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County News

Published Aug. 13, 2009

Guernsey, Fairfield and Miami County Farm Bureaus

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Photo courtsey of Putnam County Farm Bureau

County News

Published Sep. 10, 2009

Harrison, Putnam and Morgan County Farm Bureaus

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County News

Published Oct. 15, 2009

Fairfield, Delaware and Stark County Farm Bureaus

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County News

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Medina, Mercer and Stark County Farm Bureaus.

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OFBF's Southeast Region Ambassador Club

County News

Published Jul. 16, 2009

Perry, Stark, Huron, Hocking County Farm Bureaus and the Southeast Region.

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County News

Published Nov. 12, 2009

Morgan, Pike and Clark County Farm Bureaus

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Guernsey County Farm Bureau Vice President Bryson Wakeley at the Guernsey County Home, Garden and Business Show.

County News

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Guernsey County Farm Bureau blooming in membership; Operation: FarmSafe; Biomass big issue in Belmont County;

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County Farm Bureau presidents, shown here leaving Capitol Hill, met with lawmakers on a variety of federal issues.

County Presidents' Trip

Published Mar. 26, 2009

Spending, livestock issues lead Washington talks

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County programs receive national accolades

Published Feb. 5, 2010

Mercer County’s Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program and Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties’ Leadership Education and Development program (LEAD) were recognized in AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence program.

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County programs receive recognition

Published Sep. 10, 2009

While county Farm Bureau volunteers were busy gearing up for the Issue 2 campaign and the next year of programming, the 2009 Leadership Conference was also a time to recognize outstanding achievements over the past year.

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Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau President Jerry Lahmers, Sheriff Walt Wilson

County rewards $2,500

Published Jun. 11, 2010

The Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau recently presented a $2,500 reward check to a county resident for his help in capturing a person who stole a vehicle belonging to Shook Auto Inc. of New Philadelphia.

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County Young Ag Professionals groups taking off

Published Jun. 4, 2014

For many years one or two statewide events for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) represented most of the opportunities specifically for Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. Now many county level YAP groups are beginning to form or to become established parts of their county Farm Bureau’s programming.

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Court affirms right to farm policy in Ohio

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed with a Mahoning County winery’s argument that it is exempt from local zoning regulations. The ruling not only benefits the northeast Ohio winery but the entire agriculture industry.

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Court ruling could impact conservation, CAUV

Published Sep. 6, 2011

An Ohio appeals court is considering if Ohio’s Constitution allows landowners to seek Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) for land enrolled in federal retirement or conservation programs.

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Alan and Kristin Hudson, Hudson Farms

Court victory for Maryland family poultry farmers

Published Jan. 3, 2013

A federal court judge in Maryland ruled in late December in favor of Perdue Farms’ poultry grower Hudson Farms in a case filed against them by the Waterkeeper Alliance, which failed to prove the poultry growers violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the Pocomoke River.

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Greg and Rose Harstchuh received the most online votes.

Crawford County Farm Couple wins 'I am Farm Bureau' contest

Published Jul. 16, 2010

Rose and Greg Hartschuh of Crawford County have been selected as winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘I Am Farm Bureau’ contest.

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The Hartschuhs spend a lot of time together in the tractor.

Crawford County Farm Couple wins “I am Farm Bureau” contest

Published Jun. 29, 2010

Rose and Greg Hartschuh of Crawford County have been selected as winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s I Am Farm Bureau contest. The grain and dairy farming couple won the contest by receiving the most online votes among five finalists on the I am Farm Bureau contest website.

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Hord sharing his story with CU Lead and local high school students

Crawford County farm works to reach out to community

Published Jul. 19, 2012

Recently Pat Hord, the company’s CEO, partnered with Ohio Farm Bureau in an educational program for his employees to continue that outreach.

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Joy Mench

Creative thinking can improve animal care

Published Apr. 20, 2011

Joy Mench, an animal scientist from the University of California, Davis presented a model that divided animal care considerations into three categories:
Mind – Feelings such as pain, fear and frustration;
Nature – Species-specific behavior; and Body – Animal health and physiology.

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Rye is often used as a cover crop

CTIC Seeks Ohio farmers to demonstrate Cover Crops

Published Aug. 21, 2009

The Conservation Technology Information Center is looking for Ohio farmers who are interested in cover crops to participate in its “Using Cover Crops to Facilitate the Transition to Continuous No-Till,” project.

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David Fikes, VP of consumer/community affairs & communications for the Food Marketing Institute speaking to OLC.

Customers: Empowered, Informed, Entitled

Published Sep. 11, 2013

In this blog, Dr. Leah C. Dorman, Ohio Farm Bureau director of food programs, discusses what she and other attendees of the Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting learned about sharing their story with empowered, informed and entitled customers.

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Cuyahoga Horse Owners Reach Out

Published Aug. 12, 2010

The Cuyahoga County Equine Advisory Committee is comprised of individuals who come from various backgrounds, but who all share a love of horses. The committee is fervent in sharing its passion with others.

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Dairy debate

Published Feb. 5, 2009

Researcher's findings could rile raw milk advocates

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AFBF's chief economist said the pork industry is facing challenges that will fundamentally alter it.

Dairy, pork industries hit hard, slowly starting to recover

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Both the U.S. dairy and pork industries need to drastically reduce the number of cattle and hogs in order to raise prices and have production be more in balance with demand, ag economists said.

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In addition to damage permits, OFBF policy calls for numerous methods to reduce the deer herd. Phot by iStockphoto.com

Damage Report

Published Feb. 5, 2009

There's a long way to go to control ?the deer herd, but complaining is a start

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Date set for 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Published Nov. 6, 2009

- Health management programs for sheep and goat producers will be the primary focus of the 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 12 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 East Main Street, in Reynoldsburg.

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Paul Davidson

Davidson elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board

Published May. 25, 2011

Paul Davidson of Newark has been elected to the OFBF board of trustees. He will represent OFBF members in Coshocton, Holmes, Knox and Licking counties.

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Deadline approaching for registration of wild, dangerous animals

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding owners of dangerous wild animal that a new state law passed in June requires the registration of their animals before Nov. 5.

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Deadline is March 1 to nominate a good neighbor

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Do you know someone who has positively developed or enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio’s farm communities? The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC), in partnership with OFBF, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Neighbor of the Year awards.

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Deadlines near for conferences and contests

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Teenagers from Ohio Farm Bureau member families and their parents are invited to apply to iLead, a new one-day leadership training. Young Ag Professionals are invited to apply and participate in the Discussion Meet.

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Deadlines upcoming for several Young Ag Professionals events

Published Jun. 11, 2009

A series of activities and contests for Young Agricultural Professionals are coming up, and the first deadline is this month.

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Debt reduction committee could impact farm programs

Published Sep. 6, 2011

Farmers are watching to see if farm programs will be on the chopping block as 12 members of a federal 'super committee' prepare to identify ways to reduce the national debt.

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The Ridgerunners advisory council has been meeting for more than 50 years.

Decades later, Ohio Farm Bureau Advisory Councils continue to discuss issues

Published Oct. 12, 2011

Jean Miller knows the value of Farm Bureau’s Advisory Councils goes much deeper than talking about agriculture and other issues. Over the years it has been about friendships and making a difference in the community.

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December 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Dec. 18, 2012

County Farm Bureaus share scholarship opportunities, highlight local leaders who have played a big role in shaping Ohio Farm Bureau’s actions in 2013, host cooking competitions and more in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up.

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Decision Time: Producers consider ACRE

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Now that details are out on the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, farmers must decide whether to enroll in the new, state revenue-based program instead of the traditional system.

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Deer harvest surpasses quarter of a million?

Published Mar. 12, 2009

A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio’s 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

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Deficit, regional differences shaping farm bill talks

Published Dec. 17, 2010

How much money will it cost and where will it come from? With heightened awareness about federal spending, those will be the two questions lawmakers will be asking about every proposal they consider, including the 2012 Farm Bill.

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State Rep. and past Ohio Farm Bureau President Bob Peterson shares the impact of wet weather on his Fayette County farm.

Delayed planting raises questions for farmers

Published May. 26, 2011

Farm community representatives meet at Ohio Department of Agriculture to discuss unusually wet spring, delayed planting risks and options for farmers.

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Delegates ask committee to study organizational changes

Published Dec. 19, 2013

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.

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Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers.

Delivering a message

Published Oct. 14, 2010

A group of Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals recently delivered 1,576 postcards from Ohio farmers to lawmakers urging them to “Put death taxes to rest.

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Department of Labor withdraws farm youth labor proposal

Published Apr. 27, 2012

The cooperative efforts by members of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators played a significant role in convincing the Department of Labor that its proposed rules were ill-conceived and unnecessary.

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Farmers feared new regulations would require them to obtain a commercial drivers license.

Department of Transportation says no new CDL requirements for farmers

Published Aug. 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of farmers and said it will not issue new regulations related to agricultural transportation and commercial drivers license (CDL) provisions, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa stirs debate about 'coexistence'

Published Feb. 24, 2011

USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.

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Despite turbulent path, experts say farm bill reforms good for farmers

Published Mar. 21, 2014

Many disagreements from policymakers and nonprofit organizations created challenges while finalizing the recently-passed 2014 Farm Bill.

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Mark Kvamme, left, a California venture capitalist, is leading Ohio's efforts to retain and attract jobs.

Development director: Ohio has great potential for attracting new businesses

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The head of the newly created JobsOhio wants to make one thing clear – the Department of Development is not going to be eliminated.

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A sellout crowd attended OFBF's first Grow and Know event at Malabar Farm to learn more about producing food.

Dinner table conversation

Published May. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, a Los Angeles Times columnist tried to navigate a “long-overdue” national discussion about food and farming.

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Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe to speak at AFBF annual meeting

Published Sep. 24, 2010

Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s series "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe," will deliver the keynote address at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on Jan. 10, in Atlanta.

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Discover your social Web with OFBF’s Guide to Social Media

Published Aug. 13, 2009

“Find us on Facebook.” “Follow us On Twitter.” By uttering these phrases, countless organizations expect people to go online and find out what all the social media fuss is about. But most don’t take the time to show how to go about finding somebody on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (2nd from right) joined Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch (2nd from left) on Town Hall Ohio

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

OFBF President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

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Diverse viewpoints shaping food production

Published Nov. 15, 2011

A recent summit hosted by the Center for Food Integrity sought to shed light on a number of factors that could influence how food is produced.

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