Policy & Politics

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.

Testimony by Steve Hirsch on May 14, 2009 regarding food safety

Published May. 18, 2009

Steve Hirsch with Hirsch Fruit Farm testified before the US House of Representatives. Hirsch's message was that different fruit and vegetable farms in Ohio have different environments and operation size, which require different food safety practices. However, all Ohio produce farms tailor their food safety practices to provide the customer the safest and highest quality of food possible. Hirsch testified that one single national, one-size-fits all structure will not work and a national food safety system that allows for specific on-farm practices to be developed at the state level will achieve the best results.

Testimony by Lisa Schacht on Proposed Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Published Jan. 18, 2010

Thank you for holding this hearing in Columbus on this very important issue of food safety and the handling of leafy green produce. I am Lisa Schacht, together with my family we operate Schacht Family Farm and Schacht Farm Market located here is Franklin County, Ohio...

Testimony by Bob Peterson on Nov. 18, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Nov. 18, 2008

Mr. Peterson supports the U.S. EPA's approval of Ohio’s application to revise the Ohio NPDES program, to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations here in Ohio. Approval would transfer the authority from Ohio EPA to ODA as authorized by Ohio Senate Bill 141.

Supreme Court says states can't enforce greenhouse gas rules

Published Jul. 20, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous verdict in a case that could have a major impact on the regulation of greenhouse gases in the agricultural industry.

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.

OFBF Comments on Buckeye Wind Draft Habitiat Conservation Plan for Indiana Bat

Published Sep. 28, 2012

OFBF comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerning its evaluation of Buckeye Wind LLC's draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement as part of an application for an Incidental Take Permit concerning the myotis Sodalis or Indiana bat.

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Congressman Steve Austria

Guest Column: We would be lost without GPS

Published Aug. 12, 2011

Following is a guest editorial from Congressman Steve Austria. Thanks to Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, gone are the days of looking at the hard copy of a map or stopping at the gas station to ask directions. Instead, all you have to do is print off directions from the Internet...

Farm Bureau works to stop disruption in GPS service

Published Jul. 20, 2011

Farm Bureau has long advocated for the expansion of broadband in rural areas but the organization is concerned about a new service that could disrupt global positioning system (GPS) signals.

Comments submitted on Oct. 23, 2008 regarding Methyl Bromide

Published Oct. 23, 2008

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association members produce virtually every kind of agricultural commodity including strawberries. As a result, these organizations are interested in the U.S. EPA re-registration eligibility decision regarding methyl bromide and chloropicrin. Many of the proposals would be very cumbersome, expensive and impossible for small scale strawberry producers to meet. Many Ohio strawberry producers have simply stated they would have to stop producing strawberries if required to meet all the new practices outlined in this proposal. To this regard, we request that Agency consider flexible requirements for growers of different scale, economic ability and production location.

Comments submitted on Mar. 27, 2008 regarding Animal Waste

Published Mar. 31, 2008

Comments sent to U.S. EPA. OFBF believes air emissions from animal waste on farms should be exempt from reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Recovery Act of 1980 (CERCLA) & the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Comments submitted on Jan. 3, 2008 regarding Hypoxia

Published Jan. 7, 2008

Comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the draft 2008 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Action Plan

Comments submitted on Dec. 15, 2008 regarding the transfer of NPDES program

Published Dec. 19, 2008

Ohio requested US EPA approve a revision to the Ohio NPDES program to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations in Ohio.

Comments submitted on Apr. 7, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Apr. 11, 2008

RE: Supplemental notice of proposed rule making - Revised NPDES regulations for Concentrated Feeding Operations.

Comments submitted on Apr. 14, 2008 regarding H-2A

Published Apr. 18, 2008

RE: proposed rule - temporary agricultural employment of H-2A aliens. Letter submitted jointly by Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association & Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Comments regarding regulating greenhouse gases

Published Nov. 25, 2008

Filed November 25, 2008. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gases under the Federal Clean Air Act.

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.

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.