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Dr. Dorman

Dorman named Director of Food Programs for Center for Food and Animal Issues

Published Jul. 23, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Leah Dorman, D.V.M., as director of food programs for its Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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Dorman receives NIAA President’s Award

Published Apr. 23, 2013

Vice President of the Center for Food and Animal Issues Mike Bumgarner recognizes Dr. Leah Dorman, director of food programs, for receiving the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2013 President's Award.

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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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Duplication in regulatory process puts strain on farmers

Published May. 25, 2011

Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”

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Earn a free night’s stay at Choice Hotels

Published Mar. 8, 2012

Choice Hotels is running a special promotion for Ohio Farm Bureau members. Book your reservations at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.258.2847 and after your second separate stay with arrival between March 8 and May 8, you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem for a free night.

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East Region hosts innovative leadership conference for local members

Published Mar. 7, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is presenting the East Region Leadership Conference, hosted by counties in the East Region Saturday, March 31 at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to all Farm Bureau members, not just to those in the eastern part of the state.

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Attendees learn about public speaking from Emily Krueger, 2011 American Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet winner.

East Region Leadership Conference impacts attendees

Published Apr. 5, 2012

Although it was a small conference, the East Region Leadership Conference had a big impact on attendees. On March 31, county Farm Bureaus in the east region came together for a new conference that targeted members who normally do not attend typical Ohio Farm Bureau Federation training events.

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Eating without animals

Published Jun. 11, 2009

As issues of animal care are raised in Ohio, Buckeye Farm News wants to understand the views of the 98 percent of people who don't see the world through a farmer's eyes. The goal is to create a starting point for dialogue.

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Eight finalists seeking online votes in “Because I Care” video contest

Published Oct. 11, 2010

Eight finalists are competing for the most online votes to win $1,000 in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues.

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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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Governor-elect John Kasich spoke to OFBF members earlier this year during an event in Columbus.

Election 2010 -- OFBF to engage new leaders on farm issues

Published Nov. 11, 2010

Ohio has elected a new governor and statewide office holders, many new lawmakers and it may soon have new administrators in state offices such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Election Analysis on this week's Town Hall Ohio

Published Nov. 13, 2009

Ohioans passed three separate constitutional amendments in the recently concluded election; those decisions will be analyzed by Statehouse reporters Bill Hershey of the Dayton Daily News and Mark Kovak of the Youngstown Vindicator on this week’s Town Hall Ohio.

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Eleven stops, 120 ATVs, 280 people and one great tour

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Eleven stops, 120 ATVs and 280 people were the makings of one great tour. Muskingum County Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently partnered to put on an ATV conservation tour. Watch this video to see photos and hear about the tour.

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Eminent domain issue resurfaces on Capitol Hill

Published Mar. 13, 2014

Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would strengthen private property rights was approved last week in the House of Representatives. The bill, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1944), prohibits states that receive federal economic development funding from exercising eminent domain for private economic development. Ohio Farm Bureau was very involved with the initiative to reform eminent domain law in Ohio, to ensure the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes is strictly limited.

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Employers required to notify workers by Oct 1

Published Sep. 3, 2013

All employers have a new deadline to meet under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You are required to inform employees about what – if any – health insurance you will provide them and the employee’s ability to purchase health insurance coverage through state or federally administered insurance exchanges. The deadline is Oct. 1.

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End of Ohio Department of Agriculture?

Published Nov. 12, 2009

A proposal being considered by Ohio lawmakers calls for cutting the number of state departments in half and merging them into other offices.

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Endsley joins Farm Bureau staff

Published Apr. 19, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Chad Endsley as director of agricultural law.

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Endsley named OFBF Director of Agricultural Law

Published Mar. 30, 2010

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has named Chad Endsley director of agricultural law.

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Energy bill signed into law, regulates oil and gas industry

Published Jun. 21, 2012

Last week Gov. John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 315, legislation that strengthens regulations for Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Introduced by Sen. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro), the bill establishes a regulatory framework for overseeing technologies allowing exploration of natural gas in deep shale rock formations, as well as other energy issues.

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Energy efficiency overhaul introduced

Published Nov. 14, 2013

A bill to overhaul state energy standards has been introduced in the Statehouse by Sen. William Seitz.

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Engage with local schools, ask legislators to support education programs

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute and high school agricultural education are facing big changes. Farmers are passionate about these programs and will need to get engaged with local school districts and legislators to determine if proposed changes will be beneficial or detrimental to local programs.

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EPA clarifies oil spill prevention rules for farms

Published Jan. 21, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to oil spill prevention rules that will apply to some farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage. The deadline for farms to comply with the new rules is November 2010.

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EPA plans to scale back Renewable Fuels Standard

Published Dec. 19, 2013

The RFS target initially set for 2014 was 18.5 billion gallons, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year. EPA is proposing reducing that target to 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, a move large oil companies strongly support.

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Rep. Bob Gibbs

EPA seeks to expand authority to all water

Published Jul. 19, 2012

Virtually all waters of the United States could fall under regulatory control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if the agency is successful in expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act.

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Equine enthusiasts call for expanded gaming

Published May. 20, 2009

COLUMBUS - Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.

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Hundreds of horse enthusiasts, including Farm Bureau members, rallied at the Statehouse last month.

Equine enthusiasts call for slots at racetracks

Published Jun. 11, 2009

Members of Ohio’s equine industry rallied at the Statehouse last month to support a measure to place slot machines in Ohio racetracks.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President Sparky Weilnau greets visitors to his farm for the Down on the Farm event.

Erie County farm opens to community

Published Sep. 6, 2011

More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.

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Ohio Farm Bureau members gathered at the Statehouse in 2011 to help eliminate the estate tax.

Estate tax changes mean more certainty for farmers

Published Feb. 12, 2013

Implications of the elimination of the Ohio estate tax and the American Taxpayer Relief Act

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Estate tax relief a win for Farm Bureau

Published Jan. 19, 2011

President Obama recently signed a tax relief bill that sets for two years an estate tax rate exemption of $5 million with a maximum rate of 35 percent.

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Everitt named marketing communications specialist

Published Jan. 21, 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named Seth Everitt marketing communications specialist.

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Everitt named OFBF Marketing Specialist

Published Dec. 2, 2009

New hire joins Ohio Farm Bureau

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Excellence in Agriculture Finalists named

Published Dec. 2, 2009

Four finalists up for Excellence in Agriculture Award at Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.

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Exciting Lineup for AFBF Annual Meeting in Seattle

Published Nov. 16, 2009

Climate change legislation, livestock care issues and social media tools will be at the forefront of topics discussed during conferences at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting, Jan. 10-13, in Seattle, Wash.

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This undercover video by the Humane Society of the United States clearly documented disturbing animal mistreatment.

Expect the worst

Published Feb. 22, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced its plan to write Ohio’s laws on livestock care.

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Schriver, Bird and Fox discuss CSAs on Town Hall Ohio

Exploring Community Supported Agriculture in Ohio

Published Feb. 16, 2012

On this weekend’s Town Hall Ohio radio program: Two Ohio Community Supported Agriculture farms -- Bryn Bird of Bird’s Haven Farms and Todd Schriver of Rock Dove Farms, as well as Ohio State University Extension’s direct marketing expert Julie Fox and Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cara Lawson.

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Joe Maxwell, from HSUS

Exploring leadership and activism

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The February AgriPOWER session included discussions on farm transition planning, animal activists and a tour of a dairy farm.

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Extraordinary Ohioans committed to Ag Inducted into Ohio Ag Hall of Fame

Published Jun. 8, 2009

From the Ohio Agricultural Council

Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s agriculture industry will be honored Friday, August 7, 2009 by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Extremist attacks on the food chain rose in 2008

Published Mar. 26, 2009

According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a watchdog for the livestock industry, attacks on the global food chain from animal rights and environmental extremists jumped 42 percent -- from 155 in 2007 to 220 in 2008.

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Face time with policymakers isn’t always easy, but farmers find a way

Published Apr. 15, 2014

Despite an often rancorous political climate, farmers are finding constructive ways to weigh in on public policy as they continue a busy season of engagement with elected officials.

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FACE TO FACE: Ohio public officials farmers should get to know

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Ohio’s government continues to see new faces in leadership positions as a result of last November’s election and Gov. John Kasich’s cabinet appointments.

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Fairfield, Hocking County Farm Bureaus host fourth Annual Ag Days

Published Mar. 21, 2012

Fairfield and Hocking County Farm Bureaus will be hosting Ag Days April 14 and 15 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds. Ag Days is a free event held to share the importance of agriculture in communities, and several thousand attend this two-day event each year.

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2013-14 Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Farleys named chairs of Young Ag Professionals Advisory Team

Published Dec. 16, 2013

Latham and Katie Farley of Clayton were recently elected chairs of the Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. The Farleys will lead the team in developing and directing programs, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals program.

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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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Farm bill could be finished in January

Published Dec. 19, 2013

Farm bill negotiators have announced that work on the bill will not be finished before Congress goes home for the remainder of 2013.

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Eric Cotton was among the Ohio Farm Bureau members who spoke with Rep. Marcia Fudge about the farm bill.

Farm bill cuts in the works – will it pass this year?

Published Jun. 13, 2012

The next farm bill, whether it passes this year or next, will contain billions of dollars in cuts and eliminate some longstanding farm subsidy programs.

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Farm bill fails to pass the House

Published Jun. 21, 2013

Yesterday the U.S. House completed consideration of the 2013 Farm Bill. Surprisingly and unfortunately, final passage failed 195-234. Ohio members of Congress who voted against the bill include: Representatives Beatty, Chabot, Jordan, Kaptur, Ryan and Wenstrup. These individuals need to hear from Farm Bureau members immediately with the message that we need to pass a farm bill now.

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Farm bill negotiations underway, Brown outlines priorities

Published Nov. 21, 2013

With the 2013 Farm Bill negotiations underway, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown held a news conference call with Ohio Farm Bureau's Jack Fisher and Ohio Association of Foodbanks' Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. During the call, Brown highlighted current negotiations and discussed key provisions that overhaul the farm safety net, bolster rural economic development, support bio-based manufacturing, and ensure access to healthy and affordable food.

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Farm Bill Passes in House

Published Jan. 29, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 251 to 166 to pass H.R. 2642, the 2014 Farm Bill. The Senate could take up the measure as early as tomorrow but more likely early next week.

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Farm bill passes Senate

Published Jun. 21, 2012

The Senate has passed the 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 64-35. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Yvonne Lesicko prepared this report on the passage of the farm bill in the Senate.

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Farm Bureau calls for overhauling WTO talks, keeping NAFTA intact

Published Feb. 5, 2009

As the Doha round of world trade talks continues to be stalled, Farm Bureau is calling for an overhaul of global trade negotiations.

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