At Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting, members called for the establishment of a study group that includes 22 county leaders who would analyze and make recommendations on a new membership model for the organization to ensure its future strength.
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Results of a recent survey commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and conducted by Harris Interactive show that just 40 percent of consumers have read their current insurance policy in its entirety, while just 7 percent described their insurance policy as simple.
In 1985, the Beef Checkoff was started to promote the beef industry. Simply put, $1 from every head sold goes back to the industry. Half of that stays in Ohio and the other half goes to national programs.
Ohio Farm Bureau wants to empower the next generation of Ohio food and agricultural advocates.
Farm Bureau works hard advocating at the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, Congress, Federal Supreme Court and with local governments to ensure property rights and address other issues landowners have. Here are a few highlights of that advocacy work.
Ohio Farm Bureau member and AgriPOWER Class III graduate Brenda Hastings discusses her experience in AgriPOWER and encourages others to apply.
One problem we consistently hear about from Farm Bureau members is trespassing. Unfortunately, the amount of land that farmers have can often times be enticing to those who want to hike, ride ATVs, or just cause trouble. Members also are often concerned about what their liability is in certain situations, if visitors to their property get hurt. Here are five things to know about Ohio’s trespassing and landowner liability laws.
When engaging consumers in conversations about food system issues, try to use these keys to having a productive conversation that builds and further enhances trust:
In what's probably Chipotle's most outrageous attempt to get their customers to think about the food they eat, on February 17 it will debut a new show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous.
A few links to other organizations that can help landowners with questions, concerns and problems.
A recent inspection of an Ohio farm by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration raised qustions about the scope of the agency's oversight. Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau's Director of Agricultural Law, explains the exemption that has typically applied to small farms.
Scott Haerr of Clark County says he was blindsided when inspectors from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed up at his family’s grain farm late last year.
Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) through March 12 at 5:00 PM.
House Bill 375 was recently introduced in an effort to make changes to the state’s severance tax (the tax that applies when natural resources are “severed” from the earth).
An update of two federal issues, Renewable Fuel Standards and the Appropriations Bill, impacting food and farming.
Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management bill, Senate Bill 150, introduced by Senators Cliff Hite and Bob Peterson, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 23. Ohio Farm Bureau testified in support of the bill and made it a “key vote”, as its provisions met Farm Bureau policy.
In his weekly blog, Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Commodity Relations David White discusses pork industry giants Smithfield and Tyson recently announcing plans to develop animal welfare improvements that include moving away from the practice of using gestation crates.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 251 to 166 to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The Senate could take up the measure as early as tomorrow but more likely early next week.
Farmers and other Ohioans who heat with propane may face shortages during the current cold snap.
Many of Ohio’s local communities have instituted zoning as a way to orderly plan the various uses of land. However, important statutory protections limit the reach of local zoning to agricultural land in certain circumstances. Here are a few things to know about zoning and land use.
AgriPOWER Class IV graduate Terri Bauer Studer explains how she found her voice through the Ohio Farm Bureau leadership and advocacy program. Applications for Class VI due April 18.
After more than a year of being heavily lobbied to remove genetically modified ingredients from Cheerios, two weeks ago General Mills announced that its original Cheerios are now non-GMO. Many folks in the farm community have expressed strong views on Cheerios news.
Recently, an Ohio Farm Bureau member received an unexpected inspection from the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) on his farm. We looked into it and found no reason why the farm shouldn't have qualified for OSHA’s small farm exemption. We quickly referred the member to legal counsel knowing something strange was going on.
The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is again partnering with Ohio State University Extension to sponsor the 2014 Sheep and Goat Web series, a training and informational program for farmers. The Web series will assist sheep and goat farmers in becoming better managers and provide advice to those interested in entering this growing industry.
Ohio Farm Bureau works to provide landowners with the information to help manage their property and to stay up to date on rural issues. Owning land comes with special responsibilities, and Ohio Farm Bureau is here to help landowners better understand these issues and more. Members can download the Ohio Landowner Toolkit and access other bonus online content. Not a member? There are free excerpts and other materials to check out while you consider joining Farm Bureau.
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, United Producers Inc., OABA Educational Trust and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2014.
Dates and locations for the 2014 Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Cabinet meetings have been set, and county Farm Bureau leaders are invited to attend for a great opportunity to broaden leadership skills, gather new ideas, and of course interact with their peers.
Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff will travel to San Antonio Jan. 11-15 to celebrate this past year's achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year. Follow along here as we share the story from the digital eyes and ears of those in attendance.
Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Resolution Committee meeting this week. Several of Ohio’s policy suggestions were accepted and will come before the voting delegates at American Farm Bureau annual meeting.
Here is just a sample of the ways that county Farm Bureaus throughout the state have worked to reach out to their communities this year. There are many more ways to get involved than what we could print here.
With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, OFBF has been studying the intricacies of the act and how it affects the entire health care industry. In the works is a health benefits plan to help Ohio Farm Bureau members deal with ACA issues
On Nov. 20, the Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony and accepted five amendments to Senate Bill 150, legislation to address nutrient management and water quality in Ohio but delayed a vote while more work is done.
Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 2013.
Nationwide has a new program called benefits that can help you offer your employees a competitive benefits package that supplements their regular health insurance program.
Dairy farmers are encouraged to answer their telephones in January 2014 when representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact selected dairy farmers in 18 states, including Ohio.
The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.
Farm Bureau delegates reviewed a new membership model proposal from the organization's state code committee before calling for a committee to further study the issue.
During his remarks to annual meeting delegates, Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen emphasized the insurance company’s continued commitment to working with Farm Bureau.
In their addresses to delegates at the annual meeting, both Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch and Executive Vice President Jack Fisher discussed the need to consider a new membership model.
Mark Sanborn, a nationally recognized speaker and author, kicked off the first-ever Ohio Farm and Food Leadership Forum with a message that resonated with Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.
County Farm Bureau membership kick-offs will begin early in 2014. If you’ve never been to one of these events, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Find the dates for each county here.
Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. The Farleys will lead the team in developing and directing programs, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.
Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 4-6, 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.
With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.
There are a lot things happening at Ohio Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting Dec. 4 - 6. Here is a compilation of everything you need to know.
Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process. The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ˝ day-long policy development program.
Landowners are often faced with drainage issues. This is why Ohio Farm Bureau is currently engaged with the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio and other stakeholders in reviewing Ohio’s drainage laws. We hope you can take a few minutes to provide your input as a farmer or landowner. The survey is online and will take only a few minutes to complete.
In order to support a transparent discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization, here is a look at what is being considered and why.
JEDD and JEDZ projects have become quite popular with local governments, but what do they really do?