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Next generation of leaders show bright future for food, farming

Published Oct. 23, 2013

Here at Ohio Farm Bureau we are really excited about the next generation of leaders in food and farming, particularly when we are able to participate in events like Ohio FFA Association's Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. A few of our public policy staff members recently helped put on a workshop at the conference for 200 Ohio FFA student leaders.

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Can farm bill show Congress how to get along?

Published Oct. 23, 2013

After taking a back seat to the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates, we may see some progress on the farm bill soon. The conference committee has been appointed and has started to meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

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Alt and Allison discuss Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Should we or shouldn't we?

Medicaid expansion: Should we or shouldn't we?

Published Oct. 17, 2013

The state could add people who don’t qualify for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act to Medicaid. But should they? On the next Town Hall Ohio, airing this weekend, this tricky topic is discussed.

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Could efforts to block GMO labeling be “the worst PR strategy ever.”?

The worst PR strategy ever?

Published Oct. 16, 2013

The customer might not always be right. But the customer is effectively right. In other words, what you’re offering has no value if people aren’t buying it. Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and GMO advocate, laid out a compelling case for better appreciating consumer concerns during his recent talk at the Center for Food Integrity summit where he called efforts to block GMO labeling “the worst PR strategy ever.”

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Ohio considering farm nutrient bill

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Farm Bureau weighing in, providing educational resources to members.

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Recently, more than 500 farmers signed a petition asking Congress to pass a farm bill.

We need a farm bill now

Published Oct. 15, 2013

As of press time, the next step for a new farm bill is the conference process, which will work to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House and Senate have both announced their conferees and the Senate has included Ohio.

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Steve Hirsch is Ohio Farm Bureau's president and a Ross County farmer.

Like farmers, Farm Bureau must be innovative

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Just as we’re open to changing the way we farm, we’re again considering some changes to the way we do things in Farm Bureau.

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American Farm Bureau appeals Chesapeake Bay ruling

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation took action to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Ohio Farm Bureau asked farmers to vote on the water quality issues that matter most to them.

Safe drinking water tops farmers’ concerns in ‘Buckeye Poll’

Published Oct. 15, 2013

When it comes to Ohio’s water resources, what do farmers care about?

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LLC forms among those Ohio is now allowing to be filed online

Published Oct. 15, 2013

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office will now accept the most frequently used business filings online in what it says is an ongoing effort to improve and modernize operations.

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Meetings to cover animal disease traceability

Published Oct. 15, 2013

USDA is holding meetings for anyone who transports livestock across state lines, has their own livestock, veterinarians and their staff, OSU Extension personnel, licensed livestock dealers, haulers or others interested in learning about the new Animal Disease Traceability rule.

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Putting agriculture on the path to supply food for billions

Published Oct. 15, 2013

In less than 40 years, the world’s population is expected to expand by 30 percent.

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Community members gathered in Crawford County to learn more about food and agricultural issues.

Healthy conversation

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Crawford and Shelby County Farm Bureaus each recently took part in the grassroots effort to foster constructive conversations about food and farming.

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Nationwide Claims offers unique training

Published Oct. 15, 2013

Over the summer, Nationwide’s new Commercial Farm and Agribusiness School made its debut to help claims associates develop technical expertise, as well as better establish relationships and the business confidence to drive improved outcomes for farm and agribusiness members.

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Agritourism broadly defines businesses that allow visitors to take part in agricultural activities.

Agritourism: How can we help?

Published Oct. 8, 2013

We want to ensure that agritourism enterprises are not stifled by rules or laws, confusion about how these businesses operate or any other issues. Here are three concerns we commonly hear. What other concerns and problems do you face?

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Congress working toward farm bill, continuing resolution, waterways bill

Published Sep. 26, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau is tracking many issues at the federal level that could impact farmers, and three of them have new developments: Farm Bill, Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Here are brief updates on each of these issues.

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Visit bestfoodfacts.org for useful, timely, relevant and simple to understand information about food.

Best Food Facts: Your new BFF?

Published Sep. 26, 2013

In this blog, Ohio Farm Bureau's David White discusses the Best Food Facts website which is dedicated to providing information on the many facets of food production, including preparation, consumption and everything in-between.

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Refreshing, rejuvenating, encouraging trip with Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 25, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Trustee Cy Prettyman tells us how his recent trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of Young Agricultural Professionals was refreshing, rejuvenating and encouraging.

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Group photo of the Young Agricultural Professionals in D.C. this year.

Getting to know Farm Bureau through Young Ag Professionals

Published Sep. 23, 2013

In this blog, one of the attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Agricultural Professionals Washington D.C. Leadership Experience discusses her experience on the trip and encourages other young people to get involved with Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Dale Arnold, OFBF director of energy policy, met with Farm Bureau members in Van Wert County for an issues update.

Grassroots process gives you a say in your organization

Published Sep. 20, 2013

After meeting with a committee of Farm Bureau members tasked with analyzing the organization’s stance on policy issues, former Ohio tax commissioner Tom Zaino was impressed.

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Small business advocate discusses challenges facing Ohio

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with NFIB on a number of issues in the past aimed at improving the business climate in the state.

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NATIONWIDE NEWS Sharing rural roads safely

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Driving defensively is important for all drivers but is especially critical for farm machinery operators.

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From left: J.L. Draganic, Jim Croskey, Cynthia Koonce, Tom LeFevre, Bill Shoup,Lucy Sondles and Don Sharp.

Farm Bureau members receive stewardship, good neighbor awards

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Five farmers, two rural residents receive awards.

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Conservation advocate Josh Knights (left) joined Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher in a conversation on 'Town Hall Ohio.'.

Conservation group’s director discusses partnerships with farmers

Published Sep. 20, 2013

Josh Knights discussed the work of The Nature Conservancy.

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At www.gmoanswers.com, the public can ask questions about GMO technology and learn more about how it is used.

Website extends conversation about GMOs

Published Sep. 20, 2013

American Farm Bureau Federation is a supporting partner of a new website that seeks to help consumers find answers to questions about GMOs.

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