Policy & Politics

Water Storage Infrastructure

Published May. 2, 2014

Recent droughts have increased public awareness and federal policymakers' focus on flaws in today’s water storage and delivery systems.

Downer Animals in the Food Supply

Published May. 2, 2014

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations require all animals found to be nonambulatory at ante-mortem inspection (or those nonambulatory after the ante-mortem inspection but before processing) be condemned. There are cases where animals are non-ambulatory not because of illness.

Energy Exports

Published May. 2, 2014

Last fall, a record harvest of high moisture corn increased demand for propane for drying in the Midwest. As a result, propane inventories in the Midwest were at their lowest level heading into winter since 1996.

Interstate Commerce Restrictions

Published May. 2, 2014

In general, the U.S. Constitution grants the federal government exclusive authority to regulate trade between states.

Agriculture’s Adaptability to Climate Change

Published May. 2, 2014

Farmers have been responding to climate change since they first put seed in the ground and herded livestock. Whether or not one believes the climate is changing or whether humans are the cause of that change, from a food supply standpoint, agriculture needs to be as resilient as possible.

Effect of International Approval of Biotech Crops on Variety Selection

Published May. 2, 2014

Recently, China has rejected some vessels carrying small amounts of a corn variety approved for marketing in the United States, but not in China. The market reacted negatively and a number of grain handling companies have indicated they will no longer accept that variety at their elevators.

Current Agricultural Use Valuation and Property Taxation

Published May. 15, 2013

The Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program values have increased due to higher crop prices and lower interest rates, but continue to provide an average 67 percent reduction from fair market value.

Hunting Regulations

Published Apr. 22, 2013

OFBF has a substantial amount of member-developed policy on wildlife issues, including: wildlife management; wildlife control; and regulations on hunting, fishing, and trapping. Consider the following issues concerning hunting regulations and whether current policies should be amended.

Current Agricultural Use Valuation and Conservation Programs

Published Jul. 31, 2012

The Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) Program says for property tax purposes, farmland devoted solely to commercial agriculture may be valued by its current use, instead of its "highest and best" potential use. CAUV usually results in a substantially lower tax bill for working farmers.

Term Limits in Ohio and Beyond

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Since term limits have been enacted in Ohio and other states, the composition of the legislatures has remained largely the same regarding women and minorities. Critics argue legislators become less effective as they grow in experience.