Policy & Politics

Court Delays Pesticide Permitting for Two Years

Published Jun. 10, 2009

On Monday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted EPA's request for a two-year stay in the implementation of its January 2009 pesticide permit ruling. The rule would have required Clean Water Act permits for many pesticide applications.

Court Grants EPA Request on Pesticides Case

Published Jun. 11, 2009

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request for a two-year stay of its ruling in the National Cotton Council v. Environmental Protection Agency decision issued on January 7, 2009. This “stay of the mandate” makes the original EPA...

Dairy Product Price Support Program Update

Published Jul. 31, 2009

The administration announced this morning (July 31st) that it is increasing the amount paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP). USDA estimates show that these increases, which will be in place from August 2009-October 2009, will increase dairy...

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L to R: OFBF Senior Vice President of Public Policy Keith Stimpert, OFBF President Steve Hirsch and Sen. Sherrod Brown

Diverse group of farmers gather to offer Sen. Brown input on farm bill

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) President Steve Hirsch recently hosted Sen. Sherrod Brown on his farm for a roundtable listening session on the upcoming farm bill.

DOL Suspends Changes to H2A Program and Announces Updated Wage Rates

Published Jun. 4, 2009

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) announced on Friday, May 29 that it is suspending the final rule of December 18, 2008 to the H2A Temporary Agricultural Guest Worker Program for nine months effective on June 29, 2009, and in the meantime is reinstating the previous rule.

Editorial Warns of Higher Food Prices due to Climate Bill

Published Dec. 31, 2009

An editorial in today’s Investor’s Business Daily rallied against climate change legislation, stressing that consumers will pay higher food prices due to increased farming costs. “If the cap-and-trade provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill become law, you can wave goodbye to those amber waves...

Effect of International Approval of Biotech Crops on Variety Selection

Published May. 2, 2014

Recently, China has rejected some vessels carrying small amounts of a corn variety approved for marketing in the United States, but not in China. The market reacted negatively and a number of grain handling companies have indicated they will no longer accept that variety at their elevators.

Election 2010: Analysis and Results

Published Nov. 9, 2010

Republicans Sweep All Ohio Statewide Offices, Re-take Ohio House and U.S. House. Two former Ohio Farm Bureau Presidents Win Key Races and will now serve in the Ohio House of Representatives and U.S. Congress.As the most expensive mid-term elections in the nation’s history drew to a close...

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.

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.

EPA Delays Ethanol Blend Decision Until Summer

Published Dec. 23, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it will wait until June to decide whether to approve a petition by Growth Energy to boost the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline to 15 percent. EPA did acknowledge that it believes American cars built after 2001 “will likely be...

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.

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.

EPA Seeks More Thorough Assessment of Pesticide Risks

Published Dec. 23, 2009

A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would include a more thorough assessment of pesticide health risks to workers, including farmworkers and farm children, as well as risks posed by pesticides that are not used on food.

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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.

Estate Tax Viewed as Big Ag Issue in 2010

Published Jan. 5, 2010

The estate tax will be one of the big issues in Congress for farmers and ranchers in 2010, according to Mark Maslyn, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The exemption levels at the end of 2009 were $3.5 million per household. In 2010 that has gone away...

FAPRI: Farm Bill Cuts Would Make Tiny Dent in Deficit

Published Jan. 17, 2011

As discussion develops on writing a 2012 farm bill and reducing the federal budget deficit, there may be talk of cutting “farm subsidies.” But the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri points out that such cuts would make just a tiny dent...

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...

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.

Farm Bureau Continues to Push Estate Tax Reform

Published Nov. 2, 2009

Farm Bureau is urging support for a broad exemption to the estate tax bill introduced by Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.). The bill would increase the exemption under the estate tax while lowering the tax rate. “There aren’t 60 votes in the Senate for permanent repeal, so we are shifting from repeal...

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...

Farm Bureau Endorsement Pays Off For Candidates

Published Nov. 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – 95 percent of the candidates who received the endorsement of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) won their races on Election Day. In total, 121 of the 127 candidates approved by OFBF’s Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (AGGPAC) won...

Farm Bureau members take action against turnpike privatization

Published Nov. 27, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members in northern Ohio are asking fellow members statewide to take action against proposals to privatize the Ohio Turnpike. Ohio’s government is currently studying the best way to leverage the Ohio Turnpike, specifically privatizing it, and the results of that study are...

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Farm Bureau members take action on estate tax

Published Nov. 27, 2012

OFBF has sent out an action alert, asking members to contact their senators and representatives to ask them to extend the current maximum estate tax rate and exemption, which are set to expire Jan. 1. The current exemption is set at $5 million with a top rate of 35 percent...

Farm Bureau praises House passage of tax relief legislation

Published Dec. 17, 2010

The House voted 277-148 late Thursday night to approve the $859 billion bill that extends the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for two years and sets the estate tax at 35 percent with a $5 million exemption through 2012. The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 81-19 on Wednesday, now goes...