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Class members have learned from each other while touring local farms, research sites and meeting government officials.

Being an Ohio Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community

Published Feb. 15, 2012

New series of articles looks at how being a Farm Bureau member helps build a resilient food community.

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Steve Berk

Berk named organization director

Published Jun. 23, 2011

Steve Berk has been named organization director for Ohio Farm Bureau in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties.

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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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Best of the songs of ‘Town Hall Ohio’

Published Aug. 22, 2013

If you're a regular listener to the radio show Town Hall Ohio, you know show host Joe Cornely has fun matching the show's topics to songs that fit the theme. Joe is a music buff and supplied us with his list of favorite show topics and songs that fit nicely together. Who knew there was a song about bio products made from soybeans?

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Farmers and agricultural professionals discuss new tools and a new tone to help them connect with customers.

Beyond the Choir: Ohio agvocates work to reach out to nonfarmers

Published Sep. 6, 2011

The AgChat Foundation’s recent Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Nashville was anything but a traditional farmer and rancher gathering.

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Big questions about Big Data

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Expert says farmers need to both embrace, be wary of data collection, application

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Gov. Strickland signs SB 131, joined by bill sponsors Sens. Cafaro (left) and Gillmor.

Bill directs state to use bio-products

Published Mar. 29, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland has signed Senate Bill 131, sponsored by Sens. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, and Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, which will establish a bio-products preferred purchasing program, making Ohio the first state in the country with such a program in statute.

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Bill proposing rules on Lake Erie water withdrawal passes Ohio House

Published Apr. 26, 2012

House Bill (HB) 473, a bill proposing rules on how much water farms and factories in Ohio can draw from Lake Erie, passed the Ohio House of Representatives April 25 with a vote of 59-38.

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OFBF's Chris Henney testified in favor of the bill

Bill will allow ODA to administer part of NPDES program

Published Dec. 10, 2009

Passed in the Senate Wednesday, a bill to help facilitate the transfer of the NPDES program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity to ODA from Ohio EPA is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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In some rural areas, large animal veterinarians are in short supply.

Bill would address veterinarian shortage

Published Mar. 23, 2011

The U.S. House this month passed a bill that would help increase the number of veterinarians working in livestock and food animal practices and in key public health fields. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to follow suit.

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Bill would establish Ohio Agriculture Week

Published Dec. 17, 2009

Citing the contributions of Ohio’s farmers to the economy and the state’s rich agricultural heritage, OFBF testified in favor of a bill that would designate the week of Thanksgiving as Ohio Agriculture Week.

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Bills may soon ban horse slaughter

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Two major pieces of legislation banning horse slaughter are expected to be reintroduced.

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Bio-based toner resin offers eco-friendly alternative

Published Sep. 24, 2009

Advanced Image Resources Inc. (AIR) is giving consumers a choice to use their printers and copiers and be environmentally friendly while doing it.

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Biodiesel grants available to Ohio school districts

Published Jan. 15, 2009

Thanks to the Biodiesel School Bus Grant Program, 21 school districts are already powering their buses with soy biodiesel and providing cleaner air for their students.

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Feedstocks are delivered to quasar energy group's facility in Wooster.

Biogas expansion in Ohio relies on manure, other wastes generated on the farm

Published Mar. 23, 2011

A new regional biogas plant and more than a dozen anaerobic digesters in the works are helping Ohio increase its presence in the renewable energy industry.

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A crowd filled the hearing room at the Ohio Department of Ag during the April 5 Livestock Care Standards Board meeting.

Board reaches consensus on veal standards

Published Apr. 20, 2011

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is past its final major hurdle in establishing the first comprehensive set of standards for animal care in Ohio.

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Board recommends 'Yes' on Issue 2, urges members to study both points of view

Published Sep. 1, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau board members recognized strong emotions on both sides of the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 debate, but believed it was the responsibility of leadership to make a recommendation to members.

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Mike Townsley, right, of Bob Evans Farms and OFBF First Vice President Steve Hirsch are welcomed by Dr. Bobby Moser.

Bob Evans Farms, OFBF invest in youth programs at Sale of Champions

Published Aug. 9, 2010

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau, purchased this year’s reserve grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair, which will help support youth involvement in agriculture.

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The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Lea Kimley.

Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau, JD Equipment Purchase Grand Champion Barrow

Published Aug. 6, 2012

Companies partner to support local youth at Ohio State Fair's 2012 Sale of Champions

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Mike Townsley (in red), of Bob Evans is seated next to OFBF's Steve Hirsch at the 2010 Sale of Champions.

Bob Evans, OFBF invest in youth with hog purchase

Published Aug. 12, 2010

Bob Evans Farms returns to Sale of Champions.

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From left: David & Steve Hirsh, Troy Elwer, Mike Townsley, Jack Fisher (complete caption at end of story)

Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau partner in support of local youth at Ohio State Fair

Published Aug. 8, 2011

Bob Evans Farms, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow for $20,000 at the Ohio State Fair's 2011 Sale of Champions.

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Outgoing Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs (l) was recognized for his work by OFBF President Brent Porteus.

Boggs: Livestock Care Board making progress, slowly

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is moving slowly, but that’s because it is being thorough, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director (ODA) Robert Boggs told attendees at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders named OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Published Aug. 25, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville as its 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. They will represent Ohio in the national contest during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.

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Adam and Aubrey Bolender

Bolenders, Weaver will represent Ohio in national competitions

Published Dec. 16, 2010

Adam and Aubrey Bolender of Russelville have been recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Young Farmers. Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson was recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Agriculture Award

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Families pet & learn about cows during Franklin & Madison county Farm Bureau's Breakfast on the Farm

Breakfast on the Farm creates connections

Published Jun. 20, 2013

Franklin County Farm Bureau President Dwight Beougher shares how a very successful "Breakfast on the Farm" event came to fruition, how it's growing and what he looks forward to next.

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