyists

Published Jun. 10, 2010

As the nation’s largest animal rights organization gathers signatures to place constitutional restrictions on livestock farming in Ohio, farmers are organizing in response.

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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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Fazekas and Mauk

Collective Bargaining Debate to Air on Town Hall Ohio

Published Aug. 24, 2011

The first-ever debate between the Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 campaigns will take place on this weekend’s broadcast of 'Town Hall Ohio.' Campaign spokespersons Melissa Fazekas of We Are Ohio and Jason Mauk of Building a Better Ohio will appear on the weekly public affairs radio program.

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The Columbus Dispatch said outside interest groups should give the Livestock Care Standards Board a chance.

Columbus Dispatch opposes HSUS attempt to dictate Livestock Care Board standards

Published Feb. 10, 2010

Newspaper's editorial say Ohioans voted for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, and it should be given the chance to work.

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From left, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Dir. Jim Zehringer & State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler

Come to the Ohio State Fair!

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced several new items on the Ohio State Fair agenda for 2011, including a program in which Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Jan. 15, 2009

The February episode of Ohio Farm and Country will start airing on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Ohio News Network (ONN) and may be seen throughout the entire month.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Ohio Farm and Country in March will share stories of people telling their stories.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Apr. 16, 2009

The May Ohio Farm and Country show will look at the current energy situation in Ohio and the prospect of the Buckeye state becoming a hub of green energy development.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Mar. 26, 2009

The latest census report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been published and the number of farms in this country is on the increase. But that’s not the case here in Ohio. Ohio Farm and Country in April will look at the latest numbers and highlight the diversity of Ohio agriculture.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published May. 14, 2009

The June show will take a closer look at Gov. Ted Strickland’s education package, which he introduced at his State of the State address in January.

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Coming next on Ohio Farm & Country

Published Jun. 11, 2009

The July Ohio Farm and Country will feature a segment on how technology and research in the soybean seed industry has advanced over the years, and what might be on the horizon.

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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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Commentary: 7 reasons why we need Cooperative Extension in the 21st century

Published Mar. 23, 2011

This commentary comes from Jim Langcuster, author of the blog Mission Extension. We’d love to hear your thoughts on why Cooperative Extension matters. Post them at www.facebook.com/ohiofarmbureau. You can read Langcuster’s blog at missionextension.wordpress.com.

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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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Reps. Bill Batchelder, left, and Vernon Sykes discuss plans to modernize the state's constitution.

Commission to review possible changes to Ohio Constitution

Published Mar. 21, 2012

The constitutional review process typically lasts several years. While the topics have not been determined yet, both the co-chairs believe the commission will address redistricting, term limits, home rule, judicial elections, taxes and citizen initiated changes to the constitution.

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Many farmers are exploring cover crops as a way to build soil and reduce nutrient runoff.

Common questions about water issues

Published Sep. 17, 2014

Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more

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