A bill that requires fertilizer applicator certification for most of Ohio’s farmers is now law. But some news stories about the Toledo water crisis and Senate Bill 150 have made it sound like the bill signed into law in June doesn’t do anything until 2017 and has “no teeth.” Here are some points about the new law that you may need to know as you have conversations about fertilizer regulation in Ohio.
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Ohio Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups have been involved in the Toledo water crisis story since the first news alert. Joe Cornely, OFBF’s senior director of corporate communications, was on site in Toledo the day after the drinking water ban and stayed until the day after the ban was lifted. Cornely answered reporter questions, helped farmer spokespersons and conducted media outreach.
Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates Gov. Kasich’s announcement today that the state will be investing $1.25 million in conservation techniques that farmers can use to help them continue their work to protect water quality.
Gov. John Kasich has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC).
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.
AgriPower Class VI met Aug. 14 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster for our second session. The session’s focus was centered on the role of media in agriculture today and how to best use social media to promote agriculture. We also were privileged to tour the OARDC facility as well as several local farms during our three-day session.
What a whirlwind session! We learned about so many aspects of agriculture in such a short period of time. Everything from social media to touring Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and had good conversations about GMOs, migrant farm workers and water quality. These are all issues that we in the agriculture industry face on a regular basis and we need to be able to support each other using our own talents and strengths.
Day one of AgriPOWER VI session two was a crash course in how to get your message out and be heard. Dan Toland from Wilt PR and Callie Wells from Ohio Farm Bureau gave overviews of social and visual media while Melanie Wilt from Wilt PR and Joe Cornely from Ohio Farm Bureau presented on structuring the message and making it digestible for the masses. We all know that what we say is important, but how you say it may be even more so if you want to be heard. The group ended the day with a delicious meal and tour of Troutman Vineyards just minutes from Wooster.
I recently traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the AgChat Foundation’s annual conference, to network with farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals who are using social/new media to tell agriculture’s story. There are many things I could share that were discussed at the conference, but I’ve pulled out the four of the most important to me.
Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing to concentrate on addressing issues brought up by the Toledo drinking water problem in early August. The harmful algal bloom issue is complex, and many groups and institutions are working to understand all of the factors involved. Ohio Farm Bureau has been in constant contact with lawmakers, media and agriculture/commodity groups to not only explain agriculture’s commitment to conservation and water quality but to also correct misconceptions about current regulations.
Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER programs are are traveling to Washington, D.C. Sept. 10-12. Check here for the latest updates from those on the trip while on the ground on Capitol Hill.
Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This week the House passed a bill 262-152 that calls for prohibiting the EPA from implementing its plan. Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs backed the bill, saying in a blog that the EPA’s proposed rule is a “massive power grab by the federal government."
Farmers have until Nov. 28 to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015. Established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The program replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program and gives dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operations.
Ohio farmers will take measurable steps toward improving Ohio’s water resources with the launch of a $1 million water quality action plan announced today by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).
What steps have Ohio Farm Bureau, other ag groups and Ohio farmers taken to address water quality issues?
Addressing SB 150, manure, fertilizer certification classes and more
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Pressure is continuing to mount against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts were recently in Ohio to meet with Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and Nationwide leaders.
Creating opportunities for authentic conversations between farmers and nonfarmers about food and food production can be a challenge, but Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus did just that with their BBQ Science Workshop.
Kelly Fager, Fulton County Farm Bureau member and Young Ag Professional, discusses her experience on the Young Ag Professional and AgriPOWER trip to Washington, D.C.
OFBF President Steve Hirsch talks about water quality during Ohio State Vice President Bruce McPheron's annual lunch event at Farm Science Review. Video is courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
If you think it’s always clear who owns the mineral rights to a piece of land, you might want to think again. With the explosion in oil and natural gas drilling, some of those mineral rights could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner.