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Voters made solid statements in two ballot measures vital to the success of agriculture.
Whether it’s a drop in demand for their products, negative publicity or rising grain and fuel costs, some farmers across Ohio are feeling financially pinched and turning to state and federal agencies for help.
Regulators are planning to continue to work with farmers following the release of new rules resulting from pollution concerns in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.
Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.
OFBF coordinated the “Land and Living: Agriculture Your Link to Life” exhibit at the Ohio State Fair where an estimated 350,000 fairgoers participated in an interactive agricultural display in a 32,000-square-foot building used exclusively for the display. More than 9,000 children planted a flower and took it home as part of the Green2Go exhibit, 5,256 children participated in a pedal tractor course called the OFBF Country Cruise, and 28 memberships were sold during the fair.
The Ohio State Fair got off to a soggy start on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of eager fairgoers and the activity in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) “Land and Living” exhibit.
Fun, hands-on agricultural experiences are the centerpiece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. Last year the 'Land and Living' exhibit located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building drew an estimated 350,000 visitors who learned about agriculture’s link to everyday life.
Testimony is heating up in the Ohio Statehouse as advocates pursue changes to initial funding proposals for state agencies and programs. While the budget process is just getting underway, Ohio Farm Bureau is keeping a close eye on how the final budget may shape up.
After more than a month of deliberations, the Ohio House passed its version of the state budget after making a series of changes to the proposal offered earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich, including a repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax.
For now, the Senate has agreed with the House to restore some of the funding that was initially cut from Ohio State Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in the state budget.
State Auditor Dave Yost is on a mission to cut the fat out of state and local governments.
An overview of what is going on with draft nutrient management legislation, what Farm Bureau thinks and how we got here.
Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
AgriPOWER class member Tom Somrack discusses his experience from the first session of the leadership program.
An innovative project at the Stark County Jail resulted in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals on Wheels in Stark and Wayne counties.
American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman delivered a passionate annual address to Farm Bureau members in Seattle, showcasing Ohio Farm Bureau as an example for the nation.
After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.
Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season
We’re half way through AgriPOWER Class VI and I can hardly believe it! We’ve spent time getting to know each other, ourselves, how we can be the best advocates in Washington, D.C. and this month we focused on how we can influence policy and change here in Ohio.
A soy-based toner created with soybean oil, called AgriTone, is now available for select laser printers.
Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program
An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.
Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.
OFBF realized that to remain relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s consumers, it had to be proactive. The result is the organization’s venture into social media, where OFBF is visible, engaged and active in the places where people congregate and participate in conversations online.
Ohio Farm Bureau members are invited to free workshops that will help them better use social media to add their voice to online conversations about Ohio food and farming or who simply want to become involved in promoting agriculture or their business via social media.
The American Farm Bureau Federation says a proposal to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act would result in new taxes on livestock operations.
Farm Bureau outlines concerns with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out at USDA hearing
OFBF speaks out at hearing on leafy greens
Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.
A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.
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:
Cindy Cassell shares how she got involved in her county membership campaign, opportunities for engaging new Farm Bureau members, and what approaches to selling membership she finds most effective.
Floyd Simpson of Belmont County won the “most widely usable” award as part of the AFBF Farmer Idea Exchange contest.
As farmers prepare to spend long hours in the tractor seat, they should also ensure they have proper signage on their tractor. Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis said Farm Bureau offices have been receiving calls from members looking for signs. She offers some reminders.
Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by OFBF.
Now through Aug. 31, 2011, Farm Bureau members bringing new members into the organization can earn free Farm Bureau gear for doing so.
There is a debate taking place in Ohio's hunting community. Ohio Farm Bureau currently doesn't have a position on this issue. What do you think?
Over the years, the Buurma farming enterprise steadily expanded adding more land and new vegetable crops. But the supply of labor that has sustained the operation for six generations is drying up.
The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 “People’s Choice” Grand Prize winner in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.
Ohio sheep and goat farmers invited to attend four February sessions concentrating on sheep and goat health programs.
The people and culture of rural Ohio will be showcased through a new promotion, which allows Farm Bureau members to win prizes for sharing photos and stories about how they are tied to agriculture.
Americans have increasing concerns about their food, from the farm to the fork. And farmers can be a valuable part of the conversation.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced his intent to transfer $156 million from the direct payment program to several other Farm Service Agency programs due to sequestration cuts. Yvonne Lesicko, senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, discusses this announcement.
As we roll into harvest season, there are still county Farm Bureau farm tours, on-farm dinners, annual meetings and other opportunities available out there across the state.
Here’s a look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their websites for the month of September.
Seneca County Farm Bureau collected new and gently used coats in all sizes as part of its “Coats from the Heartland” initiative. Collected coats were distributed to the needy throughout northwest Ohio.
Once again, county Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Extension offices and Soil and Water offices will have the opportunity to recognize Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) for their outstanding work with agricultural producers.