Policy & Politics

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on HB 473

Published Apr. 24, 2012

OFBF Senior Director of Policy Development and Environmental Policy, Dr. Larry Antosch testified before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in support of House Bill 473 regarding the Great Lakes Compact.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on HB 482

Published Mar. 28, 2012

OFBF Director of State Policy, Beth Vanderkooi testified before the Senate Finance Committee in support of House Bill 482 regarding Clean Ohio funding.

Ohio Farm Bureau staff testimony on SB 309

Published Mar. 27, 2012

OFBF Director of Legislative Relations, Spencer Waugh testified before the Senate Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 309.

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.

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.

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.

State Capital Budget

Published Feb. 23, 2012

In 2012, lawmakers are likely to adopt a capital improvements bill. The capital bill appropriates money for the acquisition, construction, equipment, or renovation of buildings and other facilities of other agencies.

HB 415 and Senate Bill 281 – Agricultural Linked Deposit

Published Feb. 23, 2012

House Bill 415 (Sprague, Hill) and Senate Bill 281 (Beagle) are bills to expand the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program in Ohio. The legislation expands both the available per-loan amount from $100,000 to $150,000.

Supreme Court Orders State to Compensate Landowners After Taking

Published Dec. 13, 2011

The Ohio Supreme Court recently sided with a group of landowners who have suffered damaging flooding after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources redesigned and significantly increased the size of a spillway at Grand Lake St. Mary’s. In State ex. rel. Doner v. Zody, 2011-Ohio-6117, the state...

Farmers Urge Passage of HCR27

Published Dec. 13, 2011

Two central Ohio Farm Bureau members recently testified on legislation introduced by State Representative Bob Peterson (R- Sabina) that calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the FCC order granting the broadband network provider, LightSquared, conditional...

OFBF Testifies as an Interested Party on SB109

Published Dec. 13, 2011

OFBF recently weighed in on a new piece of proposed legislation which would effectively immunize trespassers from liability if they enter a property to “beautify” it. Senate Bill 109 attempts to change the current trespassing laws to provide immunization from any criminal trespassing charges...

OFBF Comments on Proposed Ag Labor Standards

Published Dec. 13, 2011

The Department of Labor has recently proposed a sweeping change in child labor regulations as they apply to agriculture, which could limit the ability of many children under 16 years of age to work on a farm. Over 10,000 public comments have been submitted to the Department of Labor regarding these changes. Public comments were received through December 1, 2011.

PUCO Grants Extension of Hours of Service Exemption

Published Dec. 13, 2011

On November 29, 2011 the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) granted an emergency extension of the hours of service exemption to those drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles transporting agricultural products within Ohio. Ohio Farm Bureau had requested PUCO issue such an emergency...

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.

Supercommitte's Failure Scuttles $23 billion in Farm Bill Cuts

Published Nov. 22, 2011

The chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture committees said in a statement released Monday that the supercommittee’s failure to find ways to cut the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years scuttles efforts to find $23 billion in farm bill savings.

Farmers and Ranchers Welcome Ratification of Trade Pacts

Published Oct. 13, 2011

Congressional ratification of three bilateral free-trade agreements between the United States and Korea, Colombia and Panama, as well as approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance, is welcome news for farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau...

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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.

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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.

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New Ohio Livestock Care Standards become effective Sept. 29

Published Aug. 11, 2011

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer announced animal care rules developed by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board will become effective Sept. 29, 2011. Farm community encouraged to attend five regional informational meetings.

ReshapeOhio.org unveiled to encourage public participation in redistricting

Published Aug. 4, 2011

COLUMBUS – At the first meeting of the state Apportionment Board, Secretary of State Jon Husted unveiled ReshapeOhio.org, a website sponsored by the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, the Ohio Apportionment Board and the Ohio Secretary of State’s office that is designed to give Ohioans...

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.

USDA Notice to Hispanic or Women Farmers and Ranchers

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farmers and ranchers who believe that the United States Department of Agriculture has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they are Hispanic or because they are women may be eligible to apply for compensation.

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.

Tariffs lifted as truck dispute resolved

Published Jul. 20, 2011

A recently-signed memorandum between Mexico and the United States brought an end to the long-running dispute over Mexican truck access north of the border.