Policy & Politics

2011 State Legislative Priorities

Published Feb. 22, 2011

Eliminating Ohio's Estate Tax, ensuring a sound business climate and low tax burden, addressing Ohio's state budget, transportation, energy, and environmental issues are among the top state legislative priorities for Ohio Farm Bureau in 2011.

Staff Testimony on Growing Ohio's Agricultural Economy

Published Apr. 15, 2011

OFBF Director of State Policy Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Ohio House of Representatives Economic and Small Business Development Committee about the importance of growing Ohio's agricultural economy.

Staff Testimony in Support of HB 22

Published Apr. 15, 2011

OFBF Director of State Policy Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Ohio Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment Committee in support of House Bill 22 regarding changes to Ohio's Animals at Large Law.

Staff Testimony in Support of SB 90 to Eliminate the Ohio Estate Tax

Published Apr. 15, 2011

OFBF Director of State Policy Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee in support of Senate Bill 90 to eliminate the Ohio Estate Tax.

Ohio Farm Bureau testimony on HB 276

Published Nov. 18, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on HB 276, an Ohio Farm Bureau priority bill to clarify the zoning and CAUV status for on-farm energy production that is secondary or incidental to farming.

OFBF Testifies as an Interested Party on SB109

Published Dec. 13, 2011

OFBF recently weighed in on a new piece of proposed legislation which would effectively immunize trespassers from liability if they enter a property to “beautify” it. Senate Bill 109 attempts to change the current trespassing laws to provide immunization from any criminal trespassing charges...

Farmers Urge Passage of HCR27

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Two central Ohio Farm Bureau members recently testified on legislation introduced by State Representative Bob Peterson (R- Sabina) that calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the FCC order granting the broadband network provider, LightSquared, conditional...

Testimony on the Health of Lake Erie

Published Dec. 19, 2011

OFBF senior director for environmental policy Dr. Larry Antosch testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee regarding the health of Lake Erie.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on HB 276

Published Mar. 2, 2012

OFBF Director of State Policy Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee in support of House Bill 276.

Testimony on the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program

Published Mar. 2, 2012

Preble County farmer and Farm Bureau member Lane Osswald testified before the Senate Financial Institutions Committee in support of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program and support of an expansion of the program.

Ohio Farm Bureau's letter to to the Public Utilities Commission

Published Mar. 2, 2012

OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, urging the Commission employ the current regulatory framework and recommending that AEP withdraw its Energy Security Plan put into effect in January 2012.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on SB 309

Published Mar. 27, 2012

OFBF Director of Legislative Relations, Spencer Waugh testified before the Senate Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 309.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on HB 482

Published Mar. 28, 2012

OFBF Director of State Policy, Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Senate Finance Committee in support of House Bill 482 regarding Clean Ohio funding.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on SB 310

Published Apr. 24, 2012

OFBF Director of Legislative Relations, Spencer Waugh testified before the Senate Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 310 regarding exotic animals.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on HB 473

Published Apr. 24, 2012

OFBF Senior Director of Policy Development and Environmental Policy, Dr. Larry Antosch testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in support of House Bill 473 regarding the Great Lakes Compact.

Ohio Farm Bureau proponent testimony on SB 281

Published May. 1, 2012

OFBF member and state trustee, Katherine Harrison testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee in support of Senate Bill 281 regarding the AgLINK Program.

OFBF staff testimony to House Ag and Natural Resources State Fair Committee

Published Jul. 30, 2012

The Ohio State Fair is an opportunity to showcase the agricultural industry in Ohio, which contributes $107 billion to our state’s economy each year and is responsible for one in seven Ohio jobs. Over 11.5 million Ohioans love to eat, need transportation, and participate in agri-tainment.

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Farm organizations say nutrient management a priority

Published Nov. 27, 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:Dear friend,As a farmer in Ohio you have a significant challenge bearing down quickly...

Farm Bureau members take action against turnpike privatization

Published Nov. 27, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members in northern Ohio are asking fellow members statewide to take action against proposals to privatize the Ohio Turnpike. Ohio’s government is currently studying the best way to leverage the Ohio Turnpike, specifically privatizing it, and the results of that study are...

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Slideshow of 2012 Policy, Political, and Grassroots Activities

Published Dec. 4, 2012

This video features Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy Adam Sharp recapping many of the organization's key policy, political and grassroots activities in 2012.

OFBF's letter to Ohio Dept. of Health on sewage treatment system rules

Published Feb. 11, 2013

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) would like to thank you for the opportunity to review and submit comments on the package of draft proposed revisions to the sewage treatment system rules (OAC 3701-29-01 to 3701-29-23). OFBF policies are based on the tenet of protecting private property rights.

State Priority Issues

Published Feb. 13, 2013

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's 2013 State Priority Issues

OFBF staff testimony on SB 66, Grain Indemnity Fund

Published Mar. 20, 2013

The grain indemnity fund was created in 1983 to reimburse farmers in the event a licensed grain elevator became insolvent. Historic increases in agriculture commodity prices have fueled new debate about the appropriate level of funding for the grain indemnity fund.

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ACTION ALERT: Ohio's Budget Affects Agriculture - Contact your State Rep. Today!

Published Mar. 21, 2013

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...

OFBF's letter on agricultural nutrients, proposed draft legislation

Published Apr. 8, 2013

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.