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State policy development committee members meet for the first time this week to learn about emerging issues.

State policy development committee continues grassroots process

Published Sep. 12, 2012

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.

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Rep. Robert Sprague (speaking) is joined by OFBF's Beth Vanderkooi (left) and lawmakers in support of expanding Ag-LINK.

State lawmakers want to expand agricultural loan program

Published Feb. 15, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is supporting legislation to modify the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

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State fair success

Published Dec. 23, 2009

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.

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State Fair kicks off with visit from Governor

Published Jul. 29, 2009

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.

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A few of the "Agriculture in Our Backyard" horticulture contest entries

State Fair exhibit connects community with farmers

Published Jul. 18, 2012

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.

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State budget process continues to unfold

Published Apr. 20, 2011

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.

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State budget may eliminate estate tax

Published May. 25, 2011

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.

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State Budget - Senate maintains restored funds for Extension, OARDC

Published Jun. 11, 2009

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.

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State auditor wants to ‘skinny down’ government

Published Nov. 15, 2011

State Auditor Dave Yost is on a mission to cut the fat out of state and local governments.

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State agencies offer up nutrient management draft legislation

Published Apr. 11, 2013

An overview of what is going on with draft nutrient management legislation, what Farm Bureau thinks and how we got here.

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Stasiulewicz joins Farm Bureau IT team

Published Aug. 18, 2011

Jason Stasiulewicz has been named systems administrator for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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Starting a journey through AgriPOWER

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Tom Somrack discusses his experience from the first session of the leadership program.

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Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community

Published Dec. 23, 2009

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.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus shared experiences of Issue 2 with Farm Bureau members in Seattle

Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s “new attitude”

Published Jan. 11, 2010

American Farm Bureau President calls on American agriculture to unite during annual address.

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Stallman: OFBF shows agriculture’s ‘new attitude’

Published Feb. 4, 2010

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.

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If others put agreements in place before the U.S., farmers could lose opportunities to export.

Stalled trade deals could lead to loss of market share

Published Aug. 12, 2010

After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines.

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Springing Forward

Published Mar. 20, 2014

Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season

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Soy-Based Toner Now Available in Replacement Printer Cartridges

Published Sep. 2, 2009

A soy-based toner created with soybean oil, called AgriTone, is now available for select laser printers.

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Alyssa Holter talks with third-grade students from Southern Elementary in Racine about Holstein cows & how to milk them.

Southern Elementary Student wins free Ohio dairy farm trip for classmates

Published Jun. 4, 2010

Third-graders tour Holter Dairy Farm as part of Ohio Livestock Coalition's For Your InFARMation Program

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Southeast Ohio farm wins environmental award

Published Aug. 13, 2009

An Ohio farm is among seven national winners of the cattle industry’s 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award.

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Some funding for green energy may dry up

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers and ranchers throughout the country are taking steps to change their energy consumption by using more green technology, according to American Farm Bureau.

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Social Media: Help OFBF lead the way

Published Nov. 12, 2009

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.

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Free hands-on social media training is avialable to Ohio Farm Bureau members

Social media workshops to help Ohio farmers engage online

Published Jul. 20, 2011

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.

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So-called 'cow tax' draws criticism

Published Jan. 15, 2009

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.

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Small meat processors could face tens of thousands of dollars in new costs

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Farm Bureau outlines concerns with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

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Small farmers would be hit hardest by USDA food safety proposal

Published Oct. 8, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau speaks out at USDA hearing

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Small farmers would be hit hardest by USDA food safety proposal

Published Oct. 15, 2009

OFBF speaks out at hearing on leafy greens

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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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Watch a video of Charlie Arnot discussing consumers' perceptions of agriculture from early 2011.

Skeptical consumers want transparency, credible information

Published May. 25, 2011

A large number of consumers are uninformed and uninterested in food issues, limiting the opportunity for farmers to reach out to them.

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Six tips for constructive conversations

Published Feb. 11, 2014

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:

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Six questions with Cindy Cassell, Clermont County Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 20, 2012

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.

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Simpson earns award for tagging gadget

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Floyd Simpson of Belmont County won the “most widely usable” award as part of the AFBF Farmer Idea Exchange contest.

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SMV and SIS signs on a tractor

Signage needed to operate tractors on roadways

Published Mar. 22, 2012

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.

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Sign up now for youth conferences

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Ohio teens are invited to join together for a unique set of summer leadership conferences sponsored by OFBF.

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Brown County's Jim Crocker (left) and Morrow County's Eddie Lou Meimer model Farm Bureau membership award apparel.

Sign new Farm Bureau members, Earn new Farm Bureau gear

Published Mar. 31, 2011

Now through Aug. 31, 2011, Farm Bureau members bringing new members into the organization can earn free Farm Bureau gear for doing so.

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Should pistol caliber rifles be legalized for deer hunting in Ohio?

Published Jul. 18, 2012

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?

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Bruce Buurma stands outside the apartments he provides to migrant workers.

Short Handed: Inaction on immigration reform hampers Ohio farms

Published Nov. 7, 2013

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.

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Members of the Fort Loramie FFA received the $1,000 grand prize for their creative video that demonstrated how farmers c

Shelby County FFA group wins 'Because I Care' contest

Published Nov. 11, 2010

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.

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Sheep and Goat WebEx Series to be held across Ohio in February

Published Jan. 9, 2012

Ohio sheep and goat farmers invited to attend four February sessions concentrating on sheep and goat health programs.

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Ohioans who value farming and rural living are invited to share their stories through the "I am Farm Bureau" contest.

Share some good news

Published Apr. 16, 2010

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.

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Session helps farmers connect with consumers

Published Apr. 17, 2012

Americans have increasing concerns about their food, from the farm to the fork. And farmers can be a valuable part of the conversation.

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Sequestration cuts cause transfer of funds within USDA

Published Apr. 24, 2013

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.

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Marion County Farm Bureau's Harvest Hustle is one of many late summer/early fall Farm Bureau activities throughout Ohio.

September 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Sep. 5, 2012

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.

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Seneca County’s coats from the Heartland

Published Dec. 23, 2009

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.

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Send nominations for Outstanding Crop Adviser

Published Jun. 11, 2009

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.

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Fisher spoke in support of a bill introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor (r) that aims to increase the use of bioproducts Ohio

Senator, farm groups urge state to choose bio-products

Published Jul. 16, 2009

A bill introduced by Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, would implement a program in Ohio to expand the use of bio-products by state agencies.

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Senate passes immigration bill

Published Jun. 28, 2013

Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a vote of 68 to 32. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly supported the bill, including the agricultural provisions which were the result of a compromise agreement with the United Farmworkers Union.

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Senate makes Farm Bill amendment to crop insurance program

Published May. 24, 2013

Though the Senate deliberated on the Farm Bill for four days this week, time did not allow for the bill to be voted on before the Memorial Day break. Farm Bureau opposed an amendment to reduce the crop insurance premium subsidy, however, the amendment passed by a vote of 59-33. Farm Bureau will continue to work for the protection of crop insurance as a risk management tool in this Farm Bill.

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Senate joins House in support of Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 25, 2009

Lawmakers vote to give Ohioans an opportunity to support farm animal care in November.

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Senate bill aims to incentivize biogas

Published Feb. 26, 2009

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, D, joined a bipartisan group of seven senators in introducing the bill, which seeks to reduce billions of gallons of fossil fuels through renewable energy sources produced from animal waste.

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