News and Notes Sept. 18, 2014

Buckeye Farm News

Changes to SPCC requirement

The Water Resources Development Act passed earlier this year made revisions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s  Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.  

Under the new framework, farmers with aggregated aboveground fuel storage capacity of 6,000 gallons or less are now exempt from SPCC requirements.

A farmer may self-certify their SPCC plan if they have an aggregated aboveground fuel storage capacity of 6,001-20,000 gallons and do not have an individual tank greater than 10,000 gallons.

Farmers must have a Professional Engineer certify their SPCC plan if they have an aggregated aboveground fuel storage capacity greater than 20,000 gallons or have an individual tank greater than 10,000 gallons.

The law also directs EPA along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and adjust the exemption levels within the next three years.  

Learn more 


Candidates make their case on ‘Town Hall Ohio’

Ohio Farm Bureau’s radio program Town Hall Ohio has hosted the candidates in these statewide office races.  You can hear the candidates explain why they’re the best person for the job in our playlist found on YouTube or listen to full shows at the Town Hall Ohio website


Save the date for leadership conference

Now in its second year, the Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum will be held on Dec. 10 in Columbus. Dr. Lowell Catlett, a futurist and dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, will be the keynote speaker. Session tracks will focus on Leadership Development, Community Development, Current Issues and Technology in Agriculture.  


Higher CAUV values due to fluctuations in farm economy

CAUV is always top of mind for those in agriculture. In the recent past, OFBF was defending the program from outside interests, as a weaker farm economy had pushed CAUV values to an all-time low. Unfortunately with the time needed to collect data, it does take some time for CAUV to catch up with the situation of the here and now. In 2006, we had the good side of that catch up – the farm economy was starting to prosper as the weaker times were still affecting the formula.

Today, we have the opposite. Even though markets have somewhat cooled today, the effects of years of a record farm economy are still affecting today’s CAUV values. This makes it harder to remind ourselves that CAUV is cyclical. Even as values have trended much higher, CAUV property was on average only 38 percent of market value for property taxation in 2013 or a 62 percent reduction.

You can find a complete explanation of the formula that is used to tax farmland as well as other resources by searching for CAUV at


Webinars explore rural entrepreneurship

The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, is conducting a series of free online business training webinars for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members. The educational series was created to address the major challenges that rural entrepreneurs are likely to face. Workshops are scheduled throughout the year, with topics including: Finding and Using Business Information, Telling Your Business Story, Finding Money To Grow, and Finding and Keeping Talent.  

Access past webinars and learn about upcoming sessions 


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.