Policy & Politics

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule Concerns Farm Bureau

Published Apr. 29, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare. Publication of the rule opens a 60-day comment period on a proposal that could result in EPA regulating emissions under the Clean Air Act.

USDA Plans Organic Farming Survey

Published Apr. 29, 2009

The Agriculture Department will make its first in-depth survey of organic farming this spring and will send an eight-page questionnaire to known organic farmers. The survey will ask which crops and livestock are produced, how they are grown and where they are sold.

Hybrid Influenza (Swine Flu) Outbreak

Published Apr. 29, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a press conference this afternoon on the hybrid influenza outbreak which was originally announced about 10 days ago. WHO raised the pandemic flu alert level from phase 3 to 4.

Are you ready for the May 5, 2009 Primary Election?

Published Apr. 29, 2009

Ohio's next election is only a few days away; May 5th Ohioans will go to the polls to vote on a variety of local offices and issues. According to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, 66 counties will have issues and questions appearing on the ballot.

H1N1 Most Accurate Name for Virus

Published Apr. 29, 2009

President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are calling the inappropriately named “swine flu” virus by its scientific name, H1N1 virus, which will likely be the official name for the new strain of flu.

EPA Seeking Comment on Petition to Cancel Endosulfan

Published May. 4, 2009

As published in the April 29th Federal Register, EPA is seeking public comment on a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) that the agency cancel all uses of the pesticide Endosulfan.

Farm Bureau Backs Burr Tobacco Bill

Published May. 5, 2009

Farm Bureau supports a bill by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on the regulation of tobacco products that provides more explicit protection for farmers from on-farm regulation and changes to production practices than a recently passed House bill...

OFBF to Sponsor Campaign Management Seminar

Published May. 6, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau will join with other statewide business and agricultural commodity organizations to offer a Campaign Management Seminar for candidates interested in running for local, statewide, or national offices. The seminar will be held September 2-3, 2009.

Bacon Running for State Senate

Published May. 7, 2009

Rep. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), tells the Columbus Dispatch that he will run for the open 3rd Senate District seat in 2010.

Farm Bureau Disappointed That Pact Won't Fully Open EU Beef Market

Published May. 8, 2009

American Farm Bureau Federation Bob Stallman expressed appreciation for the efforts of the U.S. trade representative to expand beef marketing opportunities, but said Farm Bureau is disappointed that the provisional agreement announced Wednesday between the United States and the European Union...

Peterson: EPA, USDA Will Kill Off Biofuels Industry

Published May. 8, 2009

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson ( D-Minn.) said he will not support any climate change bills and said the Obama administration is unfair to the ethanol industry with its proposals on greenhouse gas reduction. “You're going to kill off the biofuels industry before it even...

USDA Targets $50 Million to Organic Farming

Published May. 8, 2009

USDA will target $50 million from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for a new initiative to encourage more organic agriculture production. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement Tuesday to USDA’s National Organic Standards Board.

Agriculture Coalition Comments on SPCC Rule

Published May. 8, 2009

Farm Bureau filed comments on Friday, May 1 in response to a request by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for comments on extending the effective date of the December 5 rule implementing changes to the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulation.

Climate Change Hearings End; Mark-Up Delayed

Published May. 8, 2009

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held 4 days of hearing on a draft climate change bill drafted by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) during which the committee heard from over 50 witnesses, including former Vice President Al Gore, former Senator John Warner and...

H1N1 Update

Published May. 8, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to hold daily press conferences on the hybrid influenza outbreak. The alert level has been raised from Phase 4 to Phase 5, and may be increased to Phase 6 in some regions.

Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $800 Million from Recovery Act to Accelerate Biof

Published May. 8, 2009

As part of the ongoing effort to increase the use of domestic renewable fuels, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced plans to provide $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate advanced biofuels research and development and to provide additional...

Ohioans Weigh in on State Policy Issues

Published May. 8, 2009

Cincinnati, OH--The latest Ohio Poll included questions regarding a series of policy proposals being
discussed across the country. While majorities of Ohioans favor making casino-style gambling legal in Ohio
and allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana, other proposals met opposition.

Ohioans See Economic Trouble Ahead for Next Generation

Published May. 8, 2009

Cincinnati, OH--Forty-six percent of Ohio adults see the next generation of working adults as being worse
off economically than the current generation of workers. Thirty percent of Ohioans say their household
has experienced a layoff or job loss during the past 12 months.

Obama Approval at 63 Percent: Ohioans See Little Easing of Economic Woes

Published May. 8, 2009

Cincinnati, OH--President Barack Obama's overall approval rating is 63 percent in Ohio. Governor Ted Strickland's overall approval rating now stands at 56 percent. Most Ohioans continue to see economic conditions in Ohio and the U.S. as either "fair" or "poor."

ODA to Accept Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

Published May. 8, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (April 27, 2009) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture is seeking project proposals that will advance long-term economic viability and sustainability of Ohio’s specialty crop industry while increasing the marketability of specialty crops.

Four Ohio Counties Eligible for Disaster Assistance

Published May. 8, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated four Ohio counties as agricultural natural disaster areas, making certain farmers and other agricultural producers in the counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Farm Bureau Center to elevate animal issues

Published May. 14, 2009

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced the creation of the Center for Food and Animal Issues. The Center represents Farm Bureau’s expanded commitment to participate in and influence the public dialog over the role animals play in society.

EPA Bans Carbofuran for Food Crops

Published May. 14, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Monday banning the use of the pesticide carbofuran on food crops, saying it poses an unacceptable health risk, especially to children.

California Bill Would Extend Cage Ban Out-of-State

Published May. 14, 2009

A bill is moving through the California Legislature that would extend the state’s upcoming ban on small cages for egg-laying hens to out-of-state egg producers. The bill has received support from legislators who opposed Proposition 2.

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Equine Enthusiasts Call for Expanded Gaming

Published May. 20, 2009

Supporters say this would provide an economic boost to the industry and recover as much as $1.2 billion in gambling income lost to surrounding states.