Policy & Politics

Ohio Farm Bureau uses several communication methods to keep members up-to-date on policy issues.

Power Communications

In addition to print publications, Public Policy updates are sent via email to members and leaders, state board and staff. The updates are typically related to local, state, and national issues; and policy, political, and legal affairs information is shared when member involvement or assistance is needed.

Updates are sent on an as-needed basis to provide background information and talking points on a pending bill or regulation in which OFBF staff would like Farm Bureau members to take some specific action, such as letter writing, e-mailing or calling legislators.

All interested OFBF members are eligible to sign up for Public Policy updates.  

Public Policy Update

Uses and Policy Considerations of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drones in Agriculture

Published Jul. 11, 2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Unmanned Aerial Systems or “drone” technology is emerging in agriculture. They are used in military technology. Domestic uses of these aircraft are already underway and the Federal Aviation Administration is considering licenses for commercial use.

Agricultural funding in the state budget

Published May. 31, 2013

OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher sent the following letter to the Ohio Senate emphasizing the importance of agricultural funding in the state budget.

Endangered Species Act Reform (national policy)

Published May. 15, 2013

The enforcement for laws regarding the Endangered Species Act has evolved drastically, as activists have resorted to the courts to drive policy decisions. A recent settlement with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) brings hundreds of changes on species listings. More lawsuits means less resources.

OFBF's letter on transporation rules to Chairman Damschroder of House Committee

Published May. 15, 2013

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.

OFBF staff testimony on state budget, HB 59

Published May. 15, 2013

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.

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Communication Types

Public Policy Update

A recap of bills introduced, committee hearings held and highlights of Farm Bureau member testimony, legal rulings and legislative/regulatory action.

Issue Briefing

These messages provide in-depth analysis and background information/data on a particular issue that public policy staff believes OFBF members should be more aware of. Issue briefings are for informational purposes only.

Action Alerts

Sent as needed to provide background information and talking points on a pending bill or regulation in which OFBF staff would like Farm Bureau members to take some specific action, such as letter writing, e-mailing or calling legislators.

Political Update

Sent as needed providing the latest political and election news.

Policy Development Discussion Sheets

A document designed to help county policy development teams discuss topics of interest during the policy development process. Each discussion sheet presents an overview of a specific issue and current Ohio Farm Bureau

Issue Briefings

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.

Election 2012: Preview

Published Feb. 23, 2012

Farm Bureau members are encouraged to get involved in the 2012 elections by volunteering for and learning about candidates both at the local and state levels.