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Sheriff Tim Bailey, reward recipient Steven Mattix and Ohio Farm Bureau Regional Supervisor Connie Ward.

County Farm Bureaus present $2,500 rewards

Published Feb. 12, 2013

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.

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Farm Bureau members discuss local issues during a Community Council session at a recent leadership meeting.

Power through people

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Sandy Kuhn is leading the effort to take the organization’s Advisory Council program back to its roots — connecting people to make a difference on the issues that impact their way of life.

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Joe Cornely

Farm community’s efforts on water quality attract attention

Published Feb. 12, 2013

After 20 years as a reporter and another 15 doing media relations, I can usually sense whether a news story is going to be a big deal or not. This one surprised me a little.

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Alan and Kristin Hudson

A farmer wins in court, at a cost

Published Feb. 12, 2013

In Maryland, a recent court case highlighted just how much a constructive approach to protecting the environment is needed.

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Ag Linked Deposit program applications available

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury’s 28th year of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK). Applications are due March 13 at 5:00 PM.

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Comments being sought on new deer hunting regulations

Published Feb. 11, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has proposed several changes to Ohio hunting regulations including a plan to replace deer zones with county bag limits. Other proposals include an extension of deer hunting hours and a new deer muzzleloader season.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau Ag Day at the Capitol 2013

Published Feb. 11, 2013

Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members from throughout the state will converge in Columbus on Feb. 12 to discuss the organization's priority issues for the year and meet with their legislators. Follow all the updates here.

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Dozens of OFBF members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information on oil & gas issues in Ohio.

Click, Watch, Learn

Published Feb. 7, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members logged into a members-only web meeting to get the latest information about oil and gas leasing and exploration in the state. Members are also invited to join Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Legal Education Leah Curtis Feb. 27 for an online meeting about Ohio’s CAUV program.

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Sen. Brown and Rep. Gibbs were chosen for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award

Brown, Gibbs chosen for Wheat Advocate Award

Published Feb. 5, 2013

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced its choices for the 2012 Wheat Advocate Award, an award given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Two of the recipients of the award are Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Gibbs.

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Far left - Francis and Shirley Steffee; second from the right - Dr. Charles Parker

Ohio sheep farmers win national awards, elected to board

Published Feb. 4, 2013

Two Ohioans received national awards and one was elected to the board at the 2013 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 22- 27.

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Carroll County Farm Bureau members enjoy themselves at the membership kickoff.

Membership drive re-invigorated in 2013

Published Jan. 30, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Senior Director of Field Services, Brian Peach gives an update on the recently launched 2013 membership campaign.

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Ohio well represented at American Farm Bureau voting delegate session

Published Jan. 22, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau members and their policy positions were well represented at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. The delegate body accepted several Ohio resolutions, adding them to national policy.

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The attached booklet contains profiles of agricultural education programs and resources.

Agriculture education program and resource profiles

Published Jan. 21, 2013

The agriculture community is passionate about agriculture education. Whether it’s training the next generation of farmers or reaching out to the 98 percent of individuals who are several generations removed from first-hand farming experiences, we know there is a need to connect agriculture education to many audiences.

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Grant proposal are being accepted until 5 p.m. on July 1.

Animals for Life Foundation accepting 2013 grant proposals

Published Jan. 18, 2013

The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) is accepting grant proposals from organizations planning programs that promote its mission pillars of animal care, animal use and the human-animal bond.

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Scholarship opportunities and more are featured in this month's round-up.

January 2013 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Jan. 16, 2013

The calendar has turned to 2013, which means there’s a whole new year of Farm Bureau fun, activities and opportunities popping up across the state. Here's a look at what county Farm Bureaus are sharing on their blogs this month.

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Updates from 94th American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Published Jan. 12, 2013

Follow the latest updates from American Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013.

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Farm Bureau members enjoying Franklin County's Kickoff last year.

County Kickoffs show spirit, value of Farm Bureau membership

Published Jan. 11, 2013

If you’ve never been to a county Farm Bureau membership kickoff, there are a number of them to be had throughout the state.

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Farm Bureau members at the estate tax elimination rally during Ag Day at the Capital 2011

Farm Bureau efforts lead to state, federal estate tax victories

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The new year brought victories on state and federal estate taxes that have been the focus of Ohio Farm Bureau members’ grassroots efforts for more than two decades. On Jan. 1, Ohio’s estate tax ended, and Farm Bureau-supported federal estate taxes exemptions became permanent.

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Scholarship programs announced

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The Ohio Agricultural Council, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, United Producers Inc., Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and several county Farm Bureaus have announced their scholarship offerings for 2013.

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FDA releases produce food safety rules, seeks review

Published Jan. 9, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has released for public comment its proposed rule to establish science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms.

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Attendees of the Ohio Senate lunch enjoyed Ohio products from dairy to poulty and from lamb to pork.

Ohio Farm Bureau continues engagement in political events

Published Jan. 8, 2013

The first full week of the new year was a busy one for Ohio Farm Bureau, with its involvement in several political events and the appointment of several of Ohio’s elected officials to U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees.

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Farm bill and tax provisions contained in fiscal cliff fix

Published Jan. 4, 2013

On Jan. 1, the United States House and Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The Act contains an array of issues including tax policy, farm bill provisions and rural health care policy. Here are the main provisions including how Ohio's delegation voted on the Act.

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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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Newly elected officers Daryl Clark, Jim Percival, Shawn Ray, Mark McCabe and OSIA executive director Roger High.

Ohio sheep industry awards winners, program funding and elections announced

Published Jan. 2, 2013

There has been a lot of activity in the Ohio sheep industry recently, starting in October with the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP) voting to fund several programs for the coming year, and then supporters of the Ohio sheep industry were honored at the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in December.

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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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OFBF President Steve Hirsch serves on the AFBF Resolution Committee, where grassroots policy development continues.

Farm Bureau grassroots effort continues at AFBF Resolutions Committee

Published Dec. 18, 2012

Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee the week of Dec. 10.

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Local communities spoke up to let Extension administration know that they value 4-H Youth Development programs.

Communities finding ways to save local Extension programs

Published Dec. 18, 2012

As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.

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Grandin to headline Animals for Life Foundation summit

Published Dec. 11, 2012

World renowned animal handling pioneer and subject of an HBO movie about her life, Dr. Temple Grandin, will headline the first ever Animals for Life Summit in Columbus, March 20, 2013.

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Farm Bureau members discuss how Community Councils could impact local issues.

New focus for advisory councils

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Advisory councils are now called community councils. New council format to begin in January.

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Steve Hirsch

Farm Bureau’s potential

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.

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Jack Fisher

Working together works

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Remarks from OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher at the 94th annual meeting

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Bill Lowe

Farm Bureau volunteers help grow their organization

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award

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Donald Schreiber

94th annual meeting recap: the speakers

Published Dec. 11, 2012

See what annual meeting speakers had to say on the topics of ag education, estate planning, water quality, community development and taxes.

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Members checking on their bids at the live auction held during annual meeting.

Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction sets new record

Published Dec. 5, 2012

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. teamed up for the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction in November, and bidders set a new record, raising $13,775 to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting

Published Nov. 26, 2012

Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting, Nov. 28-30, 2012.

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‘Agriculture is Cool’ scholarship and grant winners receive awards

Published Nov. 20, 2012

The Ohio Expositions Commission presented four fifth-grade students from across the state with a $500 check and two teachers with $2,500 classroom grants from Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups as winners of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship and grant competitions.

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Farm organizations say nutrient management a priority

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Twenty agricultural groups are distributing this letter in an unprecedented campaign that encourages farmers to be proactive in the effort to improve water quality

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Carroll County Farm Bureau’s program recycles farm plastics

Published Nov. 20, 2012

A recycling program started by the Carroll County Farm Bureau is turning farm plastic into sidewalks and keeping tons of plastic out of landfills.

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Cassell Family

Six questions with Cindy Cassell, Clermont County Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Cindy Cassell shares how she got involved in her county membership campaign, opportunities for engaging new Farm Bureau members, and what approaches to selling membership she finds most effective.

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AFBF shared this image on Facebook as part of the effort to raise awareness about the estate tax.

Farm Bureau members take action on estate tax

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are joining farmers nationwide to ask Congress to extend the current estate tax exemption and rate, which are set to expire Jan. 1.

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Al DiVencenzo

Farm Bureau members take action against turnpike privatization

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farm Bureau members who live near the turnpike have been busy attending local meetings, building coalitions and advocating against the possibility of privatizing it.

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OFBF shares ideas with Nationwide at National Policyholder Conference

Published Nov. 20, 2012

As a sponsor of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Ohio Farm Bureau continues to endorse its policies and services and recommend that members work with Nationwide to serve their insurance needs.

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Farm Bureau members to fill two open seats on state board

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farmers will elect the leaders of their organization during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. This year, there are two contested races that will be decided by delegates from those regions.

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County Farm Bureaus support 4-H, FFA programs

Published Nov. 20, 2012

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.

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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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