Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.
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Congress this week passed the $12 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), paving the way for funding of water infrastructure projects nationwide. WRRDA will fund improvements to the nation’s ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support waterways transportation. Ohio is ranked 13th in the nation for exports.
At the end of the year, Congress passed a bill that retroactively reinstates for one year more than 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. These tax provisions are essential to small businesses and rural economies, and Farm Bureau will continue to work for a long-term solution so farmers have the certainty they need to plan for the future.
Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin, Ohio.
Young people ages 18 to 35 who work in Ohio agriculture are invited to join OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals for a weekend of personal and professional development during the group’s Leadership Conference March 12 to 13 in Dublin. The theme is “Be an ‘Agvocate’: Speak Up for Agriculture.”
Unless Congress acts this year, the federal estate tax, commonly called the “death tax,” is scheduled to increase to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption at the beginning of 2011.
The Darke and Medina County Farm Bureaus have been named winners in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s County Activities of Excellence program and will be exhibiting their programs at the 2012 AFBF annual meeting in Hawaii.
As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.
Communication and Consumer Education to Forge a Partnership between Farmers and Consumers
Ohio Farm Bureau continues to promote and enhance its statewide communications products.
Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more
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.
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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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.
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.
Ohio Farm and Country in March will share stories of people telling their stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newspaper's editorial say Ohioans voted for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, and it should be given the chance to work.
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.
Farmers and other Ohioans who heat with propane may face shortages during the current cold snap.