OFBF submitted a letter on transportation rules to Chairman Damschroder of the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Sub-Committee. Farm Bureau policy opposes HB 133, which is legislation to remove the requirement that vehicles have a front license plate.
Policy & Politics
Ohio Farm Bureau understands the importance of members and staff working together to accomplish the organization’s legislative and regulatory goals.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s team of issue experts, lobbyists, and poiltical education staff work hard to ensure that quality legislation is enacted in the state of Ohio that benefits the agricultural industry and promotes the farmer’s bottom line. As these laws are being debated and enacted, it is equally important for OFBF to educate members about how new legislation will affect their lives and businesses.
Listed below are the major State and Federal Public Policy Initiatives that Ohio Farm Bureau will address in 2013. Click here for a PDFs of Ohio Farm Bureau Legislative Priorities for both Federal and State.
The Legislative Directory and district maps for the 113th U.S. Congress and 130th Ohio General Assembly are available in the policy and politics Resources section.
OFBF Director of State Policy, Brandon Kern submitted written testimony to members of the Senate Finance Education Sub-Committee regarding items important to Farm Bureau in the state budget bill.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher sent the following letter to members of the Ohio House of Representatives this week to outline OFBF's priorities in the State Budget Bill.
An abundant supply of high quality water is Ohio’s greatest natural resource. Protecting water quality is essential to Ohio’s future. OFBF believes that farmers have the responsibility to proactively do our part to solve the nutrient management challenge facing Ohio today.
Don’t stand by while Ohio’s House of Representatives makes important decisions about programs that affect your farm, your community and your way of life. Now is the time to express your support for 4-H, water quality research, and workforce development initiatives...
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's 2013 Federal Priority Issues
OFBF has sent out an action alert, asking members to contact their senators and representatives to ask them to extend the current maximum estate tax rate and exemption, which are set to expire Jan. 1. The current exemption is set at $5 million with a top rate of 35 percent...
The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of the Senate to support a bipartisan bill that would continue America’s transition to home-grown biofuels.
Senate and House committees have approved the Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements (FTAs) in mock mark-up sessions, moving them closer to finalization.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.
Public Policy Updates
- May. 15, 2013 Endangered Species Act Reform (national policy)
- May. 15, 2013 OFBF's letter on transporation rules to Chairman Damschroder of House Committee
- May. 15, 2013 OFBF staff testimony on state budget, HB 59
- Apr. 10, 2013 State Budget Priorities
- Apr. 8, 2013 OFBF's letter on agricultural nutrients, proposed draft legislation
- Mar. 21, 2013 ACTION ALERT: Ohio's Budget Affects Agriculture - Contact your State Rep. Today!
Once a KeyVote has been designated, it becomes a priority for the public policy staff. Before important votes, legislators are informed that the bill is an OFBF KeyVote and their votes will be counted in OFBF's process for determining which legislators earn the Friend of Agriculture and Friend of Farm Bureau awards.
This program is not meant to penalize legislators that do not vote in favor of Farm Bureau policy, but rather it is meant to recognize in a positive manner the legislators that are truly "Friends of Agriculture.”