Fall farm tours, scholarship announcements, important informational meetings and more are found in the county blogs this month, as Ohio's county Farm Bureaus close out one program year and prepare for the next.
News & Events
- Farm Bureau helping farmers meet their water quality goals
- Restructured Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has $10 million goal
- Protecting, improving agritourism
- Ohio Supreme Court case examines how grain bins are taxed
- A broader look at Ohio’s tax system
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As the weather turns cool and harvest wraps up, Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus continue to offer opportunities for members and nonmembers alike to gather, learn from one another and gain valuable insight to help themselves and their communities.
Scholarships, hearty breakfasts, family fun, informational meetings on a wide variety of food and farm topics and even filling job openings make winter a busy season for Ohio's county Farm Bureaus. Here's the latest on what's happening in your neck of the woods.
Farming can be very dangerous, and farmers are looking for ways to be proactive about safety for themselves and their families. Recently, Highland County Farm Bureau worked in conjunction with the Highland County Fire Chief’s Association and Emergency Response Personnel to provide local fire departments proper equipment and training needed for grain bin rescues.
There is a different story to tell about agriculture in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, and many county Farm Bureaus are telling their story by holding “Grow and Know” events.
The goal of a partnership between farmers and consumers became a reality for the Hocking County Farm Bureau.
County Farm Bureau members take the lead in helping to meet food needs in both Fulton and Mahoning County.
Ohio Farm Bureau will be holding a horticulture competition open to all county Farm Bureaus during the 2012 Ohio State Fair. The competition provides an opportunity to showcase agriculture in each of Ohio’s 88 counties through its theme, “Agriculture in our backyard.”
Several reward checks have been presented recently to individuals for providing information to law enforcement agencies that led to the arrest and convictions of those committing felony acts while on the property of Farm Bureau members.
Farmers and Farm Bureau members have the reputation of being there when people are in need, and members in Fulton and Seneca counties put forth an extra effort to do just that.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recognized county Farm Bureaus for their outstanding activities and achievements during the past year at the organization’s annual leadership conference held in Columbus Aug. 10 and 11.
The exceptional work of county Farm Bureau volunteers was recognized through County Achievement Awards presented during Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Columbus.
Fairfield and Funton County Farm Bureaus were recognized by American Farm Bureau for innovative new program ideas in the 2011 County Activities of Excellence program. They were among 15 local Farm Bureaus selected nationally to share their successful efforts in an exhibit at AFBF’s annual meeting.
While not every county could put a dollar value on their activities, we tallied at least $200,000 that county Farm Bureaus were contributing locally.
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.
With the primary elections over, county Farm Bureaus are planning open seat screenings for races across the state.
During county Farm Bureau annual meetings, local farmers gather to take action on the issues facing their communities.
Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau President Tom Kaskey couldn’t figure out why he was asked to attend a talk about free trade in Cleveland until the speech ended. The speaker, a European Union trade negotiator, stepped from the podium and asked for a private conversation with county and state Farm Bureau members.
If you’ve never been to a county Farm Bureau membership kickoff, there are a number of them to be had throughout the state.
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, Fairfield, Butler, Hamilton, Adams, Brown, Clermont
Fairfield, Logan, Marion, Northwest region
Northeast, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Highland, Van Wert, Jefferson
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Tuscarawas, Pickaway, Putnam, Butler, Wyandot
Guernsey, Fairfield and Miami County Farm Bureaus
Harrison, Putnam and Morgan County Farm Bureaus
Fairfield, Delaware and Stark County Farm Bureaus
Medina, Mercer and Stark County Farm Bureaus.
Perry, Stark, Huron, Hocking County Farm Bureaus and the Southeast Region.
Morgan, Pike and Clark County Farm Bureaus
Guernsey County Farm Bureau blooming in membership; Operation: FarmSafe; Biomass big issue in Belmont County;
Spending, livestock issues lead Washington talks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rose and Greg Hartschuh of Crawford County have been selected as winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘I Am Farm Bureau’ contest.
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.
Recently Pat Hord, the company’s CEO, partnered with Ohio Farm Bureau in an educational program for his employees to continue that outreach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AgriPOWER Class VI member Rachael Vonderhaar blogs about her exciting, jammed pack trip to D.C full of networking and learning.
Researcher's findings could rile raw milk advocates
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.