Policy & Politics

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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.