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Pat Hord says its not the size of his farm, but a passion for feeding people that motivates his family.

All ideas needed to address food production challenges

Published Oct. 12, 2011

If nothing else, the nation’s ongoing discussion about food production has revealed the complexity of issues relating to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

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Alert system guards against metal theft

Published Mar. 26, 2009

OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmers’ concerns over metal theft.

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Agritourism broadly defines businesses that allow visitors to take part in agricultural activities.

Agritourism: How can we help?

Published Oct. 8, 2013

We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?

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AgriPOWER’s second class in session

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Twenty-two Ohioans interested in becoming future leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture

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AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Wooster for their second session.

AgriPOWER session two: connecting with experts and each other

Published Aug. 26, 2014

Participants in AgriPOWER Class VI recently spent a few days in Wooster for their second session in the program. They spent three days learning about social media, media relations, visual media, and telling their story as well as touring the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and several other farms in the area. Here are a few excerpts from participant blogs, and links to their full blogs.

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Dale Vodraska of Rittman Orchards, left, talking to Class V about the orchard.

AgriPOWER participants hone conversation skills

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.

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AgriPOWER Institute seeks applicants

Published May. 17, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking applicants for its third AgriPOWER Institute, which equips farmers and agricultural professionals with the leadership skills needed to be influencers in public policy issues that impact their businesses.

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AgriPOWER Institute Class IV

AgriPOWER Institute graduates its fourth class, begins the search for Class V

Published Mar. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, a leadership and advocacy development program designed specifically for farmers and agribusiness professionals, held a graduation ceremony March 17 for the 19 participants of Class IV.

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Members of AgriPOWER Class Three

AgriPOWER Institute developing new leaders

Published Sep. 9, 2010

Since 2008, Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute training program has been developing future advocates for agriculture.

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AgriPOWER graduates 22 advocates

Published Apr. 16, 2010

A class of 22 recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership training program launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues.

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AgriPOWER Class VI is in session

Published Jul. 31, 2014

AgriPOWER class member Rebekah Headings discusses her experience with the first session of the leadership program.

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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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AgriPOWER class hears from HSUS rep

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Paul Shapiro, the director of the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) Factory Farming Campaign, recently spoke to OFBF's AgriPOWER Institute, a group of individuals wishing to enhance their leadership skills in becoming advocates for agriculture.

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Joachim Schaeger, a German agricultural administrator, discusses farming issues with members of the AgriPOWER class.

AgriPOWER class explores Washington

Published Feb. 22, 2010

Members of OFBF’s AgriPOWER Institute, an intensive leadership program designed to produce future agricultural leaders, took a close look at Washington politics during a recent trip to the nation’s capitol.

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Agriculture's role in food cost discussion

Published Mar. 2, 2011

The price of food is a hot topic. Discussions about everything from Egyptian political unrest to climate change to economic recovery have economists, activists, politicians and bloggers talking about food prices. Farmers should be too.

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The Ag Is Cool “prize patrol” delivered prizes to essay contest winners and joined teacher and his class on a field trip

Agriculture really is cool!

Published Dec. 3, 2013

Showing school kids where their food comes from is very important, but few teachers have expertise in agriculture, and it is tough to fund field trips and other learning opportunities. This is where the Ag Is Cool program can help.

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You can learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau's budget priorities by visiting http://bit.ly/ofbfbudget.

Agriculture programs among those facing cuts in state budget proposal

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The Ohio Department of Agriculture would see its funding drop by just under 9 percent in a two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

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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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Lawmakers will sort through the governor's plans over the coming months.

Agriculture among sectors to see cuts, fee hikes in budget plan

Published Feb. 5, 2009

On the heels of his proposal to prevent a more than $7 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Ted Strickland recently told Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) members that it’s time for the state to toughen up and make wise decisions.

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OFBF's Distinguished Service Award winners, from left, are Micki Zartman, Esther Welch, Sarah James and Jim Buchy.

Agricultural leaders honored

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Four outstanding leaders in Ohio agriculture were honored with Distinguished Service Awards from OFBF. The honorees were former state Rep. Jim Buchy, volunteer Sarah James, communicator Esther Welch and educator Micki Zartman.

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Agricultural Labor Reform to be Considered by Senate

Published May. 23, 2013

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has passed Immigration Reform that creates a new legal status for agricultural workers: a Blue Card.

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Agreement Validates Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Jun. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its support for the agreement announced today between the Ohioans for Livestock Care coalition and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

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Livestock Care Board members discussed the agreement to keep animal care issue of the ballot at a recent meeting

Agreement doesn't get rubber stamp from livestock board

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board welcomed a recent agreement to keep animal care issues off of the fall ballot but said it is just one of the factors it will consider.

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Farm Votes Matter is a project of Ohio Farm Bureau's AGGPAC

AGGPAC helps inform lawmakers about agriculture, provides voter information

Published Jun. 23, 2011

AGGPAC is Ohio Farm Bureau's political action committee that monitors the voting records and political campaigns of Ohio’s elected officials at the state and national levels. Lawmakers who have a positive voting record on Ohio Farm Bureau’s key issues receive “Friend of Agriculture” designations

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Nationwide Associate Agent and Vice President of Jennings & Associates Inc, Margie Jennings talks to Cara Lawson of OFBF

Agent visits strengthen Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide partnership

Published Mar. 6, 2012

Twice a year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) coordinates a Nationwide Agent Visitation Week, which is an opportunity for Ohio Farm Bureau to reach out to the 456 Nationwide agents in Ohio to show appreciation for their support of the partnership between Nationwide and OFBF.

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