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Many disagreements from policymakers and nonprofit organizations created challenges while finalizing the recently-passed 2014 Farm Bill.
Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members came to Columbus to discuss current political issues and meet with lawmakers during the organizationís annual Ag Day at the Capital. Here are some highlights from the event:
Thirty-three high school students from across the state learned how to take action in the government process by participating in the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program. Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 4-H and FFA, the policy development program took place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus in conjunction with Ohio Farm Bureauís Ag Day at the Capitol.
Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis explains why landowners are seeing higher taxes due to CAUV. Also, a list of counties that will see reappraisal and updates with CAUV this year.
Members of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee presented a check to Dana Ward of the Mid Ohio Food Bank in February. The committee raised $2,850 through the sale of t-shirts that carried positive messages about agriculture. The shirts were sold online and during the group's winter conference.
For the 68th year, Ohioís county Farm Bureau presidents traveled to Washington, D.C., despite challenging weather, to meet with lawmakers and discuss issues important to Farm Bureau members.
Ohio farmers are kicking off the growing season
In 2014, your Farm Bureau membership will support
more than $700,000 directed to a variety of community
projects in Ohio.
Frequent flier Porter Gale loves meeting people on planes. Recently, she found herself sitting next to a farmer.
AgriPOWER is a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of multi-day institutes that cover public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Ohio Farm Bureau is now taking applications for Class VI. Here is what two past participants had to say about the program.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife recently proposed changes to deer hunting regulations. Ohio Farm Bureau submitted comments on the proposal with support for some of the changes and concerns with others. Ohio Farm Bureau members across the state have developed substantial policies on wildlife issues, which provided the basis for the organization's comments.
Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would strengthen private property rights was approved last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944), prohibits states that receive federal economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Ohio Farm Bureau was very involved with the initiative to reform eminent domain law in Ohio, to ensure the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes is strictly limited.
The following is a list of the provisions important to farm businesses and to related industries.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a comprehensive tax reform proposal Feb. 26. The proposal lowers tax rates for individuals and businesses and broadens the tax base by eliminating over 220 tax credits, deductions and exclusions. It also would simplify and streamline the tax code.
Joe Cornely, Ohio Farm Bureau's senior director of corporate communications, discusses a relationship between farmers in Trumbull County and their local paper the Warren Tribune Chronicle.
Water, and the ability to remove it, is extremely important to Ohio farmers. Ohio farmers are often encountering issues with the water on their property. Ohioís water law is somewhat limited, so Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law Leah Curtis gives five tips to help you understand how water law works in Ohio.
Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 3-5. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state and the farmers while on the ground on Capitol Hill.
Farm machinery has not been allowed to use a portion of U.S Route 20, or the Norwalk Bypass, in Huron County for many years. Recently, several farmers including two Huron County Farm Bureau members, John Brooks and Bill Ommert, submitted testimony on House Bill 249, which seeks to resolve the longstanding issue that has impacted farmers in that area.
The Animals for Life Foundation celebrates the human animal bond, and in this blog, David White talks about that bond, the foundation and its upcoming Forum.
Hear a recent Town Hall Ohio conversation about the new national healthcare program.
Volunteers working membership have a new option to sign up new members that is as easy as pulling a phone out of your pocket. No more carrying around forms that can be a hassle and hard to decipher later on. Ohio Farm Bureauís volunteers.growwithfb.org website, designed to be mobile ready, allows the membership to be paid on the spot with a credit card.
Young professionals event continues to grow
Ohio Farm Bureau believes the farm bill recently passed by Congress demonstrates considerable fiscal responsibility and reduces the federal government budget deficit.
Expert says farmers need to both embrace, be wary of data collection, application