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Stevens Bakery and Orchard was featured on 'Our Ohio' TV.

'Our Ohio' back for Season 8

Published Nov. 20, 2012

The Our Ohio television series returns for an eighth season with ongoing production of new episodes every month through fall 2013.

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Five reminders about Line Fence Law

Published Nov. 19, 2012

In 2008, Ohio Line Fence Law was updated to make it more easily understood, but from time to time issues and questions arise. Some county Farm Bureau offices have recently received calls with questions, and in an attempt answer some of those questions and concerns, here is a list of five important reminders.

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2012 CCA Winner Mike Dailey with the current and past CCA Board Chairman.

Award to recognize outstanding Certified Crop Advisers

Published Nov. 19, 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.

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At annual meeting, members to share ideas, set policy

Published Nov. 19, 2012

During Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Nov. 28-30, more than 300 member delegates from around the state will discuss and debate county proposed changes to Farm Bureau policy. Once approved, these ideas will guide the organization on a number of issues in the coming year.

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November 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Nov. 16, 2012

Winter weather is on the way. But that doesn’t freeze up the events, activities and opportunities for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Here’s this month’s update.

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The Wolfinger Family (Watch video at end of story)

Ohio Farm Bureau member selected as ‘Faces of Farming and Ranching’ finalist

Published Nov. 15, 2012

Janice Wolfinger of Morristown is one of nine finalists selected in U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” national spokesperson search.

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Farm Bureau seeks to help every farmer meet new watershed rules

Published Nov. 15, 2012

Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible. That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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2013 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals

Published Nov. 14, 2012

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. The 2013 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals are due Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Saint Paul, MN.

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Leah Curtis, OFBF director of legal education.

Thinking Critically about CAUV

Published Nov. 13, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Legal Education, Leah Curtis discusses Current Agricultural Use Values, concerns about it, factors in the calculation and asks Farm Bureau members to think critically about the CAUV program.

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Foundation auction now open

Published Nov. 8, 2012

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 5-27.

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‘Town Hall Ohio’ provides election information

Published Oct. 23, 2012

The 2012 general election is quickly approaching, with many still searching for information to assist them in making their voting decisions. 'Town Hall Ohio', Ohio Farm Bureau’s weekly radio show, has had several election related shows this fall, full of great information to think about before Election Day including discussion of voting in Ohio, discussion with Ohio's U.S. Senate candidates Brown and Mandel and a debate on Issue 2.

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Ann Frederick wrote a guest column for her fellow horse owners as part of Hamilton County's award winning program.

Two County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellent programs

Published Oct. 22, 2012

Hamilton and Wayne County Farm Bureaus are two of the 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program.

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A community leadership conference is one of many Farm Bureau activities held throughout the state in the coming month.

County Farm Bureau Round-up October 2012

Published Oct. 17, 2012

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.

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USDA to interview Ohio soybean, wheat growers for survey

Published Oct. 17, 2012

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced at the beginning of October that it will be collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states, including Ohio.

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Farmers say ‘no’ to Clean Water Act expansion

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is helping hundreds of Ohio farmers express their concerns to the U.S. EPA on a guidance document that would expand the agency’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act.

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Mark Partridge

Reducing the risk of the natural resource curse

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Dr. Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, recently visited with Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee to discuss the oil and gas industry and how to avoid what he described as a natural resources curse.

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Marketing legislation creates opportunities

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Gov. John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 309 into law, establishing a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.

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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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At OFBF's leadership conference, farmers participated in the EASE program before having breakfast with nonfarmers.

Learn how to lead the discussion on agriculture

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is working with county Farm Bureaus to provide workshops that will help farmers respond to consumer questions about agriculture.

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Nationwide News: Tractor Safety -- Stay on Top of It

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Farm tractors are a primary tool for most farms. But studies show tractors are also involved in a high proportion of farm injuries and fatalities. Most accidents can be prevented by following basic tractor safety guidelines.

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Bruce McPheron discusses his plans as he prepares to become the new leader for Ohio State's agricultural programs..

New Ohio State dean shares thoughts on research, Extension

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Bruce McPheron is the incoming dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and vice president for agricultural administration. He recently visited Ohio Farm Bureau’s offices for a recording of 'Town Hall Ohio.'

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Land is cleared as part of a pipeline project in eastern Ohio.

Get answers about pipeline contracts

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The second phase of Ohio’s extensive natural gas and oil exploration is now underway. Landowners across the state are being asked to sign off on pipeline easements, which means a new round of contract negotiations.

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Students invited to learn more about political process through Capital Challenge

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

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Gov. Kasich talking to one of the 200 FFA members that attended the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference.

OFBF teaches students about government at new FFA conference

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio FFA Association held its new Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) Sept. 26, at which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) staff taught 200 FFA members about government, advocating for agriculture in government, and helped them prepare to meet their legislators.

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2012 Conservation Farm Family award winners

Ohio farm families awarded for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 25, 2012

Five of Ohio's top conservation farm families for 2012 were recognized during a ceremony at Farm Science Review in London Sept. 20 for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on their farms. The annual Conservation Farm Family Award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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A few of the Young Agricultural Professionals at the Farm Bill Now rally during the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Young Agricultural Professionals go to D.C., Farm Bill Now rally

Published Sep. 19, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recently sent about 30 young people, staff and state board members to Washington, D.C. on the Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) annual trip where they participated in the Farm Bill Now rally and to learned about the United States political process.

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Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks

Published Sep. 13, 2012

At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.

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State policy development committee members meet for the first time this week to learn about emerging issues.

State policy development committee continues grassroots process

Published Sep. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.

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Enactment of HB 476 will ensure that farmers can invest in opportunities such as on-farm anaerobic digestion.

Pulling together

Published Sep. 11, 2012

As lawmakers return from summer recess, here we reflect on a few policy victories Farm Bureau members secured during the first part of the year.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch joins Pat and Bobby Moser at a recent event that launched the Moser Scholars Program.

Supporters celebrate accomplishments of Bobby and Pat Moser

Published Sep. 11, 2012

During a gathering to recognize retiring Ohio State University Dean Bobby Moser and his wife Pat, Ohio’s food and farm community raised more than $900,000 to support students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Franklin County Breakfast on the Farm

Leadership conference focuses on community conversations

Published Sep. 11, 2012

The conference placed emphasis on county Farm Bureaus reaching out to their communities to have constructive conversations about food and agriculture.

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Individuals emerged more prepared to share their personal stories with an increasingly connected, mobile public.

Ohioans offer online agvocacy advice

Published Sep. 11, 2012

More than 100 farmers and agribusiness professionals converged in Kansas City in August to sharpen their online agvocacy skills during the AgChat Foundation’s third annual Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference.

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Ohio Farm Bureau supports beef checkoff changes

Published Sep. 11, 2012

The proposed beef checkoff changes would increase the current $1 per head to $2 per head.

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Nationwide News: Farm Transition Planning

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Keeping up with the day-to-day operation of your farm can sometimes make it difficult to step back and think about a bigger picture: your farm’s legacy.

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As the drought drives up the price of corn, beef output is expected to drop to a nine-year low.

Swing in food prices expected as result of drought

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Meat and poultry prices are expected to drop over the next few months before jumping to possible record-high prices. This year’s drought — the worst in half a century -— is the reason for the bouncing around of prices.

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Lea Kimley (third from left) was recognized for exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the Ohio State Fair.

Local celebration honors Clark County State Fair champion

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.

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Environmental Stewardship Award and Neighbor of the Year award winners.

Ohio Livestock Coalition discusses emerging issues, recognizes farmers

Published Sep. 11, 2012

Emerging agricultural issues were prevalent themes at the 2012 Ohio Livestock Coalition Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium, and five Ohio farmers were named as recipients of the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and one rural resident for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

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Marion County Farm Bureau's Harvest Hustle is one of many late summer/early fall Farm Bureau activities throughout Ohio.

September 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-Up

Published Sep. 5, 2012

As we roll into harvest season, there are still county Farm Bureau farm tours, on-farm dinners, annual meetings and other opportunities available out there across the state.

Here’s a look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their websites for the month of September.

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Contact Rebecca Everman at 614-246-8241 or reverman@ofbf.org to volunteer at Farm Science Review

Farm Bureau members invited to help with membership at Farm Science Review

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are invited to help build our organization's strength by talking about Farm Bureau membership and programs with non members at OFBF’s building at this year’s Farm Science Review. Visitors are invited to stop by and talk with fellow members and staff about current Farm Bureau programs and policy issues.

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Dale Vodraska of Rittman Orchards, left, talking to Class V about the orchard.

AgriPOWER participants hone conversation skills

Published Aug. 30, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) AgriPOWER Institute Class V met at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster in August for three days of training workshops and farm tours during the second session of the year-long leadership program.

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OFBF adds additional incentive to ‘Faces of Farming and Ranching’ search

Published Aug. 22, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is awarding an additional $2,500 to a member if selected in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” search. The deadline to enter is Sept. 8.

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Clemson, left, and Heimerl, right, competing in the Discussion Meet semi-finals at OFBF's Leadership Conference.

Ohio Farm Bureau names Discussion Meet finalists

Published Aug. 21, 2012

Four finalists have been named in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2012 Discussion Meet. They are Lynnsey Schemrich or Orient, Brad Heimerl of Johnstown, Jon Hensler of Jackson and Christen Clemson of Cortland.

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Multistate plan to benefit farmers, improve water quality

Published Aug. 20, 2012

State officials from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky announced a water quality trading pilot project Aug. 9 in which farmers can sell their credits for pollution reduction to other industrial facilities, aiming to reduce water pollution in the Ohio River.

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OFBF steps up water quality outreach

Published Aug. 16, 2012

With the release of the Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative this summer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is increasing its education efforts on water quality as well as contributing financially to research on the issue.

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While late rains have helped some crops recover, for many farmers across Ohio, the damage was already done.

The Drought of 2012

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Ohio has been spared from the drought’s most extreme damage, but many of the state’s farmers are expecting losses more severe than in recent memory.

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OFBF's 'Town Hall Ohio' hosts discussion on economy

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Trying to get an idea of where the economy is headed? Two economics experts on Ohio Farm Bureau's radio show 'Town Hall Ohio' recently shared what financial indicators they look at and talked about the state of the economy in Ohio and across the country.

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Report shows harm of estate taxes

Published Aug. 16, 2012

The American Farm Bureau Federation said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses.

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Dr. Leah Dorman

OFBF wants broad dialogue on antibiotic issues

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is helping to coordinate a national symposium that will explore issues surrounding antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.

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Nationwide News: Are you ready to ride?

Published Aug. 16, 2012

With more than 16 million people now using all-terrain vehicles for work and fun, ATVs are kicking up more dirt than ever. Whether riding ATVs for work or play, adult or child, the powerful machines can quickly create dangerous situations.

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Don’t miss out on the chance to shape the issues that impact you

Published Aug. 16, 2012

County annual meetings will be taking place throughout Ohio in the coming months, giving Farm Bureau members a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their community.

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