Policy & Politics

"Don't Cap Our Future" Goes to the Hill

Published Mar. 16, 2010

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s six-month campaign to oppose cap-and-trade climate change legislation, “Don’t CAP Our Future,” culminated Wednesday when farmer and rancher members from across the country presented key lawmakers with some of the 100,000 grassroots calls to action gathered in opposition to the issue.

$60 Million Cheese Purchase Assists Producers, Food Banks

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced the purchase of $60 million in cheese and cheese products by the Commodity Credit Corporation for use in domestic feeding programs through USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

10 Percent Cut in Farm Supports Part of Commission Plan

Published Dec. 17, 2010

On Wednesday, a 10 percent cut in farm support programs was proposed by an 18-member bipartisan commission intent on balancing the federal budget. A vote by the commission on the overall plan, which encompasses the entire federal government, is expected Friday.

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Mark Maslyn, AFBF Executive Director of Public Policy

112th Congress will bring new faces, changes to D.C.

Published Oct. 25, 2010

A few of the soon-to-be newly elected members of the 112th Congress may be familiar with farm policy, but like the public-at-large, most of them likely are not. And even the agriculture committees that will write the next farm bill won’t be immune to these changes, according to Mark Maslyn...

2010 Ohio Fairs Schedule Now Available

Published Dec. 23, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 7, 2009) – Ohioans can start planning visits to fairs for the 2010 season as the Ohio Department of Agriculture today released the official dates for the state’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair. The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2010 fairs...

2011 Federal Legislative Priorities

Published Feb. 22, 2011

Maintaining a strong safety net for farmers, establishing a new direction for dairy policy, growing agricultural trade opportunities, regulatory oversight and reducing additional regulatory burdens, tax policy, food quality and safety, and energy and transportation issues are our top priorities.

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.

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Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates the strong bipartisan support of elected officials in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate.

2011 Statehouse Victories

Published Aug. 12, 2011

“Powerful” is a fitting description of Ohio Farm Bureau’s legislative successes in 2011. In a time when many advocacy organizations are fighting to remain relevant, farmers are working together through Farm Bureau to achieve impressive results at the Statehouse.

2012 Federal Priority Issues

Published Feb. 23, 2012

In 2012, Ohio Farm Bureau will focus on a new direction in the next farm bill, securing a new dairy safety net, regulatory oversight and reducing regulatory burdens, tax policy and budget, and food quality and safety.

2012 State Priority Issues

Published Feb. 23, 2012

In 2012, Ohio Farm Bureau will give attention to the State Capital Budget; business climate and taxes; growing an agriculture economy; animal care; energy and environment; Agricultural Education, Rural Schools and Workforce Development; and increasing grassroots political awareness and involvement.

A history of the Ohio congressional delegation

Published Dec. 10, 2009

The Ohio congressional delegation had been a relative sea of tranquility for a decade. Those waters began roil in 2006 and an even bigger wave of change hit in the 2008 election. The Buckeye State delegation was taken over by Democrats by a 10-8 margin; it had been 11-7 Republican.

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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...

AFBF President Appoints New YF&R Committee Members

Published Dec. 28, 2009

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman has appointed eight new committee members for two-year terms to the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The YF&R program is composed of Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35. The program’s goal is to provide leadership...

AFBF Urging Senate to Pass Veterinary Public Health Bill

Published Oct. 12, 2010

Farm Bureau is urging the Senate to approve H.R. 2999, the Veterinary Public Health Workforce Amendments Act of 2010, that was passed last week by the House by voice vote. On Friday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)...

AFBF, Ag Library to Create Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Published Nov. 9, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation is partnering with the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Library to create the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The new information-sharing program will help those who have decided to pursue...

Ag Committee Key Hurdle to Climate Change Bill

Published Jun. 9, 2009

Talk on Capitol Hill points to the House Agriculture Committee as a key hurdle to the massive climate change bill introduced by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Thursday afternoon, with AFBF President Bob Stallman...

Ag Committee Will Consider Climate Bill

Published Jun. 5, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given the Agriculture Committee and Ways and Means Committee authority to mark up the cap-and-trade bill crafted by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) that recently passed the Energy and Commerce Committee, but six other committees...

Ag Is Bull's Eye for Energy Tax

Published Jun. 9, 2009

Agriculture is a bull’s-eye industry for a national energy tax because it is energy-intensive, according to commentary published in Agweek by Reps. Frank Lucas, Sam Graves and Doc Hastings, co-chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group. The “cap and trade” provision of the Waxman-Markey climate...

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.

Agricultural labor and immigration reform

Published Apr. 24, 2013

OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher sent the following letter to the members of the Ohio delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives to outline the growing labor and immigration concern in agriculture.

Agricultural Marketing Agreements

Published Feb. 23, 2012

Marketing agreements are valuable tools that Ohio farmers can use to achieve tailored marketing, production, research and educational efforts with the goal of improving Ohio agriculture’s position within state, national and international markets.

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.

AgriPOWER Institute Application Deadline Extended to June 8th

Published Jun. 1, 2009

The deadline to apply for Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Institute has been extended to June 8th. The AgriPOWER Institute is an intensive, year-long leadership course consisting of multiple training sessions. Its purpose is to help farmers and agribusiness professionals develop skills...

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All members of 'Deficit Super Committee' named

Published Aug. 12, 2011

All 12 members of the “super committee” who are charged with identifying ways to reduce the budget deficit by $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion by 2021 have been appointed.

American Farm Bureau Believes NIH Animal Care Standards Flawed

Published Oct. 12, 2010

The National Institutes of Health is reviewing a draft document outlining guidelines for animal care that Farm Bureau believes contains technical flaws relative to agriculture animal welfare. AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote to NIH Friday, urging it to reject the proposed guide and instead...

Are farmland prices inflated?

Published Oct. 22, 2010

There’s a growing buzz about whether or not U.S. farmland prices will be the next asset bubble to burst. But despite all the talk about the commercial real estate market and how it’s under pressure, when you look at farm real estate it has really held up, even increasing fairly rapidly...

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.

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Attorney General Richard Cordray

Attorney General Richard Cordray Reminds Ohioans about the Veterans Bonus

Published Oct. 12, 2010

Last November, an overwhelming majority of Ohio voters — more than 70 percent — voted to provide a modest payment to the men and women who served our country during the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf wars. This Veterans Service Bonus is an honored tradition in our state: Voters approved...

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.

Baucus won't Support Boxer-Kerry Bill in Current Form

Published Nov. 2, 2009

As the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins hearings on the Boxer-Kerry climate change bill, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a member of the committee who also chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said he could not support the measure in its current form. Baucus is the first Democrat...

Biden Announces $1.8 Billion in Broadband Funding

Published Aug. 20, 2010

Vice President Biden today announced 94 Recovery Act investments in broadband projects that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities within 37 states. These investments in high-speed Internet infrastructure will help bridge the technological divide in communities that are being left...

Biden Announces 4 Billion in Broadband Funds

Published Jul. 6, 2009

In the first stop of the Obama Administration's rural tour in Wattsburg, Pa., Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced the availability of $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loans and grants to help bring broadband service to unserved and underserved communities across...

Biden, Vilsack to Lead Rural Tour

Published Jul. 1, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other Obama administration officials and Cabinet secretaries will participate in a rural tour across the country through September. The tour is designed to show how the Agriculture Department and other federal agencies are working to...

Bill redirects biofuel spending

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of the Senate to support a bipartisan bill that would continue America’s transition to home-grown biofuels.

Bob Gibbs to serve on agriculture, transportation committees

Published Dec. 17, 2010

U.S. Rep.-elect Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, will sit on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives next year. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over renewable energy, conservation, animal and plant health and agricultural research and development.

Boehner Hosts Annual Ohio Farm Forum

Published Mar. 16, 2010

Concerns about costly new taxes, mandates and federal regulations were on the minds of Ohioans Saturday at the 19th annual 8th District Farm Forum as a capacity crowd gathered at Edison Community College in Piqua to meet with Congressman John Boehner and talk energy, food safety and animal care...

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.

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan ‘Severe’ for Agriculture

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Senate and House bills that would expand and reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay restoration program would impose severe economic hardship on agriculture and put further pressure on farming to move out of the watershed, according to Wilmer Stoneman, Virginia Farm Bureau’s associate...

Clean Ohio Ag Easement Purchase Program's 2011 Application Period Opens

Published Jan. 6, 2011

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 6, 2011) – The 2011 Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program application is now available on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website. All applications must be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m. on April 6, 2011.

Climate Bill Might Fail If Not More Farm Friendly

Published Jun. 16, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Waxman-Markey climate change bill may not pass the House of Representatives unless it becomes more farm-friendly. The warning, sounded by Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), presents a new obstacle to the White House’s effort to get...

Climate Change Bill Faces Many Hurdles

Published Jul. 1, 2009

The House-passed climate change bill still faces many legislative hurdles with passage in the Senate seen as very difficult. Several climate change measures are being drafted in the upper chamber, where regional and philosophical differences are even more sharply defined.

Climate Change Bill Faces Tougher Passage in Senate

Published Jun. 29, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is disappointed that H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed the House on Friday but is committed to defeating the legislation if it is brought up in the Senate.

Climate Change Bill on Track for Senate Vote in Spring

Published Dec. 23, 2009

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) told reporters Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is committed to move on the climate change bill after the Senate finishes legislation to reform the financial regulatory system. Kerry said this should allow for a spring vote on the climate measure.

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...

Climate Change Legislation - House Floor Vote Expected Friday

Published Jun. 25, 2009

Farm Bureau Urges "No" Vote on Legislation; "Yes" Vote on Peterson Amendment

Climate Summit Ends with Accord, Little Real Progress

Published Dec. 23, 2009

The Copenhagen talks on climate change wrapped up Sunday with a whimper rather than a bang, by most accounts. A “Copenhagen Accord” document was produced by the U.S., China and other parties at the conference, putting down on paper commitments by nations to act individually to combat global warming.

Comments on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Published Sep. 28, 2012

While drought has had harsh impact, we don't believe a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard would provide meaningful relief to livestock producers. Steps to alleviate feed-related concerns (relaxing restrictions on haying & grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres) provide a better solution.

Compromise Climate Bill Being Considered

Published Nov. 9, 2009

The Senate appears to be drifting away from the original climate change bill, authored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) and moving toward a compromise measure designed to draw support from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Congressional Committees Advance FTAs

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Senate and House committees have approved the Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements (FTAs) in mock mark-up sessions, moving them closer to finalization.

Congressional Deficit Supercommittee Fails

Published Nov. 22, 2011

Members of the 12-member congressional supercommitte charged with finding ways to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years made it official late Monday: they have failed to reach an agreement.