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American Farm Bureau graphic showing how countries around the world help farmers manage risk.

As Farm Bill mark ups draw near, AFBF details Farm Bill priorities

Published Apr. 24, 2013

Yvonne Lesicko, OFBF senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs, discusses where Farm Bill progress stands.

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Farm Bureau is a part of The Agricultural Workforce Coalition.

Immigration reform bill includes solutions for agriculture

Published Apr. 24, 2013

Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Yvonne Lesicko gives an update on immigration reform and the inclusion of solutions for agriculture in the recently introduced immigration reform bill.

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Dorman receives NIAA President’s Award

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.

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Sen. Cliff Hite visiting with Farm Bureau leaders at an AGGPAC sponsored luncheon.

Building relationships one elected official, one farmer at a time

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Director of Political Education Doug Foxx discusses several events recently sponsored by AGGPAC, and shares how members can keep the lines of communication open and work toward creating stronger relationships with government officials.

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Do you have an SPCC plan?

Published Apr. 23, 2013

The May 10 deadline for farmers to have completed a Spill Prevention, Containment and Control Plan (SPCC) is quickly approaching, but EPA will not enforce this rule on farms until Sept. 30.

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Fager, far right, with the CYF girls on the Farm to Fork Food Dialogues planning committee.

Ohio State Collegiate Young Farmers: Building agriculture leaders

Published Apr. 18, 2013

Ohio State agricultural communication student and Collegiate Young Farmers’ Farm Bureau Liaison Kelly Fager explains why she is involved in the club and the goals the officers set for the club in the upcoming year.

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Nationwide News: Applying the science of ergonomics to farm work

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Nationwide explains how to apply ergonomics to farm work, to reduce stress on the body and increase safety.

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Ohio is examining new tax policy proposals

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Lawmakers are now examining Gov. John Kasich’s broad tax reform proposal. The budget bill calls for significant changes to Ohio’s tax structure and many voices will be weighing in on the debate to determine where the money will come from to fund state government programs.

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A voice in government

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Dealing with government can be intimidating. But public participation is necessary to ensure policymakers understand the needs of their constituents, that rules are reasonable and programs are responsive to taxpayers. That’s where Farm Bureau can help. It provides its members with a number of opportunities to connect with public officials, to learn about laws and regulations and to shape the debate. The organization’s grassroots process gives it its credibility and its power.

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Mike Schumm, an Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee, teaches kids about ag as part of the projects developed by his council.

A Community Council in action

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Community Council program provides an opportunity for Farm Bureau members to come together to discuss local issues and then take action. Here’s an example of how the Farmers R Us Community Council, made up of seven couples in Van Wert County, took on Ag in the Classroom as one of their community activities for the year.

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Engage with local schools, ask legislators to support education programs

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.

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Students learning about agriculture at Seneca County Farm Bureau's 'Our Ohio... Your Backyard' program.

County Farm Bureaus teach young people about agriculture

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Farm Bureau members across the state are passionate about bringing awareness of agriculture to students who do not live on a farm. Some ways they do this includes in-class demonstrations, using technology for distance learning or hosting field trips for students. Here are two examples of recent agricultural awareness programs with schools.

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Past Farm Bureau interns (l to r): Suzie McMullen, Matthew Cook, Caroline Weihl, Derek McCracken and Lauren Fehlan.

Past Farm Bureau interns recognized for accomplishments

Published Apr. 12, 2013

Last week five recent Ohio Farm Bureau interns were recognized for their achievements at the Kentucky Derby themed Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Recognition Banquet. They also were all prominently featured as part of the committee who planned and executed the elaborate event..

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Ohio Farm Bureau and Wilmington College are exploring ways to work together to build a stronger agricultural community.

Building Community through Cooperation in Wilmington

Published Apr. 12, 2013

Communications Specialist and Wilmington College graduate Chip Nelson shares how cooperative efforts between Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the college are helping boost the local economy and provide a stronger future for students and Ohio agriculture.

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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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Funding for water quality initiatives is essential

Published Apr. 11, 2013

Farm Bureau members are asked to remind lawmakers of the direct link between water quality and the amount of state money invested in OSU Extension, ATI and OARDC, the Ohio Sea Grant program, the National Center of Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources.

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Gallia County President Paul Shoemaker featured in this month's round-up.

April 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Apr. 10, 2013

As spring heats up, farmers are hitting the fields, and county Farm Bureaus are gearing up for warm weather events and activities. Check out what’s being offered throughout the state in the coming weeks.

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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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Farm Bureau members gathered to discuss issues affecting Ohio agriculture as part of Ohio Farm Bureau's Advisory Teams.

Advisory Teams meet to discuss issues, policy

Published Apr. 9, 2013

Advisory teams met March 26 to discuss top issues facing agriculture in Ohio, and suggest policies and programs Ohio Farm Bureau should support. In an audio clip accompanying her column, Director of Commodity Relations Sandy Kuhn explains what the Advisory Teams are and their purpose.

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Ohio Farm Bureau hosting blogger workshops this summer

Published Apr. 5, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau invites members to full-day workshops devoted to blogging for beginners and more advanced users.

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Reps. Tim Derickson, Wes Rutherford, Margaret Conditt and Sen. Bill Coley at Butler County Farm Bureau's policy meeting.

Farm Bureau policy starts with members

Published Apr. 3, 2013

Have you ever wondered what it means that Farm Bureau is a “grassroots organization?” This is the time of year to be reminded of the organization’s grassroots policy development process and to get involved in it. Butler County Farm Bureau's work on policy development serves as an example of the beginning of the Farm Bureau grassroots policy development process.

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250 Ohio State students gathered to have a conversation about farming and where their food comes from.

How Ohio State students made a difference and why you should care

Published Apr. 2, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides part two of his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.

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Collegiate Young Farmers' Farm to Fork Food Dialogues brought a variety of food interests together at once.

Farm to Fork Food Dialogue: A Feast for the Mind

Published Apr. 1, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Darrell Rubel provides his thoughts on a unique and engaging conversation about food hosted by Ohio State University's Collegiate Young Farmers.

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Higher crop prices suggest increase to Grain Indemnity Program fund needed

Published Mar. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau supports Senate Bill 66 which would make several changes to Ohio’s indemnity program, including an increase in the fund cap to $15 million. The bill has passed a Senate floor vote and is now headed to the House Agriculture committee. Currently the indemnity fund is statutorily capped at $10 million, but since the last fund cap, corn prices have increased approximately 225 percent, soybeans increased 147 percent and wheat increased 191 percent.

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Turnpike legislation, transportation budget align with Farm Bureau policy

Published Mar. 21, 2013

As the combined turnpike legislation and transportation budget head to the Governor for his signature, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of State Policy Brandon Kern takes a look back at the success Farm Bureau has had in working with lawmakers throughout the process to include provisions addressing concerns raised by Farm Bureau members during policy development.

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Truck weight law reminders

Published Mar. 21, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis has received several calls recently about variances for gross vehicle weight, axle weight and tire weight limits. Here are six reminders from Curtis to clear up any confusion.

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Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown: Tell them about your passion

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Highland County Farm Bureau Vice President Nathan Brown shares his thoughts on Farm Bureau membership.

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Ralph Coffman speaks with leaders.

Trip to Washington provides a platform for local leaders

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The purpose of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual county presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C. is for local Farm Bureau leaders to have conversations with their lawmakers about legislation and regulation and to represent the voices of Farm Bureau members in their counties.

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Larry Antosch

Rural homeowners face new rules for sewage treatment

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The Ohio Department of Health is working to update its rules for home sewage treatment systems in order to better protect the environment and human health.

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Carroll County board connects with Community Councils

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Community Councils are discussion groups of friends and neighbors who meet regularly to talk about ideas and opportunities to take action on the issues affecting them.

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Joe Maxwell, from HSUS

Exploring leadership and activism

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.

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Nationwide News: Beyond qualified. Certified.

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Nationwide understands farmers and ranchers are looking for more than an insurance agent. You want a trusted adviser.

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Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch

What do you think? Proposed water quality, nutrient management legislation

Published Mar. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau senior director of policy development and environmental policy, Dr. Larry Antosch, gives a history of water quality and nutrient management issues in Ohio leading to a draft of proposed changes to the Ohio Revised Code dealing with nutrient management. He asks Farm Bureau members to give input on on the proposed changes.

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Osswald (Left at microphone) comments on the FDA's proposed produce safety rules at a public hearing in Chicago.

Ohio farmer comments on proposed FDA rules

Published Mar. 13, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau State Trustee Lane Osswald from Preble County recently traveled to Chicago to comment on proposed produce food safety rules, at one of three public hearings, on behalf of Ohio farmers.

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Many farmers are already counted – are you one? Complete the Ag Census

Published Mar. 13, 2013

The deadline for submitting Ag Census forms was Feb. 4, and 1.4 million census forms have already been returned. However, those farmers who did not respond by the original due date will receive another copy of the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. USDA reminds farmers that their farm is important and needs to be counted. It is required by law to respond to the census if you receive a form. NASS will start following up with nonrespondents by March 14 through either a phone call or visit.

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Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis conducted a members-only CAUV web meeting in February.

Web events an early hit with Farm Bureau members

Published Mar. 12, 2013

Imagine sitting at home in your comfy clothes, kicking up your feet in your favorite chair and having access to all the Farm Bureau experts and information you want, live or on-demand...all at the click of a button.

That’s what we’re doing, and you’re telling us you appreciate it.

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Preparing Students for 2050

Published Mar. 12, 2013

The year 2050 seems like a long way off. To an ag teacher or employer, it’s just around the corner. How do you best prepare students to be innovative stewards of the future?

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Janet Cassidy

CIFT highlights food's path from farm to plate

Published Mar. 8, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Marketing Communications Janet Cassidy shares insight from her day at the Center for Innovative Food Technology's Ohio Food Industry Expo.

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Ohio Farm Bureau reviewing governor's budget proposal

Published Feb. 27, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy Adam Sharp says the organization is digging into the details of Gov. Kasich's two-year budget proposal. In this audio briefing, Sharp highlights agriculture's line items including Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio State University. Sharp also reviews the policies included in the budget such as nutrient management, rural schools, the Ohio Turnpike and severance and income taxes.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Feb. 27, 2013

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents will be taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 4-6. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state, and the farmers on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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Do you need an oil spill plan?

Published Feb. 26, 2013

The compliance date for farms to have Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans is May 10.

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Scioto County Farm Bureau President Wyatt Bates is featured in this month's Round-up.

February 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Feb. 20, 2013

There’s quite the list of opportunities across the state in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up. Scholarships are available, meetings on all sorts of key issues are being held, community breakfasts are being served, and more.

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Ohio Farm Bureau counting on conversation in 2013

Published Feb. 19, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is launching a pilot program this year to quantify the conversations its members have about building trust in food, farming and agriculture. “Project 155” will kick off in conjunction with “Conversation with EASE” training sessions this winter at various county Farm Bureau meetings.

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Innovation, cooperation on display at OEFFA conference

Published Feb. 19, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau's Seth Teter shares a number of insights gleaned from his time at the 2013 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference. Many of these efforts emphasized the value of increased coordination among both farmers and consumers.

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Darrell Rubel

A Capitol Challenge: Unlocking Teen Leadership Potential

Published Feb. 15, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Learning Delivery, Darrell Rubel, gives an encouraging recap of a new partnership between Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Ohio 4-H that is helping teens take an active role in public policy and impact their local communities.

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OLC provides funding for water quality, nutrient management programs

Published Feb. 13, 2013

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) recently announced that funding is available for Ohio organizations interested in hosting meetings for farmers and farm managers on water quality and nutrient management education.

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Keeping land in agriculture through CAUV

Published Feb. 13, 2013

Paul Harrison, Ohio Farm Bureau state trustee from Fostoria, recently spoke at a county Farm Bureau membership kick-off meeting and talked about the importance of CAUV. In this audio clip, he spells out the tax savings a landowner receives and why beneficiaries of CAUV should be Farm Bureau members.

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AFBF President Bob Stallman (left) congratulates OFBF President Steve Hirsch, a farmer from Ross County.

Ohio farmers take the stage at national meeting

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff traveled to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to celebrate the previous year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Nationwide Insurance also showed its support for Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members gathered at the Statehouse in 2011 to help eliminate the estate tax.

Estate tax changes mean more certainty for farmers

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act

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AgriPOWER class members visited American Farm Bureau's offices to learn about the lawmaking process.

An inside look at Washington

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Members of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER class recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their fifth session.

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