News & Events

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Jack Fisher

OFBF supports performance audits for state government

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In a letter to Ohio lawmakers, Ohio Farm Bureau outlined its support for House Bill 2, which would advance the concept of performance audits for many state agency programs and activities.

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OFBF President Brent Porteus at the Estate Tax Rally.

Putting estate taxes to rest

Published Feb. 24, 2011

During Ohio Farm Bureau's Ag Day at the Capitol, hundreds of Ohio farmers gathered to support legislation that would repeal Ohio's estate tax. The tax is particularly burdensome for farmers because it can force their heirs to sell land or take out loans to settle the estate.

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OFBF is looking to partner with like-minded organizations to continue youth devopment in Ohio.

Youth program has storied past, new opportunities

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The goal of Farm Bureau’s youth program hasn’t changed much – to provide youths with important life skills, find future ag leaders and build relationships. Today, with young people being involved in so many activities, Farm Bureau is looking at ways to make the most of its youth programs

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Truck weight rules could impact business

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is wrapping up listening sessions regarding rule changes placing regulatory burdens on vehicles traveling within Ohio with a 10,000- to 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating.

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Buckeye Farm News Briefs - 2-24-11

Published Feb. 24, 2011

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is holding open houses. | Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program applications are available. | A Kansas State study shows meat sales decline when media attention is given to animal welfare issues. | HSUS is working on a ballot measure in Washington state.

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Ohio hopes to develop a marketing agreement that will fit the needs of all producers.

Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement addresses food safety concerns

Published Feb. 24, 2011

As federal officials continue to work on national food safety standards, Ohio farm groups are developing their own guidelines to better fit the needs of the state’s diverse farming community.

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OFBF Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold

Patience, caution pays off for Ohio landowners on gas lease agreements

Published Feb. 24, 2011

In eastern Ohio, the big land rush is on, driven by natural gas and oil exploration. The payout for property owners who lease out their land can be huge or pitiful, depending on the terms of the lease.

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The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed was designated as a

New Ohio rules establish ‘watersheds in distress’

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Rules recently adopted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) allow the agency to take additional action to address water quality issues, such as those that have occurred at Grand Lake St. Marys.

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Photo Credit: istockphoto.com

Deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa stirs debate about 'coexistence'

Published Feb. 24, 2011

USDA announced it would fully deregulate Round-Up Ready alfalfa, calling for “coexistence” between growers who use genetically modified crops and those who don’t. Groups such as American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association welcomed the decision.

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Chad Endsley provides an explanation why some farmers may see land rental rates increase.

Farmland rental rates increasing? Land stewardship may trump price.

Published Feb. 24, 2011

Interest in renting farmland continues to be strong, as some farmers look for more land to try to take advantage of high crop values.

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