Policy & Politics

Aflatoxin Testing for Crop Insurance (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

Frequently, producersí grain is docked because of the presence of aflatoxin when offered for sale at the local elevator although the grain is subsequently found to be free of the fungus when samples are submitted for crop insurance reimbursement.

Retail Agriculture (national policy)

Published May. 30, 2012

More farmers and ranchers are getting closer to their customers, and finding that they can capture a higher margin when they grow vegetable or meat products with a specific consumer market segment in mind.

Animal Agriculture

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Animal issues continue to evolve at national, state, and county levels. Ohio Farm Bureau is engaged, from traditional livestock to companion animals to wild dangerous animals. As society continues to evolve, the perception of what is or is not animal agriculture has become less clear.

Selling of Eggs at Farmers' Markets

Published Jun. 14, 2012

The law is different for farmers selling eggs produced on their farm vs. selling eggs at a farmersí market or farm product auction. One is exempt from retail food licensing requirements, the other is not exempt. The number of birds is a factor, along with the requirement of a free inspection.

Federal Animal Care Standards for Egg Laying Hens

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Federal legislation has been introduced for an agreement between the Humane Society of the U.S. and the United Egg Producers dealing with cage size and other animal care standards for our nationís 280 million egg-laying hens.